Victims of domestic violence in Ipswich have been given a hand up by the local Freemasons, to make a fresh start in 2018.
The Queensland Lodge No. 2 with the help of Hand Heart Pocket has donated $5,000 to The Women’s Crisis Support Service – formerly known as the Ipswich Women’s Shelter Against Domestic Violence.
The donation will allow the Centre to provide the essentials like clothes and toiletries to the women and their children, upon arrival, allowing them to focus on rebuilding their lives.
The funds will also allow similar assistance to be provided to these women when they first resettle in the community.
Queensland Lodge representative, Ian De Villiers said the courage shown by these women was inspiring.
“We’re so pleased to be able to help these women start life anew,” he said.
“Many turn up often with just the clothes on their backs, so these items prove crucial. If we are to make Ipswich a better place, then we all need to do our part,” Ian said.
Last financial year the Centre took in 63 women and 74 children.
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark commended the Queensland Lodge for sticking up for vulnerable women and children impacted by domestic violence in their community.
“The Queensland Lodge should be very proud of their efforts. The belief that everyone should be treated equally is in keeping with Hand Heart Pocket’s values which are about alleviating suffering and misfortune to lead a better life. This is the reason we were prepared to match the Lodges contribution,” Gary said.
Photo: Queensland Lodge representative, Ian De Villiers hands over a cheque for $5,000 to Catherine Johns from The Women’s Crisis Support Service in Ipswich.