Walkers step up to raise profile of White Ribbon Fife campaign

Councillor Kenny Selbie (second right) with some of the White Ribbon walkers.
Councillor Kenny Selbie (second right) with some of the White Ribbon walkers.

A group of 38 people took on the challenge of a 30-mile walk along the Fife Coastal Path in a bid to raise awareness of the White Ribbon Fife campaign.

Walkers tackled 30 miles of the path from Lower Largo to St Andrews to raise money for various charities including White Ribbon Fife, a male-led campaign to challenge men’s violence against women.

The charity works in schools with young people to raise awareness of violence in relationships in an effort to keep young people safe, and works in communities to challenge attitudes around violence against women.

Councillor Kenny Selbie, chairman of the White Ribbon Fife steering group, said: “It was great to see so many people turn up and walk to support this great cause.

“Domestic abuse and sexual violence can have a huge impact on victims, their families and communities.

“The White Ribbon campaign aims to change attitudes and say that this behaviour is not acceptable. Men have a really important role to play in challenging violence against women and attitudes.

“Hopefully there won’t have been too many blisters at the end of the day – everyone taking part should be really proud of their efforts.”

The White Ribbon Fife steering group includes representatives from Fife Council, NHS Fife, Police Scotland, Fire Scotland, Fife College, voluntary organisations (including Fife Women’s Aid and Fife Rape and Sexual Assault Centre) and the private sector.

Everyone can get involved in the campaign – the first step is to make the pledge “never to commit condone or remain silent about violence against women”.

For more information about the White Ribbon campaign, and to make a pledge, visit White Ribbon Scotland