THE morning after her 11 year old son, Luke Batty was brutally murdered by his father, Rosie Batty bravely faced the media and said, “If anything comes out of this, I want it to be a lesson to everybody. Family violence happens to anybody, no matter how nice your house is, how intelligent you are, it happens to anyone and everyone and this has been an 11 year battle.”

Since that devastating day, Rosie Batty has stood as a spokesperson against domestic violence and talking about mental health.

Shepparton Chamber of Commerce & Industry invited Rosie to Shepparton to talk about her experiences and insights into family violence and her inspirational book, ‘A Mother’s Story.’ The luncheon event sold out with so many people inspired by Rosie’s story.

Notre Dame College teacher, Arlene Austin likes to use stories from real life situations to engage her students. When 15 year old student, Dakoda Pearson read Rosie Batty’s book, she couldn’t put it down.

Dakoda and her teacher Arlene were provided with free tickets from Shepparton Chamber of Commerce & Industry to attend the Rosie Batty luncheon.

Dakoda said, “It was such a privilege to listen to Rosie speak. She has taught me that it is important to be a good person in life. For me to hear her positivity after knowing what she’s gone through, it’s important to find the positive in life.”