Christian Victory Centre community support officer Elie Wirth, Safe Haven volunteer Daphne and president Bette Bonney, Relationships Australia’s Kathleen Smith and Southland committee member Pat Tweedie with the goodie bags.
Christian Victory Centre community support officer Elie Wirth, Safe Haven volunteer Daphne and president Bette Bonney, Relationships Australia’s Kathleen Smith and Southland committee member Pat Tweedie with the goodie bags. Georja Ryan

Bags of kindness and care

ELIE Wirth is a survivor of domestic violence.

She knows the pain, the fear and the heartache that comes with a violent domestic partnership, and she is a symbol of courage for those still stuck in a bad place.

After fleeing to Warwick to escape an abusive relationship, Ms Wirth was homeless and out to fend for herself.

Now she's back on her feet, in a new job and out to help others.

As a member of the Christian Victory Centre, Ms Wirth and her fellow church-goers, in conjunction with Southland Mission, compiled 20 bags of goodies for women in refuges in Warwick and Toowoomba.

The bags are full of toiletries and little necessities to help these women get through some of the hardest times they will face.

"A lot of people come here escaping domestic violence and they've got nothing," Ms Wirth said.

"I came to the church escaping domestic violence and they supported me, so now I want to support others."



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