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Residents got themselves inked in an effort to support a centre that helps victims of crime.

Tattoo Studio 52 in Parklands held a tattoo-a-thon in an effort to help the Community Intervention Centre (CIC) in Milnerton.

CIC is a 24-hour trauma and crisis intervention centre that works with local police from Milnerton to Melkbosstrand to assist victims of crime. These crimes include armed robberies, hijackings, sexual offences such as rape or assault, domestic violence and suicide.

An amount of R4 900 was raised. The organisers also sold cupcakes, donated by a local resident, and charity tickets.

Tasha Vukajlovie, one of the organisers, says the event was a huge success. She adds they are glad that they could raise money for this centre, especially now that crimes against women are in the spotlight following a spate of gender-based attacks.

“So many of us have been affected by rape and crime. The centre really needs all the help they can get to carry on with the work they’re doing. With the money raised at the event they’ll be able to cover some of their expenses,” she says.

Vukajlovie says they also wanted to raise awareness with the event.

“We wanted to get their name out there and let people know they are there to help. The idea was to bring to the fore the incredible work they are doing,” she says.

Tania Nell, CIC general manager, says she was overwhelmed by the big turnout.

“We are glad people came out to stand together in this fight against vulnerable groups. What really touched me was the minute of silence observed for the victims of crime as well for the people that have lost their lives to crime and those that are still fighting,” she says.

According to Nell at least seven victims of domestic violence are registered at the centre.

“We don’t have much funding and we are dependent on the support we get from the community,” she says, adding residents can make a difference in their community no matter how small.

“Check on your neighbours. Listen to them and be willing to help. That way, we can stand together and we will be able to face what we are going through now,” she says.

For more information on CIC visit www.ciccapetown.org or for trauma assistance call 082 821 3447.

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