Long time social worker Julie Jasper has embarked on an 11-month journey to make some noise for those who do not have a voice.
The Silent Tour has seen Julie travel around Australia on an Indian 741 Military Scout Motorcycle to raise awareness for children affected by domestic violence.
My role as a therapeutic carer has really opened my eyes to the fearful world that these young people have been exposed to.Julie Jasper
The trip will raise funds for trauma recovery projects. There is no target for Ms Jasper, who just hopes to raise as much as she can.
Ms Jasper is also writing a book of healing for domestic violence victims during her trip, which will make her the first female in Australia to have ridden around the country on a WWII motorbike.
She plans to be back in time for her daughter’s wedding, with the grand finale of the trip to be held in Whyalla in February.
The event will include a ‘show and shine’ competition, a light supper, several bands, youth acts/entertainment and a speech from White Ribbon Ambassador Ivan Phillips.
“Over the past two years my role has challenged me both personally and professionally. It has allowed me to put all my knowledge, wisdom and skills into practice,” Ms Jasper said.
“My role as a therapeutic carer has really opened my eyes to the fearful world that these young people have been exposed to.
“Torn away from their family usually at a young delicate age, from family members with whom they fear and paradoxically at the same time love unconditionally.
“The damaging impact of being removed and displaced for any young person, in conjunction with being exposed to ongoing violence and abuse, causes long term damaging effects on a child for the rest of their life.”
Ms Jasper said she was always looking for more donations to help her on the way.
“Along the way there have been organisations and community groups supporting the cause by allowing me to be present at their events or festivals for promotional purposes,” she said.
“I have raised some funds through the generous support of these community organisations, however I am constantly searching for more donations. “All organisations providing donations get acknowledgement on The Silent Tour website.”