A total of $560 was raised for the ‘Shop to Stop’, Equity Prevents Violence fundraising initiative by Merinda. 25% of Sales from the evening was collected after the women of Bendigo came together to buy beautiful clothes in the name of a very worthy cause.


Equity Prevents Violence is a joint campaign by the Community Foundation for Central Victoria and Women’s Health Loddon Mallee. The aims the campaign are to bring attention to the underlying drivers of violence against women are gender inequality, rigid gender stereotypes, and cultures that accept and excuse men’s violence.


Owner of Merinda, Ellie Gammon said on the night, “It was a pleasure to host an event that raises funds for Equity Prevents Violence to bring gender equity to the forefront of the conversations we are having in our communities. This is not only a worthy initiative but one that helps to evolve the attitudes in our workplaces, homes, and community on a whole.”


Ann Lansberry,  CEO of the Community Foundation for Central Victoria said , “Bendigo has again put on show the kind of community spirit that makes our vibrant city what it is. It was fantastic to see so many ladies come together to support Medina’s wonderful ‘Shop to Stop’ event to raise funds for the Equity Prevents Violence campaign.”