Domestic violence food drive success story
A RECENT food drive to support women fleeing domestic and family violence this Christmas was a huge success.
Woman empowering Woman co-founder Marissa Botes teamed up with Two Butchers and the Springfield Mo Men to run the food drive and help raise awareness for White Ribbon Day.
Ms Botes who has experienced domestic violence said she understood just how much a hamper would help those women and children fleeing domestic violence this Christmas.
“I have been in a position where I didn’t have food, for my daughter or myself,” she said.
Five shopping trolleys full of non-perishable food items, toiletries and even Christmas presents were dropped off at Two Butchers at Orion Springfield Central and then distributed to domestic violence victims.
Two Butchers co-owner Steve McMeniman said the business was proud to support White Ribbon Day.
“It’s a silent killer here in Australia and throughout the world both emotionally and physically,” Mr McMeniman said.
Ms Botes said she was overwhelmed with the support.
She recently launched Woman Empowering Woman as a business to support charities who work to help women and children as well as combat domestic violence and sexual abuse, mental health issues, suicide, the protection of human rights and children.
The domestic and sexual abuse survivor wants people to know “it’s OK not to be OK”.
“I’ve been through sexual assault, domestic violence, suicide, depression, anxiety and trauma,” she said during charity fundraiser recently.
“I know how it feels to be scared, to suffer silently through anxiety to the point where your body gives in.
“I know especially how hard it is to reach out. No matter how much has been stripped away from you, don’t take your own life away.”
If you need help contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Two Butchers owners Ken Kearney and Steve McMeniman with Marissa Botes.