White tie dinner at Mannum to help domestic violence survivors

Blues and roots duo Above the Steel will play at a white tie dinner at Mannum on Friday night. Photo: Above the Steel/Facebook.

Blues and roots duo Above the Steel will play at a white tie dinner at Mannum on Friday night. Photo: Above the Steel/Facebook.

A gala dinner at Mannum this Friday night will raise funds for a service which helps people escape from domestic violence.

A year 12 Mannum Community College student will share her personal experience of the impact of violence on a family at the annual event alongside guest speaker Heath Black, an ex-AFL footballer and men's mental health advocate.

A three-course meal will be served using food donated by local businesses.

A silent auction will feature items including a voucher for accommodation at West Beach Parks, family passes to Bridge Bowl, and experiences at the Murray Bridge Swimming Centre, Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary, Cleland Wildlife Park, Gorge Wildlife Park, Woodhouse Activity Centre and aboard the PS Mayflower.

Blues and roots duo Above the Steel and blues-rock group Joe Blake and the Snakes will provide music throughout the evening.

Funds raised at the white tie dinner, to be held at Mannum Football Club, will go to Centacare's domestic violence service.

The money will be used to help families experiencing violence across the Mid Murray district.

Last year's event raised almost $7000, which was used to buy "escape packs" for people fleeing violence, and to empower and train survivors, including in self-defence.

Mid Murray Family Connections group facilitator Joy Marks, whose organisation will host the event, said domestic violence affected people rich and poor, from communities big and small.

"Family violence is a concern everywhere and it affects people from all walks of life," she said.

"The white tie dinner aims to draw strong attention to the issue, help stop family violence and provide critical support to people in these situations.

"It will also raise vital funds that we can use locally to make a real impact on tackling the issue, and to provide practical assistance that can be life-changing."

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