Friends of Women's Refuges Trust

FoWR Trust members and Patrons, Lenore Sumpter QSM and Genevieve Becroft QSM.
Photo: Tom Gray

Friends of Women's Refuges Patrons

Judy Bailey ONZM

Genevieve Becroft QSM

Lenore Sumpter QSM



Dorothy McHattie (Chair)

Genevieve Becroft

Liz Darlow

Rhonwen Dewar

Sally Dewar

Jill Goddard

Tania Stewart

Tricia Whiting

Friends of Women’s Refuges Trust

This registered charitable trust was formed in 1995 to raise funds for the support of NZ Women’s Refuges. Since then it has donated over $1.5 million to the National Collective of Independent Women’s Refuges; principally as result of the NZ Sculpture OnShore Event. The Trust is therefore the single largest non-governmental funding source for NZ Women’s Refuges.

For the Trust, the exhibition has two very important purposes – to raise money and to raise awareness of domestic violence and the important work that NZ Women’s Refuges carries out.

Proceeds from each exhibition have been used to fund specific projects, activities and resources.

In 2004, proceeds were distributed to refuges throughout NZ for special projects. In 2006 the donation funded ‘emergency essential’ packs for children arriving at the refuges with their mother and a reprint of the Fresh Start hand book for those mothers.

The $150,000 donated in 2008 allowed NZ Women’s refuges to set up the Women’s Information Support and Education (WISE) programme. An innovative and comprehensive kit for child advocates was developed and advocates trained on using the kit. It is now widely used in all the refuges across New Zealand. Each refuge was also given $1,000 to purchase a piece of white ware for each safe house.

The 2010 event proceeds supported the vital work of Women’s Refuges in Christchurch following the devastation of the Christchurch earthquake and the ensuing rise in women who experience violence in their homes as a result.

In 2012, the $110,000 donation was used to provide seed funding to establish the first Yellow Belle Store, in Takapuna on the North Shore. Yellow Belle is a recycled designer clothing boutique which provides both a sustainable income for Women’s Refuge and valuable awareness-raising.

The 2014 exhibition raised an impressive $180,000 for Women’s Refuge. A portion of the money has been used to assist with an academically supported research project aimed at establishing and promoting best-practise management of the 45 nationwide centres, which form the national collective of Women’s Refuge NZ.

However the majority of funds have provided winter nightwear and linen packages for women and children at refuges throughout the country and enabled the establishment of a fund to provide ongoing counselling services for women in need. It is hoped with your support that we can maintain these vital services beyond 2016.

Our Sponsors

We are grateful for the generous and on-going support of our sponsors.
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