The Parkes Quota Club has extended a helping hand to victims of domestic violence this week. The club donated 23 emergency packs to the Police Lachlan Local Area in Parkes for use throughout the command area of Parkes, Forbes, Condobolin, Peak Hill, Tottenham, Trundle, Tullamore and Lake Cargelligo. “It often happens that victims of domestic violence need to leave their homes in a hurry with only the clothes on them,” said Senior Constable Daniel Greef.
“With these emergency packs we can give them some essentials to carry on.” The packs contain items like a toothbrush, shampoo, a washer, a hair brush and other personal items. Raelene Rout, President of Parkes Quota said Daniel was invited as guest speaker and the club asked him what they could do to help. “The need for these packs were identified and we were happy to take it on as a project.”
Janet O’Donoghue, Community Service Director of Quota said it would be an ongoing project. “Members make the bags and we buy the items from funds we have raised.” This was the second delivery of bags after the Police handed out the initial 12 packs donated earlier this year. Senior Constable Sandra Barton said the delivery of the packs came at the right time as many social services shut down over the Christmas period. “It is good to have these packs available to hand out to victims.”
By Maggi Barnard