The Melville community is being thanked for their overwhelming response to the City’s community appeal, which saw hundreds of essential items donated to the Zonta House Refuge Association to support women in need.
City of Melville Mayor the Hon. George Gear JP said the community donations of personal items, clothing and stationary would play an important role in supporting Zonta House to provide refuge, transitional accommodation and support services to women who have experienced or are at risk of experiencing family and domestic violence.
“The City holds an annual donation appeal in October as part of Safer Melville Month, however this year in response to reports of increased family and domestic violence and homelessness during the COVID-19 health crisis, we brought the donation appeal forward and ran it from Monday, 22 June to Sunday, 5 July.
“The donation drive is always well supported by the community and it has been fantastic once again to see everyone pull together and be so generous, especially during this time when we have all been impacted in some way or another by the crisis.
“We also want to thank our local businesses Willagee IGA, Stockland Bull Creek Shopping Centre, Hawaiian’s Melville Shopping Centre and the City’s Civic Square Library for their support in hosting the collection boxes.”
Zonta House Communications and Engagement Officer Ella Kent said the community response had been overwhelming.
“We estimate we received more than 500 individual items, many of which are everyday necessitates that we are so in need of.
“Yesterday, I received a call from one of our two crisis centres asking if we could put a call out for body wash and toothpaste as they had run out.
“We also had two women from a remote Northern Territory community who were struggling with the Perth winter and were given one of the new donated hot water bottles – they had never used one before and were so thankful to be warm.
“Zonta House are continuously overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness of the local community in providing such vital everyday necessities, as receiving this in kind support allows us to direct more funds to service delivery.”
For information and support about sexual assault or domestic and family violence, visit www.1800respect.org.au or call 1800 737 732.
Visit www.melvillecity.com.au/safermelville for more information about Safer Melville initiatives.
Image: Zonta House Communications and Engagement Officer Ella Kent with some of the donations.