Charitable drive raises awareness and funds during trek

Members of the recently founded Iron Heart Warriors support group joined forces with the Burdekin Cruisers Car Club, Burdekin Zonta Club and other supporting organisations to raise funds for domestic violence survivors across the weekend.

The first major fundraiser for the Iron Heart Warriors originated from a desire co-founder Renata Jochova had to organise a women’s retreat for survivors.

“I am a two-time survivor of domestic violence and family abuse,” Ms Jochova said.

“I was fortunate enough to do a program about three years ago with the Churches of Christ that gave us some much-needed knowledge.

“It gave me a lot of confidence and inspiration to help other women to get the help they need and support them afterwards with a ladies retreat.”

Renata and co-founder DJ immediately leapt into the fundraising side of things, organising for a donation tin to be placed at the Burdekin Cruisers Car Club Show, as well as a vigil held on May 8th.

“Everything’s happened so quickly; it’s been amazing the amount of support we’ve received,” Ms Jochova said.

“We aim to help women who’ve been in really bad places; however, to get more resources that can assist them, we provide safety packs as well, there’s a lot of things on the agenda.”

The Cruisers Car Club suggested that the women turn a routine trip to the Heritage Tea Rooms into a fundraiser. The event was held over the weekend, with those in attendance donating to play dice games and win prizes donated by the community.

“We’re very fortunate to have so many local groups and businesses supporting us,” Ms Jochova said.

“It went fantastic. We hadn’t given huge notice and had only just started our Facebook page; we had about 41 entrants into the dice-rolling. There were even people at the tea rooms, there just for lunch, who joined in and bought some raffles.”

The Roll for Awareness and Change, as it was dubbed, drew in over $800 in funds, with the previous donation tins at events making the current total raised $1750.

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