Commending the Walk for WAGEC - fundraising for vital frontline domestic and family violence services

Today in Parliament, Abigail passed a motion recognising the incredible, community-led Walk for WAGEC, raising funds for programs for women and children experiencing domestic and family violence, and urged the NSW Government to pledge funding for similar grassroots organisations.

Abigail sad:

I move: 

(1) That this House notes that:

  • on Sunday 5 May 2024, thousands of people joined the “Walk for WAGEC”, a 10 km walk at Centennial Park to raise money for women and children experiencing domestic and family violence;
  • Walk for WAGEC raised over $400,000 this year, which will help deliver crucial programs and services for women and children to restore safety, build financial independence and promote healing and recovery from trauma; 
  • Women’s and Girls’ Emergency Centre (WAGEC) is a feminist, grassroots organisation that supports women and children in crisis, providing support to an estimated 200 women and children every night through services including material aid, financial independence programs, case management, holistic wrap-around support, accommodation and crisis responses; 
  • the mission of Walk for WAGEC is to recognise that gendered violence impacts all of us, which is why all people across the community are invited to participate in the walk each year to support women and children to walk away from violence; and
  • while community-led initiatives like Walk for WAGEC make a huge difference in raising funds and awareness for those affected by gendered violence, it is the role of all levels of government to lead the fight to eliminate violence against women and children, through robust policy accompanied by significant investment in frontline prevention and response services and programs.

(2) That this House commends the work of all those involved in organising and participating in Walk for WAGEC, and calls on the NSW Government to commit to supporting organisations like WAGEC to continue carrying out vital frontline services and programs to women and children experiencing domestic and family violence, homelessness and systemic disadvantage.


Read the transcript in Hansard here.

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