Mother’s Day high tea to support domestic violence survivors

Starick chief executive Leanne Barron and ABC Breakfast Radio presenter Nadia Mitsopoulos wants to raise awareness on the issue of domestic violence. Picture: David Baylis
Starick chief executive Leanne Barron and ABC Breakfast Radio presenter Nadia Mitsopoulos wants to raise awareness on the issue of domestic violence. Picture: David Baylis

A CHARITY supporting women and children escape domestic violence wants people to join their cause over a high tea cuppa on Mothers Day weekend.

Cloverdale charity Starick will hold its high tea fundraiser for a fifth time at the Pagoda Ballroom in Como.

Starick chief executive Leanne Barron said the women speaking would highlight the questions associated with domestic violence, including ‘why don’t women leave?’.

“They articulate it really well, it took them both a long time to get the resources and people will listen to those stories,” she said.

Ms Barron said the funds from the high tea would go towards the add-on programs focusing on healing and building women’s resilience.

“A lot goes on but people don’t necessarily see it,” she said.

“The work we do is about protecting women and children in enhancing their safety, it does mean that a lot of our work goes under the radar because it has to be confidential.”

ABC Breakfast Radio presenter Nadia Mitsopoulos will again be emcee for the event.

Ms Mitsopoulos said she got on board after being touched by the testimonies of women who were affected by domestic violence.

“I went out to Starick, spoke to a couple of women who used their services and they told their stories,” she said.

“They brought tears to my eyes because they were talking about something that I had no appreciation of; that I could only imagine what they went through.”

Details

WHAT: Starick Charity High Tea with live music from Gentlefolk.

WHEN: Saturday, May 11 at 1.30pm – 3.30pm

WHERE: Pagoda Ballroom on 112 Melville Parade, Como.

TICKETS: $75, bookings essential on www.trybooking.com/465224, enquiries on 9478 5300.