Cafes across Orange have put donation tins out this week and are selling merchandise and running promotions to help raise money and awareness of the Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Centre in Orange.
Twenty-one cafes are taking part in the fundraiser, and on Friday several of them will donate $1 from every cup of coffee sold to Housing Plus.
The day, coined A Shot of Support aims to raise awareness and funds to create a state of the art purpose built crisis centre for women and children experiencing domestic violence in Orange, where this is twice the state average of domestic violence incidents.
Simply Nile Cafe owner Frank Mohun is one of those helping the cause.
“I think it’s a worthy cause for the community and if we can do a little bit for it it’s great,” he said.
On any given night in the Orange region, more than 20 women and their children are at serious threat of harm or death from domestic violence and at least half of those women need emergency accommodation so for the past two year Housing Plus has been working to establish a state of the art crisis centre.
Not only will it provide safe and secure accommodation for women and children at risk of threat of further violence or death that supports their independence but it will also provide support to the wider community aimed at prevention.
Housing Plus CEO David Fisher said he’s delighted by the support from the café’s.
“We know that the community will get out and support them and us on the day because that is how Orange works. They see the need and are rallying around to get this happening,” he said.
“The support the community, individuals, businesses, community groups, council and state and federal governments is overwhelming and demonstrates how it can be done.”
To date, $1.1 million of the $1.7 million needed has been raised.
“Now we are almost two thirds of the way there, the designs and planning application are being prepared and we have a potential on site start date of January 2018,” Mr Fisher said.
“Our plans are for a central hub with independent units in a safe and secure environment.”
Housing Plus head of community services Penny Dordoy said the crisis centre will not be a ‘refuge’ in the traditional sense.
“The centre will provide a one-stop shop for women and children experiencing domestic violence, including short-term high security beds, self-contained units for more independence and eventually transitional housing,” she said.
“The centre will also work with young people to break the cycle of violence and run prevention programs at the centre as well as in the community.
Cafes participating in Friday’s fundraiser include:
- Scrumptious On Summer Cafe
- Crema on Lords
- Village Bakehouse Orange
- Coco's Cafe and Catering
- Byng Street Local Store and Hospital Coffee Cart
- Factory Espresso
- Cafe Latte
- The Dutch Embassy Espresso Bar and Cafe
- Kate Jones at 119
- Good Eddy, Pickle&Fig
- Simply Nile Cafe
- The Burrow - Cafe
- 2k's Cafe
- Mervs Eatery
- Soho on Byng
- The Organic Grocer and Co.
For more information visit the Shot of Support Facebook page.