Din­ner raises $3800 for Women’s Refuge


Whare Manaaki Porirua Women’s Refuge have one thing to smile about in a tough en­vi­ron­ment - their own fundrais­ing.

The small team at one of the two Women’s Refuge groups in the city, which looks after pre­dom­i­nantly Maori women and chil­dren, raised more than $3800 at a func­tion hosted by Porirua Club on Au­gust 20.

It was their third an­nual ‘‘Black and White Gala’’, coor­gan­iser Caro­line Herewini said - $1500 was raised the first year, $3000 the sec­ond and $3852 this time. About 80 peo­ple at­tended this year and gift bas­kets, restau­rant vouch­ers and mys­tery items were auc­tioned.

‘‘We were ab­so­lutely over the moon with what hap­pened on the night,’’ she said. ‘‘We had a lot of items do­nated by very gen­er­ous spon­sors and were sup­ported by our MPs Jan Lo­gie and Kris Faafoi. It was a fab­u­lous oc­ca­sion and that money will re­ally make a dif­fer­ence.’’

The White Rib­bon rid­ers also con­trib­uted $500.

The fo­cus for fundrais­ing this year was on chil­dren, coor­gan­iser Shar­maine Rowe said, and recog­nis­ing the im­pact do­mes­tic vi­o­lence had on them.

She said just over 42 per cent of Women’s Refuge fund­ing comes from cen­tral govern­ment, but each branch needs to come up with ways of top­ping up the bud­get. A na­tional ap­peal helps, but more was al­ways needed for the 1000 women, plus chil­dren, that are as­sisted by Women’s Refuge in Porirua and Kapiti each year.

Food, rental ac­com­mo­da­tion and even items like fire­wood were among the costs in­curred.

There are just four staff at Whare Manaaki, who are based in Pem­ber House in Porirua’s CBD, along with three at the other Porirua Women’s Refuge.

It’s not a nine-to-five work­ing week, Herewini said, even though that’s what em­ploy­ees are paid for.

‘‘We have the phone go off at 2am and we need to be ready to go - we can’t pick and choose the hours. It can be re­lent­less and tough but you just do it. Some women might have one child to look after, some might have 12 they have to take with them, so we need to be ready for any­thing and ev­ery­thing.’’

The money raised at the Porirua Club - who were in­cred­i­bly sup­port­ive, Herewini said - was heart­en­ing and would spur them on to raise even more next year. the


From left, Mar­garet Mac­don­ald, Shar­maine Rowe and Caro­line Herewini with the pro­ceeds from Porirua Women’s Refuge’s func­tion.

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