And the winners are...

Gold Coast Women In Business Award Winners 2014 'Women for Change' Assist A SistaAssist A Sista Founders, Nicolle and Manuela, proudly receive the Gold Coast Women in Business '2014 Women for Change' Award, on Friday 31st October at Palazzo Versace.

Visit the Women in Business facebook page for more details:

Photo courtesy of Gold Coast Women In Business.


Assist A Sista High Tea

The Pine Rivers Domestic Violence Unit invite you to a High Tea in support of Assist A Sista.

When: Thursday 27 November
Where: Eatons Hill Hotel & Function Centre, 646 South Pine Road, Eatons Hill
Price: $25pp

CLICK HERE to book your tickets with eventbrite.

For further details call Judy on 0407 176 612 or email

Please join us or share this post to help us to raise awareness of domestic violence and raise funds for Assist A Sista.

Eatons Hill


Introducing our first Patron, Shelley Craft!

Channel Nine personality Shelley Craft first became involved in Assist A Sista as a volunteer responding to a shout out on facebook requesting furniture for a Haven. Shelley couldn’t believe that domestic violence affects over 500,000 Australian women each year and after hearing that in the first three months of this year in Queensland alone, the refuge received nearly 5000 calls, Shelley didn't hesitate to say yes when approached to become a patron.

“We have to shift the shame and empower the victims in these situations. I am so blessed to have the life I do. My children, husband and extended family are everything to me and I want to give back and help these women rebuild their lives and stay strong and brave. Once the families have been assisted by the refuge to source accommodation they usually turn up to their new home to find it bare and to see the confidence and strength that Assist A Sista provide these women by creating a 'haven' is overwhelming.

The girls co-ordinate and supply everything from the basic necessities to furniture for every room plus linen, kitchenware and toiletries etc. I believe every woman deserves not just a home but a safe and inviting haven and I am privileged to be a part of this movement.”

“Shelley is the perfect fit to help promote our charity” said Assist A Sista co-founder Nicolle.

“She is vivacious, strong, family orientated and overall generous, and combined with her high profile work with renovation shows such as The Block and Domestic Blitz we knew that she was right.” Co-founder Manuela agrees, “From our first meeting with Shelley we were encouraged by her enthusiasm and sincerity. Domestic and family violence is at intolerable levels here in Australia and through a practical hands on approach and our partnership with Shelley we are driving national awareness and erasing the stigma surrounding domestic violence.”


Shelley Craft

Assist A Sista FAQs

Created by: Louise Sharp

Behind the statistics...

Created by: Louise Sharp

Words to live by...

Words to live by

"Carpe Diem..Seize the day! My dream is to see apathy and inequality stamped out of our society, so each day I strive to live by what I believe in. I choose to surround myself with colourful, passionate human beings who care. This is Australia, the country where dreams flourish and simple folk can rise up and make a difference in society. Women and Men everywhere can choose to RISE UP AND JOIN THE MOVEMENT to break the cycle of domestic violence. Let's unite against injustice, speak out for the voices struggling to be heard. Look outwards and see what is happening around us. Let's SPEAK UP and RISE UP. It's time to make a difference - because we can!"

Founding Assista Nicolle


"Live life, give graciously and be kind to yourself. A big influence in my life was my maternal grandmother, who not only being the Matriach in the family, was always hardworking and an amazing role model to us as children right through to adulthood. another was Princess Diana, her unselfishness, courage and hard work, facing many challenges, she continued to inspire everyone around her, a true role model to everyone young and old."

Founding Assista Manuela

V-Day Assist A Sista

V-Day Byron Bay - Assist A Sista from Jennifer Alliston Lewis on Vimeo.

Our first promotional video release

Thank you so much to our amazing Assista, Louise Sharp, for producing this video. Original music composition by Kristina Searl.

Just wanted to say a big thank you...

Response to our call out for raffle prizes for our 1st Birthday Party has been fantastic! Thank you so much to all of you who have donated so far.

If you have a gift pack, voucher, etc. available, please email

Please spread the word for us as work!

Come and join us in celebrating our 1st birthday!

We are excited to invite you to share our 1st Birthday Celebrations to thank you for your ongoing support!

Our wonderful Assista Julie Cross will entertain and inspire us with her Sparkle as well as fun activities for the children! We have lots of prizes to give away and raffles too!

Date: Sunday September 1st
Time: 12.30pm - 3.00pm
Cost: $15 per adult (includes finger food) Children under 15 free (includes light snacks)
Where: Gold Coast Italo-Australian Club 18 Fairway Drive Clear Island Waters Queensland

RSVP: By Tuesday August 27th (payments must be made by this date)
Bookings essential and limited numbers so please email us on

For further details or prize donations, please phone Judy on 0407 176 612

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