Fashioning support for women
FASHION was used for a good cause when the Wesley College Parents’ and Friends’ Association did its bit to help women fleeing domestic violence.
A total of $1300 was raised for UnitingCare West’s local women’s refuge Wyn Carr House during a fashion show at the association’s annual lunch on September 2.
UnitingCare West service area manager Margaret Muntinga said she was “absolutely thrilled” with the fundraising effort.
“Domestic violence has been in the news quite a lot in the last few years and so it gladdens the heart to know that people out there want to help women in refuges,” she said.
“I’m not sure what exactly we’ll use the money for; we’ve been providing yoga and we need some equipment but we are also considering some outdoor furniture.
“The toiletries that were donated are also appreciated, we like leave the toiletries on the beds so when women come here they know they are appreciated.”
WHEN it comes to super, it's a good idea for spouses to investigate how they can work together to make the most of their savings.
Spouses each making contributions to their own superannuation account has always been a good idea, and the importance of doing this is increasing.
Proposed changes to superannuation set limits on how much money can be contributed into one super account and how quickly those contributions can be made.
The changes reinforce the need to contribute to super over the long term as they discourage adding big lump sums quickly.
There are other reasons why both spouses making contributions into their own account makes sense, even if one partner is not working for a period of time.
Depending on the age difference between the couple, it is possible that they will be able to access their super at different times.
That might allow one partner to move to part-time work and try a transition to retirement pension while the other partner continues to accumulate super and work fulltime.
With both spouses contributing, even during employment breaks, both accounts continue to rise and both partners get the advantage of a bigger nest egg and can continue cost-effective life and other insurance cover through their super.
There is also an 18 per cent tax offset for the first $3000 contributed on behalf of a low-income or no-income spouse, enhancing the attractiveness of continuing contributions.
There are a number of ways spouses can contribute to each other's accounts with both their pre and posttax income.
Some of the women who modelled at the event, which raised $1300 for UnitingCare West’s women’s refuge.