Students boost refuge’s coffers

The Dunedin Women’s Refuge will receive a $24,000 cash boost  thanks to fundraising efforts by a group of University of Otago law students.

Last week,  about 50 law students ran a baking sale, quiz evening, collection and auction for the support service.

Fundraising organiser Maddi Ingham (20) said the  week-long effort was planned to coincide with the national Women’s Refuge appeal.

"We started planning how to fund-raise late last year."

Miss Ingham was involved with a similar fundraising initiative last year,  which raised about $18,000 for the refuge.

It was important to raise even more this year because the Dunedin Women’s Refuge was reliant on donations to fund about 40% of the service, she said.

University of Otago law students (from left) Aleisha McNatty, Sophie Russell, Annie Hygate, Maddi...
University of Otago law students (from left) Aleisha McNatty, Sophie Russell, Annie Hygate, Maddi Ingham and Sara Lomaloma have raised thousands of dollars for Dunedin Women’s Refuge. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
"It is so important to support the service.

"When we have been fundraising you have people come up and say ‘oh I am donating because my friend stayed at the Women’s Refuge or I used the service’.

"Domestic violence can literally happen to anyone."

Dunedin Women’s Refuge manager Wenda Parata-Muir said the students had been "instrumental" in supporting the service.

"They are so vibrant and they say they learn a lot from working with us, too."

The donation would be used to help continue the therapy, education and emergency accommodation services, in the face of  ever-increasing running costs, she said.

margot.taylor@odt.co.nz

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