Bechtel women raise money to combat violence
ALMOST $2000 raised on International Women's Day was donated to help support people affected by domestic and family violence.
The successful fundraising event was organised by Jody McMullen from the Women at Bechtel Mainland Group earlier this month.
To raise the money, Ms McMullen ran an auction with a difference.
Instead of selling items, Ms McMullen auctioned off skills including cake making, hairdressing, personal training sessions and even Harley Davidson rides.
All proceeds went directly to the Gladstone Coordinated Community Response to Domestic and Family Violence to support their mission to help people affected by domestic and family violence.
Ms McMullen said Bechtel was proud to support the community-run group.
"It's such an important issue in our community," Ms McMullen said.
Chairwoman Sergeant Vicki Dredge was invited to represent the group.
She used the opportunity to highlight some of the work the group was doing within the community to raise awareness about domestic and family violence.
The latest project for the group is the LOVE BiTES program, which aims to run in every school in the district.
LOVE BiTES is a government-approved program based on the best practice standards of education programs and is recommended by the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearing House.