Facilitating Change: Tackling Domestic Violence in our Community

Sutherland Shire Family Services was honoured to be the beneficiary of the 2016 Community & Business Leader’s Luncheon hosted by Capital Bluestone, along with its joint venture partner Cronulla Sharks on March 11, 2016.

At the event, attendees listened to engaging and thought-provoking speeches on the issue of Domestic Violence, and were encouraged to support Sutherland Shire Family Services to help ensure children and families impacted by domestic violence in our community get the help they need.

Special guests at the luncheon included White Ribbon Ambassador and TV personality Andrew O’Keefe, Sutherland Shire Council Mayor Cr Carmelo Pesce, Miranda Police Local Area Commander Superintendent Michael O’Toole, Cronulla state MP Mark Speakman and Miranda state MP Eleni Petinos representing NSW Premier Mike Baird.

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Photo Credit: Victor Lee, Vivi Events  (Left Image  (L-R))  Andrew O’Keefe, Marcelo Veloz (Sharks), Diane Manns (SSFS), Ben Fairfax (Capital Bluestone) and Dominic Sullivan (PAYCE)


Supporters of SSFS, Capital Bluestone, Charter Hall and PAYCE opened their contact books and encouraged business leaders from across Sydney to be facilitators of change by committing funds over three years, allowing SSFS to provide ongoing services that lead to safety and wellbeing for families in the Sutherland Shire and St George region.

SSFS chief executive officer Dianne Manns said the demand for services continued to exceed their supply due to resourcing shortages and these donations would go a long way to helping families to feel safe and move forward in their lives. “Many of our programs and groups for children, young people and families help eliminate isolation and help people begin to heal from the trauma many have experienced,” she said.