ST HILDA’S Anglican School for Girls has offered a helping hand to young women seeking assistance with domestic violence, drug addition, depression and other issues.
The school pledged 50 per cent of money raised from the school’s inaugural Gala Dinner to the Esther Foundation, one of the largest residential programs in Australia supporting women across a variety of struggles in their lives.
Parents and Friends Association president Sally Vasudavan said the net proceeds totalled $29,351, and attendees at the dinner were addressed by Patricia Lavater, the founder of the women’s program.
“Three young ladies shared their life struggles and their experience with the Foundation, which was very moving and resonated with parents in the audience,” Mrs Vasudavan said.
South Perth resident Anita Maxwell entered the Esther Foundation program three years ago, after becoming addicted to methamphetamine, losing her home and having her children taken from her.
“I’m very grateful for what they’ve done for me,” she said.
“If it wasn’t for the Esther Foundation, I’d either be dead or in jail.”
Ms Maxwell has now earned back everything she lost, and is employed full time by the Foundation.
The Esther Foundation also helps women integrate back in to the community and workplace via their cafe in Como, with women able to get their Certificate in Hospitality and improve their skills.