Zonta in London’s Care Packs for Women’s Refuges, supported by Kiwis in London and Elk Bar

6 April 2017

The Zonta Club of London II, Kiwis in London and the Elk Bar in Fulham are teaming up once again to help to create Care Packs for Women in London refuges in May.

This follows on from the huge success of last November’s effort, where 77 care packs were made and donated to Hestia in north London.

All too frequently, women in London escape violent relationships, with nothing but the clothes they are wearing.

They have nowhere to go except women’s refuges that specialise in helping women and children escape violence and trafficking.

The refuges are a safe place to stay, but they are often under resourced. They need the help, awareness and donations of the public to continue their vital work.

To this end, Zonta Club of London II is collecting toiletries, including travel miniatures, such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash/soap and body lotion for women who stay in domestic violence refuges in London, run by Hestia.

A list of items the Club is seeking donations for include:

  • Soap/body wash
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Hand cream/Body lotion
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Sanitary pads (not tampons)
  • Panty liners
  • Lip balms

Other items, such as unused makeup, razors and nail polishes will be accepted also. Some of the donations, particularly those three, may be distributed to other women’s charities, such as Dress for Success London, which helps women get back into paid work.

 

Zonta London II President Ann Edqvist said: “We are pleased to be leading a project that will help women in violent relationships to leave knowing they will have at least some of the basics. It is a desperate situation that many of us cannot imagine.

“Many working holiday-makers and business travellers have so many travel samples at home that go unused.  That is why we are teaming up with the vibrant expat community Kiwis in London and asking members to donate excess toiletries and help Zonta pack them on a Saturday afternoon at the Elk Bar in Fulham, ready to be given to women who are in dire need.”

Kiwis in London founder Clint Heine said: “I am proud to be supporting the Zonta London Club with this project. Kiwis have a proud history of supporting women. We were the first country in the world to grant women the vote, a move which recognised the contribution women can make if they are empowered. In honour of our forebears who recognised this, it is fitting that Kiwis in London partner with a charity that supports women.”

Elk Bar spokesperson Dave Hanson said: “We are also proud to support this project. We look forward to seeing people donate and attend the Elk on Saturday, 20 May at 2pm for drinks, nibbles and packing for women’s refuges.”

Drop toiletries off at the Elk Bar any time, and then you are invited to help us sort them and donate on Saturday, 20 May 2pm at the Bar. See you then!

To let us know you’re coming, RSVP on EventBrite and Facebook. Subscribe to our events on Facebook at Zonta London II.

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About Zonta Club of London II

The Zonta Club of London II is a local service Club, started on Valentine’s Day 1979, which is part of Zonta International, a global network of professionals who participate in service and advocacy projects that empower women and girls. Zonta International has Clubs in 67 countries, with around 30,000 members worldwide.

About Kiwis in London

Kiwis in London is an expat community of New Zealanders, started by Clint Heine in 2011. It started as a simple Facebook page to help Kiwis (and Aussies) find their way when they first arrive in London. It is now a vibrant business and community of more than 55,000 members, with the keys to success being flats, jobs and drinks! Clint was nominated as New Zealander of the Year by the NZ Society in London in 2016, for his services to New Zealanders abroad.

About the Elk Bar

The Elk Bar is a Kiwi and Aussie friendly pub in Fulham, 587 Fulham Road. It’s a great place to spend an afternoon or evening with friends.

About domestic violence in London

Domestic violence cases in London soared by an alarming 9,000 incidents in 2015, official crime figures show. The Metropolitan Police came under pressure to explain the 15 per cent rise, up from 61,471 to 70,682 in the 12 months that ended in November 2015.

London Evening Standard – January 2016.

About Hestia

Hestia is the largest provider of domestic abuse refuges for women and children in London. Last year, Hestia’s network of 39 refuges not only offered a place of safety for women escaping domestic abuse, but also provided a home for over 500 children.

Q&As and canapes: Be Bold for Change on International Women’s Day, says Zonta in London

20 February 2017

Maternal health and the plight of refugees may not make for the easiest of dinner conversations, but the Zonta Club of London II plans to discuss these topics over canapes for International Women’s Day.

The Club is hosting an evening of canapes, Q&As and a film screening on Wednesday, 8 March at 6pm at TOMS London Community Outpost in Soho.

The evening will feature Nancy Durrell McKenna, Founder Director of the international charity SafeHands for Mothers, committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Mothers and their newborns.  They use film as part of an essential toolkit to bring about change for women and girls across the world.  Nancy will screen a 6’ film on Child Marriage – a film with a difference!

Ms Durrell McKenna said: “It’s important to draw attention to maternal health around the world on IWD. Too many women still die in childbirth or from complications related to pregnancy. No woman should die while giving life.”

The event will also feature Dr Vanessa Davies, barrister and Director General of the Bar Standards Board and former deputy CEO of Refugee and Migrant Justice.

Zonta’s London President Ann Edqvist said: “We are looking forward to hearing these two inspirational women show us how we can be bold for change. The issues of women’s reproductive health and the plight of refugees are so topical right now. We need to hear how we can make a difference in this increasingly globalised and uncertain world.”

The event will take place at the TOMS London Community Outpost in Soho. In case you haven’t heard of TOMS, with every product you purchase, TOMS will help a person in need. One for One.

TOMS in Soho is located at 5-7 Foubert’s Place, London, W1F 7PY. The evening begins at 6pm and concludes at 7.30pm sharp. TOMS are offering a 20% discount, 6pm-6.30pm (discount doesn’t apply to sale items of the Core Classics, and only valid when presenting your event ticket/email).

Tickets are £20 each and the net proceeds will go to the Zonta London Fund in aid of various projects, including the great work of SafeHands for Mothers, girls’ education and supplies for women’s refuges. It is a registered charity in England and Wales.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/international-womens-day-be-bold-for-change-zonta-in-london-tickets-32102103255?aff=eac2

It’s also on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/zonta.london/ You can subscribe to upcoming events there.

To create buzz around International Women’s Day on social media, the Club has also started a Thunderclap campaign to promote this year’s theme, Be Bold for Change. To support the campaign, click here: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/53352-be-bold-for-change-iwd2017

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For more about Zonta, or the event, please call Angela Yin on 07961 485746 or email contact@zontalondon.org.

About Zonta Club of London II

The Zonta Club of London II is a local service Club, started on Valentine’s Day 1979, which is part of Zonta International, a global network of professionals who participate in service and advocacy projects that empower women and girls. Zonta International has Clubs in 66 countries, with around 30,000 members worldwide.

About Nancy Durrell McKenna

Nancy is the Founder Director of SafeHands for Mothers.  A photographer and filmmaker, she started the charity in 2003, using her skills to tackle mortality in pregnancy and childbirth. SafeHands for Mothers makes films that inform, educate and increase the skills of frontline health workers in some of the world’s most challenging environments. Their films inspire action by raising awareness of the barriers women face in accessing safe, affordable reproductive healthcare.

About Dr Vanessa Davies

Dr Vanessa Davies is the Director General of the Bar Standards Board (BSB). She took office in January 2011. Prior to joining the BSB, Vanessa was the deputy Chief Executive and Director of Operations at Refugee and Migrant Justice (RMJ), which was one of the largest legal aid charities in the UK, supporting over 7,000 vulnerable people on an annual basis across 11 locations in the UK. She oversaw the closure of the charity in 2010 when it went into administration after changes to legal aid contracting. She is an unregistered barrister, and a Bencher of Inner Temple.

About TOMS

In 2006, American traveller Blake Mycoskie befriended children in a village in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One™. So far, over 70 million pairs of new shoes have been given to children in need, in more than 70 countries around the world. 445,000 have had their sight restored through purchases of TOMS® Eyewear since 2011. 400,000 weeks’ worth of safe water has been given, since 2014, from the sales of TOMS Roasting Co Coffee, and the newest, TOMS Bags, have helped provide more than 70,000 safe births for a mother and baby in need.

Our member Annie Shepperd awarded an OBE!

24 January 2017

Our Club started the New Year with the very happy news that our very own Annie Shepperd became an Order of the British Empire on the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List 2017.

“Ms Ann Shepperd – Chief Executive, Salix Finance Ltd and Trustee, Lucy Faithfull Foundation. For services to Energy Efficiency and voluntary service to Child Protection”.

From all the Club, congratulations on your remarkable achievement Annie. Well deserved!

Care Packs for Women’s Refuges: Zonta Club of London II to host again in Spring 2017!

15 December 2016

After our hugely successful Care Pack Day in November 2016, we are getting ready to do it all again in May 2017! This is the perfect chance to spring clean and donate all the toiletries you have been hoarding over the holidays….

The Zonta Club of London II is a service club and part of Zonta International, a global network that empowers women and girls through service and advocacy. We are teaming up with the Elk Bar and Kiwis in London and asking for your help! We are collecting toiletries, including all the miniatures when you travel, such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash/soap and body lotion for women who stay in domestic violence refuges in London.

Drop them off at the Elk Bar any time, and then you are invited to help us sort them and donate on Saturday, 20 May 2017 out the back of the Elk. See you then!

RSVP at Facebook and Eventbrite!

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