A Dare 2 Dye to End Domestic Violence event will be held in Furnissdale


Linda and Donna with their purple hair.
A Dare 2 Dye to End Domestic Violence event will be held in Furnissdale
Linda and Donna with their purple hair.

WHEN Linda left her husband she carried nothing but the emotional scars she still carries today.

It was when Linda saw the Dare 2 Dye to End Domestic Violence campaign online that she began to feel she could do something proactive to help other survivors.

The campaign started in the US and involves women, men and children dyeing their hair purple.

Linda noticed there was a Queensland fundraiser, but none of the money went to local charities.

“I lived at Pat Thomas House (a Mandurah women’s shelter) for three months,” she said.

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“I know what it is like to rehome yourself with nothing.”

It was for this reason Linda was inspired to have a local fundraiser with money going to local service providers.

Linda said places like Pat Thomas House were essential for women.

She said her husband was “beautiful” when they first married.

But Linda claimed he slowly isolated her from family and friends.

“He was never physical with me, but he would smash my plates and I couldn’t keep a job,” she said.

Linda also believes the family situation led to her son’s eventual suicide.

“We are all different in the way we have been abused,” she said.

“I’m only just starting to find out who I am.”

Linda will be joined by her fellow organiser Donna when they host a fundraiser on October 22, from 10am-2pm at 35 Furnissdale Road.

The fun day will feature amusements, games, a sausage sizzle, face painting, raffles and a purple hair spray booth for the brave.

All money raised will go to Pat Thomas House and Homestead for Youth (who support children coping with family violence).