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Almost 400 people attended the Veritas House Winter Ball at Bathurst Goldfields on Saturday night 25th June, and raised an incredible $60,000 to support transitional housing for young people experiencing homelessness in our region. Our black-tie event was held to celebrate our 40th anniversary of supporting children, young people and their families, and we could not be happier with the result!

It’s has been 18 months in the making, but it was absolutely worth the wait. We wanted to create a special night where we could pay tribute to this milestone for our agency and to raise much-needed funding for transitional youth housing, but we never dreamed of raising such a significant amount and have been blown away by the generosity of our supporters! We would like to acknowledge in particular local businesses who sponsored the event, including VERTO, Peak Connect, Bathurst RSL Club and Bathurst Goldfields. On the back of Covid, fires, floods and drought, it has been a tough time for local businesses, so we are incredibly grateful to have had the financial and in-kind support of so many local businesses.

Access to affordable housing in our local region continues to be the greatest barrier for the young people we support, and so we will utilise the proceeds from this event to provide accommodation to young people transitioning from homelessness to independence. Veritas House owns one transitional property in Bathurst and has recently purchased one in Orange, but this is not enough to assist the large number of young people we support to move from homelessness to independence each year. Our goal is to have additional properties in the years to come and the funds raised from our Winter Ball will assist us to realise this goal.

Thank you again to everyone who attended, donated to or otherwise supported the Winter Ball 2022.