Cen­tre’s gift will de­light chil­dren at refuge

North Coast Weekender - - News -

A CHIL­DREN’S play­ground pre­vi­ously lo­cated at Lake­side Joon­dalup Shop­ping City has been do­nated to fam­ily do­mes­tic vi­o­lence refuge The Pa­tri­cia Giles Cen­tre.

The play­ground was re­cently re­moved as part of the cen­tre’s fresh-food precinct re­fur­bish­ment.

Cen­tre man­ager Gemma Han­ni­gan said be­cause the play­ground was still in top con­di­tion, they reached out to the lo­cal refuge.

“It turns out just weeks be­fore, staff at The Pa­tri­cia Giles Cen­tre had re­ceived quotes for new play equip­ment that far ex­ceeded their bud­get,” she said.

“With an old cubby house un­suit­able for small chil­dren, the refuge needed safe ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren within their grounds.”

Child ad­vo­cate Denise O’Neill said fam­i­lies at the cen­tre some­times had to leave ev­ery­thing be­hind.

“Of­ten chil­dren wit­ness th­ese do­mes­tic in­ci­dents, so a bright play­ground can be very wel­com­ing,” she said.

Pic­ture: Chris Kershaw

Lake­side Joon­dalup cen­tre man­ager Gemma Han­ni­gan, child ad­vo­cate Denise O’Neill and a child stay­ing at the refuge.

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