A Hunter-based club has completed another successful back-to-school drive to support women’s refuges across the region as the summer holidays quickly disappear in the rear-view mirror.
Backpacks, stationary items and lunchboxes are often on many families’ shopping lists, but not everyone can afford such essentials.
This is where the Zonta Club of Hunter Newcastle chips in.
The organisation works to empower women and girls through service and advocacy, both locally and internationally.
Each December, its Back-to-School drive is an essential part of the club’s activities.
Zonta Club of Hunter Newcastle president, Karen Wilson, says the 2018-19 collection has been a great success, providing enough backpacks, stationary items, lunchboxes, drink bottles and other items to service all six women’s refuge centres across Newcastle, Maitland and Lake Macquarie.
“When women and children flee domestic violence situations and seek refuge in these valued facilities, they often arrive with not [much] more than the clothes they are wearing,” she says.
“This creates extreme difficulty for the children returning to school in January.”
Apart from the Back to School drive, the club also collects non-perishable food and linen, while it assembles amenities bags that contain toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, and more.
The club has a strong membership of professional women and undertakes projects across many sectors, including the assembly of birthing kits, breast cushions, scholarships and awards.
It will host one of two annual movie nights as part of its fundraising efforts from 6pm on Saturday 7 February at Event Cinemas, Kotara.
On The Basis Of Sex is an American biographical legal drama that follows the journey of struggling attorney and new mother, Ruth Bader Ginsburg (played by English actress Felicity Jones), who faces adversity and numerous obstacles in her fight for equal rights.
Visit trybooking.com to buy tickets. Cost is $25, which includes the movie and supper.
Donations are still being accepted for the Back-to-School drive.
Contact Helen Blackbourn on 0409 975 392 or, if you’d like more information on the club, call Tania Harley on 0401 001 068.