School packs for crisis care

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
Busselton Water Managing Director Chris Elliott and Tuart House representative Kathy Lockley donating school supplies at Busselton Water’s Administration Centre.
Camera IconBusselton Water Managing Director Chris Elliott and Tuart House representative Kathy Lockley donating school supplies at Busselton Water’s Administration Centre. Credit: Supplied/Busselton-Dunsborough Times, Supplied

Busselton Water is calling for donations of school supplies to support children and families at Busselton domestic violence crisis accommodation provider Tuart House.

The water provider is asking customers to donate new and unopened school stationery, backpacks, lunch bags and reusable bottles to its administrative offices in the Busselton CBD.

Busselton Water managing director Chris Elliott said he hoped the donations would provide tangible support for local children in need. “We’re asking our customers to donate whatever they can, be it a packet of pencils or an entire school kit in a backpack.

“Every little bit helps and makes a big difference to the women and children at Tuart House. Busselton Water is committed to making a difference wherever we can.”

According to a report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, one in six women is physically or sexually abused before the age of 15, with many turning to crisis support providers such as Tuart House.

The donation drive is intended to raise awareness of family and domestic violence, and provide assistance to Communicare’s Tuart House, which houses and supports women and their children who are homeless as a result of family and domestic violence.

Communicare chief executive Melissa Perry said the organisation and its families were always grateful for support.

“The donations made by the public will make a very real difference to the lives of women and children who have experienced family and domestic violence,” she said.

Donations can be dropped in marked bins at Busselton Water before Friday, January 17.

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