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A #OneBillionRising event in Reading!


13 February 5.30 for 6pm start

Monroe's Rock Cafe

On 13th February campaigners, local organisations and general knowledge buffs will come together for a fun evening to raise funds and awareness for survivors of sexual abuse. The ultimate goal is a centre to provide support for rape and sexual abuse victims in Reading.

Monroe’s Rock cafĂ© in Reading town centre will be hosting a quiz night to raise funds for the Survivors Trust. Grass roots campaigners and local councillors are working with this national charity to campaign for better support for rape and abuse victims in Reading and Berkshire.

The quiz night will coincide with an international campaign day ‘One billion rising’ that highlights that one in three women globally are raped or beaten during their lifetime with events across the country and internationally. However the event will be inclusive and the ultimate goal of the campaigners is a rape support centre for anyone affected by rape or sexual abuse in Reading and the surrounding area.

Rachel Eden, who has organised the event said “We’ve been working and lobbying hard behind the scenes to get funding for better support for those who have been raped or sexually abused. Despite the serious subject this will be a light hearted evening while raising awareness and funds. Monroe’s have been very kind in offering us their support in hosting the event.”

Sinaed Gibson, who has been leading the campaign added “This will be a fun inclusive event that we hope will keep the need for better after rape services in Reading at the front of people’s minds National charity the Survivor’s Trust have been very keen to help and we are going to keep pushing for a centre to support people. ”

Namita Prakesh, Southern Region Development manager from the Survivor’s Trust added: ”The Survivors Trust is convinced of the overwhelming need for counselling and other support services to made available for victims of rape and sexual abuse in Reading and Berkshire. We are thankful to the local campaigners and Rachel Eden for organising this event to support our work. We would use the funds raised to provide local support services for victims.”

Everyone is welcome to the quiz, doors open 5.30pm, quiz starts at 6pm. Monroe’s will be providing a finger buffet included in the ticket price of £3 per person. People can come in teams – perhaps bringing a team from their work place - or join one on the night.

All funds raised will go to the Survivor’s Trust (registered charity number 1109305) with funds earmarked for services in Reading. Anyone who wants to offer quiz or raffle prizes or attend can contact Rachel on racheleden.whitley@gmail.com

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