Bega Valley's Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever raises money for women and children escaping domestic violence

The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever is an annual event held at locations all around the world each year.

Dressed head to toe in a red dresses, red stockings and a black belt, those participating recreate the music video for Kate Bush's 1978 song Wuthering Heights.

The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever was held throughout the Bega Valley Shire on Saturday July 17. The above is a still taken from a drone on the spectacular winter's day at Tathra Headland which is one of the locations the group always choses to dance at. Photo: Katrina Walsh

The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever was held throughout the Bega Valley Shire on Saturday July 17. The above is a still taken from a drone on the spectacular winter's day at Tathra Headland which is one of the locations the group always choses to dance at. Photo: Katrina Walsh

The event was inspired by Shambush'sThe Ultimate Kate Bush Experience, which took place in 2013 in the United Kingdom, as part of Brighton Fringe.

It was created by a performance collective who attempted to set an unofficial world record for the most people dressed as Kate Bush in one place. It has now transformed into an annual worldwide event.

The Bega Valley event was held around the district on Saturday, July 17. Around 30 men, women and children of all ages attended the event where they performed the dance from the music video.

Kate Bush in her 1978 Wuthering Heights song film clip

Dance teacher and long term Kate Bush fan Mica Lynnah is one of the organisers of the event in the Bega Valley and is involved in managing its logistics.

She said that usually the participants take a bus around the shire together to perform at various locations but due to COVID this year, they had to downscale the size and capacity of the event.

This year they performed at four locations throughout the day, starting in Bermagui at 10am, Quaama at 11am, Bega at 12pm and Tathra at 1pm.

The Quaama event was held at the river as a healing and try to raise awareness about what happened to the town after the fire. Photo: Zoey Pepper

The Quaama event was held at the river as a healing and try to raise awareness about what happened to the town after the fire. Photo: Zoey Pepper

The Quaama event was held at Dry River both this year and last year and was held there to raise awareness about the impacts of the Black Summer bushfires on the town.

"We wanted to perform at the river again to catalogue and document what the area looks like 12 months later. It actually looks worse because we have had multiple floods.

"It just goes to show how much longer it takes to heal than what we might think when we see a few nice green shoots here and there," said Ms Lynnah.

The Bega Cemetery was chosen, "because this year has been so big in terms of awareness for violence against women and wanted to stand in solidarity with that and be somewhere that was visually striking as well as to the point."

Th event will raise money for domestic violence survivors who are fleeing dangerous relationships. The cemetery was chosen as a stark reminder for the impacts of that violence. Photo: Katrina Walsh

Th event will raise money for domestic violence survivors who are fleeing dangerous relationships. The cemetery was chosen as a stark reminder for the impacts of that violence. Photo: Katrina Walsh

The day is a not-for-profit event that aims to raise much needed charitable funds. There are a number of causes that groups around the world elect to raise money for, but most of them fit into the themes of the original book by Emily Brontë.

Some of those themes could centre around emotional and physical abuse, mental illness, class, or other forms of injustice.

Many groups around the country now choose to raise funds for women and children escaping domestic violence.

"This year we are raising money to create a slush fund for women escaping domestic violence through SEWACS," said Ms Lynnah.

The funds raised will help women who are living in a domestic or family violence situation to help re-establish themselves. This could include a contribution towards a temporary accommodation, removal costs, basic items such as kitchen or linen goods.

Many of the participants will continue to raise funds through finding sponsors, but if you would like to donate head to the GoFundMe page.

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