A STARK reality for many women and children who seek refuge at the Yoorana Women’s Shelter in Hervey Bay is that they arrive with little more than the clothes on their backs.
Their lives will be a little happier this Christmas, however, thanks to University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Fraser Coast staff who have donated books, puzzles, household items, toiletries and other items.
USQ Fraser Coast Women’s Network representative Ronda Eastall said packages collected over the past month were presented to a Yoorana representative last week.
“As well as helping local women and children in crisis, the Yoorana staff also did an amazing job helping culturally diverse families, particularly those who faced language barriers,” Ms Eastwell said.
“Yoorana staff and the women they shelter all greatly appreciate the USQ staff donations.”
Ms Eastall said the annual collection was also held to support White Ribbon Day, Australia’s campaign to stop violence against women.
The campaign works through primary prevention initiatives involving awareness raising and education, and programs with youth, schools, work places and across the broader community.
White Ribbon Day
White Ribbon Australia observes the International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women, also known as White Ribbon Day, annually on November 25. However the campaign runs all year.Photo: The USQ Fraser Coast Women’s Network donates books, puzzles, household items, toiletries and other items to the Yoorana Women’s Shelter in support of White Ribbon Day.