Thursday, May 4, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Kind Donations Help DV Survivors

Since its inception in 2018, Broken Ballerina has continued to support survivors of domestic violence in every way possible, relying heavily on donations and sponsorships.

Using a $50 gift card donated by the Woolworths manager, Broken Ballerina Inc purchased sausages, bread, and onion, and began fundraising with a sausage sizzle in the foyer of Woolworths

“It all started with a sausage sizzle and a huge dream,” Jules Thompson said, founder of Broken Ballerina Inc.

“We also had sausage sizzles and cake stalls at Bunnings, which we continued through COVID.”

Broken Ballerina supports all survivors of domestic violence, providing immediate emergency assistance, including flights to safety and motel rooms.

The not-for-profit organisation also provides housing, including furnished housing, back to school supplies, and car registration, 7 days a week for all people and families in need.

“Officeworks is one of our bigger sponsors and they covered 18 children with back-to-school supplies,” Ms Thompson said.

“Rebel also opened an hour early for us, and using donations, we were able to purchase 18 pairs of school shoes, backpacks, and Nike water bottles, so the children wouldn’t have second hand or bad quality school items.”

“It comes down to compassion,” Ms Thompson said.

Just recently, the organisation has been supported by the Souths Leagues Club Mackay and the Shamrock Hotel Mackay, however ongoing major sponsorships drive the key components of the organisation, with the aim of opening a premise on the Northern Beaches.

The ideal premise would have a “coffee, cake and conversation” space, counselling rooms, and emergency housing at the back.

“We will make it happen.”

In 2022, Ms Thompson published her memoir which spoke of her own struggles, and gave the inspiration behind Broken Ballerina Inc.

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