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‘Walk for Women & Children’: Step up for victims of domestic violence

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Grab your sneakers and exercise gear to help to raise funds for the Manly Warringah Women’s Resource Centre. Walk for Women and Children is a virtual exercise event to help raise vital funds for women and children experiencing domestic violence and abuse.


Walk for Women and Children is an exercise event that will be running throughout the month of November to raise vital funds for women and children experiencing domestic violence and abuse.

Stepping out for women and children gives you the opportunity to raise vital funds for at risk families while also building your fitness, burning some calories and boosting your mental health leading into the Christmas season.

Everyone who registers will set their own exercise goal and gets to create a personal fundraising page. This page is a place where they can share their progress and collect donations.

As a result of the enormous strain on their services in 2020, the Manly Warringah Women’s Resource Centre are hoping to raise some much needed funds to help at risk women and children at this time.

About Manly Warringah Women’s Resource Centre

The Manly Warringah Women’s Resource Centre is a not for profit organisation supporting women and children escaping domestic violence and abuse. They provide crisis accommodation and support services (like counselling, legal advice clinics, advocacy family support) on the North Shore and Northern Beaches of Sydney for ‘at risk’ women and children.

They have a group home refuge on the North Shore, plus six units and a new ‘pop up’ Safe House on the Northern Beaches in response to COVID-19 and the direct increase in mental health issues and intimate partner violence. They also have transitioning houses for women who are ready to slowly take the steps to move on. Find out more about the Safe Houses here.

The MWWRC saw a 291% increase in demand for their services in July, coinciding with the easing of restrictions where women became more confident to leave abusive relationships and seek support. More information about the support services offered can be found here.

Walk for Women & Children

Choose to walk, run, ride, swim or dance throughout the month of November and know you are doing it for a great cause!

Think about taking the stairs instead of the lift, walking instead of catching the bus, going out for an early walk or jog, swimming laps at lunch time or riding a set number of kilometres. The choice is yours!

‘I’m going to walk 100km in November. That’s around 3.3 km per day, which seems achievable but also a good daily goal’ – Ruth

‘I’m going to exercise for one hour every day – whether that’s an outdoor training session or a 1-hour walk – I just want to move every single day!’ – Rachel

‘I’m committing to a daily 5km run in November’ – Sally

We’ve set up a group for North Shore Mums. Together, we can be stronger and have an even bigger impact! By joining our team, we will be able to see the direct results of amazing North Shore Mums stepping out and raising funds for victims of domestic violence during November.

All you need to do is:

Registration is $25 (and you can opt to make an additional donation when you sign up), and you can also raise funds by getting sponsors!

So what are you waiting for? Get moving! Let’s make a real difference to women and children who need these support services.

REGISTER NOW & JOIN THE NORTH SHORE MUMS TEAM!

How the donations are used:

  • $5 buys a packet of band aids to soothe a grazed knee or a tube of paw paw ointment for sore, chaffed lips
  • $20 buys a bottle of children’s Panadol to ease pain and discomfort
  • $30 buys  the replacement pair of school shoes left behind on the front porch
  • $50 the first meal a mother and her children receive when they arrive at the refuge
  • $80 a Christmas gift for Mum and the kids this year
  • $100 for a Mother and child to attend counselling
  • $200 pays for a childcare worker to watch over a child while a Mother attends court. It also pays for school holiday activities so that a child can normalise and enjoy time with friends and Mum.
  • $500 buys a new bunk bed for a Mother and child moving into transitional housing.

Donations that bring joy…

Recently, Manly Warringah Women’s Resource Centre were able to provide a birthday cake with candles and some balloons and host a very modest in-house party with other residents of the refuge to celebrate the 4th birthdays of two boys who recently came to live who came to live in one of their refuges. Whilst this may be small, it carries huge weight in terms of helping to normalise these children’s lives, and to alleviate the sadness, guilt and shame that the Mothers often carry. All victims leave the abuse with guilt and most have been financially cut off, leaving them penniless. They can’t even afford a birthday cake. This would not have been possible without the generous donations they have received.

Everyday we witness how our donors make a difference to the lives of vulnerable women and children. Sometimes, it’s the small things that make the biggest difference – usually the things that we take for granted.

If you’re looking for a charity to support – either through a one-off donation or a regular periodic payment – please consider supporting the Manly Warringah Women’s Resource Centre. All donations are used to provide necessary services and purchase essential items for families who can’t otherwise afford them.

DONATE TO MANLY WARRINGAH WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTRE

If you’re experiencing domestic violence or abuse, or know someone who is, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Their case workers will step in and make the suitable arrangements to ensure their safety and support.

Domestic Violence Support Services

  • Manly Warringah Women’s Resource Centre | Phone: 9971 4499
  • Bringa and Delvena Women and Children’s Refuges | Phone: 9971 4499
  • NSW Domestic Violence Line | Phone: 1800 65 64 63 (24 hour/7 days a week) – For information, advice and referral, crisis counselling and crisis accommodation
  • 1800RESPECT | Phone: 1800 737 732 (24 hour/7 days a week) – A national Line sexual assault, domestic family violence counselling service
  • Rape Crisis Centre/Sexual Assault Line | Phone: (02) 9819 6565 or 1800 424 017
  • Women’s Legal Services NSW – Domestic Violence Advocacy Service (DVAS) | Phone: 1800 810 784 or 02 8745 6999


 

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