In a show of community support for those in need, Priceline pharmacies provided care packages to women fleeing domestic violence.

An initiative of Priceline pharmacy at Kingston, each of the 150 packages are made up of personal care products worth around $200 including hairdryers, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other toiletries and cosmetics.

The packages are the result of a team effort between Priceline’s national suppliers and head office, as well as southern Tasmanian Priceline pharmacies who provided stock and volunteers to put the 150 packages together, outside of work hours.

Priceline Kingston Owner Matthew Pilkington said the business was inspired to help after hearing about the Rapid Rehousing program, a collaboration between CatholicCare Tasmania, Centacare Evolve Housing, the Tasmanian Government and community housing providers, to ensure immediate options for safe, secure and longer term rehousing for those at risk of homelessness as the result of domestic violence.

“We were wondering how we could possibly assist those people at that time when they were accessing those houses and having to leave their own homes, and we thought some of our products might be of assistance,” he said.

Mr Pilkington said he hoped to make the donation of care packages to CatholicCare ongoing.

“There are 50 homes launched each year for four years under the Rapid Rehousing program [and] we are hoping to replicate this donation each year so there are packages available when the new homes come online, and then again hopefully prior to Christmas for the other refuges operated by CatholicCare.”

CatholicCare Tasmania Executive Director Tim Gourlay, gratefully accepted the care packages calling the initiative “a wonderful partnership between private, community and government sectors.”

“This is a very important initiative as many of our clients can find themselves in crisis accommodation in a stressful and vulnerable state; often with access to little more than the clothing they are wearing,” he said.

Mr Gourlay said the care packages would be distributed immediately to clients accessing CatholicCare’s housing options, young women’s emergency accommodation service and Therapeutic Residential Care homes.