AWNY Annual Charity Wrap Up – May 2014 to April 2015

by Peta Arthurson

Over the past 12 months, I have been privileged to lead the AWNY Charity Role with the support of an amazing committee. Over the year we have held a number of events and were able to donate substantial funds to extremely worthwhile charities. Here is a brief overview of these events and charitable donations.


In July, attendees were inspired by the work of Audette Exel whose profits from her corporate advisory firm Adara Group, fund her foundation working with communities in remote Uganda and Nepal, improving health, education and development projects. This event was supported by the Macquarie Group.

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In October, we held a sellout event at the exclusive Soho House, where Georgina Duckworth spoke about the mission of the Friends of Australian Wildlife Conservancy. They assist in the acquisition of land for use of conservation of threatened species and ecosystems in remote Australia. We were able to raise and donate $861.70 from this event and we continue to promote other fundraising events held by Friends of Australian Wildlife Conservancy.

AWNY SSF Volunteer Day

In December, six fabulous AWNY women attended the Sanctuary for Families Volunteer day where we wrapped and sorted presents for the families in most need of gifts at Christmas. A number of AWNY volunteers were also helping at an invitation mailing day in April.

Working in the USA

In March, Belinda Jackson’s, annual Working in the USA event was kindly sponsored by QBE and this enabled us to give the profits of $990 from the event to Sanctuary for Families. Sanctuary for Families provides domestic violence victims, sex trafficking victims, and their children with a range of comprehensive services.

With our additional funds raised of $1,500 from various other events throughout the year, the committee unanimously decided to donate this to the Adara Group to assist with current earthquake relief efforts in the communities in remote Nepal. Here are some more details on the work of Adara Group in Nepal.

We trust that you will agree, that the above charities were all worthwhile causes and that with your support, we were able to achieve these excellent results.

This year, the Charity Lead role is Taya Sedgman, who is already coming up with marvelous ways to ensure the members of AWNY help with our charity efforts.

If you would like to read more about any of the above charities, please see the below links. Thank you again for your support and I look forward to raising more money and awareness this year.

Author: Australian Women in New York

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