RizeUp Australia is calling upon the Gold Coast community to help sweeten the Easter period for thousands of vulnerable residents across South-East Queensland through its annual Easter Appeal.

RizeUp has been the Gold Coast SUNS Major Charity Partner since 2020, providing support to families impacted by domestic and family violence.

With the Easter period nearing, RizeUp CEO and Founder Nicolle Edwards says the demand for the organisation’s services is tragically higher than ever.

“Every year we see the best humanity has to offer with countless, valued donations to our Easter Appeal. Unfortunately, we are once again seeing an increase in families requiring our assistance across the Gold Coast,” Edwards said.

“With the continued support from the Gold Coast SUNS, who have played a role in supporting RizeUp since 2015, and their commitment to making a lasting difference in the Gold Coast community, I am confident we will be able to bring plenty of smiles to families in need this Easter. 

This year’s Easter Appeal will be serviced in a new online format, ensuring RizeUp can reach more vulnerable families. 

“Due to the unforgiving weather conditions that Queensland has recently been facing, we have decided to run an online Easter Drive this year,” Edwards continued.

“While donations of chocolate easter eggs have been greatly appreciated, we are asking our community to consider donating the equivalent of one or two eggs to our online Easter Drive. 

“This will ensure we are able to provide more support to those who require the services of RizeUp, without a concern for wastage or storage limitations due to power outages or weather events.  

“Any seemingly small contribution has a ripple effect, helping us to continue our vital work.”

Gold Coast SUNS vice-captain and RizeUp ambassador Sam Collins is encouraging the Gold Coast community to offer their support where possible.

“It’s disheartening to know that RizeUp’s assistance is needed more than ever this Easter,” Collins said. 

“As leaders in the Gold Coast community, I believe it’s part of our responsibility to promote positive change and create lasting impacts.

“Any contribution can completely change the world this Easter for families who have been impacted by domestic and family violence.” 

Donations can be made through the official RizeUp Australia website or by clicking HERE. 

If you or anyone you know needs help, contact the national helpline 1800RESPECT or your local domestic violence centre.