The Rotary Club of The Ponds are now collecting pre-loved handbags for their very successful project we call Rotary's Helping Hand Bags.
This involves collecting pre-loved handbags that are then filled with items of use to at risk or homeless women.
Our dynamic Community Service Director Zoe, coordinated with the community and our members and last year the club collected 312 of those bags, which was an amazing effort.
We were able to source the contents for the bags from donations from corporate busineses as well as RAWCS and the Salvation Army and many many wonderful people donating items. We thank everyone in the community who helped us with this project.
Each of our bags contained the following essentials:
- Full packet of Pad or tampons
- Bar of Soap
- A luxury item
We fill the bag with handcream, cleansers/moisturiser, tissues, shampoo/conditioner and other wonderful and essential products!
On any given night in Australia, 1 in 200 people are homeless
Each year 1 in 42 women aged 15-24 will access a homeless service
Over 1 in 3 women aged over 15 have experienced violence from a current or former partner. Domestic and family violence is the number one reason people report to homelessness services.
25% of those reported to be homeless are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Australians. (3% of entire Australian population are Aboriginal/Torres Strait)
30% were born overseas
18% of those homeless are aged 25-34 years.