Funding boost for domestic violence service

Welcome donation: Ian Todd from Kingsgrove RSL, Andrews Harper, Mona Luxton and Joanne Garcia from Bay City Care. Picture: John Veage

Welcome donation: Ian Todd from Kingsgrove RSL, Andrews Harper, Mona Luxton and Joanne Garcia from Bay City Care. Picture: John Veage

Bay City Care has received a funding boost to their domestic violence program thanks to the generosity of nine St George clubs.

Bay City Care’s Counselling and Support Coordinator Mona Luxton said the $32,000 donation will allow them to run a new program tailored to primary school students.

‘’We’re really excited because this allows us to run the new program for younger kids,’’ she said.

‘’We’ve found that children develop and identify the characteristics of relationships much earlier. It’s definitely an area that has gone under the radar.’’

The program will teach students about bullying and what is a respectful relationship.

The organisations domestic violence program began in 2010 and has helped around 300 people in that time.

That includes domestic violence crisis care, food, clothing, counselling and case management.

The donation came from the Rockdale ClubGRANTS committee which includes representatives from Bexley RSL, Brighton-le-Sands RSL, Earlwood Bardwell Park RSL, Georges River 16ft Sailing, Kingsgrove RSL, Ramsgate RSL, Rockdale RSL, Rockdale Tennis Club and St George Rowing Club.

Committee chairman and Kingsgrove RSL general manager Ian Todd said the donation represented the clubs continuing focus to stand up against domestic violence 

“Rockdale ClubGRANTS committee is proud to provide financial support to this and other worthwhile projects in the St George community,’’ he said.

“Like Bay City Care, we at Kingsgrove RSL Club believe in empowering people and building strong communities.’’

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