Peter Mark Market Place Clonmel to raise funds for vital work of Women’s Aid

Pyjama parties, bake sales and fancy dress, It’s that time of year again at Peter Mark! The annual Petermarkathon fundraiser is back and coming to Peter Mark Market Place Clonmel Tipperary from 28th – 31st October 2016. This year the Peter Mark team will aim to raise much needed funds for Women’s Aid and specifically contribute to keeping their much needed 24 hour helpline going, providing support to women and children in crisis.

Women’s Aid are needed now more than ever, by women in danger, suffering under abusive and often violent relationships. They are needed by women from all backgrounds. Running a 24/7 Helpline is going to cost them at least €50,000 per annum. They need to cover more hours, more shifts, more training and more time. Your support means that the Women’s Aid Helpline will be there to listen, believe and support women and children, every single time.

 

Women’s Aid Overview

2015 Impact Report

  • 16,375 disclosures of domestic violence against women including emotional, physical, sexual and financial abuse.
  • 5,966 disclosures of child abuse.
  • 970 threats to kill women, children and family members disclosed and an additional 579 additional disclosures of assaults with weapons, threats with weapons and being strangled and smothered.
  • 12,041 contacts made with our direct services including 9,308 calls answered by the National Freephone Helpline* (10am-10pm, 7days in 2015)
  • 167,229 visits to www.WomensAid.ie

 

 

Women’s Aid is the leading domestic violence organisation in the Republic of Ireland which runs the only national, free, domestic violence 24-Hour Helpline with a text service for deaf women and an interpretation service which provides support to women in over 170 languages. In 2016, despite a funding cut of 20%, Women’s Aid expanded their National Helpline to become a 24-hour service.

Each day, they answer approximately 41 calls from women experiencing abuse from current or former husbands, partners and boyfriends.

 

The Helpline provides vital support and information to individual callers and serves as an access point to other Women’s Aid services and to other domestic violence support services and refugesnationwide. The National Helpline is free of charge to callers in the Republic of Ireland.

 

Speaking about the initiative, Peter O’Rourke, CEO, Peter Mark said, “We are delighted to be able to help Women’s Aid & we know our customers will  get behind this year’s  Petermarkthon in their usual inimitable style”.

 

Today FM’s Alison Curtis, a supporter of Women’s Aid said, “It’s great to have such a well-known brand support the Women’s Aid 24hr Helpline, and a brand who knows Irish women so well. Women’s Aid means so much to be because they listen, believe and support women living with abuse across Ireland all day, every day. I am delighted to be involved with Peter Mark as they support Women’s Aid and say a massive thank you in advance to their team and their clients.”

To find the location of your nearest Peter Mark salon, see www.petermark.ie. For more information about Women’s Aid, see www.womensaid.ie.

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