Wednesday Morning Craft Group receives appreciation from women’s refuge operator

Wednesday Morning Craft group ladies busily doing what they do best – making items to help the needy.

SEVERAL local charity groups were thanked for their years of selfless effort on Wednesday, 18 October, as they were presented with Certificates of Appreciation by Nova For Women and Children.

Based in Newcastle, Nova’s stated purpose is “to prevent or end homelessness, confront injustice and advocate for the right of women and their children to be safe”, a purpose much-assisted by the local groups.

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The Wednesday Craft group, which meets weekly at the Hawks Nest Community Hall, hosted the much-anticipated award ceremony, as Nova’s Wendy Pinch proudly presented Certificates of Appreciation to the ladies of the Craft Group, as well as the Tea Gardens Red Cross team, and also to Lyndal from The Grange Craft Group.

“For many years now, the women in the Wednesday Craft Group have been sending crafted things like blankets and clothing down to Newcastle.

“Dan Holmes collects the goods and takes them to NOVA,” explained Kris Wheatley.

“We are honoured to receive this appreciation from NOVA for work done by the Group, and Dan’s certificate is well-deserved, too.”

“This is something very dear to my heart, the community here are wonderful, all the things they drop off for the homeless, and we couldn’t do it without them,” said Jennifer Wenham, one of the initiators of Tea Gardens Red Cross.

“We couldn’t do without Dan – he takes them down and gives it to the people who know where it is needed most.”

Dan Holmes, from Hawks Nest Meals on Wheels, was equally appreciated for his own efforts in transporting the crafts to Newcastle.

Nova’s services include offering refuge accommodation for women, with further assistance in locating longer-term housing, sometimes helping up to 80 clients per night.

The recent pandemic did not help the scenario, and Nova’s work is centred on helping victims of domestic violence, and medical, psychological and police assistance is also sourced.

By Thomas O’KEEFE

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