Stars give big for Northern Beaches women
Local celebrities are lending their support to homeless women on the Northern Beaches by donating unique and priceless items for a charity auction.
Surfing legend Layne Beachley AO and actor Richard Roxburgh have donated two very special auction items for the Northern Beaches Women’s Shelter annual gala on Saturday 25 May.
Beachley, regarded as the most successful female surfer in history, is offering a once-in-a-lifetime private surfing lesson to one lucky bidder.
Roxburgh is providing a never-to-be-repeated, personalised outgoing voicemail message in character as Cleaver Greene, from Rake. The message will provide a humorous explanation of the phone owner’s inability to take the call.
NBWS President Rosy Sullivan said, “Bidding is open to everyone, so if you missed out on a ticket to the Gala you can still join in the action.”
You can register and bid on silent auction items before the event at galabid.com/auction/nbws2019 - offsite bidders interested in live auction items can contact the Shelter directly on 9977 7772.
Sullivan said the Shelter relies on the goodwill of the community to look after hundreds of women across the Northern Beaches.
“We continue to be blown away by the generosity of our local community and the support we receive from local celebrities like Layne and Richard.
“The Northern Beaches Women’s Shelter provides a safe haven for hundreds of women across the Northern Beaches who find themselves homeless due to domestic violence, financial trouble, drug or alcohol addiction, or mental health issues.
“Our goal is to help these women rebuild their lives and rejoin the community. We’ve supported well over 400 homeless women since 2010 – 120 in 2018 alone.”
Other auction items up for grabs include:
Five-night stay at a Japanese ski lodge
Two-night stay at Bannisters Port Stephens with BMW car hire and a day spa voucher
Overnight stays at the Novotel and Sebel Manly
Fine-dining experiences at award-winning restaurants
Massages, hair treatments, beauty products, fragrances and pampering packs
Gym memberships and sporting experiences
Original artworks and photography
Fashion, jewellery, handbags, gifts, homewares, food and wine, and electronics
“Our charity auction is a cornerstone fundraising event for the Shelter – and it’s also a lot of fun,” Sullivan said.
Since the Shelter first opened its doors in Manly in 2010, it has grown to provide crisis accommodation and support to hundreds of women across the Northern Breaches.
Trained and experienced welfare workers provide a safe space to stay and on-site support 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
The Shelter is funded through corporate sponsors, private foundations, Council grants and contributions from generous individuals and volunteers.