International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day is celebrated annually but the theme runs all year long to encourage action.
What better day to not only express my gratitude for the certificate of appreciation I have received, for my volunteer work for Friends With Dignity, but to promote the fantastic work they are doing every single day and give a shout out to FWD’s CEO & Founder – Manuela Whitford.
Domestic violence has always touched a raw nerve with me and when I heard Manuela Whitford’s Radio interview about the Tara Brown tragedy, I felt an overwhelming urge to do something, anything! Manuela spoke with such passion, I was touched and wanted to meet her to understand more about her cause. Luck would have it that two days later we attended the same networking event (I could not believe the coincidence, I guess some things are just meant to be.)
Through our conversation I was surprised to learn the catalyst behind Manuela’s quest to help victims of domestic Violence. You see, when Manuela arrived in Australia her first job was as Nurse at a women’s prison in Cairns. Whilst working there she was horrified to find that several of the female prisoners had committed their crimes purely to escape Domestic Violence! Can you imagine that? A woman is so at her wits end she would rather be in prison than with her partner? What an awful existence and dreaded reality!
And so, Manuela’s mission began and what a success story it has been so far. Proudly, Friends With Dignity has gone on to win Australian Charity of the Year in 2018 and was honored an Outstanding Achievement Award in The Australian Charity Awards in 2019.
So today, International Women’s Day, I applaud Manuela and all the volunteers at FWD for their tireless contribution not just today, but every day. Without their ongoing action Friends With Dignity would not be the success it is today.
In my busy life where I often feel blessed, I have chosen to give a little back by volunteering as FWD Recruitment Manager. Time is precious, it’s not always easy, but its certainly worthwhile giving to such a cause.
If you are interested in giving a little of your time and supporting victims of domestic violence, through volunteering with Friends With Dignity, please reach out regarding available opportunities.
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