School gives refuge $1000

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The Gore Women’s Refugee was presented with a $1000 cheque by St Peter’s College on Monday.

Head of religious education Eileen McCabe said the school raised the money during its annual work day earlier in the year.

“We chose Gore Women’s Refuge as our charity to donate to this year,” she said.

Gore Women’s Refuge advocate Shani Hayes and refuge governance board representative Wendy Muir attended an assembly at the school to receive the cheque.

“We are completely overwhelmed by the generosity of St Peter’s College,” Miss Hayes said.

Any support from the community was extremely helpful, she said.

“We are only partially government-funded. For the rest we have to rely on local donations.

“Every little bit counts.”

She said the women’s refuge had not decided how the money would be used yet but funding would be needed to hold some education programmes next year.

The programmes were “a key part of what we do. It’s not funded so we need to come up with the funding for it”.

Miss Hayes said the education programmes would be aimed at women and children.

“The women’s classes will be focusing on women’s empowerment and the basic understanding of domestic violence.

“The kids will have the option to go to a tamariki programme, which will really be about safety plans for the children, getting the confidence to call the police and managing their emotions and anger.

“Most kids haven’t talked about it – at the tamariki programme they will have a safe, understanding space to talk about things in.”