Following a record surge in the number of reports of domestic violence and a huge increase in the number of calls to helplines, Carlow Women’s Refuge Group has organised an online quiz night in aid of Amber Refuge in Kilkenny.
The quiz is taking place on Friday, May 29 at 7:30pm.
People are being asked to join the Facebook event to partake in the quiz on the night. The page can easily be found by searching @CarlowWomensRefugeCampaign on Facebook.
Ger O’Neill, spokesperson for the campaign group, said: "The pandemic and lockdown has pushed us all into our homes but for many this is a very dangerous place.
"Domestic violence services were amongst the hardest hit during the financial crisis in Ireland, witnessing eight years of austerity and devastating cuts to core funding.
"While we call for funding restoration from the Government, we can try help meet the immediate rise in demand for these services by coming together as a community for a night of fun and fundraising."
She added: "Any donation, big or small to Amber Refuge is all that is required to join the quiz on the night.
"We have some amazing spot prizes from local businesses like Tully’s Bar, Made in Carlow Art shop and Brooks Café and the quiz will be hosted by People Before Profit Cllr Adrienne Wallace."
Lisa Morris Manager at Amber Women’s Refuge welcomes this fundraising initiative at this difficult time to raise some much needed funds for Amber.
She said: "Amber provides emergency 24 hour refuge accommodation and support services such as court accompaniment, outreach, counselling, play/art therapy, 24 hour helpline, support and information, awareness raising programmes, freedom programme, school’s talks and various children’s services, to women and children experiencing domestic abuse in Kilkenny and Carlow. We’d like to thank all those involved sincerely."