Habouring Hope Lunch w/ Rosie Batty & Steph de Sousa

Special Guest Speaker, Rosie Batty AO, a renowned family anti-violence campaigner, will share her profound journey of hope and finding peace after the tragic loss of her 11-year-old son, Luke, who was murdered by his father at his cricket practice in Melbourne in 2014. Rosie’s resilience and dedication to the cause of raising awareness have made her a beacon of strength and inspiration. Rosie will be signing copies of her book, “Hope”, for guests who bring their copy along on the day.

Steph De Sousa, a talented Master Chef Alumni, joins Rosie in this cause with her commitment to supporting domestic violence prevention. Steph’s passion and colourful flair promise to add a unique and meaningful dimension to the event. She will also be signing copies of her cookbook, “The Air Frying Queen”, for attendees who bring their copy.

The Harbouring Hope Lunch is proudly hosted by the Belmont 16s Sailing Club in support of “Got Your Back Sista (GYBS)”, a registered charity established in 2016 with the vision to see women and their children happy, thriving, and living independently after escaping the trauma of family violence. Got Your Back Sista offers essential support to over 1,200 women and their families, providing a hand up to begin again and empowering them to thrive.

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Event Highlights:

Hear from Rosie Batty as she shares her experiences and insights into the healing after her domestic violence journey.

Book Signing: An exclusive opportunity for guests to bring their own  copies of Rosie Batty’s 2024 book “Hope” and Steph De Sousa’s 2024 “The Air Frying Queen” signed by the authors themselves

Networking and Mingling: Join us from 11 am on the deck for an opportunity to connect with community leaders and like-minded individuals

Gourmet Lunch: Enjoy a 2-course lunch with 2.5 hours of beverages

Auction of Prizes: An exciting addition to this year’s event is the auction of extraordinary prizes, including a full term of Tackers Learn to Sail for a child, valued at up to $320, and a dinner or lunch for 10 at Martha, valued at $590, both donated by Belmont 16s Sailing Club. This auction offers a unique opportunity for guests further supporting the GYBS cause.


This event is more than a gathering; it’s a movement towards a future free from domestic violence. By coming together, we can make a difference, providing hope and support to those in need while working towards lasting change.

**Join us in Harbouring Hope. Together, we can make a difference.**


Who is Rosie Batty?

Rosie Batty AO is a leader in the crusade against domestic violence, especially against women and children, and has turned her personal tragedy into a fight to help others. Her relentless work in this area resulted in Rosie being named the 2015 Australian of the year and the Pride of Australia National Courage Medal recipient.

Rosie’s name has become synonymous with the words courage and resilience. Only hours after her son’s life was tragically taken, Rosie gave voice to many thousands of victims of domestic violence who had until then, remained unheard.

Rosie Batty rose above her personal tragedy and the great loss of her 11-year-old son, Luke, who was the victim of domestic violence at the hands of his father in a very public assault. Rosie’s ability to articulate the train of events that had led to this tragedy has demonstrated the wider implications of her experience.

Now a tireless campaigner, Rosie established The Luke Batty Foundation and launched the Never Alone Campaign, asking all Australians to stand with her and beside all victims of family violence.

Along with the former Victorian Police Chief Ken Lay, Rosie was named as the founding members of the Council of Australian Governments advisory panel on preventing violence against women. Rosie was also The Chair for a Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council for the Victorian Government as a response to the country’s first Royal commission into Family Violence.

Fortune Magazine has named Rosie one of its top 50 world’s greatest leaders and Rosie was voted the most influential person in the Not for Profit sector on Pro Bono Australia’s Impact 25 list and has been inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.

Recently she received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the Sunshine Coast for her contribution to raising National Awareness concerning Family Violence. In 2019, Rosie was appointed as an officer in the Order of Australia, recognised for her distinguished services to the community.

She is proud to be a Patron for the Australian Childhood Foundation and Doncare Community Services.

Her public speaking appearances are a remarkable story of resilience, courage, inspiration and making a difference.

Rosie’s incredible strength and selfless efforts are an inspiration to many people.


Who is Steph de Sousa?

After a successful stint in the MasterChef Australia kitchen, Steph a Lake Macquarie local knew that cooking was her true calling. With her infectious energy and bubbly personality, she’s on a mission to spread the joy of home cooking to everyone.

Steph’s freestyle creative homestyle cooking on the show won her countless fans, and she’s since worked as a professional chef in various kitchens. But her true love is inspiring others to get back into the kitchen and cook up a storm with simple ingredients and fresh produce.

Steph is passionate about domestic Violence prevention and awareness and we are thrilled she is our cohost for this event

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