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Proceeds support potential homelessness

Jewish Care believes that it is a basic human right for every person to have a safe, affordable and secure place to call home.

Gemma Tognini.
Gemma Tognini.

For 25 years, Jewish Care’s annual Generations of Women event has raised funds for its Housing Support Program, supporting individuals and families at risk of homelessness.

Normally the fundraiser event is held in October but was postponed last year due to the events that took place in Israel on October 7. This year it will be held on Thursday, February 29 as the launch event for the annual appeal to support the most vulnerable in the community.

Jewish Care spokesperson Elana Bedwell said, “A delicious kosher brunch will be held at The Lincoln of Toorak with columnist, writer, broadcaster and award-winning business owner Gemma Tognini as guest speaker. We are thrilled to have Gemma at the brunch. She will be speaking about her support for Israel in her journalism and around the world.” Bedwell added that tickets are available for tables of 10 or individual tickets can be booked.

Tognini writes a leading opinion column each Saturday in the Weekend Australian. She has a unique ability to tap into the conversations taking place around boardrooms and breakfast tables around Australia, with her writing making her one of the paper’s most popular columnists.

She is known for sharp, insightful and fearless commentary on a wide range of issues affecting everyday Australians. Tognini brings a sharp view, a deft touch, and a unique insight into the issues she writes about. Her columns drive debates and influence conversations. Most recently she has written excellent pieces on Jewish women, and the scourge of antisemitism that is surfacing worldwide.

Jewish Care believes that it is a basic human right for every person to have a safe, affordable and secure place to call home. Jewish Care’s tenancy and property worker advocates for people in need of accommodation in the Victorian Jewish community, and can assist individuals and families experiencing housing difficulties to identify and access affordable accommodation alternatives.

It also offers supported accommodation and meaningful housing options to adults living with a disability who wish to live independently but require some support to be able to do so.

Each apartment costs around $45,000 to renovate and many are getting run down due to the demand for housing in the community. Last year 136 referrals were received. Bedwell said they will show a video at the event that explains how the work is done in this area.

The Generations of Women event is on February 29 at 10.30am at

The Lincoln of Toorak, Trak Centre, 445 Toorak Road, Toorak.

Tickets at: jewishcare.org.au/gow

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