Help do­mes­tic vi­o­lence vic­tims

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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.

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Waikato Women’s Refuge CEO Ruahine (Roni) Al­bert.

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