I’m definitely not someone who would be associated with trekking through the wilderness and I’m not someone who feels comfortable asking for money. But guess what…. I’m about to do both!
Until recently, I was a huge supporter for White Ribbon Australia, an amazing organisation dedicated the Domestic Violence against Women.
Originally, I was committed to taking part in the White Ribbon: Cycle for Women and Girls 2020 – Cambodia which then turned into the White Ribbon Trek for Respect: Kokoda 2020. Then late last year, I was shocked with the news that White Ribbon Australia had gone into liquidation and no longer existed. My heart sank, I was so lost on what to do and whether to go ahead with my fundraising challenge. This news did affect me more than I realised, and it took a bit of time for it really sink in.
Committing to this challenge wasn’t just to raise awareness and support this amazing cause, it’s a personal hurdle as well. I decided that this wasn’t going to hold me back so in April 2020, I will be joining other individuals trekking the Kokoda Trail with Inspired Adventures to raise vital funds for DVCS - ‘Trek for Respect: Kokoda 2020’.
Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS) is an amazing not-for-profit organisation here in my hometown. DVCS are passionate about breaking the domestic violence cycle in the Canberra community and are here to help people build lives free from domestic violence and fear. For over thirty years, DVCS have been providing emergency and long-term support, advice, domestic violence resources, and services.
DVCS’s vision is for a world free from violence and abuse. Your donation will help reduce violence and abuse within the ACT community by going directly to support our frontline services.
With new statistics revealing that on average, 1 woman is murdered by a partner every 9 days and 1 man is murdered by a partner every 29 days. This truly breaks my heart.
I'm inspired by the work of DVCS and I want to make a difference. I couldn’t have thought of a better cause to dedicate this to and I am truly honoured.
With every kilometre I cover, helps DVCS to start and continue the conversation about domestic violence and raise awareness for the cause. Over the next three months I will be training to prepare myself, both mentally and physically to face this trekking challenge.
As a chef and lover of good food and entertainment, I have decided to throw a free fundraising event that shares that love with my local community.
Following numerous discussions with my fellow chefs, it was obvious that getting together to have a beer on a Sunday is very difficult to organise. This sparked the idea for a 'Sunday Sesh - for a cause!'
Please join me on Sunday 22nd March 2020, between 12 - 6pm for a relaxing afternoon om the terrace at Manuka Oval with food, drinks, music, art and much more to help me raise awareness for your local not-for-profit organisation - Domestic Violence Crisis Service.
There will be a Raffle and Silent Auction with all proceeds going directly to DVCS.
To show your support - wear white and give a donation!
The more people that know about DVCS and the amazing work they do will definitely reduce the violence and abuse in our community.
Please spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!
For further information about Trek for Respect: Kokoda 2020 please head to my Everydayhero page.
Stay tuned for more information
Thank you and hope to see you there!