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“EVERY little bit helps.”
Waitomo-Waipa Women’s Refuge manager
Wendy Valler says the organisation is “incred-
ibly grateful” to King Country Energy (KCE) for
gifting $1000 to the refuge in its latest Heartland
Community Fund round.
The non-profit organisation provides support,
advocacy and education to victims of domestic
violence in the Waitomo and Waipa regions.
“We were delighted to gift $1000 to our local
refuge, which works so hard to protect and sup-
port woman and children touched by domestic
violence,” says KCE community relations man-
ager Helen Peacock.
“ The work they do is so important to help keep
vulnerable families safe from harm.”
The money has gone toward new beds for one
of the refuge’s safe houses.
“Getting funding is critical to the work we do
in our communities,” says Mrs Valler.
“We don’t receive enough funding from the
Government and we couldn’t carry on if that
was our only source of income. We are incredibly
grateful to the community groups and individuals
who support us. Every little bit helps.”
The refuge is part of the National Collective
of Independent Women’s Refuges, and covers
a large area from Cambridge to Te Awamutu,
Otorohanga, Waitomo, and Te Kuiti to Kawhia,
Taharoa and Marokopa and south to Awakino,
Benneydale and Piopio.
It employs Mrs Valler and five advocates who
work to support women and children who are the
victims of, or at risk of, family violence. There are
currently two safe houses with 16 beds available.
“We receive 2000 calls a year from people af-
fected by family violence,” says Mrs Valler.
“ The demand for our services is increasing for
many reasons. About 100 women and children
stayed in our safe houses last year, and we were
full for more than seven months of the year,
meaning vulnerable families had to be accom-
She says women’s refuge “isn’t about splitting
up families” but about supporting women and
their families to eliminate domestic violence.
“We don’t just work with women who need
to get away, we work with women who just want
the violence to stop but want to stay with their
“We work with them to identify the triggers,
to make a safety plan and we work with perpe-
trators to make changes and take responsibility
for their actions.”
KCE Heartland Community Fund
THE next round of KCE Heartland Com-
munity Fund closes next Wednesday
(November 30) so organisations are
encouraged to get their applications in
without delay. The fund aims to support
community groups and organisations
with projects and initiatives that create
safer, healthier, sustainable and con-
nected communities in the King Country
region. For more information visit the
website – kce.co.nz/heartland
WAITOMO-Waipa Women’s Refuge manager Wendy Valler says a $1000 grant from King
Country Energy’s Heartland Community Fund which helped buy new bunk beds for one of the
organisation’s safe houses was very much appreciated. PHOTO SUPPLIED
Fund helps buy beds
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