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Aged care residents involved in an act of kindness

Residents and staff at Western Australian-based Bethanie Gwelup Lifestyle Village have banded together over the past six months to make a difference, by collecting and donating much-needed supplies of essential toiletries to a local refuge centre.

Debra Hack & James Goss handing over the donations collected by Bethanie staff and residents (Source: Bethanie)
Debra Hack & James Goss handing over the donations collected by Bethanie staff and residents (Source: Bethanie)

The donation to the Stirling Women’s Refuge, which provides shelter and crisis help to those experiencing family or domestic violence, was made up of items such as shampoo, conditioner, soap and toothpaste with the aim of delivering basic, but much needed, products to the women and children at the refuge.

Case Worker at the Stirling Women’s Refuge, Debra Hack, collected the donations and says that contributions, like the toiletries from Bethanie, are vital for the refuge to continue to support women and children through difficult situations.  

“We depend on outside services to donate toiletries so that when women arrive they get a nice big toilet bag with all they need,” she explains.

“They also have all they need while they stay here and they depart with a big bag too.

“We are very grateful to Bethanie Gwelup for all their donations, they will be put to good use.”

Bethanie Chief Executive Officer Chris How says social contributions are a major focus for the organisation this year, saying the organisation feels a responsibility to give back wherever possible.

“Given the nature of our business is caring for people, our staff are typically very keen to support any initiative which will better the individual, the Bethanie community and the wider community,” Mr How says.

He adds that Bethanie staff are planning to engage in ongoing social contributions that will involve offering practical, financial and personnel support to groups and individuals in need. With practical support involving supplying goods as well as services, financial support will involving fundraising and financial contributions., with personnel support including volunteering and simply ‘lending a helping hand’.

Mr How says the staff and residents at Bethanie Gwelup are planning to continue donating toiletries to the Stirling Women’s Refuge in the future.

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