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AUSWIN TWT AND BARNARDOS HELP FAMILIES IN NEED

29-Mar-2016


Photo caption: (from l-r) Jing Pan, Auswin TWT’s office manager; Stephen Fitzpatrick, Auswin TWT’s General Manager; Natasha Weir, Senior Manager with Barnardos.

Leading child protection charity Barnardos Australia says a $20,000 donation from property developer Auswin TWT will help feed, clothe and educate children in need, and provide much-needed support to their parents.

“Donations like this make such a difference to disadvantaged children and families in the Sydney metropolitan area,” said Natasha Weir, manager of Barnardos Intensive Family Support program.

Barnardos has five full-time case workers in its Intensive Family Support service which builds and maintains relationships between children, their families and the community. Without such help these children would be at risk of harm.

“Many of these families have been affected by physical and mental health issues, domestic violence, sexual assault, drug and alcohol, housing stress and financial strain,” said Ms Weir. “When families are in crisis poor behaviour can escalate and it’s the children who suffer.”

The donation is part of Auswin TWT’s financial commitment to charitable organisations, which includes Lifeline and its Bridging Hope Charity Foundation.

“We are in awe of the dedication shown by Barnardos in doing everything possible to keep families together and prevent children from entering the foster care system,” said the General Manager of Auswin TWT, Stephen Fitzpatrick. “Barnardos believes in never giving up, and we are honoured to be able to play a small role in offering support to local communities.”

While Auswin TWT is active developing residential property, it has a strong social conscience. “We don’t just build places for people to live, we want to improve people’s lives, so we are committed to helping communities and support networks,” said Gavin Zhang, Director of Auswin TWT.

Barnardos Information Line: 1800 061 000, barnardos.org.au

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About Barnardos Australia

Barnardos Australia is one of the nation’s leading child protection charities. A non-government, non-denominational charity, we have been at the forefront of child protection for over 130 years. We believe all children deserve a safe and stable home. We work with families and communities facing issues such as violence, poverty, mental illness and homelessness to keep children safe at home. Barnardos extensive range of services include, family and domestic violence support, mental health support,  accommodation, parent education, counselling, foster care and adoption. Our evidence-based research and dedicated workers and carers ensure Barnardos is well equipped to fully support, care for and nurture children in need. For more information or to donate go to:  www.barnardos.org.au

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For further information: Natasha Weir, Senior Manager, Sydney Metro Centre, Bardardos. 9218 2358, 0438 269 064. 60-64 Bay Street, Ultimo 2007


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