Support your favourite charity this Christmas

Christmas can be a tough time for many people going through financial, emotional or even spiritual crises, or a family breakdown.

At Business SA we’re encouraging owners, operators and even staff to give if they can and support charities including The Place of Courage Project, supported by the South Australian Council of Social Service, and Catherine House.

Helen Oxenham has been a passionate advocate for women since the 1970s, establishing a shelter for victims of domestic violence in Christies Beach in 1977 after raising money through bake sales.

After decades of advocacy, Helen decided in March, 2016, there was a need for a sculpture garden and memorial dedicated to victims of domestic violence, so they could have a place to reflect and seek comfort. The Place of Courage will be the first dedicated memorial to victims of domestic violence.

The Adelaide City Council has supported space for a statue on South Terrace and the design concept has already gone through community consultation. The next step is a final design and build – but the Place of Courage project needs to raise $25,000.

“This year 60 women have been killed by a current or former partner in Australia – that's two women murdered every week, on average. And yet the depth of domestic violence in Australia, and the number of people it impacts, still remains largely hidden,” Ms Oxenham said. “We need a place to honour family violence victims and survivors and to help us break the cycle of this silent war.  

To view the project, click here

If you would like to register your interest contact Heather on 0419 926 456 or

Similarly, in 2018, Catherine House celebrated 30 years of support for women experiencing homelessness.  More than 50 per cent of the women they support are fleeing a domestic violence relationship; many others have DV or other trauma in their background.

Catherine House provides supported accommodation services to women experiencing homelessness in South Australia, accommodating up to 52 women nightly. Catherine House believes every woman is a woman of potential, with capacity and capability, and the right to the choices that lead to a dignified life.

Catherine House also provides a range of recovery-oriented services including mental health programs, education services which develop practical skills such as literacy, numeracy and job seeking, and a self-development course that helps women who have experienced trauma to rediscover their voice, learn to make good decisions for themselves, and plan for the future.  And importantly, they help them find a home of their own.

If you would like to donate to Catherine House, click here 

To find out more about Catherine House, check out our recent member profile video here:

Business SA supports many charities, and if you are willing and able, please give generously at such an important time of the year for many. Click here to view a list of Business SA member charities.

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