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The TwentyFour/7 Cocktail Party will be held on Thursday 5 March 2015 at the stunning Federation Court – National Gallery of Victoria.

The night will feature delicious food by Peter Rowland Catering, fine wine and wonderful auction prizes, while raising more than $100,000 to keep open the doors of McAuley Care, Victoria’s only around the clock safe house. This is the place where women and their children go to escape family violence, day or night. 

In 2013 this wonderful event raised $107,000. Organisers are aiming higher for the 2015 night: how high depends on you.  Come to the TwentyFour/7 Cocktail Party, support McAuley Care and have an entertaining and unforgettable night.

Date: Thursday March 5
Time: 7.30pm – 11.30 pm 
Cost: $150 (including GST) per person

Book Your Tickets Now

Tickets will go on sale from 19 January.
To reserve a ticket, or for more information, email

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If you are interested in learning more about sponsoring the event contact Kate Wood on

How TwentyFour/7 Makes A Difference

This year demand for access to the safe house and refuges soared, prompting McAuley to open its fifth refuge. We also engaged our first full-time children’s worker and received funding from the Barr Family Foundation for Victoria’s first Court Play Lady.

Over the past year the safe house supported 380 women (the majority aged 20 to 44) and children. Of the 159 children, 65% were five years old or younger, 30% were primary school aged, and 5% were secondary school age. During the average stay of four to seven days staff provided access to legal, financial and medical advice and emotional support. Many of the women who came to us were pregnant and many were homeless when they left McAuley’s care. Some went to a McAuley refuge or to another refuge, and some returned home.

Our five refuges are in great demand, supporting 90 women and children in the past year. Because one in four children witness family violence, McAuley has established a children’s program for its refuges, focusing on strengthening the mother-child bond and working through family violence issues.

The power behind the party

McAuley Community Services for Women relies heavily on community support and a group of creative and committed women has answered the call to keep McAuley Care open.   Emily Slade joined the TwentyFour/7 committee in 2012 because she believes that women and their children should be safe and cared for when forced to flee family violence. Emily is working to provide a place these women can, for a short time, call home. Read her story.

As well as a dedicated committee, the TwentyFour/7 Cocktail Party (formerly the Mercy Care event) relies on wonderful sponsors. McAuley thanks the following people and organisations for their support:

TwentyFour/7 Committee

Jodie Holckner
Laura Held
Sandra Jacobs
Amanda Oliver
Sarah Orloff
Monique Rosshandler
Emily Slade
Kim Thurlow
Eleni Karamihos

Major Event Sponsor

Peter Rowland Catering
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