Refuge dreams take flight

Sue Pertile, from Zonta Perth Northern Suburbs, and Pat Giles Centre manager Amber Williams with two of the ducks.
Sue Pertile, from Zonta Perth Northern Suburbs, and Pat Giles Centre manager Amber Williams with two of the ducks.

Earlier this year, the Zonta Club of Perth Northern Suburbs raised almost $19,000 by auctioning once ‘naked’ wooden ducks dressed by artists and celebrities.

Participants painted, varnished and clothed more than 100 ducks for the Di Bryant memorial project, named for the late Zonta member who was passionate about raising money for domestic violence victims.

The recipient, the Patricia Giles Centre, is using the proceeds to run three holiday camps for mothers and children.

Six families, including 15 children, attended the first camp in the October school holidays, enjoying a suitcase circus, reptile visit, puppet show, drumming, swimming, a disco and a chance to bond.

There will more camps in April and October 2014.

One of the decorated ducks, Braveheart, now lives at the women’s refuge.

‘A member of the centre’s management committee purchased Braveheart for the centre, made by a survivor of domestic violence,’ chief executive Kedy Kristal said.

‘It appeals to the centre as it takes a brave heart to start the journey and leave a partner who uses violence.’

Ms Kristal said Zonta had been a valued supporter for many years.

‘They have raised lots of money and contributed time and skills to enrich the lives of many women and children who have experienced violence,’ she said.