Murraylands community member leads life of literature and advocating for great cause

He's devoted his life to literature and helping others in need.

Tim Law speaking for Murraylands Domestic Violence Awareness Group about DV. Photo: Supplied.

Tim Law speaking for Murraylands Domestic Violence Awareness Group about DV. Photo: Supplied.

His face may be recognisable when you ask for help with a book at the Murray Bridge Library, or when he speaks passionately representing the Murraylands Domestic Violence Awareness Group.

Tim Law first fell in love with books as a child which gave a foundation toward his future.

"I have always loved reading, devouring my first children's novel (Billy Goat and His Well Fed Friends by Nonny Hogrogian) during my first year at primary school," Tim said.

"It was the kindly school librarians and then Peggy the wise public librarian who inspired me to that profession.

"There are many ways to become a librarian. I studied at University for three years, but needed to wait almost three more before a job was available.

"There are TAFE courses, traineeships and also for the lucky few a chance to start as a volunteer and eventually move up through the ranks to paid employment."

Since April 2006, Tim has been helping and encouraging reading at the Murray Bridge Library. Over that time he has generated fond memories.

"I have worked at the Rural City of Murray Bridge for over fifteen years now," Tim said.

"Author events are a real highlight for me. It was a true thrill to meet Di Morrissey, Judy Nunn, Rachael Treasure, Fiona McIntosh and Monica McInerney to name a few.

"I get just as excited hosting a lesser known author too and believe libraries should be helping all authors and illustrators to promote themselves and the stories they have created.

"Equally libraries are about being a space for the whole community.

"We run storytelling sessions for preschoolers, Dungeons and Dragons sessions, workshops, holiday programs, Yarn Group, LEGO Club and more.

"Libraries these days are vibrant, active spaces."

Besides encouraging the Murraylands members to expand their imagination within a book, he also helps those in need within the community.

"I am a member of the Murraylands Domestic Violence Awareness Group, previously the Murraylands White Ribbon Action Group," Tim said.

"We are all individual community members from a variety of groups and organisations who as a group run community focused events and activities that aim to bring Domestic Violence as a community issue and a men's issue to the forefront of people's minds.

"In 2011 or 2012 I was approached by a member of our local community about joining White Ribbon at a local level as a Youth Ambassador.

"I accepted the invitation and have been advocating to stop violence ever since."

Bringing the issue to the forefront of people's mind and shining a light on DV is a constant mission for Tim.

"I feel that it is a very important task to change the mind set of people," Tim said.

"Helping them to understand that Domestic Violence is often something that is considered a women's issue and something that should be kept private or ignored.

"Victims need everyone's help and the more we can shine a light on DV, the fact that it is happening and the ways that we can help to prevent it, the closer we come to helping prevent it.

"Domestic Violence is a community issue and a men's issue too. We must stop the violence and stop remaining silent and turning a blind eye and deaf ear."

Tim and the Murraylands Domestic Violence Awareness Group are advocating for a special event in the near future.

"The Murraylands Domestic Violence Awareness group is asking the River Murray Football League and the River Murray Netball Association to dedicate Round 17 to domestic violence awareness," Tim said.

"The River Murray Football League and River Murray Netball Association Domestic Violence Awareness Round will be held on Saturday, July 31, 2021."

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