Walkathon raises thousands to support domestic violence survivors

Supporters, corporate and charity partners of the Parramatta Women’s Shelter (PWS) have raised over $38,000 to support women and children affected by domestic violence.

Hosted by the Parramatta Cumberland Family and Domestic Violence Prevention Committee, (PCFDVPC) hundreds walked throughout the months of Sydney’s tough Covid-19 lockdown to reach the $30,000 fundraising goal.

One in three women will experience physical violence within their lifetime – a sad reality that organisations like the PCFDVPC and PWS work to prevent.

PAYCE Foundation Director Dominic Sullivan congratulated both organisations and all who participated in the highly successful fundraiser.

“There was a concerning spike in the number of domestic and family violence incidents during COVID-19, so this initiative could not come at a better time,” he said.

“We are pleased to support PWS and to donate a total of $11,244, with the help of staff from PAYCE and Paynter Dixon.

“I am sure the funds will be put to good use, giving more women and children a chance to start a new life free of violence.”

Parramatta Women’s Shelter provide crisis accommodation and outreach support to women and children escaping domestic and family violence and homelessness.

PWS Co-Chairs Liz Scully and Caitlin Carpenter were thrilled by the community spirit and support which helped them surpass their original goal of $30,000.

“We are so grateful for the immense support and generosity from the local community and our sponsors, in helping us achieve our goal to support women and children in crisis particularly during such challenging times,” Ms Scully said.

“Violence against women and children is one of Australia’s greatest challenges and these funds will continue to help our families move forward in safe, affordable, longer- term housing as well as provide them with the care and services they may need,” Ms Carpenter added.

Tania Smith, the Shelter Manager at Parramatta Women’s Shelter also commended everyone who participated in the event.

“We have been overwhelmed by the community support for this fundraiser and are so thankful to the PCFDVPC and Cumberland Women’s Health Centre for their hard work and dedication,” she said.

“The funds will go a long way to allow us to continue the important work of keeping women and children safe.”