Strong support for White Ribbon Day donation drive

DEW staff across the state still managed to show their support for the prevention of domestic violence by supporting White Ribbon Day last month, despite it falling on day two of the statewide lockdown.

Correspondence and Reporting Officer Water Licensing Branch Koral Lane dropping off items donated by Waymouth Street staff at Bunnings

While fewer staff were onsite at workplaces and group activities were off the cards, support for the Share the Dignity ‘It’s in the Bag’ appeal donation drive was still strong, with staff generously donating essential hygiene products to give vulnerable women and girls.

These items were packaged together last week once lockdown restrictions had lifted.

Here’s a recap of how our people took action on White Ribbon Day:

  • DEW staff from across the Limestone Coast region were strong supporters of the ‘It’s in the Bag’ campaign, with collection points at the Mount Gambier, Naracoorte, Keith and Noonameena offices. While COVID restrictions meant that Mount Gambier office staff couldn’t physically spell out a human ‘NO’ for the fourth year in a row, all staff were emailed pictures from last year’s event and invited to reflect on the importance of having no tolerance for domestic violence.
  • DEW staff from Berri have been longtime supporters of the ‘It’s in the Bag’ campaign, and this year was no exception. Staff from the Vaughan Terrace and Wade Street offices donated items which were pooled together at the Wade Street office to make 18 bags which included a few mum and baby bags, several teenager bags and numerous women’s bags.
  • In the Waymouth Street office in Adelaide, staff donated over 100 essential hygiene items which were packaged into bags for women and delivered to the nearest Bunnings store last week.

That staff from across the state still managed to pull together in the middle of the circuit breaker lockdown to help some of the community’s most vulnerable people is yet another example of how DEW staff have found a way to get things done in this difficult year.

Get more information

To find out more about White Ribbon Day go to White Ribbon Australia.

If you need help with violence or abuse, or wish to seek support for someone experiencing violence or abuse, 1800RESPECT offers a 24-hour help and support service via phone (1800 737 732) or online chat.

In addition, staff are encouraged to talk to DEW’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through the online portal. Further information on the EAP is available on iShare (internal access only).