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Rugby club helps out at safe haven for women

Dec 11th, 2015 | By | Category: Latest News, News

WELLINGTON Women’s Boarding House has welcomed in a group of male volunteers for the first time.

Hunters Rugby Club was given access to help out with jobs like painting and gardening last Saturday.

The House has never before had a large group of men on the property, but Management Committee member Emma White says they were keen on the idea.

“We have had working bees from groups before but this is the first time a group of men like this have taken ownership.”

“It’s a really great display of what I suppose you could call positive masculinity.”

The House is home to 16 women who experience homelessness, and needs volunteers to assist with maintenance.

“This was a really fantastic chance to have men show their support in a really active way, we were just really impressed, and really grateful and chuffed that they chose to step up.”

Hunters Club Manager Barney Wikitera says for the team the event was also about showing the community that a League Club can be about more than just rugby.

“We’ve been on a journey for the past year, our mantra is ‘it’s not just a game.”

The working bee is a small part of a wider goal to provide life skills to club members.

“Let’s get our younger people up to speed with life skills, so we were thinking about holding half a training day for goal setting, life skills nutrition, careers those sorts of things.”

He says the guys were really eager to get help the women at refuge.

“To be honest these guys hate coming to training so just to see them here on a Saturday early in the morning, is a really good thing. It’s a real good measure of their commitment to the cause.”

More than a dozen members turned out to help.

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