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DVCS Blue and White Gala Ball

Olivia Afiabo

Gender, nationality, race, age, religion, disability, financial status. Domestic violence does not discriminate.

For people subjected to domestic violence the Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS) ACT provides invaluable support and assistance to ensure that there is always help available.

“The current rate is one in four women will experience physical violence in her lifetime—and most people know more than four women—so chances are you know someone who has or will experience domestic or family violence,” says Alanna Davis, Manager of Community Engagement and Development for DVCS.

“If you think you don’t know anyone who has experienced domestic or family violence, you are probably wrong and just haven’t worked it out yet. People subjected to domestic and family violence are part of your network, and your community. Domestic and family violence is a community issue, because there is no demographic that is immune to it.”

In April, DVCS will be holding their annual Blue & White Gala Ball, where you’re invited to attend and demonstrate your support for the organisation and the incredible services they offer. For $220 (or $2000 for a table of 10) guests will be able to participate in a live auction and raffle, and will also have a chance to make a pledge on the night.

“Any money raised by DVCS via fundraisers, or that is donated, is always spent on enhancing client services,” Davis explains. “A big portion of the money raised at the Ball each year is used to top up our emergency accommodation budget, which can always use a top up.

“We also use funds to enhance our support group program, provide school holiday picnics and activities for the children we support and assist with client assistance such as groceries and petrol.”

This year there is a push to #KeepItLocal, meaning that the DVCS Blue & White Gala Ball will showcase local organisations, businesses, entertainment and people—this decision reflecting and acknowledging the funding received by local Government and community.

Keeping with the #KeepItLocal theme, HerCanberra’s Founder Amanda Whitley is proud to be part of the local line-up this year, interviewing fellow DVCS Champion—and ACT Australian of The Year—Alan Tongue.

“Each Champion has their own reasons for wanting to be involved in supporting DVCS, but we are united in our commitment to assist to reduce domestic, family and intimate partner violence.

“The work that Alan has done since retiring from football to educate the community about how they can eradicate family violence, and build healthy and respectful relationships, will only see his legend grow. I’m honoured to be in conversation with him at this important fundraising event.”

The DVCS Blue & White Gala Ball will be a night of fun and entertainment that will have far reaching benefits for the Canberra community.

For more information about the event, and to purchase your tickets, visit the DVCS website: dvcs.org.au/get-involved/events

the essentials

What: DVCS Blue & White Gala Ball
When: Saturday 1 April from 6.30pm
Where: QT Hotel Canberra, London Circuit, Canberra City
Cost: $220 per person (or $250 per person for premium seating) or $2,000 for a table of ten (or $2,500 for a table of ten with premium seating)
Website: dvcs.org.au

Feature image: The 2015 DVCS Blue & White Gala

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Olivia Afiabo

Olivia grew up in Canberra before moving off to Wollongong to study creative writing at the University of Wollongong. After receiving a Bachelor’s of Creative Arts degree she returned to the Capital to pursue a career in writing and publishing. The first step in this journey has been interning at HerCanberra and, though she misses the beach, being back with family and old friends has been a welcome change. There’s nothing she loves more than reading, writing and watching football (the ‘no hands allowed’ variety). More about the Author

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