Keri Red Cross helps refuge


Colour­ful bags filled with es­sen­tial toi­letries are be­ing sewn to­gether for Women’s Refuge clients.

The bags, made by the Kerik­eri branch of the Red Cross, will con­tain soap, sham­poo, a hair comb and other items for women and their chil­dren who ar­rive at Women’s Refuge in Kaikohe.

Red Cross mem­ber Jan Bar­nett says the ladies of­ten ar­rive after an emer­gency, and have noth­ing.

The group ap­proached the Women’s Refuge, which cov­ers the Mid North area, ask­ing what they could do to sup­port their work.

Bar­nett says sup­ply­ing toi­letries in their own bag was some­thing they could do to help.

‘‘It’s some­thing re­ally per­sonal for the women - it is some­thing con­crete which we could do to help.’’

Bar­nett says it’s great to be work­ing in their own com­mu­nity, with talks un­der­way to en­gage in fu­ture with other com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions.

The Kerik­eri women are aim­ing to make up 50 bags for the Women’s Refuge, which have been sup­ported with do­na­tions from Whangarei Girls High School.

Red Cross also equip­ment loans, wheel­chairs, and


The Kerik­eri Red Cross is al­ways look­ing for new mem­bers. Phone Denise 09 4074 606. fa­cil­i­tates such as Meals on

Jaki Ge­orge, Denise Pitts, Shirley Wilkins, Noriko Wright, He­len Phillips, Jane Rus­sell and Jan Bar­nett.

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