Help women affected by domestic violence ... by attending a great night out

Mums Do Wine event
A night dedicated to mums who deserve fun, and those who need our help

Folks, we need to do something to help women and children escaping domestic violence. And we can.

Let me tell you about a (gorgeous) event | offer you a special discount | give you a chance to win 2 tickets

Mums Do Wine - Launch Night with Wine and Canapés

Thu. 6 September 2018

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm AEST

Bella Vista Hotel

13-15 Lexington Drive, Bella Vista

Mums Do Wine are hosting a great night out to raise money and awareness for local charity, Give & Take Families, that gives much needed support to women and children experiencing domestic violence (more info on Give and Take below).

This is an event for Mums to connect and conspire over delicious food and a glass of wine or three. There will be a raffle with donations from local businesses such as Castle Towers retailers and other businesses offering hair treatments, massages jewellery and more.

Your ticket includes entry, canapés and complimentary glass of sparkling wine on arrival. (Additional drinks can be purchased at the bar.)

Special Hills District Food OFFER!

Even though tickets are only $47 + eventbrite booking fee, Mums Do Wine have kindly offered a 10% discount for the Hills District Food community. To take advantage of the discount, simply book online and enter the code HDF10.

WIN 2 tickets!

But that’s not all! We have two tickets to the event to give away. Go to our Facebook page for details and to enter (like all of our competitions it’s cinchy winchy to enter!). We will announce the winner on Friday, 31 August.

Domestic violence in Australia

If you are in any doubt as to why this event is important ....

Trigger warning: content related to domestic violence

Domestic violence in Australia is a hidden, insidious social epidemic with far-reaching consequences.

According to a report published this year by The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW):

  • 1 in 6 women (aged 15 or above) —equating to 1.6 million women—have experienced physical or sexual violence by a current or former partner.

  • On average, 1 woman a week and 1 man a month is killed by a current or former partner.

  • Women who, as children, witnessed domestic violence towards either their mother or father were more than twice as likely to be the victim of domestic violence themselves, compared with women who had not witnessed this violence.

  • For women aged 25–44, domestic violence causes more illness, disability and deaths than any other risk factor, such as smoking, alcohol use, being overweight, or being physically inactive.

Pretty confronting stuff, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. (Aside – last week it took me only three days to read Rosie Batty’s book, A Mother’s Story and it gave me a disturbing look into how helpless any women can feel when they are trying to be proactive about protecting themselves and their children from a violent family member).

The more we become educated on the subject, the more we realise that there are so many answers to the seemingly simple question, ‘why don’t you just leave?’ On top of the fear of making it out and being found, there are logistical and financial hurdles that women must overcome to get out.

That’s where Hills charity, Give & Take Families steps in to help

Give & Take Families is local community group with volunteers from the Hills District (Castle Hill to Quakers Hill area) wanting to make assistance available where there seems to be a gap in the current system offering help to families.

Give & Take Families is a 100% non-profit community group that relies 100% on volunteers and the community gifting the families they are helping.

When they have supplies available to them, they help families who need food, care packages, baby goods, clothes, toiletries, toys, books, furniture, white goods, electricals, appliances, homewares, shoes, tradesmen and assist with medical requirements. They also help source meals for families in need as well as refer families to agencies or centres that can assist them with support or referrals to other resources.

In addition to women and children affected by domestic violence and abuse, Give & Take Families help:

· Anyone who asks for help, wherever possible.

· The homeless.

· Families in financial hardship.

· Families referred to us by agencies & family support centres.

· Mums and dads in any kind of hardship.

· Families having medical issues and requiring assistance.

· Families affected by natural disasters (bushfires & floods).

· Families wanting to rebuild their lives or start fresh.

To help the families that are helped by Give & Take Families, buy your ticket to the Mums Do Wines event and enjoy a well-deserved night out with the girls.