Matt Damon has made a dazzling appearance at Brisbane’s iconic Calile Hotel for a great reason.
Hollywood heavyweight Matt Damon was in attendance at a charity luncheon in Brisbane on Friday.
The A-lister and his wife were the guests of honor at an event held at the Calile Hotel in Fortitude Valley that raised money for Queensland’s domestic violence charity Safe Haven.
Jaeneen Cunningham, the organization’s executive director, said Damon and his wife came to the luncheon to support and educate themselves on the issues related to coercive control.
“He took the time to call in and have lunch and he was great,” she said.
“I talked to his wife and she said it was a great thing that we were doing and they were more educated after this event.”
TV host Julia Zemiro, Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman, Maroons coach Paul Green and Lady Myoress, Nina Schrinner were among the 200 guests at the event.
Overall, the Calile Hotel has raised $ 169,000 for the Safe Haven organization, which will go directly to the early intervention and housing provision for women and children.
The organization focuses mainly on homing victims under coercive control, a topic of political discussion following the tragic deaths of women such as Hannah Clarke and Kelly Wilkinson.
To address the 45 percent of homeless women who end up on the streets due to domestic violence, organizations like Safe Haven provide additional rooms to give victims a chance to breathe again.
Ms. Cunningham said that since Safe Haven had receives no government funding, events such as luncheon are very essential to keeping women safe.
“The point is, we’ve saved lives and bring down in statistics,” she added.