The three Refuge Sheroes are joining up with the Parish of St Helier refuse collectors to under take their second challenge on Monday 25th February. The women will be safety trained beforehand and will be doing a full day’s shift: rubbish collection on the vans, street cleaning and recycling as part of their year-long, island-wide fundraising and awareness campaign, the Refuge Shero Challenge. They will be working on the streets of St Helier from 7.30am until 4pm.
Each of the monthly challenges will be connected to domestic abuse in an effort to raise awareness of the problems faced by those women in or leaving abusive relationships. The message for this month’s challenge is “don’t treat women like rubbish”
Lorna Kearney, manager of the Refuge said “When deciding on our next challenge we were inspired by the support shown to us when we were doing our first challenge in Voisins window. The street cleaners and those on the trucks encouraged us and got involved by writing their word to finish the sentence ‘An Island without domestic abuse would be…’ We thought it would be wonderful to link up with them in some way.”
“Frequently, the women in contact with the Refuge say that emotional and psychological abuse is more difficult to deal with, as it erodes their self esteem and confidence leaving them feeling like rubbish. They find this confusing and difficult to prove as there are no physical marks or bruises. We want to send a strong message to women that they are not rubbish and not alone, the Refuge is there to help and we will believe you. We also want to promote healthy and respectful relationships, ones where there are no power and control issues. St Helier Parish are in complete support of this message and we have really enjoyed working with everyone involved in the challenge.”
Constable Crowcroft said “I fully support what JWR are doing in raising the awareness of domestic abuse. In order to continue the message the parish has provided a moving billboard will the “Call for Help” logo and telephone number on one of our street cleaning vehicles”
The Parish of St Helier are not only taking part in the challenge and being Refuge Heroes by allowing the 3 ladies to work a shift with them, they will also be creating a flower bed at La Collette to mark the 25th anniversary of the Refuge first opening its doors.
Those wishing to show their support and sponsor the Shero Challenge can make an online donation at www.justgiving/sherochallenge or send a cheque to P.O. Box 708 St Helier JE4 0PW.
More information about the Refuge can be found on the website www.jerseywomensrefuge.org. If you would like to contact someone at Jersey Women’s Refuge regarding the Refuge Shero Challenge please email firstname.lastname@example.org.