Charity Spotlight: The Sanctuary


Simone Patterson is the Founder, CEO and Social Worker of the Sanctuary on the Gold Coast, the tranquil facility providing crucial care and assistance for those fleeing and dealing with the effects of domestic violence.

“We are about saving lives for women, children and pets escaping domestic violence.”

The Sanctuary is one of the ten local charities receiving $10,000 as part of Usher Cup’s ‘$10k for TEN’ charity drive, an initiative spearheaded by Usher Cup co-founders Theo Vairaktaris and Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew. 

Recently touring the facility and meeting residents proved to be an emotional experience for both as they met with residents and saw first-hand the lifesaving and changing work being undertaken at The Sanctuary. 

With no government or council assistance, The Sanctuary initially operated off a personal loan taken out by Simone, and five years on, The Sanctuary is thriving, however it still relies solely on donations from individuals and businesses for survival.

Shocked to hear that 1 in 4 women has experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner since the age of 15, Theo was humbled and honoured to be supporting an organisation which provides such outstanding care and nurturing those who need it most.

“It’s really quiet amazing here, another awesome Gold Coast charity, who are providing a sanctuary, it’s actually exactly what their name says, it’s for domestic violence and broken homes and it’s a sanctuary for women and children and they have this amazing property here.”

“It’s actually, a real cool sanctuary and we are super stoked to have them onboard and be supporting them at the Usher Cup, another great charity, doing great things on the Gold Coast.”

With over 3,000 people living on the streets of the Gold Coast and Brisbane, many of which are women and children who have endured and are escaping domestic violence situations, Wayne was comforted to see The Sanctuary genuinely provides a safe and caring place to rest, recoup and regain control of their lives.

“It’s really peaceful accommodation for women and children who are doing it tough and going through depression and all the issues that go along with that and just to be in this peaceful environment, in the hinterland, surrounded by all these exotic birds and gardens and being able to get in there and experience that therapeutic work with tending gardens and daily chores with the animals, it’s very therapeutic and again just a wonderful charity and they do such a great community service.”

With demand for assistance significantly increasing during the past 18 months, Simone is hugely grateful to everyone involved in the Usher Cup and for their support of the charity.

“A huge thank you, that recognition is helping us to save lives and helping the women to be able to provide housing and support for their children which is imperative to helping them to keep moving forward with their journey and to not go back.”

“We’ve been going for five years, and we are going very strong. For us to get money from people like Theo and Wayne from the Usher Cup is huge as we don’t get Government or council funding.”

Usher Cup is honoured to be supporting The Sanctuary as per of our ‘$10k for TEN’ charity drive. To donate and help this amazing charity, please visit:

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