Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter is a well-known local not-for-profit organisation that provides temporary supported accommodation for women in times of crisis such as homelessness and /or domestic violence. Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank® branches have long been supporters of the HKWS, so when we heard they were looking to purchase a property to create a permanent, larger facility to cater to the increasing demands of women in need, we felt compelled to assist.
Currently, the HKWS lease premises with 10 beds and five shared rooms. For every woman they are able to assist, they are turning away another three. The need to find a space they can call their own and providing support to more women is a critical goal for the organisation.
Our incredible team at Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank® branches put their heads together and came up with a campaign to engage the community, local sporting groups and schools to collectively work towards raising funds for HKWS, and Double the Donation was born.
Double the Donation was a simple initiative; for every dollar donated by the community, the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank® branches would double it (up to $20,000).
We set about creating an engaging campaign to capture the attention and hearts of those in our community. We issued yellow piggies to cafes and workplaces to collect donations and opened up an online fundraising campaign – and the community leapt at the chance to show their support.
Thank you to the many individuals, community groups, businesses and sporting groups that supported this campaign: Asquith Magpies Fishing Club, Turramurra Bowling Club, West Pymble Bicentennial Club, Kipling’s Garage Bar, Barker Old Boys RUFC, Les Cigales French a la Carte Choir, Lions Club of St Ives, Lindfield Rotary Club, Ahjmrt Mah Jong Group, Lindfield’s School of the Future: A Learning Village, Barker College, Wisekidsworld, Ku-ring-gai Men’s Shed, Dick and Pip Smith Foundation, Lindfield FC, Fernwood Hornsby, De’lish Artisan Foods, Jb’s Hair Design Turramurra, Four Seasons Plant Bug Garden Centre, Waitara Park Tennis Centre, Oasis Cafe, La Stazione Bakery, Rohini Village Monday Group, Lions Club of Hornsby.
Together we raised a staggering $47,482!!!
The donation cheque was presented to Sallianne McClelland, President of Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter, to great response.
Sallianne commented, “Thank you to the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank® Branches and the local community for the incredible Double the Donation campaign.” “The community really stepped up and helped us.” “We are incredibly grateful to the support you give us every single day. We are able to help these women because you help us.”
“By having our own premises, it means we are investing in our future.” Sallianne continued.
The HKWS is continuing to focus on raising more money in the aim of purchasing their own home – their latest appeal is via the City2Surf. You can keep up with the latest HKWS fundraising initiatives via their Facebook page, or via their website which also accepts donations.