Women mu­si­cians com­bine to help the home­less

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews -

MU­SI­CIANS are team­ing up to help home­less women across Halton by col­lect­ing es­sen­tial sup­plies in­clud­ing san­i­tary prod­ucts and toi­letries.

The first Women Shall Over­come gig night will take place this Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 14, at The Stu­dio on Lacey Street, or­gan­ised by Laura Be­van and venue man­ager Louise Nulty.

Per­form­ing on the night are Lit­tle Jo Wal­dron, Cather­ine Hard­man, Jenny Colquitt and Mon­de­green, and pun­ters can also en­joy a fash­ion show fea­tur­ing orig­i­nal de­signs and pro­duce from Mag­gie Moos and Frank & Bis­cuit, plus con­tri­bu­tions from Liver­pool­based Moon Cup Theatre, crafts and art stalls, food and teapot cock­tails.

Funds raised will be used to help home­less women and items are be­ing sought to give­away to those en­dur­ing tough times: tam­pons, san­i­tary pads, tooth­paste, tooth­brushes, face and body wipes, first-hand socks and knick­ers.

Laura said: “We wanted to cel­e­brate women and high­light the is­sues and needs of home­less women, I came across an amaz­ing char­ity run by the women in one fam­ily who wanted to help home­less peo­ple – Hearts 4 Home­less.

“We are ask­ing peo­ple to ● do­nate prod­ucts that you would need to spend a night home­less and be able to stay clean and healthy. As a woman the thoughts of sleep­ing rough while hav­ing your pe­riod is hor­rific.”

Louise said: “I was so glad Laura came for­ward wanted to do a women-fo­cused event.

“I had thought about it many times and have had all-fe­male line-ups at gigs be­fore.

“It is very easy as a woman to get your head down and just ig­nore the dif­fi­cul­ties you might en­counter and some­times not even re­alise that you are be­ing af­fected.

“Link­ing it to the We Shall Over­come move­ment seemed the best way to high­light that women do suf­fer due to ca­sual sex­ism on a daily ba­sis and it isn’t al­ways meant or un­der­stood but nev­er­the­less it will wear you down.

“Women need to sup­port each other, not ex­clud­ing men but ac­knowl­edg­ing that we can stand up to­gether and there is still more to be be­fore we re­ally see equal­ity in this coun­try, never mind the rest of the world.”

IAN PERCIVAL

Mon­de­green will per­form at the Women Shall Over­come event

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