Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2017
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About Bridge Housing Harriers

For the fourth year in a Row, the Bridge Housing Harriers don their racing shoes to take part in the Sydney Harbour Bridge Run. We are excited that 18 of our staff members, with a range of abilities and fitness levels have registered to walk, jog and run this years course. This year we have decided to raise money for Women's Community Shelters (see below for further detail) Bridge Housing provides affordable housing in the Sydney metropolitan area for a range of single people and households in housing need. We manage a number of housing programs assisting disadvantaged people to secure and maintain good quality accommodation, often in partnership with our support agencies who work with us to sustain tenancies for our most vulnerable clients, and build communities where we operate. Thank you for your generosity and support! The Bridge Housing Harriers

About Women's Community Shelters

What we do

Existing services cannot meet the demand for crisis accommodation for women who are homeless. More than one in two women across Australia who seek a bed in a crisis shelter are turned away every night, mostly due to a lack of space. And these are just the ones who find out they can ask for a safe place to go.

Women’s Community Shelters works with communities to establish new shelters, which provide short term emergency accommodation and support in a safe environment that enables homeless women to rebuild self-esteem and achieve control and fulfilment of their lives.

For a woman to get out of the situation she faces, she needs a range of support services, not just help finding affordable housing. These include access to counselling, health care, assistance to navigate government bureaucracy, legal help, further education and employment to reestablish control over her life.

At a time of reduced government spending, Women’s Community Shelters offers a new and ground-breaking ‘tri-partite’ funding model in which Government, philanthropy/business and community all work to provide funding to establish and operate shelters.

In addition, WCS brings expertise in governance, intellectual property, professional development and project management support to communities looking to establish new shelters. With a strong and experienced Board and a highly professional team, WCS is focused on supporting each shelter to develop best practice and achieve positive individual outcomes for the women staying at the shelters, while remaining cost efficient.

About Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2017

The 2017 Blackmores Sydney Running Festival is an iconic event with a spectacular course that includes a run over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and a finish at the Opera House. The festival will be held on September 17, 2017 and features a marathon, half marathon, bridge run and a family fun run - so there is something for everyone. 35,000 runners are expected to participate in 2017.

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