Donations to aid violence victims

Danielle RaffaeleNorth West Telegraph
Monika Lewis of Port Hedland recives a butchers voucher with Benjamin Carlton with Tenderspot Meat Co Butcher Andrew Bedell
Camera IconMonika Lewis of Port Hedland recives a butchers voucher with Benjamin Carlton with Tenderspot Meat Co Butcher Andrew Bedell Credit: Supplied/GIVIT/Picture: GIVIT, Supplied/GIVIT

National online charity organisation GIVIT is bolstering vital domestic violence and Aboriginal services across Port Hedland with a series of donations.

The not-for-profit organisation has teamed with Hedland groups Bloodwood Tree Association, Hedland Women’s Refuge, and Pilbara Community Legal Services.

The organisations target specific issues such as family and domestic violence, people at risk of homelessness, and those in the redress scheme battling the consequences of institutional child sexual abuse.

GIVIT connects generous Australians with metropolitan and rural services in need such as those in Hedland, and has donated more that 50,000 items for people across the State this year alone.

Earlier this year, the group received a monetary donation with the request that it be used to help a regional community.

GIVIT decided to reach out to Port Hedland communities and came across Bloodwood Tree Association, which then connected it with other local services.

Goods delivered across town included up to 100 items such as appliances, as well as $5500 in fuel and grocery vouchers for remote communities across the Pilbara.

GIVIT engagement officer Sarah Visser said the program was a vital service giving Pilbara charity groups the opportunity to restore dignity to the most vulnerable in the community.

“One of our first donations went to purchasing a washing machine for a women who had escaped domestic violence and was setting up a safe home for herself and children,” she said.

“The relief and worry that’s taken away from these women at a very traumatic time is priceless.”

She said GIVIT was an underused service and encouraged Pilbara services to register with the charity.

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