#lockdownbombs Raising Money for Women's Refuge

$15,468 donated
Given by 200 generous donors in 5 weeks

I'll do at least one bomb for every day we're in lockdown, no matter the weather. Sponsor my bombs and all the money goes to Women's Refuge.


Manus, staples, gorillas, cannonballs: I'm trying all the bombs. I'm not that great, but bombing every day is one thing I can do to break up the lockdown monotony.

Perhaps you can do one thing by donating some money to Women's Refuge? Not everyone has a safe place to stay isolated, so let's help out.

Why am I bombing? You know the deal: working from home, locked down with my own family. Like all of you, coping with the extra stresses of this time, and trying to be creative and kind about how we manage. We're privileged to have a safe house with a lovely (unheated 🥶) pool. On the first day of our four-week COVID-19 lockdown in New Zealand I decided to pop a manu in our pool to mark the occasion, and for some weird reason have been doing the same for each day of lockdown.

We'll be 10 days into the 28+ day lockdown when I start this fundraiser. Every day the pool gets colder and the weather is likely to deteriorate, but the bombs must go on. Maybe you want to donate $28 ($1 for every bomb, 🤞assuming a 4-week lockdown), or flick across $50 with a special request? (No nude bombs, sorry 😬)

Follow the progress on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hashtag/lockdownbombs

I'm not collecting any money directly - donations go straight to Givealittle's page for Women's Refuge.

Ben Gracewood's involvement (page creator)

Safety and wellbeing is more important than ever during the COVID-19 lockdown. Not everyone has a safe place to stay isolated, so let's help out.

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$5k means Level 3 Bombs!  18 April 2020

I was planning to stop bombing when we were out of level 4 lockdown, but committed to bombing through level 3 if we hit the $5k mark. We're there now thanks to the generosity of you all.

I've also extended the closing date to 21 June, which also happens to be the winter solstice 😉

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Latest donations

Julien on 14 May 2020
Almost make me regret to go to Level 2.
Judit on 14 May 2020
Dave on 14 May 2020
Thanks Ben for keeping us entertained during lockdown. Lockdownbomb 50 was the one I have been waiting for. Thanks also to Women's Refuge for their great work.
John on 14 May 2020
Been loving the lockdown bombs
Ryan & Kirstin
Ryan & Kirstin on 14 May 2020

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Donations of over $5 are eligible for a New Zealand charitable giving tax credit.
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This page was created on 4 Apr 2020 and closed on 14 May 2020.