Con­cert will high­light vi­o­lence

Manukau Courier - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - CHRIS HARROWELL

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.

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