In the last year, over 8,000 kits were distributed to six Health Centres in rural Africa. These kits are life saving, both to the women and their babies. Although the contents only support the basic necessities for the birthing process, they are highly valued by the women. One woman indicated she was taking the plastic sheet home to serve as a bed for her newborn. These kits really help!
In a medium sized, plastic freezer bag, the contents include:
Each year we need volunteers to help assemble the kits. It’s a fantastic feeling putting these items together knowing that they will make a HUGE impact in the safe delivery of a baby. If anyone can donate some of the contents, that would also be greatly appreciated.
This event usually happens in November.
The Zonta Club of Oakville hosts a Mother-Daughter event each spring for families from the Kerr Street Mission community. Mothers and their daughters are treated to a spa session, access to a clothes closet, provided with a delicious hot meal, given items from a gift table and given a presentation on the empowering work of Zonta, locally and globally. Longo’s has generously donated the food for this community event. This is all provided at no cost to our guests.
We need volunteers to assist with the Spa Session – youth and women with experience in doing hair and applying make-up. We also need assistance with table setting, preparing and serving dinner, as well as clean-up duties.
Prior to the event, the Club does a donation drive. If you have any gently used clothes – all sizes – jewellery, purses or small gift items, they would be gratefully accepted and appreciated. The mother-daughter afternoon is always high energy and fun!
This event usually takes place in May or June.
SAVIS of Halton (Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services) provides support to victims of violence. Human trafficking is a significant problem in Southern Ontario. For those victims who are attempting to leave prostitution and begin a ‘new life’, SAVIS provides a Dignity Bag to help them meet their initial needs when they arrive for help at the hospital or police station with nothing. In recognition of Zonta International’s centennial celebration, the Zonta Club of Oakville supplied 100 bags in 2018 and we continue our commitment to the ongoing supply of this desperately needed response bag for women in need.
Contents of the bag:
The bag contents, valued at $250, includes the following:
Please consider providing some of the bag contents or supplying a completed bag. Arrangements can be made for drop off by calling the SAVIS office: Phone – 905-825-3622. These women are in shock and desperate for support. Please help!
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Under the Zonta International mandate “Zonta says No to Violence Against Women”, posters are distributed by members throughout Halton to provide awareness of the unacceptability of abusive behavior in relationships and offer referral information to obtain help. Last year over 40 women contacted SAVIS, and received information or counselling as a direct result of this campaign.
The Zonta Club of Oakville provides informational kiosks at our annual Kerr St. Mission mother-daughter event, with representatives in attendance such SAVIS, SAFE (Survivor Advocates for Empowerment), The Centre for Skills Development and Zonta International.
The club provides annual funds to young women who have the desire and proven capability to attend college but lack the funds to do so.
Scholarships are awarded to high school students who have demonstrated outstanding service within their school and local community. The winner is then considered at the Regional level to possibly qualify for a further scholarship.
For over 20 years, the Zonta Club of Oakville has raised funds through the partnership with the Delta Bingo and Gaming Oakville location and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.
The Zonta Club of Oakville members volunteer twice a month (Friday nights @ 21:30 pm and Sunday afternoons @ 12:00 pm) at the Delta Gaming Centre on Speers Road. All of the funds raised from Bingo are donated to various charities in the community including SAVIS, Kerr Street Ministries and much more.
Energetic volunteers are needed to help the night before with delivering and unloading items. On the day of the event, help is required to organize and distribute items both before and after the sale. This is a great way to purge, enjoy wonderful fellowship and raise money!
This event usually happens in late September.
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