Zahra Foundation Australia 'Women on the Run'

Credit Union SA supports Zahra Foundation's 'Women on the Run' event for ninth year in a row in fight against domestic violence


Credit Union SA

Member Experience Team

7 Mar 2024

| Community

Credit Union SA is proud to partner with the Zahra Foundation as a major sponsor for the charity’s Women on the Run event, raising money and awareness for those impacted by family and domestic abuse and supporting South Australian women to become financially independent and economically empowered.

At least one woman is murdered every week in Australia by her partner or former partner. The Zahra Foundation was established by the children of Zahra Abrahimzadeh, after she was killed by her estranged husband at the Adelaide Convention Centre in 2010.

On Sunday, 17 March, more than 400 people will make the 4km round trip from Grange to Henley Beach at the charity’s annual Women on the Run event, in solidarity of women to help break the cycle of family and domestic violence.

Credit Union SA is supporting the important fundraising event for its ninth year and has donated over $100,000 toward the running of the event throughout this time, including event assets such as marquees and event flags, as well as providing several staff volunteers to help run the event.

Credit Union SA CEO, Todd Roberts, is proud to come on board as the event’s major sponsor once again and help raise vital funds to help women in South Australia break the cycle of abuse and avoid homelessness and poverty.

“Women on the Run has become an important date in our organisations calendar, as it is not only a fantastic way to raise much needed funds and awareness for Zahra Foundation, but it is also a poignant reminder of the power we have as a collective community.

“Through our ongoing partnership with Zahra Foundation, and the experiences of our members, we recognise the impact that financial abuse can have on people experiencing domestic and family violence.

“That’s why we, at Credit Union SA, are committed to working with Zahra Foundation Australia to give more access to South Australian women to their life-changing programs.”

Zahra Foundation CEO, Kelly-Ann Tansley, is grateful for Credit Union SA’s ongoing support. 

“Financial insecurity is a significant driver for women returning to violent relationships – primarily to avoid homelessness and poverty for themselves and their children. On average, it takes 7 attempts to leave, but if we can wrap support around women with a focus on their own future, especially their financial security, then we know we can break this cycle, giving women and children the safety they deserve.” 

This year, Zahra Foundation is hoping to raise $50,000 at the Women on the Run event, which will be used to fund a Specialised Financial Counsellor for one year and provide over 400 counselling appointments to women and non-binary folk recovering from domestic and family abuse.

Zahra Foundation Australia Founder, Arman Abrahimzadeh OAM, added, “I’m grateful for the response the Foundation receives for this annual event on such a significant date. The organisation wouldn’t be where it is today if it weren’t for the continuous support of individuals and corporates who shares our values and beliefs."

Over the years of supporting the charity, Credit Union SA has also assisted their ‘Pathways to Empowerment’ program, which helps those who have been abused rebuild their lives after fleeing their homes. Credit Union SA staff have donated over 400 handbags in the last four years to the program’s graduates, which have been filled with special gifts including personal items, makeup, and perfume.

Staff have also volunteered with Christmas gift wrapping at Myer during the festive season, with all proceeds donated to the Pathways program, further demonstrating Credit Union SA’s strong connection and commitment to serving the South Australian community.

The local credit union is also financing the production of Zahra Foundation’s Financial Abuse video assets, which will help women recognise that they may be experiencing domestic and family violence and where they can go for help.

Women on the Run is being held on Sunday, 17 March, with participants are encouraged to meet at Grange Jetty Reserve at 8am for a 9am start.

Registrations to participate in Zahra Foundation’s Women on the Run event can be made below.

Event details

Where: Grange Jetty Reserve (opposite Grange Hotel)
When: Sunday, 17 March 2024
Time: 8am registrations open for a 9am race start


  • $35 – Adult tickets (15+)
  • Kids under 15 are FREE

For those that can't join us on the day or walk the 4km, but want to support the event, virtual walk tickets are available for purchase:

  • $20 – Virtual walk ticket

Register here Virtual walk tickets

About Zahra Foundation Australia

The Zahra Foundation are a South Australian based charity supporting women and children affected by domestic and family violence. It was established in 2015 in honour of Zahra Abrahimzadeh, who was murdered by her estranged husband in 2010. Zhara’s children Arman, Atena, and Anita then created the organisation to help women who had escaped abuse gain the skills they need to build a life free from violence.

The foundation offers a unique empowerment program, specialised financial counselling, one-off grants, and skills workshops to help abuse survivors enrol in study, find work, and plan their future.

Zahra Foundation relies on the generous support of sponsors, donors, government agencies, and community fundraisers to continue this work.

Zahra Foundation Australia


The Zahra Foundation have a range of resources available for women who are wanting to understand the type and level of programs and services that they have available.

If you are requiring urgent crisis assistance for domestic and family violence, it is important for you to access help immediately. You are able to access services either by:

If you are in a situation of immediate danger please call Emergency Triple Zero (000).

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Today, that same purpose remains. They continue helping South Australians thrive by delivering award-winning banking experiences and innovative products. Putting members and their communities at the centre of everything they do.

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South Australian based charity supporting women and children affected by domestic and family violence.