Harnum family meets the Lisa Harnum Foundation
Joan and Jason Harnum, mother and brother of Lisa Harnum, a woman who was a victim of domestic violence and was thrown off from the 15th floor balcony of a building by her fiance in 2011, traveled all the way from their home in Canada to the Sydney Hills for White Ribbon Week.
Aileen Mountifield, founder of the Lisa Harnum Foundation, accompanied the two guest at the White Ribbon breakfast held at Castle Hill RSL.
Lisa Harnum Foundation drop in centre aims to be open before Christmas
Owner of Castle Towers, Mr. Steven Leigh handed the keys to Mrs. Harnum to the drop in centre for the Lisa Harnum Foundation. Mrs. Harnum was thankful for all the support and the safe haven provided to women escaping from domestic violence.
She has also a message to all the women who are suffering from domestic violence,
Please reach out, don’t remain hidden. You have a right to a life and the freedom to make choices. Be strong, there are people out there who will help you. You don’t have to live with the violence and abuse.”
Mrs. Harnum is hoping to start a branch of the foundation in Canada. She and Jason toured the transitional housing which the Lisa Harnum Foundation aims to open before Christmas.
Centre was renovated by community efforts
These cottages can provide shelter for at least eight families. Each cottage has a shared kitchen, family area, children’s play area and a quiet room.
The cottages have been renovated with the help of Castle Hill Rotary Club and local tradesmen including Master Painter and Shutters Australia.
Mrs Mountifield praised the community effort to get the shelters refurbished and they will be available for medium to long-term accommodation.
Mrs Harnum said it was very “humbling”.
Lisa would have loved this place … it’s like her reaching out. You can see how it is going to help so many people.”
Jason Harnum said the centre offered hope to women:
You don’t have to be a victim, you can be a survivor.”
This article first appeared at www.dailytelegraph.com.au