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DVCS is hoping to join forces with YOU this July

Alanna Davis

DVCS is super pumped to launch DIY July this year. 

So what is DIY July we hear you ask? It’s an opportunity for the Canberra community to create their own fundraising and awareness-raising events on behalf of DVCS, helping them to continue their support of those experiencing intimate partner, domestic and family violence within the ACT community.

The events don’t have to be huge and don’t have to raise huge amounts of money. You set the date, you set the budget, you set the goal and you set the invite list. How easy is that?

We are so excited about some of the events already lined up. These include a Community Garage Sale being hosted by Luton Properties Tuggeranong on 29 July, Harrison School are all wearing their PJs for a day in July and there’s a doTERRA Make and Take Class happening on 1 July.

But your event doesn’t need to be a public event, it could be something as simple as an office morning tea, a girls night in, a group exercise class or in Zac’s case, donating the money he received from his tooth fairy.

His family all matched his donation, so he donated $5 – the same amount of years he is!

DVCS would love to see more kids just like Zac getting involved. There are heaps of things little people could do, such as sell cupcakes, read books or cut their hair.

Organisers can choose to charge an entry fee, donate a certain amount of profit or create an EverydayHero page, depending on what type of event or activity they have planned. DVCS welcomes the opportunity to provide guidance and support in working out what is the most cost-effective way to fundraise.

Do you think you’ve got what it takes to create a wonderful DIY July event to support DVCS?

If so, DVCS would love to hear about it. If it’s an event open to the public, DVCS can support with coverage before the event and provide the community with an update afterwards and if your event is a private event, DVCS would absolutely love to share a photo with the community afterwards. Of course, if public recognition isn’t your thing, that’s cool too – we just want you to be involved!

What will the money be spent on?

Well, that’s up to you! DVCS have a few areas of need including emergency accommodation, including vouchers for food and petrol for those in emergency accommodation.On average one night of emergency accommodation costs $150, plus a food and/or petrol voucher of $30 and food packs.

Other areas include support groups DVCS provide to women and children who have lived with violence, averaging a cost of $1,000 per participant and fun activities for the children they support as part of their one on one engagement with children who have lived with violence in their homes. Alternatively, you can ask DVCS to apply your fundraising to the area most in need.

If you’re willing to take up the challenge, please contact DVCS direct on 02 6228 1794 or via email to [email protected].

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Alanna Davis

A proud Canberran for the majority of her life, Alanna is a mother of a teenage boy and cute cavoodle. She spends most of the winter months on the sideline of her son’s football games and is a passionate supporter of Canberra’s Brumbies and Raiders and our Caps and Cavs in the warmer months. When she isn’t on the sidelines screaming and cheering, she champions equality for women and has a particular interest in the safety of women online. Currently studying while working full time, when Alanna has some downtime, you’ll find her reading or painting. More about the Author