Helping heart over violence
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