Elena Gosse, CEO of international water disinfection company Australian Innovative Systems (AIS), is returning to Brisbane’s City Hall dance floor in May to support Women’s Legal Service Queensland (WLSQ) as part of Dancing CEOs. Funds raised from the event will help WLSQ to continue to provide free legal and social work assistance to women experiencing domestic violence, complex family law and sexual assault matters in Queensland.

Making the most of her skills as a former entertainer in Russia, Elena will be dancing her way toward an ambitious fundraising tally of $50,000 after having previously winning the Community Awareness Champion Award and raising more than $23,000 as part of Dancing CEOs 2016.

As well as her love of dancing, Elena has another, more personal reason to be involved. “Many people know me as the successful CEO of one of Australia’s most innovative companies but what most don’t know is that I am also a survivor of domestic and family violence,” Elena said. “Having personally experienced the impacts of domestic and family violence at the hands of my late father as a child, I feel a great responsibility to help women and children in similar situations. Women’s Legal Service Queensland assists over 16,000 women each year. Despite their best efforts the scourge of domestic violence continues in Australia with one in five women facing domestic or family violence in their lifetime.

“As a community we need to talk openly about domestic violence and make a united stand against it. We must let women know they are not alone,continue to support services such as WLSQ and encourage the perpetrators of domestic violence to seek the help they need. I would love the business community to help me to achieve my fundraising goal.To put it bluntly, all funds raised will help to save lives.”

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