On Saturday 16th March 2019 at Carriageworks, our strategy director Emma Scott, launched the inaugural UNMASK charity event to raise awareness for The National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) and their LOVE BiTES respectful relationships programmes for young people.
UNMASK was an evening of creativity and dance, of glamorous masks and dresses, delicious food and sumptuous wines, with a special performance choreographed by superstar young creative talent Cassie Bartho and performed by a dance crew from Brent Street, and the soulful choir Urban Voices.
With statistics reporting that one in six women, and one in nine men, are physically and / or sexually abused before the age of 15*, domestic violence and abuse in Australia can only be considered a serious problem. UNMASK is an initiative aimed to help move this difficult topic out of the dark and into the light.
“A year ago I supported a young person in stepping away from an unhappy home life situation. In doing so I knew I was helping her, giving her a new start, stability and a chance to heal. But what I didn’t realise is what she would bring to my life,” says Emma. “This profound event inspired me, alongside my partner Adrian and Jessika, to support the work of NAPCAN.”
The UNMASK event was designed to inspire and connect on a creative level, merge worlds and break down ‘masks’ between generations, artistic genres and socio-economic backgrounds.
The night was full of emotion, and of course some serious dance floor fun. There was so much to learn from the first event and Emma is already planning a bigger and better UNMASK event for next year. The ultimate aim? In years to come UNMASK will be an event in the calendar not to miss.
SO MANY PEOPLE TO THANK
There are so many people Emma would like to thank for helping to create the UNMASK event, including everyone who made such a big effort to get dressed up, put on a mask and come out to support such a worthy cause.
And of course this list of super talented people: