'Fantastic response' to refuge publicity

Photo by Craig Baxter
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 the refuge.

"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, she said.


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