Rotary donation right on time

Rotary members Robyn Rowsell and Paul Bahr presented the $500 cheque to Yarredi Services' chief executive officer Mish Di Pinto, centre. PHOTO: CHARLOTTE MARTIN 379060_01

The Rotary Club of Port Lincoln donated $500 to Yarredi Services as part of the global 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence.

As the global 16 days came to a close at the end of last week, Rotary members Pat Callaghan, Robyn Rowsell and Paul Bahr presented a cheque to Yarredi Services’ grateful chief executive officer Mish Di Pinto.

Ms Di Pinto said Yarredi Services offered a safe, independent living arrangement for women and children who are seeking refuge as victims of family and domestic violence.

“Essentially it’s up to about three months that women are staying on site,” she said.

“Depending on whether they have somewhere safe to go, we attempt to not exit into homelessness so we advocate for other options around housing.”

Ms Di Pinto said Rotary had approached the Zonta Club of Port Lincoln as it wanted to support the 16 Days of Activism, with Zonta then connecting Rotary with Yarredi.

“It’s fantastic, especially at this time of year, there’s so much extra we need to provide to support families,” she said.

Ms Di Pinto has been CEO since July – her mother, Sharon Potts, ran Yarredi before her for 37 years.

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