WLWA encourages its members to make a donation to the charity "Starting Over Support" (SOS). SOS is a service for women and their families moving into private, public or community housing. Having to leave a violent relationship, unsafe accomodation and/or becoming homesless with no possessions is a common issue for women in our community. After securing permanent housing many women are left with no financial means to purchase items for their home. SOS will provide a household packge to help women with the basic necessities needed to live independently, lessening the financial pressure and stresses of moving forward.   

SOS is run 100% through volunteer in-kind support and donations. SOS is well underway and has been able to help 8 women in the last 3 months and have another 2 this week coming. Donations of whitegoods are scarce and the charity is needing to purchase these products for the women in need.

If members are considering upgrading their whitegoods, WLWA encourages them to donate them to SOS. SOS are still in need of the following:

  • Kitchen utensils
  • Washing machines
  • Furniture
  • Fridges
  • Linen
  • Vacuum cleaners

Please see attached flyer for more information.

Please also consider completing the SOS Donations form here  and deposit a small donation to help SOS with this work. SOS are asking for $52, once a year, the equivalent of $1 a week, not a huge sacrifice to make a significant difference to the women SOS assist. The donation is tax deductible and members will be issued with a receipt.

SOS are also looking for members willing to give a few hours of their time on a Sunday or Monday to deliver and collect donations. This might be once every 2 months or less and a roster of volunteers will be created so that everyone will know months in advance when you will be needed.

Please contact Debbie Mason or Kelda Oppermann on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

A Zonta House Women's Refuge initiative.

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