St Kilda Gatehouse to hold candlelight vigil to honour Tracy Conelly

Not-for-profit organisation St Kilda Gatehouse will honour the life of Tracy Connelly with a candlelight vigil and service next week and to give the local community an opportunity to unite in the face of violence.

Sally Tonkin, CEO of St Kilda Gatehouse and the organisation’s staff and volunteers were close friends of Tracy’s for many years.

“We want to spread the message that violence towards anyone, especially women, has no place in our community,” Sally said.

“I’d like to invite and encourage all Melburnians to come together and help us reclaim Greeves Street as a place of strength and hope.”

The service will take place on Thursday 8 August, 2013 on Greeves Street in St Kilda, the same street where St Kilda Gatehouse is located and where Tracy was found. The gathering will begin at 6pm with a free BBQ, and the vigil will be held from 6.30 – 8pm.

Speakers at the vigil will include White Ribbon Ambassador Phil Cleary, Mayor of Port Phillip, Councillor Amanda Stevens, Minister for Mental Health, Women’s Affairs and Community Services, Mary Wooldridge MP and Shadow Minister for Crime Prevention, Jill Hennessy MP.

St Kilda choir the Solstice Singers and musicians Richelle Boer and Josh Fuhrmeister will also honour Tracy’s memory with a musical accompaniment to the evening.

St Kilda Gatehouse welcomes the wider public to join them in celebrating Tracy’s life and remembering that she was someone – a partner, a daughter, a sister and a dear friend.

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Image: Tracy Connelly and partner Tony Melissovas