WALK ON: Denis Morrissey is encouraging the community to get behind the Jayde Kendall Day of Awareness Walk on August 14.
WALK ON: Denis Morrissey is encouraging the community to get behind the Jayde Kendall Day of Awareness Walk on August 14. Tom Threadingham

Walk in memory of Gatton teen Jayde Kendall

A PURPLE procession will walk Gatton streets to remember a life taken too soon and raise awareness on an important issue.

In memory of Jayde Kendall and to push a message against violence, bullying and discrimination, the late teenager's family organised the Jayde Kendall Day of Awareness Walk.

Jayde's grandfather Denis Morrissey is encouraging the community to support the day by wearing purple and joining the walk.

Mr Morrissey is also encouraging other communities to hold their own walks.

"It's important for people in the community, especially young people, to be aware of where they are, who they are with, what they are doing and the circumstances they may place themselves in," he said.

Starting at the Lockyer District High School's side gate on High View Ave, the walk will head down towards the Jayde Kendall memorial at the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre.

MURDERED TEEN: Jayde Amanda Kendall.
MURDERED TEEN: Jayde Amanda Kendall.

Mr Morrissey is determined to spread the message and said it was time for communities to take control on the issue.

"I've been calling on communities around Australia to report acts of violence, discrimination and bullying through local authorities," he said.

"We've got to try something different the way our communities are moving forward."

He said a name and shame policy against offenders may reduce the problem.

"We have some great programs out there by the State Government and other organisations but I feel we need a circuit breaker," he said.

"We are calling the local authorities, State Government and territories to have a facility in place in those communities so those people can be named and shamed.

"While it won't stop a lot of it, it might stop some people before they commit those acts."

The Jayde Kendall Day of Awareness Walk will be held 11am on Sunday, August 14.



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