REIWA shares Mother’s Day spirit by giv­ing com­fort to women at refuge

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

REIWA staff mem­bers have of­fered their sup­port to women in need by do­nat­ing gifts for the Sal­va­tion Army Perth Women’s Refuge.

REIWA chief ex­ec­u­tive Neville Pozzi said he was de­lighted the in­sti­tute and its staff could give back to the com­mu­nity through its 8th an­nual Women’s Refuge Mother’s Day Ap­peal, which in­vited REIWA staff to do­nate per­sonal items, such as toi­letries and py­ja­mas, for the women at the refuge.

“Our staff mem­bers are a gen­er­ous bunch and I’m pleased to see ev­ery­one dig deep and help make a dif­fer­ence to the women at the refuge,” he said.

“These small items, which many of us take for granted, can make the world of dif­fer­ence to the com­fort of these women and I’m re­ally proud we can do our bit to help them.”

Last week REIWA hosted a morn­ing tea, where staff were given an in­sight into the Women’s Refuge and how it as­sists women in need of as­sis­tance due to do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and/or home­less­ness by guest speaker Sal­va­tion Army Cap­tain Naava Brooks.

The do­na­tions were pre­sented to Cap­tain Brooks and will be given to the women at the refuge on Mother’s Day.

“These gifts are so much more than just ev­ery­day home com­forts; to the women in our cen­tre they will mean the world be­cause some­one cared enough to make their Mother’s Day a spe­cial day to re­mem­ber,” she said.

“That’s a pow­er­ful mes­sage for our women and we are greatly ap­pre­cia­tive of the sup­port REIWA staff have given.”

The ap­peal is part of REIWA’S broader Com­mu­nity Rein­vest phil­an­thropic pro­gram. ■

Neville Pozzi and Cap­tain Naava Brooks at the morn­ing tea.

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