Blan­kets aid vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.

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