Donation to aid change

Bella KitchenSouth Western Times
Southern Ports Bunbury regional manager Lee Smith providing South West Refuge CEO Ali White a donation.
Camera IconSouthern Ports Bunbury regional manager Lee Smith providing South West Refuge CEO Ali White a donation. Credit: Supplied

Southern Ports has provided the South West Refuge with a donation to boost the daily support provided to women who are experiencing family and domestic violence.

The $500 donation was given by Bunbury regional manager Lee Smith to South West Refuge chief executive Ali White as part of the 16 Days in WA campaign — a global movement to drive a change in culture, behaviour and attitudes that lead to gender-based violence.

South West Refuge helps about 500 women and children a year and provides 24/7 support, including accommodation, advocacy and transitional housing. Ms White said the service relied heavily on donations and was appreciative of the support from Southern Ports.

"It’s been a tough year for everyone, especially services like ours. We rely heavily on donations, with all community donations going directly to our clients for food, clothing or other critical needs as we are not funded for these items," she said.

"It is so comforting to know we have the support of the community and organisations like Southern Ports."

Southern Ports CEO Steve Lewis said services like South West Refuge are vital in the community.

"The tireless work and commitment that all of our local services for women provide including South West Refuge is so important to the safety and recovery for women when they may be at their most vulnerable," Mr Lewis said.

"It’s why we wanted to help out where we could, providing a small donation to South West Refuge to recognise the exceptional work they do."

As part of the campaign Southern Ports also partnered with Hexion Australia to light up the Bunbury Outer Harbour in orange until last Thursday and put on a free women’s self defence workshop.

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