Curry night helps set up men’s shelter for needy
GLADSTONE's churches are joining the fight to combat domestic and family violence with new initiatives to benefit those in need.
St Saviour's Church in the Anglican Parish held a curry night fundraiser to be the catalyst for a much-needed men's shelter in town, while the Salvation Army Church has plans from the fantastic efforts of Red Shield Appeal funds that will filter back to the Gladstone branch.
St Saviour's Church warden Kerry Yates said Friday night's curry fundraiser was a great success along with raffles and prizes.
"We raised a goodly sum towards the men's shelter and the soup kitchen," she said.
"We have the premises for it. Now we need to get awareness of it into the community."
She said organisations dealing with domestic violence, the police and the church would have access and knowledge about the shelter.
"We are still looking for donations of furniture and we will be in constant need," she said.
"The church has started and it's paying the rent - it would be nice to get a grant to have that paid for.
She said it would be an important place for people who get to the stage where they can't talk to their family and need some time out.
"They should be going somewhere where it's nice and peaceful and they're made to feel of worth," she said.
Meanwhile, funds raised from the Salvation Army's Red Shield Appeal will also go towards combating domestic violence.
The Gladstone community enjoyed free concerts over the weekend by the Bundamba Salvation Army Corps at Gladstone Marina Parklands and the Goondoon St church as a thank you for the funds raised.
Lieutenant Chris Ford said the funds were still being tallied, "but we should hit our goals and I'm quite pleased about that".
"We have a huge need in welfare at the moment but we're also seeing an increase in domestic violence cases," he said.
"We have a few ideas of how we can use those funds but it's still early days."
If you or someone you know is impacted by family or domestic violence, call 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800 RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000.