Help­ing heart over vi­o­lence

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS - CHAD VAN ESTROP

SA­CRED Heart Col­lege stu­dent So­phie Hedger knows the far-reach­ing ef­fects of fam­ily vi­o­lence.

For the past three years her home has been a sanc­tu­ary, tak­ing in chil­dren caught up in the scourge of fam­ily vi­o­lence.

So­phie’s mother is a foster carer and has taken in nu­mer­ous chil­dren in re­cent years — some younger than two years old.

“I feel a pas­sion be­cause it’s re­ally hard to see such young peo­ple af­fected so much,” So­phie said.

“Even sleep­ing for some of them is dif­fi­cult be­cause of where they’ve come from. It gives you an idea of how bad the prob­lem is.”

So­phie and fel­low Sa­cred Heart Col­lege stu­dent Mag­gie Rob­son (pic­tured right with So­phie) will hold a fundrais­ing event at Zigfrids Din­ing Hall and Bar this Wed­nes­day.

The event will raise funds for Gee­long fam­ily vi­o­lence out­reach ser­vice Bethany.

Through the ex­pe­ri­ences of her mother, a po­lice of­fi­cer work­ing in fam­ily vi­o­lence, Mag­gie is also acutely aware of the ef­fect fam­ily vi­o­lence has on the com­mu­nity.

“Some of the sto­ries you hear about vi­o­lence among fam­i­lies is quite con­fronting and those in­volved need help,” she said.

The pair hope to raise $10,000 for the work Bethany does in the com­mu­nity.

To buy a ticket for the event, visit www.try­book­ing.com/SBWJ

Pic­ture: PETER RISTEVSKI

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