Sisters doin’ it for sisters


The Bay Rollers’ Raven de Range stands and rolls for Connecting Hands – Photo Tree Faerie

This Friday the Bay Rollers Roller Derby will play the Tweed Valley Vixens in a fundraising ‘Bout for Freedom’ in Byron Bay.

The fundy is in aid of Connecting Hands, which is an Australian-based charity that addresses many areas of sex trafficking, from prevention to rescue and rehabilitation.

It is estimated that between two and four million women and children will be sold into the sex trade within the next 12 months.

The Bout for Freedom features Byron  playing their northern derby sisters. All profits from the game will go to Connecting Hands and the work the organisation is currently doing in both Australia and Cambodia

‘Roller derby as a sport empowers women to be strong and stand together in a supporting, non-judgmental environment’, says the Rollers’ Raven de Range. ‘We have a wonderful community in the derby world and, in standing together for this cause, I hope we can help the victims find their own strength and empowerment.’

Head along to the Byron Bay Regional Sports and Cultural Complex on Friday March 7 to see the Bay Rollers play their first game of the year. With Johnny Smash and Joey Scar calling the game and half-time entertainment from 80s dance troupe The Mix Tape Crew, it’s going to be a rolling good night.

But wait! You also get…

Pretty Brutal, by filmmaker Monica De Alwis, features the inside story of New Zealand’s first roller derby league and will be screening at session 26 of the Byron Bay Film Festival this Saturday, March 8.

The Bout for Freedom Roller Derby Charity Fundraiser doors open at 7pm. Tickets $10 at the door / children under 12 free. Refreshments available at the complex.

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