Gold Coast charity Friends with Dignity appoints Rosie Batty as ambassador

Former Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty has been named an official ambassador of national domestic and family violence support charity, Friends With Dignity.

“We are thrilled to welcome Rosie on-board as an official ambassador of Friends With Dignity, and are very grateful for her support and encouragement,” said Friends With Dignity directors, Manuela Whitford, Julia McKenna and Zoe Scharenguivel.

“This ongoing relationship is a very positive step forward for both the organisation and our amazing team of volunteers, and will greatly assist us progress with our national expansion and the invaluable work we gift to those who have been affected by domestic and family violence with purpose, dignity and hope.”

Ms Batty, a tireless domestic and family violence crusader said she appreciates the really direct support that Friends With Dignity offers victims of family violence.

“Coming on board as an ambassador of Friends With Dignity keeps me connected to a grass roots organisation, and I seek to do what I can to change the lives of victims of domestic and family violence,” said Ms Batty.

“I really appreciate the simplicity and practical nature of what Friends With Dignity does, it is very thoughtful and if I was in this space, it would mean a hell of a lot to me.

“It is genuine acts of kindness that people are not expecting – a really special thing. To not ask for anything in return, to offer material aid with dignity, I think that it’s very valuable, and a wonderful thing to do.”

Friends With Dignity is a 100% volunteer driven model, totally self-funded and reliant on donations of new and pre-loved whitegoods, furniture and household items from the community. With these, they transform empty spaces in to welcoming homes called “Sanctuaries” for men, women and children leaving refuge to start a new life.

“What I like about Friends With Dignity is that they have identified a gap and a need, and offer a very practical way to help support victims at a time in crisis,” said Ms Batty.

Ms Batty shares Friends With Dignity’s goal to make the community more aware that domestic and family violence does not discriminate, and that we all have a role and can do something — no matter how big or small.

“My aim is to provide a voice for the victims, and to speak out in all areas of society spreading my main messaging, seeking to change community attitudes and behaviours toward domestic and family violence,” said Ms Batty.

“I want to remain connected and this is the reason I continue to speak out. All victims should be respected, and this is part of my journey.”

In her new role as Friends With Dignity ambassador, Ms Batty intends to offer her direct support by attending fundraising events raising valuable dollars to assist the work of Friends With Dignity.

“My goal is to help raise awareness and draw attention to the valuable work Friends With Dignity is doing to help support victims at the lowest points of their lives,” said Ms Batty.

“I’ve always looked at ways to help with fundraising across Australia for those who are assisting victims in crisis.

“I aim to smartly and effectively maximise fundraising and give my direct support in whatever way that I can to help Friends With Dignity to achieve their goals, which includes expanding their services to different states of Australia.”

The announcement caps off an eventful month for the national not-for-profit organisation which was recognised as the Australian Charity of the Year 2018 as part of the The Australian Charity Awards in August, and celebrated its third birthday on 1 September.

Rosie Batty is confirmed to attend the ‘A Magical Christmas Gala Charity Ball’ on Saturday 17 of November, 2018 at the Southport Sharks Event Centre on the Gold Coast.

Tickets can be purchased here.

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