Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter (HKWS) got its paints and brushes out today to decorate around 50 aprons, launching its annual apron fundraiser to help keep the refuge operating.
The Shelter in Hornsby has been going for four years and provides a safe place for women escaping domestic violence. In 2020 its lease expires however, and staff are now hunting for a new home.
“We have managed to make something which cannot be seen to the naked eye tangible to the community and they have embraced it,” said HKWS President Sallianne McClelland at the fundraising event at Magpies in Waitara.
“The shelter costs around $500,000 a year to run. We receive funding from Women’s Community Shelters along with other refuges in the network but we need to supplement this with fundraising and community philanthropy from events like this one.”
One hundred more aprons decorated by artists across the US will be added to those decorated today, before Sallianne takes the aprons on a state-wide tour of regional towns to highlight domestic violence in rural areas.
The 150 aprons then go on sale next March 8 on International Women’s Day.