Living legacy will continue
Reclaiming more lives
Annah Stretton wants to leave a legacy that is more than a gorgeous frock.
Stretton and mentoree Krystal spoke in Matamata on Saturday to a group of women from Inner Wheel and the general public about Reclaim Another Woman (RAW), an organisation that came into existence earlier this year.
Already there are more than 100 women involved.
RAW provides a mentor to help a woman who has been the victim of domestic violence by changing her future through education.
Most in the room on Saturday would have been moved by what they heard.
Krystal, now 24, has lived through things no woman should have to go through.
She has two children and was in an abusive relationship with a gang member.
She ended up in a women’s refuge after she was beaten to within an inch of her life.
This is where she met Stretton, who had started to look into what soon became RAW.
On Saturday, Stretton told the crowd that she knew there was more she could do in life. She said RAW was a simple model involving two polar opposites working together.
‘‘We walk a journey for life to advance these women.’’
Stretton knew her programme would be a game changer. She said it was about stopping the destructive cycle.
‘‘All I’m doing is getting women like myself to walk beside women like Krystal,’’ she said.
Krystal, who is about to graduate with a certificate in social work, said Stretton had changed her life.
‘‘I’ve come from a life of nothing ... to now starting to dream,’’ she said.
Stretton said it was women like Krystal who would become an incredibly strong voice in the future.
‘‘These are amazing women,’’ she said.
INSPIRING: Krystal is walking a new path in life thanks to Stretton and her programme, RAW.