Photo by Craig Baxter
Te Whare Pounamu Dunedin Women's Refuge residential
services workers Kerri Oliver (left) and Darlene Gore with some
of the donations made to the refuge since two articles about it
appeared in the Otago Daily Times last month.
Miss Gore said since the articles about the refuge's work and
its safe houses, they had received too many calls and
donations to count.
People from Auckland to Central Otago had donated everything
from food, money, clothing, bedding, beds and buggies to
nappies, bassinets and new child car seats.
A wide range of people made donations, with elderly women
donating perfectly washed, ironed and folded bedding, large
corporates donating buggies and new child car seats, and
"Central Otago ladies ringing up to donate cash".
"It's just been a fantastic response. We can't believe it,"
Miss Gore said.
The items were appreciated and it was great to be able to
give people food parcels and clothing when they arrived at
"It just takes a little bit of the stress out of relocating."
The articles also seemed to have raised awareness about what
refuge offered, and they had received many calls from people
seeking help or advice, which was also a positive outcome,