Blankets aid victims of domestic violence
WOMEN and their families who have suffered from domestic violence will be the beneficiaries of six hand knitted blankets made by the Zonta and friends knitting group as part of the 16 days of activism against gender violence initiative.
The Zonta and friends knitting group presented the gorgeous blankets to the Whitsunday Crisis and Counselling Service for the Women’s Refuge Crisis Accommodation last week.
Client services manager Sue Manthey said the blankets were a welcome gift for families leading up to Christmas.
“Zonta has always been supportive of our organisation and it is great to see an organisation that is lead by women spread awareness on domestic violence in our community. It’s women helping women,” she said.
“We always try to do our best to make crisis accommodation safe and secure for families and these blankets help to achieve that, even though it’s only temporary accommodation.”
The Zonta and friends knitting group works all year making blankets for local families and have sent blanket shipments overseas to Zimbabwe in support of the Aid for Africa Down Under.
This presentation of blankets is one of many events taking place during the 16 days of activism against gender violence, which started on 25 November 2013.
The Zonta Says No international campaign to end violence against women which started in November last year will wrap up in January.
The Zonta and friends knitting group meets once a month at various members’ homes.
For more information on the group, contact PJ Halter on 4946 4363.
If you are in a situation where you need to call for help call 1-800-Respect or 1800-DVConnect.
HELPING HAND: Sue Matheny from Whitsunday Crisis and Counselling Service was presented with six handmade blankets for the Women's Refuge Crisis Accommodation by Zonta Club of the Whitsundays project co-ordinator PJ Halter, Carole Brauner and Dawn Green.