Hi everyone, Niamh and Philana here!
We decided to host the ‘Virtual Blakes of the Hollow Open Mic Night’ as a fundraiser for Women’s Aid Fermanagh. Every summer we would host our Open Mic Night in Blakes and enjoy bringing together the amazing talent that Fermanagh has to offer. Given the circumstances we find ourselves in, we have decided to keep the tradition going and this time with greater intent. After speaking with Kerrie Flood from Women’s Aid Fermanagh and hearing of their struggles during quarantine, we knew we had to do something
Each year, Fermanagh Women's Aid support women and children who have experienced Domestic and Sexual Violence. They offer Refuge Accommodation, tailored one to one support, training and group programmes, so that every aspect of each family is supported in the way that is right for them.
Fermanagh Women’s Aid is currently supporting over 100 families in Co. Fermanagh who are experiencing Domestic Violence in this current health crisis and lockdown.
For these families, staying at home is not safe, but each woman and child is actively safety planning with the support of Fermanagh Women’s Aid. The organisation is still open and staff are preparing for the expected increase in referrals as the weeks go on.
Support from our community through fundraising events such as these, ensures that Women’s Aid can provide tailored safety and support interventions for women and children at a time when they need it the most. Domestic and Sexual Violence is a harrowing and horrifying experience, each of us can do something to help women and their children while they are locked in.
We want to thank Women's Aid for all that they do and we hope this fundraiser will be a great success for them! To everyone who took part, watched and donated, thank you from the bottom of our hearts! We hope you all enjoy the wonderful night of music for a great cause!