National domestic and family violence support charity Friends With Dignity has purchased a new van with thanks to the generous support of The James Frizelle Charitable Foundation and Harcourts Foundation.

The James Frizelle Charitable Foundation has been established to support those who have fallen on hard times and works on assisting these people to get their lives back on track and restore their dignity, doing so by working with other eligible charities who have the necessary expertise and human resources but need financial support.

Friends With Dignity Founders and Directors, Darrell and Manuela Whitford took delivery of the van at Logan car dealer Keema Cars Springwood on Saturday.

“The James Frizelle Charitable Foundation grant is not open to everyone, the Foundation conducts its own research, and then invites an organsation to apply,” said Friends With Dignity National Grants Manager, Peggy Vlismas.

“We have been awarded $90,000 over three years by The James Frizelle Charitable Foundation, which will cover two programs we needed financing help with.

“$30,000 has gone towards purchasing our new van to assist with our Sanctuary program; and $60,000 will go toward funding our Little Friends Scholarship Program over the next three years.

“It’s a huge honour, and I feel very proud to be part of such a fantastic charity with so many selfless volunteers doing such a great job.”

$5,000 was also donated by Harcourts Foundation which went toward the purchase of the new vehicle.

Friends With Dignity, recognised as the Australian Charity of the Year 2018, is a volunteer-driven not-for-profit registered charity providing practical programs to assist survivors of domestic and family violence in collaboration with refuges and crisis centres.

Their dedicated and passionate team of volunteers are committed to making a difference within the Australian community, and changing the lives of the men, women and children whom they assist.

All of their programs are gifted unconditionally, without charging the victims they assist, nor the refuges and crisis centres who refer their clients to the organisation.

“These grants will enable us to assist so many families to move forward in life with purpose, dignity and hope,” said Ms Vlismas.

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