Welcome to The Aunties – I’m Jackie. I’m the Aunty In Charge. If you’re curious about what I/we do, it is simply this. I am the interface between a women’s refuge in Auckland, and a number of other organisations, and a group of people called The Aunties whose primary focus is to provide the material needs for the people who reside in those places. We also help women when they leave the refuge(s) with material needs, and advocacy, as and when they request it.
In March 2013, I started helping out the refuge co-ordinator at a tiny refuge in South Auckland to get some needs met. In October 2013, after a bereavement, I sought the help of some other women and we have grown from there. I now work with people in the community (mostly women who are living, or have lived, in violence) via referrals, and the FVIARS coordinator for South Auckland; the New Zealand Prostitute’s Collective; the Salvation Army Emergency Housing Team; and an organisation that runs a women’s refuge and an emergency housing facility.
If you’re interested in reading a bit more about what I do, you can find that here.
All of that may sound a lot, and it is. But I couldn’t do any of it, not a bit of it, without the money that people so kindly give, and the Aunties who give me not only stuff, but huge amounts of support.
The Aunties, quite simply, are the reason I get to do what I do. They provide what the women need, when I ask them to. Whether it’s a trip to the art gallery for two little girls, or $20 in the bank account to buy women chocolate, it all counts, and it’s all really important. The Aunties are this extraordinary living organism – there are around 50 hard core Aunties who are always giving stuff and money. And how do you get to be an Aunty? You give once. That’s it.
I am also ably supported by the Board of our Trust. We’ve had a Board for around a year – these are all people I have hand picked for the skills and life experience. They are: our chairperson Michele A’Court, our secretary Phil, our treasurer Elaine, and board members Paul, Julie, Kerry (our funding person) and Jackson (and me).
This is a grass roots effort to support a burgeoning number of people, and to meet their needs. I am available for public speaking. I have spoken to schools, Probus groups, retired folk, and am shortly to speak to a Lions Club.
All fees go to the Aunties bank account.
We thank you for your compassion and care.
The Aunties is a registered charitable trust.
Our registration number is: CC54387
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