Refuge packs made with care

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Five Rivers ranger Jessica Driver (12, left) and girl guide Ruby Goodall (10), along with GirlGuilding NZ Ranger leader Carla Werder, all of Invercargill, show some of the care packs for the Invercargill Women's Refuge.

THE Women’s Refuge in Invercargill will soon be gifted care and beauty packs, courtesy of Five Rivers Rangers and Girl Guides.

The project, which began in term one, raised awareness of domestic and family violence and taught the girls how to be an advocate. It also taught them what to do, how to be prepared and how to plan in case of family or domestic violence, GirlGuilding NZ Ranger leader Carla Werder said,

The idea to create the care and beauty packs to give to Invercargill Women’s Refuge came from one of the rangers, and became a project as part of their Advocacy Certificate.

As part of the certificate, the rangers (aged 12 encouraged to take action about an issue, and organise an activity.

Women’s Refuge was chosen because of its link to empower women and also because it was a voice for them, Mrs Werder said.

A collection of face cloths, shampoos, conditioners, soaps, toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, moisturisers and other necessities had been collected by the girls, their families and other volunteers.

Ranger Jessica Driver (12) said her mum and dad had helped collect items on their travels and in Invercargill.

Ranger leader Gemma Ellis had asked her doctor at the medical centre to also donate items, which resulted in sanitary packs being given.

A working bee was held two weeks ago to collate the items, with more than 50 care packs put together by the rangers and girl guides (aged 9-12), and enough products to create another 80.

Members of the Trefoil Guild, (retired, older leaders in GirlGuilding ranging in age from 60 to late 80s) helped during the working bee, showing the girls how to sew the face cloths, so they could insert the various bottles and toothbrushes, which were then rolled and tied with a ribbon.

“The threads can be pulled out to use the face cloth,” Mrs Werder said.

The group’s next community project would be for the Cancer Society, creating four 30cm by 60cm canvas’ with the theme of smoking and vaping.

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