In mid-June 2020, Sharon Franke – our Community Development Manager had a coffee meeting with Louise McCann, the President and Board Chair of the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter. As community partners of this fabulous organisation, we wanted to work out a way that we could help them achieve their goal of securing a safe and permanent Shelter for vulnerable women and their children in our community. We were talking about how they’d recently missed out on being able to purchase their ideal property by about $200,000.
At the end of that meeting, we had decided that together we would launch an end of financial year 10-day appeal to raise the final $200,000 needed to purchase their own Safe Place. Within 5 days, the team had come together to launch the campaign – and we were able to kick things off with a $20,000 donation. While we hoped we’d get there, we were aware the goal was ambitious.
Together we did it.
Thank you to everyone who supported the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter Safe Place Appeal. As of midnight June 30, we had reached a staggering $185,391 – and with donations still coming in, we may well make that goal of $200,000 a reality.
Every one of the 1,057 donations made a difference. Thank you to every person, community group and business who made a donation – and if you haven’t yet had the opportunity, and would still like to, you can make a donation via their website – www.hkws.org.au, or in either of our two branches.
What’s next for HKWS
Now that they have the funding they need to find the ideal home, we will continue our support by covering the interest payments on a $500,000 loan for the first three years of the loan term.
Community working together to make a difference.