A GOLD Coast mum couldn’t change the TV channel again and pretend there wasn’t a devastating epidemic affecting her own city.
Horrified over the recent alleged domestic violence-related murders, Kate Armstrong has stepped up to help out.
“I was at home with my little boy when I saw a news story about a woman being shot dead by her husband at a local McDonald’s. I thought, I can’t switch the channel again and not do anything,” Kate explains about last week’s shocking death of mum-of-four Karina Lock.
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Ms Lock had gone to the Helensvale eatery to meet with her estranged husband, when he pulled the gun on her before turning it on himself. He died in hospital.
Just two days earlier, another Gold Coast mother was driven off the road and bashed to death, allegedly by the father of her child who is now in custody, facing murder charges.
“I needed to do something. I don’t have all the answers, but I can do something,” Kate says.
And now she’s calling on Gold Coasters and local businesses to get behind her cause.
The Hand Up Donation Drive has been created, in collaboration with My Friend’s Place, a local not-for-profit organisation providing affordable short-term and emergency accommodation for women who are experiencing homelessness as a result of violence or abuse.
According to the Domestic Violence Prevention Centre Gold Coast Inc, just under half a million women reported they had experienced physical or sexual violence or sexual assault in the past 12 months.
“I can’t imagine how many more have been suffering in silence. This has to stop. Enough is enough.”
The goal of The Hand Up Donation Drive is to provide donated goods and vouchers for women and children calling on the services of My Friend’s Place, to help them begin a safer new life.
“My Friend’s Place is a relatively new organisation, they’ve been open for about five months, but they’re full all the time.
“A lot of the time, women who arrive at the refuge, arrive with nothing.”
The donation drive begins today and runs until October 2. You can donate any household items, clothes and non-perishable food.
Today, Saturday September 19, and on Sunday September 27th between 8am and midday, you can drop items off to the Pacific Pines Junior AFL Club.
A fundraising drive is also happening at Bunnings in Arundel today.
For the next two weeks, Aussie Brakes on Kortum Drive in Burleigh will be open from 7am to 4pm and accepting donations.
If you own a business and want to help out, contact Kate via the Hand Up Donation Drive website, which also has all the details for drop-off points.