Four ways you can support Women’s Legal Service Queensland

Article supplied by The Coffee Commune

Across Australia, one in five women will experience domestic violence. One in five.

On average one woman will die every eight days at the hands of her partner or former partner. One in eight.

Thankfully, there are organisations like Women’s Legal Service in Queensland (WLSQ) who provide free legal assistance and support for these vulnerable women and their children. 

Last financial year, WLSQ helped 5,248 women impacted by domestic and family violence. Calls to the free WLSQ Helpline soared during the pandemic, with a team of volunteer solicitors answering 13,397 calls – an increase of 28 per cent over the previous financial year.

This equates to an average of 50 calls per day. 

Sadly, due to lack of resources and rapidly increasing demand, 30 per cent of these calls to the Helpline go answered. The unfortunate reality is, there is no way to know when these women will have the courage or the opportunity to call again.

Coffee Commune’s founder Phillip Di Bella wants to do something about it.

On May 21 2022, Phillip Di Bella and his 14-year-old daughter Arnika Di Bella will put on their dancing shoes and participate in Dancing CEOs, Brisbane’s most entertaining annual gala event for a cause.

Phillip and Arnika will take to the stage alongside other business leaders to raise much needed funds to support the prevention of domestic violence.

Dance rehearsals are already underway with Anna at Mad Dance House, and while they are nervous, Phillip and Arnika are excited to put on a great show at Brisbane City Hall as Team Father/Daughter Dynamo!

First dance rehearsal session with Anna from Mad Dance House.

Help us raise $30,000 for Women’s Legal Service

By donating to Dancing CEOs, you aren’t just supporting Phillip Di Bella – you are helping another Queensland woman and her children to safety.

There are four ways you can help us reach our fundraising tally:

1. Buy Wildflower coffee beans online or in the cafe

We have created a limited edition coffee blend called Wildflower, with tasting notes of delicate floral and deep chocolate flavours. Wildflower recognises the delicate beauty and fearless spirit of the women in our lives.

The Coffee Commune is proud to support Dancing CEO’s and Women’s Legal Service QLD, with $20 from every bag sold going to this amazing cause.

Click here to order this limited edition Wildflower blend.

2. Buy a raffle ticket to win a luxury Whitsundays holiday

Dancing CEO’s are currently running an incredible raffle to raise money for Women’s Legal Service Queensland. For just $50, you and five friends could be climbing on board your own private jet and winging your way to paradise for three nights and four days of ultra-luxurious cruising and dining in Australia’s best yachting waters.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and every moment will be unforgettable.

All proceeds go directly to the Dancing CEOs and the Women’s Legal Service Queensland to break the cycle of domestic violence.

Every raffle ticket sold through this link will be added to Phillip’s Dancing CEOs fundraising tally.

3. Come along to our Old School Disco

The Coffee Commune has decided to host a mini fundraising event to raise even more funds for this wonderful cause. Think of our Old School Disco like a warm-up event for Phillip & Arnika!

When: Saturday 30 April 2022

Where: The Coffee Commune, 82 Abbotsford Rd, Bowen Hills, 4006 QLD

Time: 7-11pm

Tickets are $120 per person and include:

  • Canapes
  • Live food stations
  • 4 hour alcohol and drinks package
  • Silent Auction
  • Entertainment

Most of the proceeds from this event will go towards the charity. This is an event not to be missed. Click here to purchase tickets.

4. Make a direct donation.

If you wish to make a direct donation to this wonderful cause, you can do so via Phillip’s Dancing CEO’s fundraising tally. No matter how big or small, every little bit helps to provide safer futures for women and their children.

Thank you for your support. 

If you or someone you know is experiencing or has experienced domestic and family violence, there are many services in addition to Women’s Legal Service that can help:

  • If it is an emergency, contact Queensland Police Service (000) for immediate response. 
  • DV Connect (1800 811 811) is an organisation that provides crisis support and counseling, as well as a women’s refuge service assisting women and children affected by a domestic violence incident to obtain placement into crisis care.
  • 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) is a telephone helpline for friends and family to report if someone they know is experiencing domestic violence.
  • Relationships Australia QLD (1300 364 277) is an organisation that provides relationship support and advice to individuals and families across Queensland.
  • Mensline (1800 041 612) is a national telephone and online support, information and referral service for men.
  • Women’s Legal Service (1800 957 957) and Legal Aid QLD (1300 65 11 88) provides free legal advice and legal support services to victims of domestic violence.
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