Friends With Dignity honoured with Australian Charity Award

Local domestic violence support charity Friends with Dignity has been recognised at the Australian Charity Awards.

The national not-for-profit organisation took home the Outstanding Achievement award.

“It is truly such an honour for Friends With Dignity to be recognised for Outstanding Achievement (OAA) in The Australian Charity Awards 2019,” said Friends With Dignity Chief Executive Officer, Manuela Whitford.


“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 big 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,” said Friends With Dignity Chief Financial Officer, Julia McKenna.

“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.”

Friends With Dignity relies on donations of new and pre-loved whitegoods, furniture and household items from the community to create “sanctuaries” for men, women and children leaving refuge to start a new life.

“We take pride in that we are in some way limiting landfill and unnecessary waste, taking an environmentally-friendly approach in all that we do,” said Ms Whitford.

“This award will provide further exposure, recognition and acknowledgement for our innovative 100% charitable model, also providing increased awareness to the general public that want to help but don’t know how, we can provide them this opportunity.”

In celebration of this award, Friends With Dignity invites all supporters to attend its “A Magical Christmas Gala Charity Ball” on Saturday, 16th of November, 2019 at the Southport Sharks Event Centre on the Gold Coast.

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