Treasure for families

SUPPORT: From left, back, Treasure Boxes Founder Rikki Cooke, Floor Manager Sarah Burford and Student Marjo Winskog. Front, Nunyara Aboriginal Health Service staff Jane Baulderstone and Tineale Colson with the supplies sent in an Assistance Package.
SUPPORT: From left, back, Treasure Boxes Founder Rikki Cooke, Floor Manager Sarah Burford and Student Marjo Winskog. Front, Nunyara Aboriginal Health Service staff Jane Baulderstone and Tineale Colson with the supplies sent in an Assistance Package.

The Nunyara Aboriginal Health Service has been boosted by the donation of as car seats, shoes, high chairs and baby clothing to be given to local families facing hardship from non-for-profit Treasure Boxes.

Treasure Boxes regularly provide assistance packages containing supplies to children and their families fleeing domestic violence, in foster care or living in severe disadvantage.

The organisation is traveling around the region to hear from communities in Port Augusta, Whyalla, Port Pirie and Ceduna to bring supplies deemed "urgent" by those working in these communities.

Founder Rikki Cooke said supporting Indigenous mothers - some of whom are forced to travel up to 600km for maternity services - was a priority for the organisation.

"We aim to ease the anxiety, stress and trauma placed on newborns, young children and their families affected by extreme hardship and this extends to Indigenous new mothers who are trying to cope with motherhood with so few supplies," Ms Cooke said.

"We were approached by service agencies in Ceduna who spoke to us about the urgent need for baby supplies and equipment, and we also wanted to visit other regional areas to discuss firsthand with communities about their current needs and how we might be able to help.

"We see this as a real first step in supporting regional communities and finding out what they need so we can work with them and use the resources we have to support them."

Nunyara CEO Cindy Zbierski said the donation would be a big help for some families going through hardship around Whyalla.

"It especially helps people who are in domestic violence situations to get back on their feet again. There's lots of people in Whyalla who can use that support," she said.

"We'd be happy to support Treasure Boxes to lobby the government for some additional funding to reach out to rural and remote areas in South Australia."