International Women’s Day charity fundraiser for The Sanctuary

When: March 8, 2023

Where: Gold Coast, Australia

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Celebrating International Women’s Day and raising money for local privately funded women, children, and pet’s refuge, The Sanctuary.

The IWD 2022 event raised $3600 for The Sanctuary, a privately funded Gold Coast refuge for women, children and pets escaping domestic violence. Thank you to all of our supporters and guests who made the day truly special and hugely successful.

In 2023 we are raising funds for The Sanctuary again! Come along for a fabulous day out to celebrate women, call for equality, and support an incredibly worthy cause.

This year, join us at Hyde Paradiso for a fabulous day in celebration of IWD and raising money for local DV refuge, The Sanctuary. This privately funded refuge is for women, children and pets escaping domestic violence. The Sanctuary provides refuge, safety, education, nutrition, and case management counselling yet It has no Government funding and relies heavily on contributions from the community at large. All proceeds from the day will go to The Sanctuary.

Date: Wednesday 8th of March, 2023
Time: 11am – 3pm
Venue: Hyde Paradiso, Level 2, Peppers Soul, 8 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise

Empower House International Women's Day Charity Fundraiser 2023

We will have another wonderful panel of speakers, as well as prizes, and entertainment. Book your tickets now!

Your ticket includes:

• 4 hour drinks package including bubbles, white wine, red wine, rose, select bottled beers & ciders, all tap beers, soft drink & juices.
• Delicious meal with something for everyone
Platters to finish
• Gorgeous gift bags for you to take home
• All the fun you can have in the Good Vibes Photobooth
• Support an incredible local women’s charity
• Meet new people and have a fabulous day out celebrating you!

The Charity

The Sanctuary provides refuge, safety, education, nutrition, and case management counselling yet It has no Government funding and relies heavily on contributions from the community at large.

Domestic Violence is a pattern of abusive behaviour in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner.

Domestic  violence includes behaviour that is physically, sexually, emotionally, psychologically or economically abusive, threatening, coercive or aimed at controlling or dominating another person through fear.

Domestic violence, in all forms, is a violation of basic human rights. Everyone, regardless of their sex, religion, nationality, race, relationship, or living arrangements, has the right to feel safe, and be safe, in public and at home. Domestic violence must not be accepted or excused.

Saving Pet’s from Domestic Violence

Our pet’s offer us unconditional love and stability for a woman experiencing domestic violence this bond is often targeted by the abuser.

Pets are frequently caught up in the difficulty many people face in domestic violence situations when finding safe and affordable housing.

People love their pets like their children so all too often they are prepared to stay in a violent home to keep them safe. The Sanctuary allows them to escape with their pets by their side.

Unfortunately, pets caught up in domestic violence also became part of a control issue about who kept them. When domestic violence victims’ pets arrive at The Sanctuary, they join a mini-animal farm, which includes goats, chickens and exotic birds.

We take in clients’ cats and dogs, as well as guinea pigs, birds and other pets. Our clients have their own yards where they can keep their animals. Having their pets here, keeps our clients happy and not on antidepressants to treat the separation anxiety caused by being separated from their pets.
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