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Twenty-one Wynyard High School girls took this idea and gave it legs through a24 hour endurance art event to raise awareness and money to help solve the culturally engrained issue of family violence.

Putting pencil to paper from 10am on Friday, 21 girls shared the load working in 12 hour shifts.

Grade 9 student Emily Shires said that music and lollies were going to help the girls sustain their energy through the night.

“A lot of peer support will help,” she said.

Throughout the day, community groups dropped in to put pencil to paper and assist them in the ireffort.

“We had Boat Harbour Primary School in earlier,” Emily said.

“They filled up every single table and some of them left with colour on their faces which wasn’t the plan,” she said.

While the dollar figuressuggest the community is well and truly behind their cause, the show of faces over the 24 hour period was visible evidence that the community cares about the future of family violence.

Project producer Elspeth Blunt said that the key attributes she hoped the project would foster in the students were strength, resilience and confidencethat will catalyse change.

“When these girls learnt that the average age a child feels domestic violence first is two and a half they said ‘right lets bloody do something’,” she said.

“It is about subtly shiftingthe communities attitude for that huge cultural shift,” she said.

Friday night saw a score of personalities visit the colourathon site with musicians Lucky Oceans and Claire Anne Taylor performing at the event.

Project O, which is supported by Big hArt, is an Australian first.

Emily said her colouring mates were already complaining about sore fingers but they were determined to keep going.

“It is getting better as we go on,” she said.

Tired artistscould warm numb digits by the bonfire.

Colouringdesign templateswere created by artists George Rose, Nadia Hernandez and Nico Nicson.

“There is one that is really intricate and really difficult,” Emily said.

The project has surpassed the original goal of $6,000, having reached the $10,000 mark.

Money raised will go into local women’s shelters to provide play therapy for children who are experiencing family violence.

Selected pieces are being digitised and animated to create a music video to accompany a song which was written by the girls and Tasmanian artist Claire Anne Taylor.

IN FOR THE LONG HAUL: Emily Shires,14, is one of the girls behind the Project O Colourathon. Pictures: Cordell Richardson.

TIME OUT: Avalon Starick,16, Hazel Martin,18, and Ginger Rankin,16, support the cause and take some time out to colour in the sun.

OFF THE PITCH: Zak Marshall, Darcy Leno, Adam Wilson, Tyler Boon, Darcy Brazendale, Zac Smith and Shannon Vakes from the Wynyard Football Club.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.