Help fill comfort handbags

2018-06-12 06:00
Simon's Town Museum collected handbags for rape survivors last year and hopes to do it again this year with your help.

Simon's Town Museum collected handbags for rape survivors last year and hopes to do it again this year with your help.

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Simon’s Town Museum is appealing to residents and local businesses to help in their drive to collect items for their annual Handbag Project for Women’s Month.

The handbags are filled with personal comfort items and given to rape survivors during the initial reporting process at police stations.

Tazneem Wentzel, the education officer at Simon’s Town Museum, says that apart from the education the museum provides to the community, they also have a responsibility to help with social issues within the community. “We are appealing for help so that we can give to survivors. The initial stages of reporting a crime can be very traumatic but we believe the bags can make the situation bearable. It will make the survivor know that they are not alone and someone cares for them,” she says.

The museum has been running the project for about three years and Wentzel hopes that the project will be bigger and better this year. “Last year was not so good as the museum didn’t have enough hands to drive the project. This year at least I can drive it and I’m trying to knock on doors and get help so that we can have as many handbags as possible,” she says.

They haven’t decided which organisations will benefit from the project but believe they will help organisations in their immediate vicinity.

They are looking for contributions of the following items:

Panties (S, M, L), facecloths, sanitary towels, soap (liquid/bar), body lotion (small), toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo (small/decanted), deodorant, comb, tissues, chocolate, hair clips/bands, a small soft toy and a note containing words of comfort or care.

Wentzel says they feel very strongly about the issue of rape and would appreciate any donations of unused or good secondhand bags for the project.

“We are also appealing for items which will constitute a care package for survivors. All assistance, big and small, makes a difference. We want to be there and help those that are in a time of need,” she says.

The deadline for donations is Monday 20 August with the handover to be done within the month of August.

V For more information, call the museum on 021 786 3046.

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