Kids col­lect for refuge

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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