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Kellie BalaamNarrogin Observer
Perth Belles secretary Katherine Jenkins and president Kelly Hudson, Rainbow Women's Centre co-ordinator Tara Lanciano and program manager Kristy King and Belles member Fleur Kristin.
Camera IconPerth Belles secretary Katherine Jenkins and president Kelly Hudson, Rainbow Women's Centre co-ordinator Tara Lanciano and program manager Kristy King and Belles member Fleur Kristin. Credit: Kellie Balaam

For a woman who has been forced to flee a violent situation, a little bag of love can make a big difference.

The Country Women’s Association Perth Belles visited the Rainbow Women’s Centre in Narrogin last week to deliver their Bags of Love for women in refuge.

The Share and Care Rainbow Women’s Centre partnered with the Perth Belles to provide ongoing support to the regional service, starting with the Christmas appeal.

Rainbow Women's Centre program manager Kristy King, Perth Belles member Fleur Kristin, Perth Belles secretary Katherine Jenkins, Perth Belles president Kelly Hudson and Rainbow Women's Centre co-ordinator Tara Lanciano with the 'bags of love'.
Camera IconRainbow Women's Centre program manager Kristy King, Perth Belles member Fleur Kristin, Perth Belles secretary Katherine Jenkins, Perth Belles president Kelly Hudson and Rainbow Women's Centre co-ordinator Tara Lanciano with the 'bags of love'. Credit: Kellie Balaam

The Belles have 26 active members and with help from public donations, they put together 64 Bags of Love, 10 overnight emergency bags, 10 Christmas food hampers and eight Rural Health West food bags.

The Bags of Love are handbags containing essential items, such as toiletries and sanitary items and special items such as perfume or jewellery.

CWA Perth Belles president Kelly Hudson said the project was a simple act of kindness.

“It was so easy for us to organise and we’re very grateful to partner up with the refuge and offer help over the Christmas period,” she said.

CWA Perth Belles' Katherine Jenkins, Kelly Hudson and Fleur Kristin.
Camera IconCWA Perth Belles' Katherine Jenkins, Kelly Hudson and Fleur Kristin. Credit: Kellie Balaam

Rainbow Women’s Centre program manager Kristy King said the bags would be very well received by the women escaping domestic violence.

“When I told two of the women we are currently accommodating, the looks on their faces really showed how wonderful this is ... some women are in such traumatic circumstances, they have to flee immediately and they’ve got nothing with them, not even clean underwear,” she said.

“For someone who has been in a cycle of abuse and control, receiving a gift from a stranger shows kindness from someone without wanting anything in return.”

Narrogin police will place some bags in the back of vehicles for when they get called out to a domestic violence incident.

“CWA is a wonderful tradition of helping women and communities and it’s always been important to our branch to be part of that service,” Ms Hudson said.

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