SAHSSI 30 on Saturday, 10th August was another fantastic event in the Shoalhaven that occurred in August.  Approximately 63 supporters braved the cold and windy Huskisson morning to participate in the 30 km round trip walk from Huskisson to Iluka Beach and return.  We had a hockey team, people from Sydney, people from Bowral, Fiona Phillips MP and her family and many local people, including those who have supported this event for 3 years in a row!

This year’s event raised a little over $8,500 and is completely run by a local compassionate community member Joanne Warren with the help of the CWA Jervis Bay who make a large selection of treats and tea and coffee for people to enjoy at the halfway mark.

The Navy once again supported the event with volunteers and by allowing people to cross in front of HMAS Creswell (not normally permitted).  Boomerang Bags were there to provide a number of free repurposed bags to the lucky few who made it halfway first and the Heart Centre donated boxes of heartfelt items (food and handmade knitted items) to take back to the Nowra refuges.

This is a wonderful community event that not only raises money for SAHSSI, it provides the opportunity to have many important conversations and raise awareness for our work and the challenges women face in the Shoalhaven around domestic and family abuse and homelessness.  Joanne does a wide range of media and was even invited to speak at a large Navy Dinner on the work of SAHSSI and the event (which resulted in a $1,000 donation).

Over the three years Joanne has coordinated this event she has raised approximately $35,000.
What a wonderful and amazing woman! We cannot thank her enough.