Help domestic violence victims
Waikato businesses and locals wanting to support victims of domestic violence now have easy options for helping out this Christmas.
Waikato Women’s Refuge Te Whakaruruhau relies on community donations to help provide Christmas gifts for the families it helps. This year organisations and locals can pay for donation packages to help support the women and children in the refuge. Donation packages cover Christmas presents for children, Christmas family meal parcels and homeware packs for those moving into new homes.
“We know there is support in the community for these women and children. We also know it’s a busy and demanding time of year for people, so we have created those packages to help make it easier to support these families in need,” says CEO Ruahine (Roni) Albert.
Businesses and individuals can donate money which will buy Christmas gifts or Christmas meal packages for women and children in the refuge. The options include: ■ $20 for age-appropriate children’s gifts
■ $130 for a family Christmas meal pack
■ $450 for a homeware starter pack
“Christmas is a very difficult time for the parents at the Waikato Women’s Refuge and many of the children can feel left out.
“These gifts will help them feel valued and will help create safe home environments for the families,” Roni says.
The refuge services help an estimated 100 women and children every week, including six safe houses located throughout the Waikato.
“We are extremely thankful for support from the community during this busy time of year.
“These donations make it possible to help victims live a life free from domestic violence.”
Albert says the homeware starter packs, will provide sheets, towels, kitchen cutlery and crockery.
She hopes it will become a yearround option for those wishing to donate and help the refuge and affected families.
We know there is support in the community for these women and children. We also know it’s a busy and demanding time of year for people. Ruahine (Roni) Albert Waikato Women’s Refuge Te Whakaruruhau CEO
■ To donate and help the refuge visit www.waikatowomensrefuge.co.nz/ donate
People can contact the refuge to donate items, or to volunteer their time and support. Phone 07 855 1569. This is also the refuge’s crisis line, and help is available 24 hours a day.
Waikato Women’s Refuge CEO Ruahine (Roni) Albert.