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Australia's leading sleepwear brand supports local DV refuge

Small businesses are just the ticket to support Gold Coast domestic violence victims

This Mother’s Day (Sunday, 12 May 2019), small businesses are joining forces to help Gold

Coast women and children who are escaping domestic violence.

In the effort to support Macleod Refuge, a safe haven for local women and children, Australia’s

leading bridal sleepwear brand, Homebodii, has donated 10 luxury robes -- worth $1500 -- to be

raffled at local cafes and restaurants.

All proceeds will go directly towards furnishing new housing units being built on the Gold Coast

specifically for those escaping domestic violence.

May is also Domestic Violence Awareness month.

Homebodii founder, Ingrid Bonnor, said that as a mother and business owner, it was a privilege

to support a charity that both protects women against domestic violence and empowers them to

live confidently and independently.

“If we can spread a little joy to women and children who are going through extremely

challenging times, it makes all the struggle of small business worthwhile,” she said.

“I’m a big believer in encouraging women to be independent and self-sufficient, whether through

education or foundations like Macleod Refuge, which provide proper support and care that will

hopefully end the cycle of domestic violence that is prominent in our country.”

Homebodii, which has more than 60,000 Instagram followers, has featured in New York Fashion

Week and recently signed a deal with US retail store Nordstorm.

Despite such international success, Ms Bonnor said she remained focused on supporting her

local Gold Coast community.

“A simple smile from a stranger on a bad day, or feeling confident in a robe at home, can do

wonders to lift your spirits,” she said.

“Knowing that someone out there cares can hopefully add a little bit of joy for these women and


Community members can buy raffle tickets at participating restaurants and cafes across the

Gold Coast. These include Nonnas at Harbour Town and Urban Village Cafe at Benowa Village.

Macleod Refuge has operated on the Gold Coast since 1992. It provides crisis accommodation,

trauma counselling and connects women with community groups and agencies that can assist

with health, income, education and life skills.

Refuge manager Rosemary Larkin said all Macleod buildings, staffing and administrative costs

were funded by the Queensland Government. However, in the case of the new apartment

complex, the cost of furnishing the units has not been covered -- hence the need for local


She said Macleod’s existing units are always at capacity, which is why it sought funding to build


“Sadly, we don’t have any downtime. All our units are professionally cleaned with a next day

turnaround and we are always at capacity, with five crisis units and six other units in the

community,” she said.

“This means we are supporting 11 women and up to 28 children at any given time, but there are

so many more people we could be helping.”

Construction of the units is due to be completed by December 2019 before being available in

January 2020.

If you would like to participate by fundraising and becoming part of the solution for women and

children escaping domestic violence, please contact Macleod on 0488 553 715 or email