Community Appeal to support women in need

19 June 2020

The City is holding a community appeal in support of Zonta House Refuge Association.

The City of Melville will be holding a community appeal for donations of new clothing, personal and stationery items from Monday, 22 June to Sunday, 5 July, in support of the Zonta House Refuge Association who support women in need.

City of Melville Mayor the Hon. George Gear JP said the community donations would play an important part in supporting the ongoing and critical work of Zonta House Refuge Association, who for more than 35 years have supported women who have experienced, or are at risk of experiencing family and domestic violence, homelessness and other life crises.

“The City runs an annual donation appeal in October as a part of Safer Melville Month which is always well supported by the community. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, our Safer Melville Team have been closely monitoring and responding to emerging crime trends and sadly, the consequence of physical distancing and self-isolation during the pandemic has led to a dramatic increase in incidents of family and domestic violence and homelessness.  In response to this, we have decided to bring our October appeal forward to provide some much needed support to our community.  We’ll also be contributing to achieving our Safe and Secure and Healthy Lifestyles community outcomes.

“Four locations will be available across the City for dropping off donations and we thank local businesses for their support in hosting the collection boxes. The donation boxes will be available at Willagee IGA, Stockland Bull Creek Shopping Centre, Hawaiian’s Melville Shopping Centre and the City’s Civic Square Library.”

The donation items requested this year include clothing such as slippers, dressing gowns and pyjamas; personal items such as hair brushes, towels, shampoo and shower gel; and stationery items including pens, journals and notebooks. It is requested that all donated items are in new and unused condition.

Domestic and family violence is a pattern of abusive behaviour in an intimate relationship or family relationship where one person assumes a position of power over another and causes fear.  Statistics show that domestic and family violence is most likely to be committed by men against women.

Visit www.1800respect.org.au or call 1800 737 732 for information and support about sexual assault or domestic and family violence. 

For more information about Safer Melville initiatives please visit www.melvillecity.com.au/safermelville

Items to Donate

*Donate new and unused items only please*

Clothing

  • Slippers
  • Dressing gowns
  • Pyjamas
  • Thongs

Personal items

  • Hair brushes and hair ties
  • Towels
  • Heat packs and hot water bottles
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Shower gel

Stationery items

  • Pens and pencils
  • Journals
  • Notebooks

Donation Drop-off Locations

Please drop donations into the marked collection boxes between Monday, 22 June and Sunday, 5 July 2020 at one of the following locations.

  • Willagee IGA - 70 Archibald Street, Willagee
  • Stockland Bull Creek Shopping Centre - South Street and Benningfield Road, Bull Creek
  • Hawaiian's Melville Shopping Centre - 380 Canning Highway, Bicton
  • Civic Square Library - Almondbury Road (entry off Davy Street), Booragoon

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