Domestic violence isn't a trivial cause
THERE'S a simple way every Coffs Coast local can help victims of domestic violence.
Real estate agent Amanda Langlands is hosting a trivia night at The Plantation Hotel on Monday, November 23, to help raise much-needed funds for the Warrina Women and Children's Refuge.
Domestic violence is a cause close to the Langlands Property principal's heart.
"My drive for this event is really founded on the fact that I spent time in a women's and children's refuge as a kid with my mum," Amanda said.
"It's a really important service, particularly for the kids to know that they matter."
Amanda said the refuge needed a work shed to house donated furniture and household items used to help the women and children establish new lives.
"Often when some of these families come to the refuge, they only have the clothes on their back," she said.
Amanda has gained huge support from local businesses for the trivia night, with more than $2000 worth of prizes on offer, including a $500 gift basket from Terry White Chemist, a Big Banana water slide family pass valued at $200 and a three-night stay at Korora Bay Village Resort valued at $630.
"You can have up to 10 people on a team, or smaller groups if you prefer. And even if you can't make it on the night, we are happy to take cash donation at our office on Elizabeth St," Amanda said.
She has also challenged local businesses to get a team together to battle for the title of being the smartest business in Coffs Harbour.
Tickets for the trivia night cost $10 per person and bookings can be made by phoning The Plantation Hotel on 66523855 or emailing heidi@plantation hotel.com.au.
Amanda said she hoped the local community would become as passionate about ending domestic violence as she was, emphasising it was an issue that did not discriminate.
"Some people might see a stereotype of a domestic violence victim, but the truth is it affects all walks of life," she said.
"And while there is so much more awareness about domestic violence now, the incidence is actually increasing and more women are dying.
"It has to stop."