• Auctioneer for the event Tim Gavel

    Auctioneer for the event Tim Gavel

  • Bronwyn Fagan and Tim Gavel

    Bronwyn Fagan and Tim Gavel

  • Anna McNeil and Sarah Crowe

    Anna McNeil and Sarah Crowe

  • Maxine and Rod Price

    Maxine and Rod Price

  • Cathy Furner, Andrew and Karen Klein

    Cathy Furner, Andrew and Karen Klein

  • Kezlee Gray and Harry Hobbs

    Kezlee Gray and Harry Hobbs

  • Karina Harris and Neil Hobbs

    Karina Harris and Neil Hobbs

  • Daniel Storey and Ashley O'Donnell

    Daniel Storey and Ashley O'Donnell

  • George Diamond, John Mihailaros and Richard Buker

    George Diamond, John Mihailaros and Richard Buker

  • Shane Rattenbury, Robyn Martin, Lian Louis, Linda and Yvette Berry

    Shane Rattenbury, Robyn Martin, Lian Louis, Linda and Yvette Berry

  • Victor Harcourt, Lorraine Walker and Mike Ross Di Bartelo

    Victor Harcourt, Lorraine Walker and Mike Ross Di Bartelo

  • Belinda Ding, Amy Winner and Amanda Nuttall

    Belinda Ding, Amy Winner and Amanda Nuttall

  • Pam Jenkins and Elizabeth Cusack

    Pam Jenkins and Elizabeth Cusack

  • Bron Hicks, Narhan Brewer and Nathan Smith

    Bron Hicks, Narhan Brewer and Nathan Smith

  • Alison Cooke and Juanita Flett

    Alison Cooke and Juanita Flett

  • Haley Aitken and Anna McNeil

    Haley Aitken and Anna McNeil

  • Georgie Turnbull and Sarah Lowe

    Georgie Turnbull and Sarah Lowe

  • Laura Calabro, Jodie Anderson and Ji-Shen Loong

    Laura Calabro, Jodie Anderson and Ji-Shen Loong

  • Robyn Martin, Lian Louis, Liana Westcott and Rosemary Southgate

    Robyn Martin, Lian Louis, Liana Westcott and Rosemary Southgate

  • Linda from 'beryl women inc' with MargAret Cresswell.

    Linda from 'beryl women inc' with MargAret Cresswell.

Beryl Women Inc & RK Lawyers Fundraiser

25 November 2015

There’s a palpable momentum for us all - government, business and the community- to find solutions for domestic violence, and violence against women. Rosie Batty was integral to us realising and accepting the enormity of the problem and has delivered in spades advice and solutions that hopefully will be instigated.

In a smaller and very local way the support for the grass-roots need of shelters for women and children desperately trying to escape the cycle of despair, feel safe and secure and find the support they need to make changes in their lives was epitomised by the Canberra branch of Russell Kennedy lawyers with a fundraiser on White Ribbon Day for Beryl Women Inc. Beryl Women Inc evolved out of the original Canberra Women’s Refuge and is named for Beryl Henderson. She was active in the ACT Women’s Liberation Movement, Abortion Law Reform Association, worked for Family Planning and started the original trust fund for the refuge.

The current team who run this haven for those desperately seeking refuge were at the fundraiser which is an initiative of the RK Women’s Network, a personal and business network to develop support and inspire women, instigate flexible work place hours and on this occasion raise money for the cause.

Tim Gavel, the ever versatile 666 ABC sports presenter offered his unique style for auctioning some covetable sporting paraphernalia, art works, a sleepover at Hotel Hotel with a morning yoga session and a Zoo Experience. Meanwhile the very trendy juice bar provided some cold-pressed fruit and vegetable concoctions and we who eschew too much of the kale combos nibbled on chicken skewers and stuffed mushrooms while sipping chilled wine.

The serious side was readily supported by Shane Rattenbury and Yvette Berry and the RK team led by Liana Westcott, Sarah Crowe, Amy Winner and Margaret Creswell with back up from the RK blokes as well. And in keeping with instant solutions the donor register was set up and online through the Hands Across Canberra website. And that’s an instant solution to donations, would that solving the scourge of domestic violence was as easy.