Who We Are
Support The Girls Australia began when the universe connected two people, providing a catalyst for an incredible journey.
A few years ago, Jane Holmes – the CEO of Support The Girls Australia- had a chance encounter with a 13 year old girl in a Gold Coast shopping mall. The young girl looked dishevelled and malnourished and she asked Jane if she had any sanitary products that she could spare. After providing the young girl with sanitary products, Jane insisted on buying her lunch.
During the course of lunch, Jane listened to the girl’s story and discovered that she had run away from a home where she was sexually abused by her step-father. The 13-year-old girl told Jane that the streets were a safer place for her than home.
Upon further enquiring, the young girl showed Jane where she lived. This is where Jane met “Lily”- an elderly and weather-beaten lady who was full of character. However, behind this gregarious and larger than life woman, was a very sad physical situation. Upon noticing “Lily’s” large bust size, Jane inquired as to why she wasn’t wearing a bra. “Lily” informed Jane that she had not owned a bra for four years and proceeded to show her the severely infected breast tissue she had been inflicted with as a result.
Despite having worked as a Crisis Counsellor with the New Zealand Police, Jane was still horrified and saddened by the dire situation in which this girl and woman were living. This was when Jane decided to change the entire course of her life.
Jane spent a month researching the available services that supported women with underwear and could not find a single Australian service.
There were a few organisations that sent offshore but none that specifically looked after their own women and girls. So Jane threw all caution to the wind and walked away from her paid career in order to follow her heart and create a platform that would give women and girls their dignity back.