An exciting time in Sonya’s life is approaching – her wedding! In September, Sonya will marry her partner of six years surrounded by her friends and family. During this period of planning, Sonya realised she wanted to give back to a charity. She wanted a charity that supported those who were not so fortunate to be surrounded by boundless love.
Friends With Dignity is a charity that supports all victims of domestic violence. Their company mantra says that domestic violence does not discriminate, so neither do they; they seek to help every victim regardless of gender, ethnicity or sexuality. It is compromised entirely of volunteers who work with a network of refuge’s to support victims who have been displaced due to domestic violence. These men, women and children have to leave their homes due to fear. Often having nothing but the clothes on their back.
With these victims in mind, Sonya had a brilliant thought; instead of asking for wedding gifts, she would get her guests to bring a donation for Friends With Dignity. The donation could be anything from a washing basket and pegs to dishwashing detergent. It is often the little, but necessary, household items that are overlooked. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure and people don’t know how helpful they are to these victims. This way, instead of buying gifts for someone who is already so blessed with love, Sonya and her friends and family are paying it forward to those who need it.
If you, like Sonya, want to support the worthwhile cause at Friends With Dignity, you can visit their website at http://friendswithdignity.org.au/
If you are, or know anyone who is, a victim of domestic violence you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14 for 24/7 support.