Kids collect for refuge
Women’s Refuge collectors will have a youthful look to them this week.
The organisation’s annual appeal runs until Sunday, and this year’s focus is the Crisis Line, which receives a call nationally every nine minutes.
From Porirua, 1237 calls were answered in the past 12 months, either from women wanting to get away, just talk, or from people wanting to know how to provide support for someone who is experiencing family violence.
More than 40 collectors this week will be students from Natone Park School.
Principal Kiri Smith said they don’t usually fundraise for other groups but members of their school community have used the Women’s Refuge service in the past, and it was important for students to learn more about their community.
‘‘We are trying to get our year 7 kids into the mindset of ‘the way you behave affects people’, these sorts of things are so important to teach young people. They’re learning citizenship. Plus, it’s a worthy cause, it’s the reality for some kids and mums out there.’’
Natone pupil Hoani Phillips said he wanted to be involved ‘‘to help mothers in need’’.
Porirua support worker Sui Sio said getting young people involved with collecting was something they did in the past, and was distinct to Porirua. The organisation is going through a ‘‘rebuilding phase’’ locally, and hope to create more awareness of what the service does.
There will be collectors under the Canopies, in North City Shopping Centre and outside supermarkets on different days. Donations can also be made via Facebook – search for Womens Refuge.
Ms Sio said they were grateful to McDonald’s Porirua for giving volunteers vouchers and Pak’n Save for donating food for a sausage sizzle.