Aprons on!

Buy a kitchen cre­ation to keep the shel­ter open

Monthly Chronicle - - The Fabric Of Your Society -

Aprons are back in fash­ion thanks to cel­e­brated lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional artists who cre­ated a range of stun­ning aprons for a $30,000 Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shel­ter fundrais­ing drive.

Bid­ding to snap up one of th­ese cov­eted cre­ations is open un­til mid­day on Oc­to­ber 31, at https:// gal­abid.com/auc­tion/hkws.

Premier Gla­dys Bere­jik­lian donned one of the 100 be­spoke aprons at a launch at Hornsby West­field, along with new Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai May­ors Philip Rud­dock and Jen­nifer An­der­son.

“It’s in­spir­ing to see so many lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional artists us­ing their cre­ative skills to sup­port our shel­ter,” com­ments Sal­lianne McClel­land, Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shel­ter Pres­i­dent.

“From renowned, award­win­ning artist Ken Done to ex­cep­tion­ally tal­ented PLC Vis­ual Arts stu­dents, the good­will and en­thu­si­asm for this year's event was in­cred­i­ble.”

Over the last two years, this lo­cal ini­tia­tive has auc­tioned 200 aprons, painted and stitched by artists from five coun­tries, rais­ing $25,000 for HKWS.

“Al­most $500,000 is needed each year to keep our doors open,” said Sal­lianne. “The shel­ter pro­vides around the clock case­work­ers, food and ac­com­mo­da­tion plus a team of vol­un­teers who work tire­lessly with­out tak­ing a cent to pro­vide ev­ery­thing else needed to keep the shel­ter run­ning.

“Af­ter stay­ing with us, 85% of our clients are able to turn their lives around by get­ting train­ing, find­ing work or shar­ing a house with another woman they met at the refuge. But it’s heart­break­ing that we need to turn away five women a week due to lim­ited re­sources.”

Sal­lianne McClel­land Pres­i­dent of the Board, CEO Women’s Com­mu­nity Shel­ters Annabelle Daniel and her daugh­ter Wil­low wear­ing some of the be­spoke cre­ations

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