Bunnings supports women’s refuges
Bunnings has a long tradition of actively supporting the local communities where its stores operate and its team members live. Every Bunnings store is comprehensively resourced to undertake sincere, grassroots actions which can make a real difference in the community. The breadth of this activity is deliberately wide to ensure that the causes and projects most relevant to each local community are given assistance. During 2013 and 2014 our team members supported over 54,000 local community activities across more than 320 Australian and New Zealand locations.
Within this broader activity, there is an important amount of largely invisible support from many stores for projects and activities which contribute to the welfare of women seeking refuge from domestic violence. Improving the quality of women’s shelters and refuges ensures that victims of domestic violence and the carers that help and support them have a safe and comfortable place of refuge.
The most frequent manner of this support focused quietly on maintaining and improving women’s shelters as well as assisting women’s refuge groups with product donations, fundraising BBQs, and providing workshops and care packages. Helping to make the wider community more comfortable with the conversation about domestic violence is an additional and important outcome of this work.
The very nature of this work demands absolute discretion and any support must be given with the utmost respect for the privacy of those involved. While team members assisted with more than 190 recorded activities, contributing and helping to raise more than $146,000, we suspect that much more assistance has actually been given.
Bunnings has also been a longstanding supporter of the White Ribbon campaign which seeks to raise awareness and educate the wider community about ending violence against women. This support has included providing white ribbons for team members to wear, manning awareness tables in stores and a range of other fundraising activities.