Friends with Dignity named Charity of the Year 2018

Local domestic violence support charity Friends with Dignity has been named Charity of the Year!

The national not-for-profit organisation was given the honour at the Australian Charity Awards 2018.

“It is truly such an honour for Friends With Dignity to be recognised as the Australian Charity of the Year for 2018,” Friends With Dignity Founder and Chief
Executive Officer, Manuela Whitford said.


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“This amazing achievement not only highlights the dedication and drive volunteers have to make a difference to the lives of people affected by domestic and family violence, but how this epidemic affects society as a whole.”

Friends with Dignity is an organisation with a vision focused on providing a platform for anyone to volunteer, and in turn change the perception and statistics of domestic and family violence throughout Australia.

“The practical support offered by the local community, ensuring that families have no reason to return to a life of abuse and violence, is equally overwhelming
and humbling,” Ms Whitford said.

“Our service is built from a mutual passion and determination to make a difference to families whom we will never meet. It’s about doing what we can
within our capacity to support our neighbours and community.”

Ms Whitford says the charity’s goal is to “make people 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.”

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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