Cobaw Community Health’s WayOut program was thrilled this week to receive a $900 donation from local business Proper Pilates. The donation will contribute directly towards supporting same-sex attracted and gender diverse young people across the Macedon Ranges.
Located in Kyneton, Proper Pilates is one of Australia’s leading Classical Pilates training centres. Every month during the year the Proper Pilates team host a fundraising event with a commitment to donate proceeds from four events specifically to local causes. When it was time for the team to brainstorm the next local cause, the decision was an easy one.
“As local business owners and members of the LGBTIQ community, we want to play a positive role in helping young people in our local area better understand each other, feel safer, free to be who they want to be, and find their place within our region,” said Wade Edwell, Proper Pilates owner.
“In selecting WayOut for our October fundraising event, we could both raise funds for the group, but also draw awareness of our clientele to their great work, and we’re so happy that the result was so positive. We’re incredibly grateful to our clients who turned out in such wonderful numbers to support our efforts. It is wonderful to see that the community is so supportive of this worthy cause, and really do want to help LGBTIQ young people find a happier place in the world.”
Participants of WayOut’s social group House of Awesome were in attendance at the cheque presentation, as well as a number of Cobaw staff including Margaret McDonald, CEO.
“Donations such as these enable us to continue delivering local services to our community. We’re extremely grateful to the Proper Pilates team and all their clients who attended in support of the WayOut program,” said Margaret McDonald, Cobaw CEO.