The Zahra Foundation
17 Apr 2019
Why the Zahra Foundation?
We’re often asked how we choose organisations to sponsor, and the truth is, it’s never an easy process. With a vast range of not-for-profit groups out there doing such incredible work, it’s always difficult to narrow it down to just one.
The only exception to this rule has been the Zahra Foundation.
We knew immediately after hearing Zahra’s story that we wanted to support this amazing organisation.
Zahra migrated to Australia with her husband and children in 1997, leaving behind her extended family and friends for the hope of a better life.
The restrictions of being in an abusive and controlled marriage limited Zahra from living the full life that she had hoped for. Despite all this, Zahra embraced the opportunities in Australia.
Zahra endured much pain and abuse throughout her marriage. However, Zahra remained positive, strong and never lost hope.
Zahra’s strengths were her great sense of humour and commitment to her family. Zahra was a caring mother devoted to her children. She fiercely protected her children from her husband's threats and abuse.
In 2009, Zahra took the brave steps of leaving the family home with her children, receiving assistance from the Central Domestic Violence Services. Zahra and her children stayed in hiding to keep themselves safe from her abusive husband.
As a mother her strength never wavered, even though the threats continued to haunt her and her children. However, this did not affect her attitude, approach and willingness to rebuild her life.
On 21 March 2010, Zahra attended the Persian New Year function at the Adelaide Convention Centre, to celebrate this cultural event and her 44th birthday. This celebration was cut short when her husband took her life in front of 300 witnesses.
Her legacy lives on through the commitment of her children and the establishment of the Zahra Foundation Australia which was officially launched on 5 September 2015.
In honour of Zahra – the foundation's mission
The Zahra foundation now works to help people live a life free of violence, recognising financial abuse and disadvantage is one of the biggest barriers to women leaving and remaining free of abusive relationships.
The foundation addresses this through the delivery of programs that promote the economic empowerment of women and their children.
We’ve committed to the Zahra Foundation for the next two years by supporting their fundraising activities and through financial sponsorship.
If you would like to find out more about the Zahra’s Foundation or how you could help, visit zahrafoundation.org.au