Annie North- Not a forgotten ProjectMay 16 2019
In 2016, the Rotary Club of Bendigo South made a donation of $18,000 as part of the community fund raising campaign to help support the building of The Annie North Women’s Refuge that had been approved and then funded by the Victorian State Government. During 2018, the building was completed and is now fulfilling an important role in supporting women and their children who have been victims of some form of domestic violence.
Recently, three club members have undergone a screening process and are now all regular volunteers at the refuge. Lindsay Jolley and Tony Plant are currently assisting with garden maintenance and have also been building a poultry enclosure to house some Silkie hens. Merlyn Quaife has been coordinating a community collection of women’s essential materials such as cosmetics and toiletries that are placed in donated hand bags. The hand bags are then passed on to some of the clients who may be in need of these personal items.