Council Donates $10,000 to Womens Shelter
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.