Apis and the Tara Costigan Foundation have a rewarding relationship. As part of our 2015 Annual Christmas Party at the Australian War Memorial, Apis proudly raised $4,380 towards the Tara Costigan Foundation (TCF).
On 28 February 2015 Tara Costigan was killed by her former partner as she held her five day old baby girl. Two women are killed in Australia each week as a result of family violence. While Tara is just one of those women, the circumstances of her death have led to her becoming a symbol of both grief and hope. The local Canberra community response and demand for change has led to the formation of a positive legacy and the establishment of the unique ‘Tara’s Angels’ caseworker service that supports victims as they rebuild their lives and break the cycle of violence. The TCF also provides support for domestic violence victims by connecting and coordinating vital services, providing resources, raising awareness through education and lobbying for positive changes.
We look forward to continuing our relationship with the TCF for years to come, especially with the recent inaugural Angels Gala Ball – which rose thousands of funds towards Tara’s Angels. As a humble sponsor of the event, selected Apis staff and their partners attended an excellent night of dancing, food and auctions. The event showed the strong support TCF has within the Canberra community. The event was a massive success, highlighting the tireless work the foundation and Nadia and Michael are doing and retold stories such as the TCF ambassador, Marlene Tighe, providing her story of surviving domestic abuse. Even Apis staff walked away with some fantastic items sold during auction!Tara’s Angels is a unique service, providing victims and their families with a personal caseworker for a period of up to 2 years- at no cost to the victims. Each Tara’s Angel will act as a counsellor, mentor, guide, trusted friend and rebuilder of lives. Apis is humbled to be part of something so special and indispensable within the Canberra community.
Pictured from left to right: Nadia Pessarossi, Michael Costigan, Joe Milazzo, Tim Ryan