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Benefit concert for Cythera House

Concert organizer Kyle “Arak Starr Eagle” Herman raps during a talent show for Homelessness Action Week at the Caring Place in October.  - The News/Files
Concert organizer Kyle “Arak Starr Eagle” Herman raps during a talent show for Homelessness Action Week at the Caring Place in October.
— image credit: The News/Files

Enjoy an evening of music and help musicians raise donations to support the Cythera Transition House Society.

Diamonds in The Sun is a benefit concert organized by Kyle Herman and Charlie Spittel which will feature performances by a variety of local artists and musicians. Refreshments will be provided during the event and a drop box for donations will be at the door.

Cythera Transition House was named after the Greek Island of Cythera.

In Greek mythology, Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, rose from the sea foam at the time of the wounding of the Greek god Uranus.  She was carried upon the waves by the west wind to her first haven - the Island of Cythera.  Later, during war times, Greek women fled there to seek refuge.

In 1982, Millie Norrie, a RCMP officer working in Maple Ridge, and her colleagues were frustrated by having to transport distraught women and children to shelters in other communities.

She soon began working with other women to lobby the community for a safe place for battered women.

Norrie gave twenty to thirty presentations to both large and small groups and piqued the interest of Mae Cabott, an alderwoman, who eventually became a driving force on the board of Cythera.

The group incorporated as a society in 1983.

• Diamonds in the Sun plays the Salvation Army’s Caring Place at 22188 Lougheed Highway on Sunday, Jan. 19 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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