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 number of community organisations, and a group of people called The Aunties whose primary focus is to provide the material needs for the people who use the services of those organisations. The organisations/people we support are: Te Rōopu O Te Whānau Te Rangimariē O Tamaki Makaūrau; The NZ Prostitute’s Collective; the emergency housing team of social workers for the Salvation Army; a youth justice worker and her clients; and an expanding number of women in the community who are referred to me from these organisations, and also from women’s refuges, and the Family Harm programme.
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.
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, a Lion’s Club, and am booked next year to speak at a Humanist’s Conference.
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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