On Friday, 23 November 2012 the Zonta Club of Christchurch South Inc. held its 2nd White Ribbon Day Breakfast. Guest speaker, Judge Jane McMeeken, a family court judge, spoke with passion about her experiences with Domestic Violence cases and the need for education and intervention to break the cycle of abuse in so many families.
The club also presented a cheque to Women’s Refuge for their “Safe at Home” project. This is a new initiative to help women and children remain in their home by changing locks, having better outside lighting, putting in an alarm system, creating safe rooms within the home etc. This allows women and children to stay in familiar surroundings, keep their friends and go to their normal school. It is the male that is removed from the home.
The Zonta Club of Christchurch South Inc. plans to hold a breakfast annually to raise funds and to raise awareness of White Ribbon Day and to show that they “Say No to Violence”.