St Hilda's lends a helping hand

St Hilda's lends a helping hand

Wednesday 1 November

Caption (L-R): P&F President Sally Vasudavan, Miriam Ginger, Jasmin Gidgup, Anita Maxwell (The Esther Foundation) and P&F Vice President Neoma Higgins.

St Hilda’s offered a helping hand to women in need recently, donating a large sum of money raised at the School's inaugural Gala Dinner to The Esther Foundation.

The not-for-profit Foundation offers a residential program supporting young women suffering from drug or alcohol addiction, domestic violence, depression or anxiety and other issues.

“Founded 22 years ago by Patricia Lavater, The Esther Foundation facilitates an extensive residential health, development and leadership program based in the South Perth area," Esther Foundation graduate Anita Maxwell said.

"It utilises a recovery program that aims to educate, encourage and empower young women with self-worth, skills and the confidence to lead successful lives within the community, and reach their potential.”

Parents' and Friends' Committee President Sally Vasudavan said the School was pleased to support such a worthy cause. 

“The net proceeds raised at the Gala Dinner totaled $29,351, half of which was donated to The Esther Foundation,” Mrs Vasudavan said.
“Founder Patricia Lavater addressed parents and three young ladies shared their life struggles and their experience with the Foundation, which was very moving and resonated with parents in the audience.”

Fundraising activities on the night included a raffle, silent auction and live auction, with prizes generously donated by St Hilda’s families and local businesses.