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Gold Coast band MISTRAM pledges all proceeds from their new song to the DV Charity "Assist A Sista"
Following their brilliant success in 2014, MISTRAM are now set to further the cause of domestic violence survivors via the medium of music and in direct partnership with the charity ‘Assist A Sista’.
‘Assist A Sista’ is a gold coast based group of community volunteers that meet the immediate crisis needs of victims of domestic violence and provide support, resources and donations of items on a needs basis to families (always anonymously)
Lead vocalist Tim explains why MISTRAM’S alliance with this local charity is so important. “Coming from working with such a large charity organisation (Breast Cancer Foundation) and now to a more localised one is a great feeling. It’s about knowing that we are not just helping the big issues, but also the silent issues that have a big impact on people's lives” Tim said.
With domestic violence affecting nearly 500 000 Australian women per year it’s an issue that cannot be ignored. ‘Assist A Sista’s’ core goal is to help the survivors of domestic violence rebuild and repair their lives. Their facilitation of the donation of essential items, their ‘Assist 2Learn’ program (providing the basic equipment for a child attending school) and their ‘Assist A Havens’ (fitting out homes with furnishings and other necessary items for the comfort of those who have just left a refuge) is about providing a fresh start to leave violence behind. and giving these families an opportunity to “Break the Cycle”.
‘Assist A Sista’s’ motto is: “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.” For MISTRAM this provides a beautiful story of transformation on which to base their new song. “The beautiful thing about ‘Assist A Sista’ (aside from the anonymity of the community volunteers) is that it's such a focus on change – hence, the symbol of a butterfly. It's a beautiful connotation. It focuses on the positive "moving on" aspect. And, despite being aimed at those who have been affected by domestic violence, it's a universal emotion that everyone can relate to” Tim said.
MISTRAM’S new song (in direct benefit of ‘Assist A Sista’) will indeed be titled ‘Butterfly’
It is true that the issue of domestic violence is of deepest concern and continues to be a systemic problem. It also lacks adequate government funding. ‘Assist A Sista’ bridges the gap for those individuals and families leaving a refuge and finding themselves with little or nothing to equip their daily life. Government barely addresses a support framework for this transition. What 'Assist A Sista' community volunteers do is prepare what is a bare house into a home. They ask for donations from the wider populace to fit out a home with basic necessities such as beds, furniture, linen, kitchenware, toiletries, curtains, appliances etc. For Assist A Sista, to endure any form of abuse or violence due to a lack of resources is just unacceptable, said Manuela (Co Founder/Director)
“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.” - Assist A Sista
The mental and emotional pressure of having to rebuild from scratch and the lack of financial security experienced by a victim of domestic violence forms a significant barrier in achieving change – in allowing them to leave the confines of a cycle of violence. This is where ‘Assist A Sista’ provides such vital relief. For MISTRAM this is such an important cause and one that, unfortunately, cannot be shied away from.
“Domestic violence affects everyone, either directly or not. We all know someone somewhere going through a rough time and it takes lots of courage if you’re that person to speak up and find help!” - MISTRAM's Lead Guitarist 'Mars' said.
MISTRAM look to the future with excitement. Despite the weight of the issue of domestic violence, they view their new song and new alliance with ‘Assist A Sista’ as a thoroughly positive and rewarding experience. Fresh from a meeting with one of the Co Founders, Tim displays his enthusiasm.
“Co Founder, Manuela, a full time nurse, still manages to find the time to run a successful charity organisation. She gives all credit to the amazing Community of Volunteers who actually have made this movement possible, doing what they can when they can with what they have! Her passions are my passions and it's great that they're local and close to home. We're totally excited to grow with this budding charity and we can't wait to share our song with everyone."
MISTRAM members Tim, Mars and Brent are available for interviews:
Bookings@mistram.com | 0449 174 175 (tel:0449%20174%
About MISTRAM the band:
Established in 2013 originally as The Storytellers they released their debut album in July 2014. On August 30th 2014 they won the Queensland ‘Battle of the Bands’. On September 14th 2014 the changed their name to MISTRAM and in October they released the National Breast Cancer Song "Mothers, Sisters, Daughters Lovers". In November 2014 they played live at their first festival the 'Airlie Beach Music Festival'. In April 2015 they added Brent Henshaw, bassist, to the group. Visit the band’s website at www.mistram.com
About ASSIST A SISTA the charity organisation: