Were you aware that so far in 2017 the police have handled 153,000 calls relating to domestic violence? Or that there is one death every single week from the same issue?
63% of the clients attending the Hornsby Ku-Ring-Gai Women’s Shelter are escaping from domestic violence. The Shelter has housed over 200 women since opening its doors in 2015, yet sadly they have had to turn away approximately 500 more. The cost to house these women, provide health services, education assistance and employment assistance costs this charity $1000 a week. This life–saving organisation relies heavily on community assistance and the support of businesses like the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches to save more lives and help these women get back on their feet.
Sallianne McClelland, President of the Hornsby Ku-Ring-Gai Women’s Shelter knew she couldn’t just stand by and watch the statistics rise. “In 2015 after we had a series of deaths relating to domestic violence, I knew I had to do something profound and different.”
With her background in international Event Management and the creation of one of the US leading mixed media retreats, Sallianne came up with the idea of the Apron Project. Calling upon some of her art friends, she asked them if they would make an apron for her to sell. Without hesitation, artists from around the globe began embroidering, beading and painting to create bespoke aprons which would go up for auction and raise vital funds for the Women’s Shelter.
“I chose an apron because for me it was a symbol of home, of family and in essence of safety” commented Sallianne.
The Apron Project now in its third year has raised $30,000 via aprons donated by over 60 artists worldwide, ranging from the famous Ken Done to a young 13-year old Emma Lockery. The project attracts global attention and vital support from local MP’s and the community who all bid to purchase a one of kind apron that in turn saves lives. More than just raising money – the Apron Project brings awareness to other shelters within the NSW network who are all working to support women in need of crisis accommodation and various levels of support.
Our very own Sharon Franke, Community Development Manager at Turramurra & Lindfield Community Bank branches along with Toni McDermott director of KFSL, couldn’t resist the opportunity to purchase an apron and support such an amazing cause. Such an incredible and rewarding service deserves the support of community members and businesses alike. (Not to mention the bonus of owning an apron designed by an inspiring artist)
“We need our community to walk beside us and our greatest need is money. No amount is too small and we are incredibly grateful for the support of the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank community who play a significant role in ensuring our Shelter is a home and that all the women who come through the doors are provided with all they need to make change in their life.” commented Sallianne.
To support the Hornsby Ku-Ring-Gai Women’s Shelter – donate here. And don’t forget to follow them on their Facebook page to keep updated on the Apron Project in 2018 – you might just purchase yourself a fancy new apron!