DIG IN: RAAF Base Amberley personnel attend a lunch to help raise funds for domestic violence support group Friends with Dignity.
DIG IN: RAAF Base Amberley personnel attend a lunch to help raise funds for domestic violence support group Friends with Dignity. David Nielsen

RAAF dine in to support victims of domestic violence

Luke Duffy and James Tockuss with Friends With Dignity's Julia McKenna and Joan O'Keefe.

A FUNDRAISER for domestic violence support group Friends With Dignity held at RAAF Base Amberley last week raised more than $4200 for the charity.

No. 36 Squadron's Marcus Emsley and his partner Jeunesse Douglas hosted a curry lunch on Friday as part of efforts to help victims of domestic violence.

Friends With Dignity is a community-based organisation which helps men, women and children escape domestic violence and rebuild their lives.

Leading Aircraftman Emsley said the funds had already been put to use in one of the group's new sanctuary facilities.

Friends With Dignity offers short-term shared emergency accommodation to victims of domestic violence as well as long-term furnished community housing, known as sanctuary accommodation, for families that can't return to their home.

The organisation has opened 26 sanctuary homes in two months throughout the country.

"Our donation has already gone towards paint supplies to get a house organised, but it is going to make a huge amount of difference to more than just one house and help a lot of people over Christmas," Ldg Aircraftman Emsley said.

Ldg Aircraftman Emsley said they were looking at hosting a family fun day for the next fundraising event and a furniture donation drive next year.

Amberley's No. 36 Squadron is an ambassador for White Ribbon Day, with a C17 displaying the white ribbon on the aircraft.



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