Concert will highlight violence
Food and music will be used to bring people together to raise awareness of domestic violence.
AUT University students are organising a free concert and shared meal, called Friendship House Fest, for the people of South Auckland.
It’s being held at Friendship House in Manukau to highlight the organisation’s services, especially in the field of domestic violence prevention.
There will be performances from artists including Jess B, Rei, and Lij, while food is being donated by Totos Pizza, Las Masitas, The Rolling Pin, NZ Indian Flame and Organic Mechanic.
The students behind the event are studying communications and majoring in public relations.
Eden Martin, 20, and 21-yearold Michaela Tan are two of those involved with the project.
‘‘We all felt really positive about what Friendship House does,’’ Martin says.
‘‘They’re going through changes in their organisation so they’re keen to raise awareness of their services.
‘‘We thought creating this event is a way to bring people together and spread that message.
‘‘Friendship House is right in the centre of Manukau, but a lot of people don’t know it’s there.’’
Tan says the students met with house chief executive Neil Denney to plan the event. Many people see the organisation as a ‘‘community hub’’, she says.
‘‘Friendship House has a lot to offer. We wanted to help create an event for the community and especially for children.
‘‘We chose Friendship House as it’s a great cause. We came up with an event aimed at families and youth and we’ve reached out to local high schools, churches, and community groups [to publicise it].’’
Denney says the organisation’s staff are impressed by the excitement the students brought to the project.
‘‘We’re extremely grateful they’ve chosen Friendship House to assist by running this event for the people of Manukau.
‘‘I’m sure it will assist us to raise our profile in the community and to give people information on how to live without violence.’’
The organisation is the largest provider of domestic violence prevention services in South Auckland.
Friendship House Fest is from 12pm to 2pm on October 15 at Friendship House, 20 Putney Way, Manukau. Entry is free.
From left, Shanieka Phoenix, Emma Bowmar, Eden Martin, Neil Denney, Anikka Walker, Michaela Tan, and Jaiden Bhaga.