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.
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.
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
Major Sponsor for 'Women on the Run 2020'
Credit Union SA was proud to be the major sponsor for the Zahra Foundation Women on the Run for 2020. The sponsorship enabled the 4km run/walk to be one of Zahra Foundations major fund raising events this year where as a community we were able to reflect and pay recognition on the 10th anniversary of the tragic death of Zahra Abrahimzadeh.
The event is symbolic of women and children who often have to flee domestic or family violence situations with just a bag on their back. This year, participants were encouraged to carry personal care / grocery items in their backpacks which were donated to Foodbank and also created their own fund raising page.
Stay tuned for the the announcement of the 2021 event.