Help families in Shine's refuge have a wonderful Christmas

$1,225 of $5,000 goal
Given by 33 generous donors in 7 weeks

This Christmas there are families living in Shine's refuge, where they have come to be safe from a violent partner. They need you.


My name is Sarah. My daughter, Bella, and I escaped from my violent husband to the safety of Shine's refuge.

I’ve never appreciated a room and a bed so much in my life. The house was huge, made of concrete and you had to enter a pin at the door. My daughter loved it, she called it a castle.

In the initial period, we couldn’t hold down any food, my teeth were chattering, Bella had broken out in a rash that covered her whole body, we both had mouth ulcers, and we were just broken.

Bella and I spent Christmas in the Shine refuge. That was the hardest time of all. But the refuge staff picked up a real tree, which Bella and I decorated. In the past, Christmas had always been so stressful, with increased episodes of violence. This was the first Christmas that I didn’t have to worry about what my husband was going to do to ruin our day."

My experience has shown me that my situation wasn't unique, and I know that this Christmas, there are families, just like mine, spending Christmas in Shine’s refuge.

Running such a huge home, with many families filling the rooms is very expensive. And it’s the people like me, and now you, who understand the need and the value in the service they are providing.

I know that some of the wonderful Shine staff won’t be having a holiday and will be working long hours. Because domestic violence doesn’t stop at Christmas - it increases. One day, when I’m stronger, I’m going to do what I can to help families who are struggling with domestic violence.

But for now, I have $30 which I’m giving to Shine’s refuge.

Please will you join with me, and give what you can to support the families in Shine’s refuge this Christmas?

Thank you so much,

Sarah Jackson

*Names have been changed to protect privacy

Shine's involvement (page creator)

Sarah Jackson - I was a Shine client, who lived in refuge for 6 months.

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Shine is NZ's largest specialist domestic abuse charity.

We provide a range of services working with the both the victims and the perpetrators of domestic abuse.

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Guest Donor on 29 Dec 2014
Maureen on 25 Dec 2014
Be safe and happy on Xmas Day! Enjoy your children with no stress. Thanks to the Shine crew for offering such a wonderful service
RWeal on 24 Dec 2014
Brought a tear to my eye reading your story, stay strong. Merry Xmas
Pat on 24 Dec 2014
I want to send my love and support to anybody in your embrace at the moment. I have been beaten in the past and know the fear and worry of that. For 3 years I tolerated abuse and carried the scars and reduced confidence. Inn spite of all that though I have gone on to live a lie contributing to others. If i can help your organisation by giving a talk as a fundraiser it would be my pleasure! www.joyology.conz
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Guest Donor on 24 Dec 2014

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This page was created on 11 Dec 2014 and closed on 31 Jan 2015.