For many years, the Darlings have been addressing the issue of inner-city homelessness, with a particular focus on young people and how we can assist them out of their situation. This year, we took a slightly different focus and went to the other end of the spectrum, addressing the issue of homelessness in older people, particularly in older women. We decided to raise money to support the Older Women’s Network of New South Wales through their ‘Buy-a-brick’ campaign to provide safe housing for older women. OWN partners with The Women’s Housing Company, which identifies safe and appropriate accommodation for women, including older women.

The Darlings held a fantastic bush dance, which was a fun filled night raising over $5800 for this very worthy cause. It was a fabulous event for young and old, with some people who have never heard of a bush dance really getting into the swing of things and enjoying every minute. Our usual band, the Inland Navigators, guided us through all the steps of the dances. They have been so supportive to us over the past five dances that we’ve held.

We had woodfired pizzas supplied by The Italian Job,  and what fabulous pizzas they were! Entrees, main courses and desert pizzas…who would’ve thought we could raise so much money by having such an enjoyable time? As usual, it was a sell-out event and the Darlings outshone themselves. We look forward to another event like this next year.

And, of course, a special thanks to our major sponsor Shootsta, who’s generous support helped make the night a raging success!