The Cocktail Lounge Exceeds Fundraising Target!
Woohoo! The Cocktail Lounge has resulted in a $33,000 top-up for Women's Refuge Whanganui's funds.
The fundraising event, held on Saturday, November 4, was styled around the jetset crowd of the 1950s with cocktails, retro-themed canapes and music in a lounge setting at Heritage House.
Women's Refuge Whanganui chairwoman Paula Wade said organisers were grateful for the "incredible support" of volunteers and sponsors and delighted with the $33,000 raised.
"We really appreciate the assistance of the volunteers who gave up their Saturday night to help hand around the drinks and food. We even had two volunteers who flew down from Auckland to help. Brock Ruscoe served whisky in the whisky bar and Saskia Ruscoe served food and drinks.
"Many local businesspeople either gave their time for free or gave generous discounts on the goods and services they provided. Local businesses and individuals gave cash donations which was incredibly generous. Huge thanks go to The Wanganui Chronicle who helped raise awareness of the event with a number of articles in the paper."
Eleven items were donated for the live auction and event attendees generously put their hands in their pockets to raise more than $16,000.
Ms Wade said the organisation desperately needed adequate premises to operate from and some of the funds raised would go toward the refuge's hub project.
"Our service is characterised by our 24/7 crisis/support line, our safe housing, the ability to transfer clients out of the area if the risk and safety issue requires this, and our professional approach to advocacy for the clients accessing our service.
"So what does all this mean in financial terms? It's grim. In the last 12 months we have had 2225 cases - we are funded for 49. We rely so heavily on applications for grants and our fundraising efforts."
Women’s Refuge Whanganui desperately needs its own offices due to increasing client numbers and increasingly complex client needs.
On top of that, government funding is simply not keeping up with the growing demand for these services. One example is that Women’s Refuge Whanganui is funded for 49 police incident reports per year, yet we dealt with 47 over a five-day period earlier this month, and around 1,500 in a year.
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