Dubbo Garden Club helps victims of domestic violence
EARLIER this year, Debbie Todkill from Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (WDVCAS) spoke at one of the Dubbo Garden Club meetings about domestic violence and how it effects many women and families in our community. Shocked at the statistics, the Dubbo Garden Club decided to raise money to help those in need.
President of the club Robyn Warn told Dubbo Photo News, “There’s so many women out there that are living in awful situations.”
In September, the Dubbo Garden Club hosted a Spring Garden Party selling plants, soaps, oils, bric-a-brac and raffle tickets and raised $3,717.30 going straight to the WDVCAS to assist local women.
Debbie Todkill told Dubbo
how the money would be used. “It’s going to be set aside to help women that are trying to re-establish themselves or become safe for them and their children.
“It could be anything from getting them a new washing machine, new locks, new school uniforms if they’d had to relocate. Sometimes it might just be a bus ticket or a tank of petrol, food or basic
Dubbo Garden Club members Pushpa Jeyaseelan, Nancy Cross, Valda Kellehear, Robyn Warn and Melva Blake with Debbie Todkill from Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service. PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS necessities.
“We’re really thrilled that the Garden Club has done this,” Debbie said.
Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service do take donations for the women ‘share the dignity’ packs.
“We love to get a bag – it could be things like deodorant, women’s hygiene products, a hairbrush, a toothbrush, some tooth paste or some soap,” Debbie said.