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Spar calls to aid abused women

Spar Eastern Cape has launched a campaign to support women who have been sexually abused and violated at the Rape Crisis Centre in Port Elizabeth.

Customers are called to make a small donation of as little as R1 each time they shop during Women's Month - August.

Roseann Shadrach, advertising manager for Spar EC said they felt it was an easy way to support a cause. “As a brand, we have a responsibility to make a positive difference in the community we serve. We acknowledge the challenges faced by women in our region and our objective is to win the hearts and minds of consumers by showing Spar’s support of the multiple causes that women face in our communities,” she said.

She added that on making the donation, customers would receive a sticker saying, ‘I made a difference this Women’s Month’.

The PE Rape Crisis Centre (RCC) has offices in North End and was founded in 1992 by a group of women who were concerned by the high levels of sexual and gender-based violence against women and children.

Berenice Jacobs-Malgas, Director for the Centre said when they opened their doors, the widespread political violence in the country ensured that rape cases reported to police stations were not taken seriously. “RCC lobbied for rape survivors and the administration of antiretrovirals, which was a successful process. The centre was nominated by the Department of Health to manage the Ncedo One Stop Centre at the Dora Nginza Hospital for rape survivors. During this time we also lobbied successfully for doctors to be made available to medically examine rape survivors,” she enthused.

She added that the Thuthuzela Care Centre at Dora Nginza Hospital was a one-stop centre for all rape survivors with face-to-face counselling services as well as assessment services and referrals of children. It also includes telephone calls to those in need and home visits around Port Elizabeth. To date the organisation has assisted over 10 000 rape survivors and about 68 000 pupils from 40 senior secondary schools have received awareness and education through the Rape Crisis Centre Life Skills Project.

“We would like to express our appreciation to Spar Eastern Cape and are humbled at being chosen as the beneficiary for this initiative,” she said.


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