New Years Day ‘dip’ to boost funds for Women’s Aid
Women’s Aid Newry has this week announced their “New Years Day Dip” fund raising event. Women’s Aid was founded in 1983 in response to the urgent need to provide vital support and accommodation to women and children affected by domestic violence in our local community. Newry Lord Mayor Charlie Casey was on hand to formally launch the event which will take place at Camlough Lake on Monday 1st January 2012 at 12.30pm. Wishing all those involved in the fund raising initiative every success Mayor Casey said, “Christmas and New Year can be a particularly difficult time for those women and children who have been living with domestic violence.”
Some of those anticipating a brisk “dip” in Camlough Lake this coming New Years Day include staff from Women’s Aid and local Sinn Fein Councillor Pat McGinn, who stated that it was important that Newry & Mourne, South Down and South Armagh Women’s Aid continue to provide support for women and their children experiencing domestic violence. “This is a practical but sensitive way of helping Women’s Aid” said the Newry and Mourne Councillor, who is also raising funds for Cuan Mhuire Addiction Support Centre. He continued, “Not only does this raise much needed funds for Women’s Aid but it challenges many of our attitudes to the issue of domestic violence within our local community.”
Women’s Aid Resource Centre welcomes all women and children regardless of age, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, political status or marital status. They provide information and support, both emotional and practical, to women and children who are or have been suffering from domestic violence.
Anyone experiencing domestic violence can access support by calling the 24hr Domestic Violence Helpline on 0800 917 1414. Anyone wishing to make a donation to Women’s Aid or sponsor a participant in the “Dip” can contact 7 Downshire Place , Belfast Road Newry, 02830250765.
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