SUPPORT: The Whitsunday Counselling and Crisis Service team of Jan Waetford, Kerri Tighe, Poppy Annear and Diana Boyd are appreciative of all support.
SUPPORT: The Whitsunday Counselling and Crisis Service team of Jan Waetford, Kerri Tighe, Poppy Annear and Diana Boyd are appreciative of all support.

Fight night gives to good cause

MMA: Airlie Fight Night 5 is just around the corner and one local organisation will again benefit from their charity auction this year.

This year, the Whitsunday Counselling and Crisis Service will receive the proceeds from the auction.

Event organiser Kasey Vella said they had raised over $10,000 for What a Difference a Dave Makes last year and they wanted to continue their support of local organisations.

After seeing a large amount of domestic violence in the news, she looked at what services were available in the region to support victims.

"The past 12 months, with the deaths in domestic violence, I was thinking where would you go, I had no idea where to go," she said.

"I looked it up. They (WCCS) were a very small organisation. We thought it would be great to give them a kick-start.

"It's about getting their services in the spotlight so that people know there are places to go in the area."

Whitsunday Crisis and Counselling CEO Steve Alexander said there was an overwhelming need for providing support to women and children escaping domestic violence.

"We see this as a very stretched service. Currently we have a waiting list to see clients," he said.

"The support from an event such as this, is money that will be very well used and very much needed to support those clients who have very little."

Mr Alexander said the community had been very supportive.

"The Whitsunday community have always been very generous. Personally it's been quite overwhelming to see how many businesses and organisations put in the hard yards to put in support," he said. "We really appreciate and thank all the organisers of the event."

The charity auction will be held during the card with the proceeds going to WCCS. Organisers are still looking for any interested businesses that would like to come on board and provide prizes. To support the event contact Kasey Vella on 0455 910 707 or email info@laentertainment.com.au.

EVENT

What: Airlie Fight Night 5.

Where: Whitsunday Sailing Club.

When: 6pm, Saturday, July 16.

Tickets: Online at http://www.mostix.com.au or from Airlie Scissor Sisters, WMA, Whitsunday Sailing Club and Boom Nightclub.

Price: General admission $60, VIP $70, family $100, children under 16 $30.


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