$100k to Women’s Refuge

South Waikato News - - Your Health - STUFF.CO.NZ

Three of the Waikato re­gion’s big­gest re­tail chains have teamed up with the goal of rais­ing $100,000 for the Waikato Women’s Refuge.

From Novem­ber 14 un­til Novem­ber 20 Mitre 10, Z En­ergy and New World in­de­pen­dent re­tail­ers from across the Waikato Dis­trict will ask cus­tomers to round up their pur­chases.

All pro­ceeds will go to Waikato Women’s Refuge where funds will be dis­trib­uted to refuges in Thames, Wait­omo, Toko­roa and Hamil­ton.

Waikato Women’s Refuge chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Roni Al­bert said the refuge was ’’in­cred­i­bly grate­ful’ to the re­tail chains for com­ing on board to help raise funds ahead of its busy pe­riod.

‘‘For the vul­ner­a­ble women and chil­dren that we as­sist, Christ­mas is not al­ways a happy time and un­for­tu­nately, it is the busiest time of year for our cri­sis staff, ‘‘ she said.

‘‘For in­stance, this past Labour Day three-day week­end we as­sisted 86 women and their chil­dren who re­quired help fol­low­ing New Zealand Po­lice call-outs re­lated to fam­ily vi­o­lence.’’

‘‘Over the up­com­ing hol­i­day pe­riod un­for­tu­nately we are likely to ex­pe­ri­ence sim­i­lar num­bers of women and chil­dren re­quir­ing our ur­gent help to keep them safe,’’ she said.

Z En­ergy sta­tion owner Briar Far­rah said the refuge was chang­ing lives for the bet­ter.

Mitre 10, Z En­ergy and New World rep­re­sen­ta­tives are pleased to be help­ing those from the Waikato Women’s Refuge by rais­ing money.

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