MEMBER WELLBEING: Back to Front Xmas Tree

Our club has a Well­ness ini­tia­tive, which encour­ages club mem­bers to look after their own well­ness as well as con­nect to their com­mu­ni­ty and reach out to oth­ers who may be strug­gling or who are less for­tu­nate.

Last year, club mem­bers were giv­en the oppor­tu­ni­ty to spread Christ­mas cheer by plac­ing a gift for some­one who was expe­ri­enc­ing home­less­ness under the back to front Christ­mas tree in the club lounge.

This year, you are being asked to help spread a lit­tle bit of Christ­mas cheer to women and chil­dren who will not be spend­ing Christ­mas as home, sim­ply because home for them is not a safe place to be.  These fam­i­lies will be spend­ing Christ­mas in one of the refuges which sup­ports women and chil­dren who are escap­ing domes­tic vio­lence.

So, if you would like to let these fam­i­lies know that they are not alone and that some­one does care, kind­ly con­sid­er donat­ing a small wrapped gift under the tree which will short­ly be placed in the lounge.

I have spo­ken with refuge staff, and sug­ges­tions for ide­al gifts are;

  • Ladies pam­per kit, sham­poo, con­di­tion­er, hair brush­es and slides
  • Lip sticks, chap sticks, mois­turis­ers
  • Eye shad­ow, mas­cara, eye lin­er
  • Sun­screen, mois­turis­er, razors,
  • Feet care, nail-pol­ish, nail pol­ish remover,
  • Nail pol­ish, emery boards, hand crème
  • Face masks, eye mask, mois­turis­er
  • Mag­a­zine, show­er gels, body sponge/glove
  • Hair treat­ment, brush­es, combs, slides, scrunchies
  • Dry sham­poos, deodor­ants, leave in con­di­tion­er or hair masks
  • Hat, sun­screen, lip balm, sun­nies
  • Oil dif­fuser (no can­dles please), book, face mask

Chil­dren (placed last only because the kids are nor­mal­ly well looked after at Christ­mas, it’s the Women and Mum’s who tend to go with­out)

  • Lego (please place age appro­pri­ate­ness on label)
  • Card games eg, uno, skip-bo, snap-bo)

Any­thing you give will be very much appre­ci­at­ed and will cer­tain­ly bring a smile to someone’s face who is doing it very tough over the Christ­mas peri­od.

Pam Bubrzy­c­ki

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