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Handy kit means so much in emergency

Tuesday, 13th March, 2018

(From left) Staying Home Leaving Violence co-ordinator Fiona Camilleri, Quota Club vice-president Pam Odgers, Far West Legal Service CEO Cathy Farry and Quota Club president Helen Buddle with the donated emergency packs. (From left) Staying Home Leaving Violence co-ordinator Fiona Camilleri, Quota Club vice-president Pam Odgers, Far West Legal Service CEO Cathy Farry and Quota Club president Helen Buddle with the donated emergency packs.

By Kara de Groot

The Broken Hill branch of the Quota Club has donated 20 emergency packs to domestic violence program Staying Home Leaving Violence.

The packs come in a small luggage bag, and include a towel, hairbrush, toothbrush and toothpaste, and a voucher among other things.

Staying Home Leaving Violence co-ordinator, Fiona Camilleri, said the voucher can be used to buy underwear or similar items, which is the most frequently requested item.

“People run out the door with nothing but the clothes on their back so this is like a crisis kit with those things you wouldn’t think about grabbing when you need to go,” Ms Camilleri said.

“We see the relief of the women when they receive these packs, the packs are simple but it’s so appreciated.”

Quota Club vice-president Pam Odgers said Quota arranges something for March every year.

In previous years they’ve provided packs for Meals on Wheels, or taken gifts to the nursing homes, but Ms Odgers said this year they wanted to do something for women.

“We worked hard to raise the money for these. It’s about $1,000 worth of goods and it’s definitely needed,” she said. “Broken Hill has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in the state. We were told that some months Staying Home Leaving Violence has 10 to 15 new clients in a month.”

Ms Camilleri said community support was key to keeping the service running.

“Without the community we wouldn’t be able to offer women this, the funding just isn’t there,” she said.

“These sorts of packs can help break that cycle of being trapped in a situation at home.”

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