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In a new initiative, 3 local Bayside small business women have joined forces to raise much needed funds for Open Family Australia....
Amanda Ashton, Jo Butler and Nikki Claringbold all operate small businesses in the local Bayside area. This community minded group of women have teamed up to present the 3 annual Boutique Shopping Events in aid of Open Family Australia.
Spokeswoman for the group, Amanda Ashton said she was inspired by a chance meeting with the CEO of Open Family Australia, Sue Renkin, to make a difference in the lives of at-risk and homeless young people. "I was alarmed to learn that statistics show that now, more than 32,000 young people sleep on our streets every night. It was during a regular monthly meeting to discuss business with my two colleagues that the concept was realised. When the Westpac Bank graciously offered the venue for our event, we knew we could initiate an opportunity that would help to raise funds and really make a difference to the lives of these young people, while still keeping the cause local to the Bayside area.
Open Family Australia have a local community presence with their recently relocated Recycle Boutique in Hampton Street, Hampton and this event will help to promote the work that their amazing group of volunteers do. We will be taking a Gold Coin donation for entry or a bag of clothes to donate to the Hampton Street store. 10% of the days takings will be donated to Open Family Australia, along with proceeds of a raffle for a “Spring into Style” Hamper with goods kindly donated by all the participating small business owners attending the event."
Open Family Australia for more than 30 years; have been providing outreach support and services to homeless and at-risk young people. Their client group are disadvantaged young people between 12 to 25 years of age, from a wide range of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. These young people are some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people in our society and require early intervention to help them survive this critical time in their young lives.
Together the women hope to raise $10,000.00 this year for the Open Family Australia cause.
For further details or to make a donation to this event, please contact:
Amanda Ashton 0400 562 312 or
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