BaptistCare has announced Marcia Hines will headline the third annual Halo Ball in Sydney on Friday 4 May, to raise much-needed funds for women and children experiencing family and domestic violence.

BaptistCare has been supporting women and children fleeing violent and oppressive relationships for more than 30 years and has been at the forefront of national debate on how to bring an end to family violence.

With the generosity of supporters over the past two years of the Halo Ball event, BaptistCare has raised $215,000 to help women and children rebuild their lives and break the cycle of violence.

Funds from prior Halo Balls have provided supported accommodation for 282 women and their children, group support programs for 355 women, no interest loans for 210 women, and hundreds of hours of counselling sessions for women seeking to rebuild their lives, free from the fear and trauma of their past.

This year the Halo Ball will be putting the spotlight squarely on the experience of children, who are so often voiceless in the family violence equation.

Marcia Hines, a member of the ARIA Hall of Fame and one of Australia's most loved musical artists, will perform on the evening, bringing her star power to this incredibly worthy cause. She will be joined by journalist and television personality Sandra Sully as the Master of Ceremonies, with live entertainment from Sydney’s famous 8-piece party band, The Enormous Horns.

BaptistCare General Manager of Community Services, Robert Ellis, said “We have worked hard to bring the issues of domestic and family violence into the national consciousness but many women and children are still unable to access vital services that ensure their safety. The harsh reality is that without more support many will continue to fall through the cracks.”

“Sometimes the issue can seem so big that it makes us feel helpless. The Halo Ball is all about shining a light on how we can make a difference, and gives the community an opportunity to contribute directly to support services that will ultimately save the lives of women and children in very dangerous situations,” he said.

Order of Australia (AM) and ARIA Hall of Fame artist Marcia Hines said “I’m delighted to join BaptistCare for the Halo Ball and urge the community to come along and dig deep in aid of this worthy cause. Domestic violence takes a huge emotional and physical toll on survivors who have lived in daily distress. The road to recovery can take years of ongoing support, so women who are brave enough to leave an unsafe relationship should have access to all the services they need to leave safely and start the process of rebuilding their lives.”

The Halo Ball started out as BaptistCare’s first fundraising event for women and children affected by domestic and family violence in 2016. Now in its third year, BaptistCare hopes the event will deliver on a fundraising target of $200,000.

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available now at www.haloball.org.au