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Charity, Special event days

Last Saturday, 7th September 2013 was the Legacy Defence Force Charity Ball. It was a momentous day for many reasons; not only did we have a change of government and a Wallabies football game, but the annual Australian Aerospace Defence Charity Ball supporting Legacy as well. Over 700 guests were on their feet applauding the bravery of Ms Beckie McKinney, as she told her heroic story, and the invaluable support Legacy provided to her and her two children.

As an ex-defence force member myself, supporting Legacy is something that I am very passionate about. For the second consecutive year running, Xennox Diamonds was again proud to support Legacy and the Defence Charity Ball by donating a $10,000 diamond tennis bracelet. More than 500 tickets were sold on the night and the winner was one very lucky lady.

Legacy Defence Force Charity Ball – 2nd chance draw

Defence Force Charity Ball - Diamond Studs

Don’t worry if you missed out on winning the bracelet. We have decided to offer everyone that attended the Ball and entered our second chance draw the chance to win a $2,000 pair of diamond stud earrings as our way of saying thank you for supporting Legacy.

The lucky winner is…….

Jessica Ward

Legacy

Legacy is a voluntary organisation providing services to Australian families suffering financially and socially after the death of a spouse or parent during or after their defence force service. Legacy currently cares for over 100,000 widows and 1,900 children and dependents throughout Australia. Legacy Week runs from Sunday 1st to Saturday 7th September every year, with the Legacy Defence Charity Ball held as the finale to a fantastic week of fundraising. 

Defence Force Special Offer

At Xennox Diamonds we are proud to support our troops. To give back in the one way we know how and thank them for their service, sacrifice and strength, we wish to extend a 10% discount to all the defence force men and women who have served our country. Please call us or email us to find out more about our defence discounts and special offers. 

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Charity, Personal, Special event days

VINNIES CEO SLEEPOUT - AUSTRALIAN CHARITIES - CHARITY ORGANISATIONS DONATE - DONATIONS2013 Vinnies CEO Sleepout Thursday 20 June

The aim of the Vinnies CEO Sleepout is not only to raise funds, but raise awareness of and for our countries homelessness.  The slogan for this year is to #halvehomelessness.

Vinnies Evening Event

Vinnies CEO Sleepout

I thought i would give you an insight to what occurs on the night. The event usually starts of with a Merlot coffees van and a soup from the amazing crew from Rosies . Throughout the evening there are video diary rooms for CEO’s to record how the experience has affected them. Here is mine. Following this, there are usually some amazing speeches from people who have been directly affected by poverty, and have seen first hand the great work Vinnies do. 

It might be staggering for you to learn that there are more than 100,000 Australians who find themselves homeless each night of the year. Just under half of these are women; a quarter are under the age of 18.

Some more Stats that i found appalling.

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• 58% of homeless people are under 35 years of age
• 44% are women and;
• 12% are under 12 years of age

Having been involved since 2011, i have helped raise more than $15 000 for Vinnies. This is a cause that i do feel very passionately about. What i learnt from the previous years events, was that some of the people on the street are there through no fault of their own, just as a result of circumstance or bad luck. The people who live on the street are no different from you or I, they have families and people who care about them. Some people may see them as lazy or unwilling, however when you get to know some of them, you find out that the problems can run much deeper. Some of them are suffering from sever depression, or other mental illnesses that prevent them from   climbing out of the hole they find themselves in. Attending these events has really taught me to have a great deal of compassion for our countries homeless. I urge anyone that can help in anyway to make a donation to Vinnies, whether it $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, so they can continue doing their great work. 

 

 

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