Tattoo Flash Day raises $12,200

Forest Creek Tattoo artists Laurette, Leonie and Jade, pictured here with their little mascot 'Rosa', were thrilled to raise $12,200 for CASACV.

The team at Forest Creek Tattoo in Castlemaine has once held a flash day to raise vital funds for charity.

In 2023 they raised funds for Mount Alexander Animal Welfare and this year’s charity flash day on March 24 was held as part of the international Still Not Asking For It event.

The first SNAFI flash fundraiser was held in New York in 2015 and it has since grown to become a global event raising funds for local organisations focused on supporting survivors of sexual violence and work towards prevention.

Funds raised from the Castlemaine event going directly to the Centre Against Sexual Assault Central Victoria based in Bendigo.

Forest Creek Tattoo owner Leonie New said they managed to raise more than $12,200 for CASACV thanks to a wonderful team effort.

“We had a number of tattoo artists volunteer their time on the day including myself, my apprentice Jade, Laurette
and Melbourne artist Nat G,” Leonie said.

“We also had Jacqui from Ballarat doing Brow Lamination, Jess from Kyneton doing Tooth Gems and barbering by Jobbo from Daylesford.

“Jason was a wonderful helper on the barbecue and Jessie volunteered in reception for the day to allow us to focus on our work.

“A number of talented local artists also generously donated artworks which we sold in an online auction with all funds raised going to the cause.

“CASACV have also offered to work with us and potentially some other businesses in Castlemaine doing some training around awareness and response, which is especially relevant in our industry, and very important.

“We spend hours with our clients and they often chat to us about their lives so it would be good to be armed with information and tools to be able to provide support if and when needed.”

Leonie said they had a couple of representatives from CASACV there on the day to spread awareness about their services, and a number of those in attendance sung the praises of the local service with comments such as, “they saved my life” or “they saved my friend’s life”.

“Services such as CASACV are vital in supporting victims in our local region,” Leonie said.

To find out more about CASA Central Vic visit

Need support? CASA Central Victoria can be contact Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm on 5441 0430 or you can call the Sexual Assault Crisis Line 1800 806 292 all other times.