What a night!

Saturday 3rd August 2019


A prestigious black tie event in support of

Women’s Refuge Whanganui


Whanganui War Memorial Centre

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The Cause


In 2016 The Great Ball raised $90,000 towards the establishment of a Women’s Refuge Hub/Offices in Whanganui.  Together with the $33,000 raised from the 2017 Cocktail Lounge event and a community grant, we were able to purchase the perfect building for our cause.  We had a benefactor loan us the shortfall of $130,000 on the purchase price.


We need to raise funds to complete our building ownership goal.  We need to raise funds to continue the essential service we provide to victims of domestic violence in Whanganui. Your support means a lot to us.


Buy a Great Ball ticket (only a handful left) or offer cash sponsorship - we take assurance from every gesture of generosity and goodwill to make us even more effective in 2019 and beyond.


One in three women in New Zealand are affected by domestic violence.  During the time guests are at The Great Ball on 3rd August, hard-working Refuge advocates in Whanganui will have answered calls from 9 women via our crisis line.  That’s one woman every 50 minutes.


Women’s Refuge Whanganui, like all Refuges in New Zealand,  go over and above what they are contracted to do.  Cast your eye over this and you will see why (annual figures and actual delivery to 19 June 2019) and you will understand why we are stretched and why your support is the lifeline for so many women and children.




Community support and advocacy

What we are contracted to do and get paid for: 84

Actual delivery as at 19 June 2019: 158

Over delivered by 74, almost double the contracted volume


Crisis Line calls

What we are contracted to do and get paid for: 416.5

Actual delivery as at 19 June 2019: 978

Over double the contracted amount


FVIARS (Family Violence Interagency Response System) The critical part of what we do

What we are contracted to do and get paid for: 49

Actual delivery as at 19 June 2019: 1,865

38 times the amount contracted to deliver


Individuals in our Safe House (not including children)

What we are contracted to do and get paid for: 27.2

Actual delivery as at 19 June 2019: 86

Over 3 times the contracted volume


These disturbing statistics involve members of our community - employees, customers, neighbours, friends.  Your support and willingness to help out this vital cause is highly valued and we thank you.



Your support will go a long way to help us achieve this goal.  Here are some ways you can help:


1. We have almost sold out with just one table left and a handful of separate seats - Register here for the last few tickets.


2. Become a cash sponsor of the event and receive promotion for you and your business before and at the event.



Will you help us help women and children in Whanganui build lives that flourish and are free from domestic violence?


You can find out more about Women's Refuge here.





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