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Jacques Marconnet: a handy person to have around

March 4, 2019

For the past three years Jacques Marconnet has been Emerge’s go-to person to get things fixed. Whether it is putting up shelves, painting a fence, fixing up curtains, Jacques is always there to help except for plumbing and electrical work.  

Jacques became involved with Emerge after attending a Rotary Club where he heard about the work of the organisation to keep women and children safe.

“I learned that they needed someone to help with small jobs in their refuge and other properties, and I immediately knew that that person was me,” Jacques said

Volunteering has always been a part of his life. When he lived in his home country France, Jacques volunteered with the Alpine Club assisting skiers and hikers when required. He moved to Australia eight years ago and joined several French organisations as a volunteer before becoming a member of the Cheltenham Rotary Club.

“For me, volunteering is a very good way of linking into the community and giving back to the community,” Jacques said.

His time with Emerge has made him acutely aware of the importance of security and privacy.

“I never meet the women and children. I just work through the list of what needs to be done knowing that a little goes a long way in their lives,” Jacques said.

For him, the experience has heightened his awareness about the issue of family violence, and he has learned much about the services that are available to women.

“I have been surprised by the number of women and children who have had to leave their own homes because of violence.  Either the numbers are not as high in France or I simply was not aware of the issue,” he added.

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