A huge thank you to everyone who participated in our #MumsGroupTogether fundraiser, we raised $3,400 and provided 150 backpacks to children living in shelters as a result of domestic violence. It was truly a collaborative effort from the bloggers who helped get the word out, the generous contributions from around the country, the unbelievable stationery donation from Marbig, the help from our friends at K-Mart and Smiggle, and the incredible effort of our wonderful team of young volunteers from Kids Giving Back who sorted, packed and delivered the backpacks.
It was an amazing experience and really shows what can happen when everyone groups together for a common cause.
“The staff at the Great Lakes Women’s Shelter would like to thank everyone at Group Together and Kids Giving Back for the fantastic back packs they have received for the children resident at the shelter. Within a week of opening, the Great Lakes Women’s Shelter was full. They had four children, aged between 5 and 10 years old, who walked through the door with absolutely nothing. It is absolutely fantastic that they now have a back pack to take to school and they are so grateful. The mothers of children were also extremely appreciative – this is one less thing they have had to think of, when going through an extremely stressful time…” Lieske Dowd, Women’s Community Shelters
“We have started distributing the wonderful back-to-school backpacks to our young residents at Vincentian House, and they have been absolutely thrilled to receive them. One five-year-old girl who was soon to attend her first day at school squealed with delight (at high volume!)…The backpacks have also been greatly appreciated by their parent/carers. One parent commented that having a new school-bag for her son has helped to mark that first week back at school as a very special time. Again, a massive thank you to you and your fundraising team for your donation!” Katie Florance, St Vincent de Paul Society.
We wanted you to realise that YOU have made a positive, measurable difference in the lives of these children who have had to escape from an abusive home. Thank you again,
Julie & Ali
Did you know…
In the fiscal year 2013/14 over 187,000 mothers and children living in Australia fled their homes as victims of domestic violence? More often than not, they left their