Local domestic violence hub takes big step towards reality

May 17, 2017

Rosie Batty will visit Echuca-Moama and Kyabram in June 2017.

A SAFE hub for Campaspe abuse victims is a step closer to reality thanks to the efforts of Echuca-Moama Apex Club.

At its meeting last week, club members voted to contribute the $7635 shortfall in costs for the Rosie Batty dinner in Moama next month, which will raise money to create a domestic violence hub in the shire.

‘‘This means 100 per cent of the ticket sales, which is $25,330, will go directly towards the cause with no costs deducted from it,’’ Echuca-Moama Apex Club service director Matt Davidson said.

‘‘We will also contribute an additional $10,000 towards the larger ticketed items for the Campaspe Family Violence Action Group (CFVAG) to establish the family violence hub within our region.

‘‘This will be a contribution directly from Apex of $17,635 and over $40,000 confirmed towards the hub.’’

Mr Davidson said the 100 per cent attendance at the meeting, which hadn’t occurred for many years, just showed the support for this cause.

‘‘As we are a community service club and these funds have been raised within the community through hard work and generosity, we would like to show the community that our funds go towards worthy causes and not consumed on administration costs,’’ he said.

‘‘Apex is a young men’s service club and our members fall into the age bracket where there is the highest number of perpetrators.

‘‘We all have young families and could not comprehend the idea of bringing harm to them. As this is one of our community’s largest problems and Apex is a group to service the community, we felt that aligning ourselves with the CFVAG when asked and hosting the Rosie Batty fundraiser was the perfect place to start.’’

Tickets are sold out to the fundraising dinner, being co-ordinated by the Apex club, which will be held at Moama Bowling Club on June 2.

Ms Batty’s visit, organised by the CFVAG, will also include a workshop and youth symposium.

It is hoped her visit will raise $50,000 which will got towards stage one of the hub project.

‘‘A major part of this initial fundraising is to now be able to approach the state and federal governments and show how committed this tight, rural community is about combating this problem,’’ Mr Davidson said.

‘‘If in a few short months the community can put together $50,000, then imagine what could happen with the right support.’’

He said having the highest reported rates of family violence in the state was not a statistic the club wanted associated with our region.

‘‘Most of us have young families in Apex and it is hard to comprehend what the victims are going through and how someone could try to control and manipulate the ones they are suppose to love.

‘‘We don’t understand what the victims go through, years of unimaginable fear. It is not healthy for anyone in an environment of family violence, in particular the children as it is a bad example to set going into adulthood.’’

Mr Davidson said Apex’s core focus was building better communities, as well as equality within the community.

‘‘This really resonates with the foundation and establishment of Apex in 1931, when three returned soldiers started Apex to support war widows with service jobs,’’ he said.

‘‘We are now just supporting the community with a different battle. Our primary focus is to make the victims safe and then be guided by the experts on the solutions.’’

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