Restoring a sense of dignity and strength

Roslyn Zuyderwyk and the DDS Highfields team with Amanda Dalton of Protea Place

One local pharmacy has stepped up to help out women who have been affected by domestic violence

Discount Drug Stores Highfields, has donated more than $5000 worth of beauty and skincare products to local women’s charity, Protea Place, to support victims of family and domestic violence.

The charity provides practical and professional support for women in need, connecting them to vital health and housing services, as well as providing essential items such as showers, meals, clothing, and toiletries to help get them back on their feet.

Protea Place CEO, Amanda Dalton, said the donation by Discount Drug Store Highfields will help towards restoring a “sense of dignity and strength” for disadvantaged women in the community.

“Many of the women we support have had to flee violent and unsafe situations, often with just the clothes they are wearing,” Ms Dalton said.

“We are incredibly grateful to the generous team at Discount Drug Store Highfields. The make-up, skin-care and beauty products they’ve donated is such a gift to help restore a sense of dignity and strength for these women as they begin to rebuild their lives and integrate back into society after extremely challenging times.”

Local Discount Drug Store owners, Roslyn and Michael Zuyderwyk, made their first donation to the charity in April and say they are committed to continuing their support long term.

“As soon as we heard about Protea Place we wanted to find a way to get involved and support their important work,” said Ms Zuyderwyk.

“Instead of selling left over makeup and skincare products in our end of season sale, we decided to package these up to into bundles to gift to the charity.

“It’s rewarding to think that in some small way we can help make these women feel special and valued at a time when they may be feeling alone.

“As local business owners for more than 15 years, we’re proud to give back to our community and support grassroots charities wherever possible. We’re excited to continue our relationship with Protea Place and support them into the future.”

To learn more about Protea Place or make a donation, visit

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