16 Days in WA
On November 25th we recognise International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, with this years theme being ‘Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands Against Rape’. #orangetheworld
Like in previous years, International Day marks the launch of 16 Days of Activism and #16daysinWA that will conclude on 10th December 2019: International Human Rights Day.
Zonta House will be taking part in many events over the next 16 days to help raise awareness for Family and Domestic Violence in our community.
Midland March That Matters
We walked with our staff, peers, local community, Government and Non-Government agencies at the Midland March That Matters to stand up and speak out against family and domestic violence.
It was an honour to be there on Whadjuk Noongar land that morning on a beautiful Perth day.
29th Annual Silent Domestic Violence Memorial March
20 of our team headed down to Supreme Court Gardens to take place in the 29th Annual Silent Domestic Violence Memorial March to honour all those who have lost their lives as a result of domestic and family violence.
When we attended already in Australia 49 women have been killed. This is a societal issue and a national epidemic.
At Zonta House we keep people safe and provide HOPE and opportunity. We are proud to take part in this event to show our support.
Ask Izzy Artwork
Zonta House was fortunate enough to have the Ask Izzy roving art piece “Reach Out” at the Head Office for 2 weeks. Staff and participants of Positive Pathways added their words of encouragement and support, weaving them through the art piece.
• What would you say to a friend in crisis?
• Reach out
“Reaching out is no easy ask.
“It can scare us out of being there, and into retreat. A void for those who might need us in their space.
“But for some, our reaching out can mean the difference between their isolation and connection.” – artist Reeham Hakem.
www.askizzy.org.au a mobile website that connects people who are in crisis with services they need right now and nearby.
Four of the team headed down to Stockland Riverton to take part in the community artwork for National NAIDOC week.
The art work represents people sitting and yarning about the weather during the season of “Makuru” (Winter) and the rainbow running through the middle.
Urban Indigenous hosted this event once again and it was wonderful having a yarn while we worked.
It was a fantastic morning celebrating the start of National NAIDOC week with our friends at City of Canning.
Thank you for another successful Naidoc week walk ??❤️
An Evening with Zonta House
30 of our supporters were welcomed to Head Office for “An Evening with Zonta House” proudly sponsored by Nectar Mortgages: Lee Middleton and Community Sector Banking.
The astounding Di Annear talked though the early days of realising the need for somewhere safe for women to go and how she fought hard for the women who desperately needed accommodating.
Vanessa, our Positive Pathways Project Officer, gave an insight into a typical day in her role.
We heard from a brave survivor of domestic violence on her experiences in the first few days in our crisis centre and how the tools she has learnt and the love she has experienced has helped her on her journey.
Finally current Chairperson Leanne Nickels spoke about her 10 years on the Committee and what the future of Zonta House holds.
It was so wonderful to see so many coming out on the rainy Perth winters evening to support us and enjoy the stunning grazer courtesy of Carnival Creations, the women at the crisis centre were overjoyed with the packed up left overs for lunch.
On the 8th November 2018, we held our 2nd Annual Comedy Fundraiser at The Camfield. Once again Matt Hale Comedy Hypnotist brought the crowd to tears of laughter with his hilarious new show. Wonderful food was on offer and it was an amazing night enjoyed by over 90 of our supporters, staff, board and volunteers.
A huge THANK YOU to Kaleb from Jaques Photography for volunteering his time and skills to capture the night in photo.
Zonta House were named as finalists in the 2018 grants from Impact 100 WA. The evening was celebrated at Frasers Restaurant and Zonta House were awarded a grant of $10,000 which will go towards Positive Pathways for the next 12 months.
Agency Away Day
On 17th October 2018 we held our annual “Agency Away Day”. This full day is designed for all staff to get together, celebrate our achievements over the past 12 months and work on the plan for the year ahead.
As usual, the team building activity is always good fun! This year Haley Property Officer facilitate a macramé session with all staff.
City to Surf
Zonta House took part in our fourth City to Surf. This year the team included 21 staff, committee members, volunteers and supporters and made it over the finish line in 46 minutes.
A fundraising goal of $5,000 was set and this was achieved the day after the event with a grant total of $5,039.34. The funds contribute the continued running of our unfunded programs for 2018/2019 including Future Employment Connections and Supported Transitional Accommodation.
Telstra Business Awards
Zonta House was named one of five finalists in the 2018 Telstra Business Awards “Social Change Maker” category. The application process was a comprehensive review of our strategy and vision, financial acumen, social responsibility, people and culture and customers and marketing.
The awards night was held at The Westin Hotel in Perth and attended by 13 staff, management and committee members. It was a lovely evening celebrating the achievements of so many West Australian businesses. Congratulations to all the finalists and winners for 2018.
Five Zonta House staff attended the WA Community Services Excellence Awards. Zonta House was a finalist (1 of 4) in the Medium Size Organisation Category for the Safer Pathways program. Congratulations to Tuart Place – worthy winners of the category. It is great recognition to be a finalist for our dedicated staff, program and organisation – the award submission is judged by our peers based on collaboration, innovation and outcomes. There was a total of 99 submissions for the CSE Awards. Congratulations go to Zoe, Sharyn and Angie for the passion, care and energy they put into working alongside the brave and resilient women in the program.
Ride Against Domestic Violence
The 2018 Ride Against Domestic Violence tookpart in May and saw riders depart Busselton enroute for Perth to raise funds and awareness for Zonta House and six other refuges in the WA region. Deputy Premier the Hon. Roger Cook MLA and Dr Tony Buti MLA led the ride which, comprised of eight teams, of four riders each and were joined by leading Perth business people, employee representatives, union officials, professional athletes and other support riders in order raise money for seven women’s refuges between Busselton and Perth. In addition, to increase awareness of the issue of family and domestic violence and assist with funding preventive programs in the area of family and domestic violence.
LotteryWest Cheque Presentation
Zonta House has been awarded a Lotterywest grant of $385,952 towards the cost of renovations and Information Technology at our new Head Office located in Willetton. The purchase of the building was made possible by a generous donation from Lois Goodram and is set to officially open in March 2018.
Hon. Simone McGurk MLA attended the premises to present Glenda Scott Chairperson and Kelda Oppermann CEO with our Lotterywest Grant Certificate. Zonta House Chairperson, Glenda Scott said “this grant and commitment from Lotterywest is testament to the significant growth of the organisation in the past 4 years. We are looking forward to the next chapter of the Zonta House story and continuing to provide high quality services to women and their families in Western Australia who have experienced, or are at risk of experiencing family and domestic violence”
Thank you Lotterywest and the West Australian Community.