BIG TALENT: Well-known comedian Denise Scott was in Yeppoon for the Women’s Health Centre’s masquerade ball.
BIG TALENT: Well-known comedian Denise Scott was in Yeppoon for the Women’s Health Centre’s masquerade ball. Contributed

Domestic violence not a ‘sexy’ topic - comedian

DENISE Scott knows abuse against women is a hard topic to talk about, that's why she was more than happy to help the Women's Health Centre in Rockhampton raise much-needed funds.

And with her help, the centre raised $15,000 at their masquerade ball on Saturday night.

Denise, who is known around the country for her stand-up comedy, was the guest of the ball.

"(Violence) is not a sexy topic, so I'm trying to help raise awareness about it," Denise said.

Capricornia carries the highest number of reported domestic violence incidences in the state, which means that one in three people know of someone being a victim, supporter or perpetrator of domestic violence.

The aim of the event is to establish a building fund to ensure the centre's future, as it relies on government funding.

Denise, 60, said the work the staff do at the women's health centre is extraordinary, especially with the little amount of funds they manage to do it with.

The Winners and Losers actress was ready for a night out and was excited to be away from the cold weather of Melbourne.

"I just know I should've waxed my legs and got a spray tan," Denise said.

"I'm white, hairy and ungroomed ... in Melbourne, we just cover ourselves head to toe with a black outfit."

While it's warmer up here, Denise wasn't sure if she would make it to the ocean for a swim.

"I'm not sure about a dip in the ocean, that would mean putting on my bathers," she said.

Denise has been doing stand-up for 26 years and couldn't imagine any other career.

"I don't have any other skill. I make a living from it and most of the time I enjoy it, but it's mainly because I don't have a plan B," she said.

FAR LEFT: (L-R) Minister for Women and Youth Shannon Fentiman and Women’s Health Centre manager Belinda Lindel smile for the camera.
FAR LEFT: (L-R) Minister for Women and Youth Shannon Fentiman and Women’s Health Centre manager Belinda Lindel smile for the camera. Contributed

Masquerade Ball

Raised $15,000 for the Women's Health Centre, Rockhampton

200 people attended at the Mercure Capricorn Resort, Yeppoon

First major fund-raising event for the centre



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