This is a story about 6 boxes, 100 care packs, 4,300 kilometers and 66 hours of driving time to reach their final destination – a women’s refuge in the Northern Territory.
We believe every Australian should have access to a toothbrush and a bar of soap. So when we received an order for 100 care packs to support women and children in a local women’s refuge – we could not say no.
Domestic Violence is an epidemic in the Northern Territory and it is the single biggest cause of death in women under that age of 45 in the Northern Territory. It is reported in a 3 years period there were for 75,000 reported cases of domestic Violence in the Northern Territory.
What may be a simple toiletries to us is sadly something that many can not come to rely on.
When we quoted the job the cost to transport the products was in excess of $800! For those that know this charity well – you will know that our bank balance is almost always below $1000, and that we are run by volunteers with our greatest expenses being the cost of our little red bags that our care packs are packed into (they cost us 50 cents each) and our distribution costs. If you saw our recent story on the 7pm news and online – you will also know that our single biggest challenge and greatest expense is logistics. How can we reach remote and rural communities without it costing us a fortune! This is a problem we continue to try to solve.
But this is a story about 6 boxes. Knowing that we had a job to do we made 1 phone call to the team at Toll IPEC and asked for their assistance. Without hesitation, they agreed to transport out parcels FREE OF CHARGE all the way to the Northern Territory – 4,300km away.
This journey will take days, our boxes will pass through many hands, but ultimately when they arrive, they will arrive to women and children who are currently in the darkest moments of their lives, and for that we are incredible thankful to Toll ITPEC and to everyone who continues to support us.
This is a story about Australians helping Australians, and 6 boxes on a epic journey to do just that.