Supporting our communities is a fundamental position that we have at Virgin Jewels. We look for genuine ways to uplift our communities through legitimate opportunities.
This year we have supported our local people by giving away a large quantity of warm hats, scarves and gloves to Under The Stars – Homeless in Tauranga at the beginning of winter and a big box of warm kid’s pyjamas to Tauranga Women’s Refuge. Many times small groups get overlooked but we believe that the work these voluntary groups do is crucial and we want to try and fill gaps in helpful ways for them.
We continue to support RAW – Reclaiming Another Women, the Annah Stretton initiative that works specifically with recidivist women prisoners. The work that the RAW team is doing and the results that they are getting are ground breaking and deserve attention. Gin has been invited to speak with some of the women in Auckland who are currently on the in-prison programme that RAW is operating. It is a very exciting opportunity and one that Gin feels privileged to have the opportunity to be involved in.
We also continue to support Cool Bananas with their fun and moral driven kid’s school programmes that they offer in the Bay. The kids just love these guys, possibly because they feel that the leadership loves them unconditionally and just want to see them happy, laughing, having fun and being the best that they can be within their own lives.
Janine continues to willingly donate blood at the local Tauranga Blood Donors Centre, an unspoken gift to those in dire need.
Last year we offered to supply a selection of 50 plus gorgeous Handbags & Clutch Purses if our supporters would rise to our challenge to help us fill them with women’s personal hygiene items. The Handbags and Purses will be presented to the young women of Tarawera High School [formerly Kawerau College, Bay of Plenty] to encourage and support them in their endeavours to stay at school to achieve a good education. It is a privilege to have this opportunity to support the future women of New Zealand.
Last year we sent a large selection of scarves in response to the on-line call out RAW made to provide scarves for our NZ women for these cold winter months. RAW is a charitable social venture set up by Annah Stretton to work with recidivist female offenders to replace amplifying criminal activity with scholarshiped education and negotiated work. Annah and her sister Rebecca’s venture (RAW) is recognised by the Department of Corrections as the only model of this kind successfully breaking a cycle of crime, drugs and violence by targeting the mothers and their tamariki; giving them visibility, acceptance and real choice for a different way of life.
Feedback from Raewyn, the Store Manager for The RAW Store in Hamilton – “Beautiful beautiful scarfs arrived in The RAW Store , Hamilton- from Virgin Jewels. They have had an amazing response and sold incredibly well. Many thanks for such an awesome donation. Donations such as these give us opportunities to talk and inspire people about the RAW Organisation and how they help women readjust – search “Reclaiming Another Woman” for more information. Such a generous donation and genuine thanks from the Store Manager at The RAW Store to you all.”