TICKETS are selling out to the Rosie Batty fundraising dinner on June 2.
The domestic violence campaigner will be the guest speaker at the Moama Bowling Club dinner being held to set up a family violence hub in the area.
The 2015 Australian of the Year’s visit, organised by the newly launched Campaspe Family Violence Action Group (CFVAG), will also include a workshop and youth symposium.
Echuca-Moama Apex Club is co-ordinating the dinner and service director Matt Davidson said 229 of 298 tickets had been sold.
‘‘While people attending the event are predominantly locals, people from a wide area are travelling to the event, even from Melbourne,’’ he said.
The dinner will include a presentation by professional facilitator, founder of The Regional Development Company and domestic violence victim Susan Benedyka.
Mr Davidson said the interest and support towards the cause had been overwhelming.
‘‘While people are aware of the family violence issues, they just don’t realise how big an impact it has within our local community,’’ he said.
‘‘Once you make them aware of the statistics that our region has the highest reported cases of family violence within the state, they are genuinely shocked and completely unaware.’’
Mr Davidson said it was unfortunate the club had been unsuccessful in gaining much sponsorship.
‘‘Everyone agrees it is such a fantastic and worthy cause, but I think people may be a little cautious as the CFVAG is very fresh and want to make sure their funds are channelled into the right areas,’’ he said.
‘‘We would really like to gain a few financial supporters to this cause to help establish the domestic violence centre. We have even created a GoFundMe page so people within our community can contribute too.’’
Tonight, Echuca-Moama Apex Club will vote its financial contribution towards the cause.
‘‘At this stage, it is proposed that the club will cover the $7600 shortfall in costs to host the evening, that would otherwise come out of the ticket sales,’’ Mr Davidson said.
‘‘This means that 100 per cent of ticket sales (over $25,000) would go towards the cause of establishing the domestic violence hub here within Campaspe Shire.
‘‘It is also proposed that the club contributes a further $10,000 towards the cause to go directly to large ticket items for the group. This is from funds raised within our community by the club.’’
Mr Davidson said he also hoped to achieve the $50,000 target so the CFVAG could establish the family violence hub.
‘‘This will demonstrate to both state and federal governments that this small community is wanting to stand up against this problem, however require much needed funding to assist with it,’’ he said.
Tickets to the dinner, which starts at 6.45pm, cost $85 and include a three-course dinner, with drinks at bar prices.
To book, go to stickytickets.com.au and type in ‘Dinner with Rosie Batty’ under the event name.