Lunching with Matt

KiiS 101.1 FM breakfast radio personality Matt Tilley is used to entertaining people and making them laugh. But when it comes to family violence Matt switches gear and speaks from the heart. You can hear Matt; have a wonderful lunch and a great day out at this year’s Fed Up Lunch on Saturday 20 February, Black Caviar Lightning Day at Flemington.

The inaugural lunch in 2015 raised $30,000 for McAuley Community Services for Women and helped create awareness of family violence issues and the services to support the women and children escaping violence.

Matt will be MC’ing the Fed Up lunch for the second year, after one of his mates and a Fed Up lunch organiser, Toby Potter, roped him in. Not that he needed much encouragement.

“I worked at a radio station where we had covered, in a lot of detail, the tragic story of Luke Batty and then subsequent stories featuring his mum, Rosie. So like most people the issue of family violence has really had an impact on me,” Matt said.

It has had such an impact that Matt recently agreed to serve on the McAuley Community Services for Women Board.

“I have been involved with charities and organisations, particularly those caring for premature babies, for a long time. The Mercy hospital is one of those organisations,” he said.

Matt’s role as a Board member for McAuley Community Services for Women continues a long association with ministries of the Sisters of Mercy, an order of women religious that he admires for the work they have done over many decades.

“I am not a Catholic, but I married into a big Catholic family and I love what the Sisters of Mercy have done.I like what they do and how they go about it. There are no bells and whistles, it’s just get in there and get the job done, because it needs to be done,” he said.

The upcoming job at the Fed Up lunch gives Matt a chance to suspend comedy for an afternoon and ‘speak from the heart’. But he promises that the afternoon will be entertaining and fun. Anyone who attended last year’s event can vouch for that!

Matt regards the Fed Up lunch as an important event for men and gives them the chance to weigh into the issue of family violence in a positive way.

“Blokes have to take responsibility and stand up and say, ‘what is happening is wrong’. We can’t just leave it to the victims of family violence to speak out – that’s too hard sometimes,” he said.

If you would like to attend the Fed Up Lunch on 20 February please book now.