The charity has also established a children’s fund that helps pay for extra-curricular activities - buying new scooters, bikes, sports equipment, school supplies, or other items that children in the family may need.
“Just the other day we brought a brand new sewing machine for a teenage girl who is passionate about fashion and makes her own clothes.
"The sewing machine, the sewing desk and chair and some vouchers for her were intended to support her passion and make her feel special. Taking care of children’s interests is a key part of their healing and has a positive impact on their mental health and wellbeing.”
Sustainable tour operators Bush and Beach converted some of their vans so they could be used to transport the goods to families.
The ANZ Staff Foundation’s donation of $9,500 will assist with the transportation costs.
“We were delighted to be able to help Woven Earth” says David Bricklebank, the Chair of the ANZ Staff Foundation Advisory Board. “The work they are doing is making a really positive change to the lives of many victims of family violence.”
The funding will help Woven Earth to set up the homes of 21 families.
"We never transfer any cost onto the families, so we rely on donations to help us deliver our service,” says Kerryn.
“The words Woven Earth have significant meaning for me. They are the weaving of good people, kindness, community and love that all help make it possible for people to stand up and be part of the world again."
“If I can make a small difference, for people to place value on themselves, and give them some hope that they can make a new start and begin again, like I did, this is what continues to drive me forward,” says Kerryn.
You can read more about Woven Earth here and find information about becoming a regular donor at 1000 Hands to help Woven Earth furnish homes and lives across Auckland.
Since inception in 2000, the ANZ New Zealand Staff Foundation has distributed over $8 million in community grants to more than 920 charities and community projects nationwide.