I, like so many others, have watched on in absolute horror at the terrifying and increasing occurrences of domestic violence. As of last week, 62 people have lost their lives this year as a result.
That’s 62 mothers, daughters, sisters, nieces, aunties, cousins, friends, loved ones.
According to the Domestic Violence Prevention Centre Gold Coast Inc, just under half a million women reported that they had experienced physical or sexual violence or sexual assault in the past 12 months. I can’t imagine how many more have been suffering in silence.
Enough is enough.
I don’t have all the answers and I cannot even begin to contemplate how we can put an end to this. But as I watched the news showing another tragic story of a women shot and killed by her ex partner only a few minutes from my home I realised I couldn’t just keep watching and then go about my day. I needed to help, in some small way.
I have teamed up with a wonderful local organisation called My Friend’s Place, a not for profit refuge providing a safe haven for women who have escaped a domestic violence situation.
The Hand Up Donation Drive is something I truly feel passionate about and desperately hope it works. I’m seeking the donation of preloved (or new) household items. In most cases, these brave women have arrived at the refuge with little to no belongings. This donation drive aims to help them start a new, safer life.
You’ll see me posting information about the donation drive over on the Facebook page and yes, I’m probably going to bombard you all with info but it’s for a good cause and I need to get it out there. I hope you understand my need to take a little break from the blog while I put all my energies into this (along with working and taking care of my boys) for the next couple of weeks.
If you’re in the Gold Coast or Brisbane area and have anything you can donate, these women would be truly appreciative. If you have a local business and wish to donate please let me know. And if you have Facebook page I’d love it if you could share the images and posters I’m sharing to the Raising Misters page. I’ve also created a website – http://www.thehandupdonationdrive.com – for more information.
If you can help me I’d be so grateful. I want these women to know the kindness of strangers, that the world can in fact be a nicer place and that eventually, life can be sweet. They deserve this.