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Bags of love for Mother’s Day

May 25, 2020

Lipstick and chocolate…the perfect coupling for many women and both had a central place in the Bags of Love handed out on Mother’s Day.

The red bags, an annual donation from Impact, topped by Emerge donations, were crammed with donations of practical and fun supplies including toothpaste, soaps, hand sanitiser and moisturiser.

“The generous donation does overwhelm the women we support, many of whom have struggled to get food on the table let alone essentials because of the control that their partners had over them and their money,” Paula Westhead, Executive Officer, said.

This year, women were also treated to meals prepared by Quat Quatta, the Ripponlea wedding venue. The venue is one of the many restaurants and hospitality centres which have joined forces to supply meals during the coronavirus to charities such as Emerge.

And children did not miss out either, with small games, jigsaws and free books from the 123 Read2Me program being delivered. The charity provides books to children in low socioeconomic communities.

“International research is unequivocal,” Paula Westhead says.

“Knowing you first need to have books to be able to read to children is one thing but the fact is that books are a luxury when you are struggling to put food on the table.”

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