Our hearts are full of appreciation for each of you who made Walk for WAGEC 2021 exceed all our expectations. What an incredible day.
453 of you walked or ran on Sunday, 210 of you completed your walk virtually and 69 WAGEC and Run for Good volunteers gave up their time to work at the event. Your fundraising, donations, volunteering, awareness raising, and participation was outstanding and helped us raise $247,090.
Special thanks to Yvonne Weldon for her beautiful Welcome to Country, the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP and Ms Jenny Leong MP for their impassioned speeches and to, The Run For Good Project, Cr Jess Scully Deputy Lord Mayor of Sydney, our generous event sponsors and Centennial Parklands, our host sponsor.
The funds will make a tangible difference in the lives of the women and families we support at WAGEC. They will deliver programs that could not go ahead without your support and that enable women to build futures that are truly safe for themselves and their families.
Beyond the dollars raised, there was a palpable energy and passion for creating gender equity on the day. Thank you to everyone who showed up and shined a light on the need for systemic and structural change. We have so much to celebrate. At the same time, our work does not end here.
This is why I encourage everyone in the WAGEC Community to continue advocating for change and having conversations with the people in your networks.
Fundraising will be open until the 31st May, so you can still donate to support women and families as they walk away from violence.
Our deepest gratitude goes to you for your support - it is thanks to your donations that women and families at WAGEC will be supported with programs that build economic security, enrich children’s development, nurture healing and well being and prevent violence from happening in the first place.
Thank you for doing your part and for joining WAGEC’s movement, we can’t wait to continue building our relationships with each of you as we work together to end gender-based violence in a generation.
Helen and The WAGEC Team