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Campbelltown Catholic Club Donates $2,000 worth of Opal Cards
Campbelltown Catholic Club has donated $2000 worth of opal travel cards to WILMA Women’s Health Centre.
It’s part of the club's ongoing support of the White Ribbon cause, taking a stand against local domestic violence.
WILMA acting manager and specialist case worker Jennifer Pareezer said the small gesture was a “game-changer” and allowed domestic violence victims to physically access vital services.
“We can hand out gift cards for food but we don’t have cash to top up opal cards,” she said. “We had a client who got on a bus and said, ‘I have cash for the fare but not enough money (a minimum of $10) to top up the opal card’ so the bus driver said, ‘you have to get off, you can’t ride for free’.
“Opal card give clients freedom – that’s what it’s about.”
Catholic Club CEO Michael Lavorato said the club wanted to lead the way in terms of supporting victims, providing practical help.
Jill Teeling, the Club's General Manager People and Culture said you don’t have to be in a crisis to access WILMA services.
"It is women helping women…..an amazing facility run by some very dedicated women," she said.
This ranges from exercise programs and counselling to natural therapies, and emotional health and wellbeing workshops.
Members of Campbelltown Catholic Club’s White Ribbon Committee visiting WILMA last week to present them with the Opal cards.