19.9 C
Byron Shire
May 26, 2022

V Logues for Assist-A-Sista

Latest News

North Coast Festival of Flavour

Organisers of the North Coast Festival of Flavour on 3–5 June 2022 say it’s not to be missed, as...

Other News

Assange – election

As we think about where to put our mark on the ballot paper in this election, spare some time...

Coalition policy

It should be obvious to everyone by now that the Coalition’s insistence that ‘technology’ will drag us across the...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Another Day in Hope Purgatory

Politics is a phenomenal experience. To work harder than you thought possible, to put yourself so absolutely in the public domain full of hope and belief. Then to ask for judgement. It’s high stakes. A kind of ethical and philosophical extreme sport.

Computers donated to home schooled kids in Lismore

There nothing like the support of the CWA ladies to help get you through a disaster and the Lismore CWA Evening Branch were very pleased to be able to help their community once again to supply computers to some flood-affected Lismore kids.

Why I’m voting Greens 1 on Saturday

What exciting times we live in. Never has there been a better time to be politically engaged than now. This election is like no other. With the problems of the world bearing down on us, now is the time to make your voice heard.

Tibetan anniversary

May 23  marks 71 years since the Chinese Communist Party and the People's Liberation Army invaded and commenced  the...

Philippa Bennett – Photo Eve Jeffery

The Vagina Monologues are a form of artistic activism that simultaneously educate, enrich, and entertain.

Written by New York playwright Eve Ensler, the monologues celebrate the diverse stories of women and girls. The V-day movement, of which the Monologues are a part, strives to empower women to find their collective voices and demand an end to the violence that affects one in three women in the US and around the world. 

Last year over 5,800 V-Day benefits were held globally raising funds and awareness towards ending violence against women.

The V-Day movement has raised over $100 million and funded over 13,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt, and Iraq.

Sally Stent – Photo Eve Jeffery

One of the many projects is Assist-A-Sista, which was founded in 2012 by Nicolle and Manuela, both working mums with a passion to make a difference in the lives of others. Assist-A-Sista is a community-based volunteer organisation that works to help survivors (women and men) of domestic violence to rebuild and repair by bringing hope and restoring faith. We have built up our contact base to now be in a position to help support most of southeast Queensland.

Nicolle and Manuela reached out for support in their efforts to extend their operation southward from their home base around Brisbane and the Gold Coast. The result was a group of women decided who will put on a benefit showing of The Vagina Monologues with accompanying raffle and silent auction to raise funds for AAS this Friday at the A&I Hall in Bangalow.

The local production of the V-Logues is being directed by renowned surfer Lauren Hill. Lauren is excited about Friday’s performance and dedicated to helping the cause. ‘Assist-A-Sista is a powerful example of individuals seeing a group of people in need, and then acting on it,’ she said at last night’s dress rehearsal in Bangalow. ‘Nicolle and Manuela are so inspiring because they’ve taken it upon themselves to right an injustice they saw in their community, and within Australia more broadly.

‘They noticed the hardship of so many survivors of domestic abuse as they attempt to rebuild their lives outside of the cycle of violence. They started Assist-A-Sista to step in and create comfortable, nourishing homes for survivors of abusive situations, with all high-quality donated goods installed anonymously by an all-volunteer staff.’

For more information about V‑Day Byron Bay visit www.vdaybyronbay.com.au and, to find out about how you can get involved, visit the Assist-A-Sista website.












Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Organic avocados at the farmers markets

We love it when the fuerte avocados make their way back to the market. As I walked over to the Organic Avocado stall, my...

Frida’s Field: nose-to-tail lunch

On Saturday 4 June, Frida’s Field will pay homage to their holistically-reared Angus-Wagyu cattle by hosting a special five-course nose-to-tail long lunch featuring all...

Tweed Council ‘opt in’ to States agritourism – with conditions

The ‘confusing’ Agritourism SEPP was once again back on the table at last week's Tweed Council meeting as Cr Firth pushed to 'opt-out' over the State government's lack detail on conditions.

Get your art on this weekend

This weekend they are predicting not a lot of rain and even a possibility of sunshine with only a bit of cloud, so there...