Give back to the community this festive season and pack health kits for those affected by family violence.
Hundreds of volunteers will come together at Sydney Nursing School’s annual Packing Day on 2 December to assemble care packages in support of those affected by family violence.
More than 3000 health kits will be packed and sent to shelters and refuges across rural and remote areas of NSW through the charity organisation Every Little Bit Helps, a not-for-profit organisation that receives and redistributes donated toiletry items to those most in need.
“Our packing day is a wonderful opportunity for people to come together and help those that need it most. It’s our way of giving back to the community at an important time of year,” said Dean of Sydney Nursing School, Professor Donna Waters.
Since 2011, Sydney Nursing School staff, students, alumni and friends have joined together each year to assemble health packs for groups in need, and these kits have made a difference in the lives of more than 12,000 people so far.
“This year, the kits will contain essential toiletries and health products for persons who have had to flee their home for reasons of family violence or distress,” she said.
“Nurses and midwives, along with other allied health professionals, are increasingly working with victims of family and domestic violence – both directly and indirectly.
“We recognise that sadly, the holiday period is a particularly busy time for refuges and shelters and is when they need supplies more than ever.
“Partnering with Every Little Bit Helps has ensured that the packs go towards meeting some of the demand of shelters and refuges across the Christmas period.”
A range of kits will be packed on the day including packs specifically for women, men and children including essential items such as a toothbrush, tooth paste, laundry powder, shampoo and conditioner, soap and pawpaw cream.
“If you can offer a few hours of your time on 2 December, come and join hundreds of volunteers at the Great Hall at Sydney University and be part of a day that makes a real difference to this vulnerable pocket of the community,” Professor Waters said.
What: Sydney Nursing School 5th Annual Packing Day 2015
When Wednesday 2 December 2015, from 9am – 12pm
Where: The Great Hall, University of Sydney
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