While the rate of domestic and family violence changes over time, the impact on survivors remains devastating.
Ahead of one of its major fundraisers this year the Grenfell Voices Against Violence Committee is asking Grenfell residents to clean their cupboards of unwanted clothing for a Clothes Swap planned for Wednesday, April 11.
Committee members Elly Schiller and Raylene McLaughlin are currently busy sorting through clothing already donated but they want much more for the event which will take place from 9.30am until 12 noon at the Grenfell Community Health Centre in April.
“This is the perfect opportunity to finally let go of all the fabulous pieces you haven’t been wearing so that someone else can love and wear them,” Ms Schiller said.
“In exchange you can pick up some new pieces for your wardrobe.”
On the day all you need is $10 to take part and you get to pick five items of clothing to add to your wardrobe.
There will be free tea and coffee plus morning tea and a guest speaker will address the gathering at 10.30am.
Ms Schiller said donated clothing must be clean and in good condition that’s not too heavily worn or damaged.
“It should be good quality, like something you could give a friend,” she said.
The committee is looking for dresses, pants, skirts, tops, shoes, bags, scarves, hats, jewellery but does not want earrings, swimwear, underwear or pyjamas.
Items should be left at the Community Health Centre by March 9.
Funds raised will support projects raising awareness of domestic violence in the Weddin Shire.
At the end of the swap, Ms Schiller said, items left over will be donated to women’s refuges in Forbes ad Young and local charities.
For further information regarding the event contact Elly Schiller at Community Health on 02 6349 1777.
Domestic violence refers to violence, abuse and intimidation between people who are or have been in an intimate relationship. The perpetrator uses violence to control and dominate the other person. This causes fear, physical harm and/or psychological harm. Let us all work together to put an end to violence within our community.
Help for domestic violence victims can be found at www.lifeline.org.au or by calling 1800 737 732 (24/7).