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.





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.

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