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Save Auckland Women Centre's Women's Support!

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$10,994 of $30,000 goal

Given by 69 generous donors in around 7 months


Women's Support service threatened due to $30K Government cut. We need to raise $ or must cut hours & maybe entire service.

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Kia ora,

I'm Ellie, some of you may know me from the Auckland Women’s Centre where I run Women’s Support, our free phone, email and drop-in violence-prevention service for women.

Women’s Support has been going since 1975 but this year the Government axed our funding – a $30,000 contract we’ve had for 14 years! In total, it costs $80,000 a year, so losing more than a third of the funds is a huge blow. If we don’t find some more money we’ll have to severely cut our hours.

So that’s why we’re reaching out through Givealittle. We need you to donate to protect our service and so we’re asking YOU to donate. We know that what we do is life changing, even lifesaving. And Niki (not her real name) said we could share her story so you can get an idea of just how awesome Women’s Support is:

‘Niki’ and ‘Tom’ were teenage sweethearts with three children. Their plan was that Niki would be a stay-at-home mum until their youngest started school then she would return to study so that she could start focusing on her dreams, her career, and her future. But this never happened. Tom was controlling, stopping her from studying and getting her driver’s license. He isolated her from her friends and family. He became violent– both physically and emotionally.

Niki first contacted Women’s Support eight months ago to talk about Tom’s violence. She said that he’d been violent for some time and twice she and her children had been forced to flee their home. Niki said she was extremely concerned for her and the children’s safety.

We listened to Niki and gave her a safe space to talk, grieve and ground herself. We then linked her to SHINE, Women’s Refuge, Auckland Action Against Poverty and the Inner City Women’s Group. We also helped her plan her next few steps.

Niki freed herself and her children from Tom’s violence and, lucky for us, became involved with the Women’s Centre. She’s joined our SKIP single mums project where she’s established strong supportive friendships. One of these friends is teaching Niki to drive which will eventually have a huge impact on Niki’s independence and ability to take her children places. Niki’s getting on with her life and building a bright future for her kids.

Niki’s story is both heart-breaking and inspiring and it shows just why I’m passionate about the work we do here at the Centre, and the importance of the Women’s Support service. Now we need you to help us keep going.

By donating you’ll help us not only stay afloat but flourish so we can keep on changing women’s lives in Auckland for many more years.

Nga mihi, with gratitude and respect, Ellie

Ellie Lim's involvement (page creator)

Some of you may know me from the Auckland Women’s Centre where I run Women’s Support, our free phone, email and drop-in violence-prevention service for women.

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    A on 22 Mar 2017


    Appreciate all the work the Centre does.


    • Ellie Lim

      Thank you! For the donation and your kind words. :-) Ngā Mihi Ellie Lim

  • Julie F

    Julie F on 21 Mar 2017


    Thank you for the amazing work you do, hope you can keep on doing it!


    • Ellie Lim

      Mōrena! Thank you so much for your kind words and support. :-) Ngā Mihi Ellie

  • Private Donor

    Private Donor on 07 Mar 2017



    • Ellie Lim

      Hi There Thanks for your support. :-) Nga Mihi Ellie

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    Guest Donor on 07 Dec 2016



    • Ellie Lim

      Kia ora! Thanks so much for your support. Greatly appreciated. :-) Nga Mihi Ellie Lim

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    Guest Donor on 25 Nov 2016



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