Ambassador Q&A: Mario Persello
White Ribbon Ambassador Mario Persello is a passionate supporter and active promoter of the White Ribbon message within his community.
What is your day job?
I am a carpenter and joiner. I work with a cabinet making firm at which I’m their head installer, installing kitchens, wardrobes, laundry and bathroom units.
How long have you been an ambassador for?
I have been one for two and a half years.
Why did you decide to become an ambassador?
I wanted to help out with stopping violence against women. I believe that being a tradesman I could set an example to other tradesmen regarding how to treat women. I also wanted to set an example to my two boys on the correct way to treat women, in the hopes that their mates will also learn from me and them.
In what ways have you been involved in the White Ribbon Campaign?
I have been actively involved with other ambassadors in the running of the loudest shout in Mount Gambier. I have presented at a local primary school and talked with year 6 and 7 boys and girls about White Ribbon. I also spoke to teachers and parents at their AGM. I have also helped out other ambassadors on White Ribbon Day with local events.
I have talked to fellow workers at my workplace about White Ribbon, along with my local football club.
I have encouraged my wife and oldest son to become White Ribbon Advocates.
Why is Gender Equality important to you as an Ambassador?
I think gender equality is the beginning of everything we stand for. Without equality, our work would be 100 times harder to achieve our goal.
What goals do you hope to accomplish as an Ambassador in the future?
My goal is to accomplish equal gender leadership roles within all schools.