Fun night to support a good cause

AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Natasha Oats, Craig Irvine, Pearl Bailey, Trevor Grenfell and Ivan Phillips are excited about the upcoming 'Spicks and Specks' evening at the Ceduna Foreshore Hotel. Picture: Luca Cetta
AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Natasha Oats, Craig Irvine, Pearl Bailey, Trevor Grenfell and Ivan Phillips are excited about the upcoming 'Spicks and Specks' evening at the Ceduna Foreshore Hotel. Picture: Luca Cetta

Riding Free of DV founder and former Ceduna resident Ivan Phillips will be hosting a night of fun, laughter and fundraising with the 'Spicks and Specks' music extravaganza in Ceduna next month.

An advocate against domestic violence, Mr Phillips will be hosting the fast-paced comedy game show event focusing on 1970s and 1980s music at the Ceduna Foreshore Hotel Motel on Saturday, November 30 from 6.30pm.

Riding Free of DV is an Eyre Peninsula-based foundation supporting women to escape domestic violence and pick up the pieces of their and their children's lives.

Mr Phillips has teamed up with Centacare Ceduna and the hotel to deliver the event and will be on hand to share his story and explain more about the cause, as well as host an engaging night of entertainment.

He said it was a chance to help local women facing incidents domestic violence.

"All funds raised on the fun evening will remain on Eyre Peninsula and the Far West to assist women experiencing domestic violence crisis situations, where government funding is non-existent," he said.

"Partnering with the Ceduna Foreshore Hotel and Centacare is seen as a pro-active way of creating awareness and for our community to be tackling our own issues without having to have 'cap in hand' with government."

Mr Phillips said it would be an enjoyable evening.

"'Spicks and Specks', 70s and 80s music is such an iconic era with ABBA, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, that to combine a charity evening made good sense," he said.

"If you are looking for a Christmas show with a difference then this is definitely it."

Centacare's Natasha Oats said they were happy to support Mr Philips.

"It is a chance to support Ivan and the funding is localised on Eyre Peninsula, so we feel it is important to support the event," she said.

Centacare's Pearl Bailey added this would help to get people to open up about issues surrounding domestic violence.

"We can assist women and children in crisis so they don't fall through the cracks," she said.

"We want to break down the stigma and get people involved for a fun night which is supporting a good cause."

She also thanked the hotel for their support.

Hotel board chairperson Craig Irvine said they were pleased to be involved.

"Anything to raise awareness of this issue we are happy to support and it is great that the money stays locally," he said.

Tickets for the event are $50, which includes a three-course meal, games, prizes and a donation to Riding Free of DV, while there will also be an auction on the night.

The evening's dress code is cocktail.

Single tickets or tables are available to purchase, with tickets expected to sell fast.

If any businesses or community members would like to make a donation, supply goods or get involved in the evening, contact Centacare.