Pride In Ballarat

aPRESS RELEASE

Ballarat Pride Hub Inc.

It is with great pleasure and excitement that the team of Equal Love Ballarat have finalised their new umbrella organisation. As of the 27th of March Ballarat Pride Hub is now a registered corporation.

The group will hold a launch of the new office space on the 12th of April at 7.30pm. This will be for the entire community as Ballarat Pride Hub welcomes everyone.

A fundraiser at Babushka Bar, 59 Humffray St North, is also planned for the 7th of April, with live performances and drag entertainment.

Equal Love Ballarat Founder Koby Bunney said:

“The response from the community has been overwhelming. They have had donated furniture, money, stationary, time, rent and the list goes on. Over 40 people attended our office in the first week while we have been still setting up, to chat, or get some assistance, which highlights the importance of this hub to our community”.

The Ballarat Pride Hub now has a permanent office at Ballarat Trades Hall 24 Camp St, Ballarat, and is seeking rental opportunities for a rainbow cafe. This Pride Hub in Ballarat is said to be the first in Australia.

It will be a central location for services such as

  • Equal Love Ballarat,
  • Muscle Hearts Family Violence Support,
  • Support Groups,
  • Education and training
  • plus plenty more.

The Hub is putting a call out for any donations that could help: clothing, homeware, toiletries etc. Kirstie Holden – Acting President of Ballarat Pride Hub, said:

“We have sanitary packs and toiletry packs for those in less fortunate circumstances, and we would love to provide them with some warm clothes, sleeping bags and some food. For the past decade I have been working with a great team of people towards inclusiveness, and it’s great for the local LGBTIQ community to have a space where they feel comfortable to be themselves, be proud and know that there is somewhere for them to go where someone cares.”

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