You'll often see us mentioning Safelets on social media and in presentations to groups. We purchased 40 Safelets in 2020 (up from 20 the previous year) thanks to generous donations from individuals and community groups. But what exactly is a Safelet, and how do they work? Read on!
Safelet is a discreet alarm worn around the wrist that keeps the wearer connected to their chosen guardians, 24/7. It works with a mobile phone and Bluetooth, so the wearer is protected wherever they are.
The impact of a Safelet
We sat down with Sharron from Safelet to get the low-down into the impact the Safelet has on women.
"Although it's a simple device to operate, the Safelet is incredibly valuable. In the event an alarm is activated, the most important information is sent to the 'guardians' to ensure correct help is organised in a timely manner - for example the location of the person who activated the alarm, a live stream recording of what is occurring and the option to call 111. Safelet was designed to enable women who feel at risk to alert those who they trust to help, quickly and with the simple push of a button."
Safelets that The Christchurch Aunties have funded have empowered recipients to testify in court, begin a new job, and start walking their children to school.
When help is required, time is of the essence. To be able to alert those who guard you and will get help quickly, can be the difference between life and death.
How we distribute Safelets
The organisations we collaborate with send a Safelet request via our regular order form. When we see the request, we immediately make the payment to the Safelet team and email Sharron to notify her. She makes contact with the organisation to arrange the delivery and set-up of the Safelet withing 48 hours.
How to help us fund Safelets
Each Safelet is $299, and we're anticipating donating 60 this year. You can donate directly into our client security account at:
The Christchurch Aunties does not receive any commission from the distribution of Safelet.