Former Australian of the Year Rosie Batty has been named an official ambassador of national domestic and family violence support charity Friends With Dignity.

Friends With Dignity Directors Manuela Whitford, Julia McKenna and Zoe Scharenguivel are thrilled to welcome Rosie to the organisation, and are grateful for her support. “This ongoing relationship is a very positive step forward for both the organisation and our amazing team of volunteers, and will greatly assist us progress with our national expansion and the invaluable work we gift to those who have been affected by domestic and family violence with purpose, dignity and hope.”

Rosie, a tireless domestic and family violence crusader, said she appreciates the really direct support that Friends With Dignity offers victims of family violence. “Coming on board as an ambassador of Friends With Dignity keeps me connected to a grass roots organisation, and I seek to do what I can to change the lives of victims of domestic and family violence,” said Rosie. “I really appreciate the simplicity and practical nature of what Friends With Dignity does, it is very thoughtful and if I was in this space, it would mean a hell of a lot to me.”

Friends With Dignity is a 100 per cent volunteer driven model, totally self-funded and reliant on donations of new and pre-loved whitegoods, furniture and household items from the community. With these, they transform empty spaces in to welcoming homes called “sanctuaries” for men, women and children leaving refuge to start a new life. “What I like about Friends With Dignity is that they have identified a gap and a need, and offer a very practical way to help support victims at a time in crisis,” said Rosie, sharing Friends With Dignity’s goal to make the community more aware that domestic and family violence does not discriminate.

In her new role as Friends With Dignity ambassador, Rosie intends to offer her direct support by attending fundraising events raising valuable dollars to assist the work of Friends With Dignity. “My goal is to help raise awareness and draw attention to the valuable work Friends With Dignity is doing to help support victims at the lowest points of their lives,” said Rosie.

The announcement caps off an eventful month for the national not-for-profit organisation which was recognised as the Australian Charity of the Year 2018 as part of the The Australian Charity Awards in August, and celebrated its third birthday on Saturday 1 September.

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