Centre’s gift will delight children at refuge
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.
Lakeside Joondalup centre manager Gemma Hannigan, child advocate Denise O’Neill and a child staying at the refuge.