Homeowners raise $50,000 for DV Connect
The Halcyon family has dug deep to raise a whopping $50,000 for Queensland’s peak domestic violence support organisation, DV Connect. Homeowners, staff, family and friends have organised and attended events ranging from a trivia night through to a gala ball for this very worthy cause.
The funds will be used to furnish DV Connect’s new bridging accommodation complex, currently being purpose-built by Halcyon and Mirvac on the northern Gold Coast. Due to open in June, the facility is the first of its kind in Queensland and will help affected women and their children start a fresh chapter in their lives.
The largest of Halcyon’s fundraising efforts came about after the community managers at the four northern communities - Halcyon Glades, Parks, Landing and Lakeside – banded together and organised a gala ball. 300 homeowners, staff, family, friends and members of the public donned formal attire and attended the ball at Kawana on the Sunshine Coast in early May.
The event raised $30,000 with the help of generous sponsors and funding from the Sunshine Coast Council. Guests were greeted with canapes and bubbles before sitting down to a delicious two-course meal that was followed by entertainment, dancing and various charity auctions.
Sunny Coast sports icon Duncan Armstrong OAM was MC. and guests heard the inspiring story of domestic violence survivor and volunteer educator Kim Groenewald who started a new life with the help of DV Connect.
On the Gold Coast, a trio of events at Halcyon Waters really put the fun in fundraising and, along with the proceeds of raffles, saw more funds tipped into the donation bucket. Organised by homeowner Lynda Peacock, the events included a trivia night attended by 80 people, an Easter dance party in the Leisure Club featuring musical duo Blonde Chocolate, and a picnic in the park with entertainment from the vocal group the Tenori – featuring three of The Ten Tenors.
“I think we’re very fortunate at this stage of life to be living in a community like Halcyon,” Lynda said. “So, it’s a great thing to be able to help a worthy cause while doing the fun things that we do here.” At Halcyon Greens, the skill, imagination and hard work of the community’s new craft group raised more than $1,100 and counting.
The ladies created dozens of snazzy items, ranging from soft toys to decoupage cactus pots, and sold them at a stall during the community’s well attended open day. Group member Chris Carter said the outcome was fantastic and a win-win for all involved. “They are a great bunch of ladies who are keen to have some social interaction, share some skills and give back to the community,” Chris said.
“There’s a sense that we’ve got enough of our own stuff here so what can we do to help others who are less fortunate. “We have some great ideas and we’re going to continue on with that community vibe.” The group is also making small quilts and knitted teddies for the children who will be living at the DV Connect facility.
Nearby at Vision by Halcyon, homeowners and staff staged a divine high tea and fashion parade event, which raised more than $2,400 from ticket and raffle sales. The afternoon soiree overlooking Vision’s waterfront drew 90 ladies who sipped on bubbles and dined on delicious savouries and sweet treats prepared by homeowners.
Attendees were treated to a parade of the latest autumn fashions from Change Alley that were beautifully modelled by homeowners Gail Hawkins, Lynn Young, Sue Parkes and Annette Langdon. They also heard from several guest speakers on beauty, health and wellness topics.
Two of the organisers, Anne Bousie and Rhondda Reiser, said they were delighted at the enthusiastic response from those who helped make the event possible and those who attended. “We were pleasantly surprised at the support shown and we are very happy with the outcome for this very worthwhile cause,” Rhondda said.