On the 26th May 2016, Broken to Brilliant book and charity was launched at Strathpine Library during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Dr Fiona Hawthorne was the Master of Ceremonies and the library was packed with over 80 people attending.
The library reported that this was their largest book launch event to date. Councillor Matt Constance representing Moreton Bay Regional Council presented the Charity with a donation of $550 and we gratefully accepted a private donation of $2,000 for the #Giveabook for a refuge bed campaign.
Thank you to all those who attended, people drove from the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, South West and East Brisbane and flew from country New South Wales to support the launch. Dominos Pizza Strathpine supported the event by donating pizza for supper.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of Broken to Brilliant, I would like to express our heartfelt appreciation for the support the library staff provided and commend the support of the Strathpine Library staff. Lyn Evans and her team of librarians were very supportive of this event and went out of their way to assist us hold a successful event.
Books from the Giveabook - a book for a refuge bed campaign were donated to Maybanke Accommodation & Crisis Support Service, Supported Accommodation Uniting Care Community, Chisholm Women’s Refuge, Save the Children, Warrina Women & Children's Refuge Co-operative Society and RizeUp.
Two of the refuges requested another donation of books as the ladies wanted to take the books with them when they left as they found the book ‘inspiring’.
The launch was a huge success with over 80 people in attendance, plenty of books were sold and our story made the Brisbane Times with a story by Madonna King, Pine Rivers Press and 4BC radio interview.