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  • Jackie Clark,

    I wonder if anyone has a truck/van that they are willing to use to transport some stuff to the Refuge. A lovely PAS reader wants to unload this stuff, and Refuge doesn't have a suitable van. Can anyone help with that?

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    No need for the truck! Urgent Couriers came to the rescue and sent 2 of their courier cars to pick up the stuff and deliver to Refuge! Awesome work, people.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    Does anyone own a van we can borrow, please? Need to get some sizeable furniture out to the Refuge......

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    Jackie: you are amazing. I've been following this and am determined to chip in locally after Christmas -- the need intensifies in January-February after the "festive" season.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2896 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to Hebe,

    It does. And one of the things I am most heartened about this is how many people are wanting to do something for their local Refuges. It's just a wonderful byproduct of all this madness.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    You are the gem in this!

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2896 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    Hi everyone. I need your help. Christina is hoping to sort out the clothing shed at Te Whare Marama. She needs people to there during working hours, and give her a hand. The sooner the better. (The clothing shed is where she keeps all the clothes that current residents aren't able to use, until such time as someone CAN use them). Please email me directly if you're able to help and I'll give you the details. Admittedly it would be better if it were someone I already know.......anyone I trust, Chris trusts.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    And here's a permanent link with all the questions you may have about technology needs of the refuge.

    http://prng.net/donate/

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    This thread is just full of me isn't it? Never mind. I wanted to update you all a bit on what's been going on behind the scenes. Many of you have sent me, and Russell, emails and I thank you so much for what you are doing. There have been wonderful offers of help, which we have taken up with alacrity. We've had everything from phones, to laptops, to furniture donated. All of it much needed, and all of it just so appreciated. This is a long term thing, for me, and, I hope, for some of you as well. The idea, really, is to get Te Whare Marama to a point that when a new family arrives, their needs are catered for in advance, and everything they need is just waiting there for them.
    On Wednesday night, a group of us (look for us at #auntysocial #WhaeaPower ) got together, and wrapped presents for the kids, and their mums. There are a lot of presents. I know because they all came to me first, and I had a front room full of gifts. I think around 6-7 people bought for each of the 17 children, so they are extremely well catered for! (There are also other people who had seen the blog post, and got together presents for each child. It's a bit of a bonanza.)
    As well as presents, my front room, at various times, has served as holding house for boxes/bags of food and clothes. Some of it from you guys, right here.
    And on Monday, I will be going out to Te Whare Marama to speak, with Christina, to Radio NZ, who, I believe, are doing a Morning Report package. On Thursday, there is the Refuge Xmas Party, and the Herald on Sunday will be there.
    This has taken off in the best possible way. It isn't about the Twitter Aunties - this is about Christina, and Trish, and Debbie who work at Te Whare Marama, and love all the women and the children very hard. Who keep them safe, and wrapped in their arms, until they feel ready to venture out into the world again. It's also about all of you, heeding my call to action, and jumping in, wholeheartedly, to support this beautiful place, and these beautiful people, who have been struggling for so long just to stay afloat. Successive governments have failed them, and because they're not part of the National Collective, they miss out, all the time. Well, not this time. Not if I have anything to do with it. It's their time to shine, their time to be recognised.
    We're in it for the long haul. Let's do this.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    Hi Jackie, is this the refuge you're helping?

    Good work, by the way.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    That is indeed the place, Chris. Today, RNZ are coming out to Te Whare Marama with me, I think they're doing a Morning Report package. And on Thursday, the Herald On Sunday is coming to the Refuge Xmas party - there are 85 ex-Refuge families who still recieve support when they leave - to do an interview etc. Hashtags will be busted out.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    And here we have the list for next year of things that need doing, and skills that you have that you can offer.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    Yesterday was the Refuge Xmas Party, and there are so many people to thank for their generosity. Many of you emailed Russell or I and offered valuable help, and I want you to know how appreciated that is. You must know that you are making a very big difference in many lives – if you give me stuff, it goes directly to the women who need it. Thanks to many of you, this Refuge is going to thrive. I wrote a little something by way of explaining the difference your kindness makes.
    Every act of kindness, you see, is something some of these women may never have experienced before. It builds their confidence, their self love, their trust in other people.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Thank you Jackie. You are a good woman, and I love what you are doing.

    I was wondering whether there are any disabled children who might have extra needs? Not sure how I can help from here - and support is probably very person specific - but maybe helping source specialist equipment, linking with local disability support networks, correct advice about the child disability allowance, child appropriate counselling etc?

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3203 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    There aren't currently any disabled children at Refuge, Hilary. Their accessiblilty isn't great (it's a rented HNZ house). I can ask Christina if you like? She runs a solo parent group in the community as well, and there are bound to be parents who require some extra help.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Most refuges aren't accessible, apparently. Not their fault and they are unlikely to have any spare funds to make them so. We need universal design so that accessibility for all is just a normal part of all and any building.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3203 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Jackie, happy to help (from a distance, if I can) if there are any disability issues.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3203 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    Christina is starting a mentoring programme in February. This is what she says: "We are looking for any woman who would like to mentor one of our mums. There will be a training/info evening for those interested and explaining what's involved. Mainly connecting with a mum either weekly or fortnitely via phone or visits or taking mum to an appointment etc. These are our community mums that have come through refuge or our programme. We give you phone vouchers and petrol vouchers allocated from our funding."
    So, if you're interested, email me please.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Nice to hear Jackie and her real human voice on Morning Report just now talking about the cause and the role of the #twitteraunties

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3203 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    Does anyone want to do some painting? We're going to paint the Refuge lounge, and all of the paint has been kindly donated. Please email me.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    M arrived at Refuge yesterday. She needs nothing but our love and support.


    She's pretty scared, right about now.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    I have updated the needs list here and yesterday I took L to her very first eye exam. Here's a bit of her story, as told to me.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    I would like to publicly acknowledge dear reader, Carol Edmonds, who so kindly not only donated bedding and towels to the Refuge, but also bought the kids lollies (which were gobbled up immediately) and dollies and teddybears of a very stylish variety. B (3) has the dolly, and M (4 yr old boy) and W (2 yr old boy) have the wee teddies, and they are so delighted with them.
    I'd also like to thank Hilary Stace for putting her sister Rachel, in touch with me - such a treasure trove, that garage. Everything is so much appreciated, and will all find good homes.
    I have written a blog post detailing some of the womens' stories, with their full permission. I want to thank you all, and assure you that everything you do for these women, and for me, helps in really practical and useful ways.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    Hail, fellow travellers well met. One of the residents is moving out this weekend, and has just asked me if I would be able to get her a TV. This is a constant need - with such a small house and so many kids to keep busy, sometimes a TV is just the thing. There's a small one in the lounge, but none of the tellies are digital or have freeview capability, so the women are reliant on DVDS, and players (if they can get hold of one.) So that's a need we have to address.
    In the meantime if anyone in Auckland has a digital telly they want to pass on, or a telly/freeview box they no longer need, please let me know. Thanks!

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

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