Property industry collective TEN Women raised more than $250,000 for homeless women at a high-profile event attended by 500 industry leaders and opened by Lord Mayor Sally Capp on March 1.
The luncheon at Myer Mural Hall raised more than $150,000 through event sponsorship and a further $100,000 through pledges and a live auction.
TEN Women is led by 10 senior women from Melbourne’s property and construction industry. Co-founder Fiona Dunster said the event was aimed at networking “in a meaningful way for a very worthy cause”.
“That we were able to raise $250,000 in the process is a great example of how meaningful change can be driven by women, for women,” she said.
Co-founder Belinda Coates added: “When women work together, we can move mountains”.
“We are proud to have brought the sector together to generate discussion about issues that are important to women and that the property industry is best placed to address.”
The money will go to non-profit Housing All Australians. Board member Robert Pradolin said it would be used to develop short-term pop-up accommodation for older women experiencing homelessness and to advance the organisation in its mission to address the housing affordability crisis.