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Warm-hearted women assist Emerge
Thanks to the Pagewood Park Ladies, Emerge women and children will stay warmer this winter.
Every Tuesday morning, 20 ladies, mostly widows in their 80s, get together for cup of tea, a chat and some craft activities at the hall in their Cheltenham-based living complex.
“We started with just four ladies in 2011 and now there are 20 of us,” says resident and former teacher Margaret Marion. As well as enjoying bingo and games, the women are prolific knitters and sewers. “We started out making rugs for Ronald Mc Donald House at Monash Children’s Hospital and have gone on to make rugs, beanies, children’s jumpers, scarves, blankets and rugs for other charities including Emerge.”
Margaret’s interest in supporting women and children who have experience domestic violence was sparked some years ago by meeting Linda, a domestic violence survivor. Linda had escaped from an abusive relationship and at one stage was sleeping in railway waiting rooms with her five-year old daughter. Linda is now happily re-married and her daughter is an airline pilot.
“The Pagewood Park Ladies and I are thrilled to be supporting Emerge women and children and we like to be kept busy,” says Margaret promising another delivery of bed-sized rugs and quilts.
Thanks to all those who have donated their time and effort to supporting Emerge women, our winter stocks are full. We really appreciate your support.
Emerge is actively involved in community education and advocacy work to raise understanding and awareness of domestic violence.