When Mary Rose Napia first got involved with the Aroha in Action campaign, “everything surprised me,” she said. As a student ambassador for the community-wide anti-violence program, she attended training sessions that focused on the issue of family violence from a range of different angles, from substance abuse to the impact on young children.
“What surprised me most is how relevant it is to everyone, how it affects the community as a whole,” she said.
Now, Mary Rose and her peers are speaking up about violence with the goal of making sure all students are aware of the issues and know where to turn for help.
“It can be really shocking and emotional what you hear,” she said. “You have to be really mature about it.”
We commend Mary Rose and all the Aroha in Action student ambassadors for this maturity and for the good work they are doing. We are proud to see Thames High School students standing beside leaders in our community to address this issue.