The “Aunties” (and uncles) were rapt at the community’s generosity

“Magic” appeal

by Mike Isle

Selwyn residents got the chance to ‘share the love’ when they donated in droves to the Christchurch Aunties Easter Appeal.

The Aunties is a network of people helping women and children who have experienced domestic violence. They work closely with Battered Women’s Trust, Te Whare Hauora, West Christchurch Women’s Refuge and Shakti Women’s’ Refuge.

Their Christchurch coordinator Heather M (full name withheld) said they had a tremendous response to the 2019 Easter campaign, with a huge number of chocolate bunnies, eggs, vouchers and new toys donated.

“The donations were taken to Battered Women’s Trust, Shakti, West Christchurch Women’s Refuge, Maori Women’s Refuge and the YWCA,” she said. “Mums in the refuges want to provide that Easter magic to their children but may not be able to easily leave the refuge, or don’t have the funds to do so. The women in the refuges deserve some treats too! Thank you to everyone who stepped up and helped with this magic.”

If you wish to support The Aunties or even join them they have a Facebook page and a website chchaunties.org.nz.