Women Against Violence Against Women Rape Crisis Centre gets a musical boost
Another two notable top-20 finalists from this year’s Peak Performance Project play together on Friday (October 11). Melissa Endean and Lydia Hol will both take the stage at the Waldorf at a fundraiser for the Women Against Violence Against Women Rape Crisis Centre. Singer-songwriter Endean organized the benefit, having encountered WAVAW from the other side of the helpline.
“I was out of my home young,” Endean told the Straight, “and spent a couple of years pretty ingrained as a street youth. There’s a lot of sexual exploitation that goes along with that, unfortunately.” The Kamloops native said addiction and “city-hopping all around B.C.” followed. “My passion for WAVAW is because I’m probably one of the lucky ones,” she said. “A lot of the girls I knew have either passed away or they’re so deeply entrenched now that they’re beyond saving. When I moved to Vancouver, and I found WAVAW, I started taking the volunteer training with them, so that was part of my healing—by giving back and being able to support other women.”