Aprons on! Buy a kitchen creation to keep the shelter open

    Sallianne McClelland President of the Board, CEO Women’s Community Shelters Annabelle Daniel and her daughter Willow wearing some of the bespoke creations
    Sallianne McClelland President of the Board, CEO Women’s Community Shelters Annabelle Daniel and her daughter Willow wearing some of the bespoke creations

    Aprons are back in fashion thanks to celebrated local and international artists who created a range of stunning aprons for a $30,000 Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter fundraising drive.

    Bidding to snap up one of these coveted creations is open until midday on October 31, at https://galabid.com/auction/hkws.

    Premier Gladys Berejiklian donned one of the 100 bespoke aprons at a launch at Hornsby Westfield, along with new Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai Mayors Philip Ruddock and Jennifer Anderson.

    “It’s inspiring to see so many local and international artists using their creative skills to support our shelter,” comments Sallianne McClelland, Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter President.

    “From renowned, award-winning artist Ken Done to exceptionally talented PLC Visual Arts students, the goodwill and enthusiasm for this year’s event was incredible.”

    Over the last two years, this local initiative has auctioned 200 aprons, painted and stitched by artists from five countries, raising $25,000 for HKWS.

    “Almost $500,000 is needed each year to keep our doors open,” said Sallianne. “The shelter provides around the clock caseworkers, food and accommodation plus a team of volunteers who work tirelessly without taking a cent to provide everything else needed to keep the shelter running.

    “After staying with us, 85% of our clients are able to turn their lives around by getting training, finding work or sharing a house with another woman they met at the refuge. But it’s heartbreaking that we need to turn away five women a week due to limited resources.”

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