Coun­cil Do­nates $10,000 to Wom­ens Shel­ter

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - News - Mayor Rus­sell hand­ing the do­na­tion cheque to Mrs McClel­land.

Hornsby Shire Coun­cil has do­nated $10,000 to the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shel­ter, in recog­ni­tion of the valu­able work it con­tin­ues to do.

“When I sug­gested this do­na­tion there was no hes­i­ta­tion among the coun­cil­lors, who voted unan­i­mously for it,” Hornsby Shire Mayor Steve Rus­sell said.

“Do­mes­tic vi­o­lence is a scourge we do not tol­er­ate and it’s been heart­en­ing to watch the community come to­gether in an ef­fort to elim­i­nate it.”

The shel­ter board di­rec­tor Sal­lianne McClel­land col­lected the cheque from Mayor Rus­sell and is highly grate­ful.

“It’s a huge re­lief and con­trib­utes sig­nif­i­cantly, mean­ing we don’t have to worry as much about the next rent cheque,” Mrs McClel­land said.

“We re­ceive no gov­ern­ment fund­ing at all, so each year we need $400,000 in fundrais­ing to con­tinue op­er­at­ing. “This do­na­tion helps us a lot.” The shel­ter has now been op­er­at­ing for more than a year and its 10 beds are al­ways full, with an av­er­age of 20 women hav­ing to be turned away each week.

“It’s ob­vi­ous there is a real need for this shel­ter in our community and Coun­cil is proud to be able to as­sist,” Mayor Rus­sell said.

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