Posted on Jun 04, 2018
In May 2018 WSR donated $3000 to Reclaim Another Woman (RAW) for a laptop for Norefjell to complete her studies. 
 
RAW would like to thank Rotary for supporting RAW’s work and investing specifically in Norefjell’s future. Norefjell has moved mountains in the 3 years she has been with RAW. She now sits on RAW’s governance board as an advisor, is a significant driver of RAW’s Māori Strategy under development, and a regular speaker advocating for change for women in prison and the RAW programme.
On behalf of the RAW Team:
 
RAW would like to thank Rotary for supporting RAW’s work and investing specifically in Norefjell’s future. Norefjell is an exceptional woman who inspires the recently released RAW women to set themselves achievable goals through her mentoring as their House Mother and by example through her personal drive and achievements.
 
Norefjell has moved mountains in the 3 years she has been with RAW. She now sits on RAW’s governance board as an advisor, is a significant driver of RAW’s Māori Strategy under development, and a regular speaker advocating for change for women in prison and the RAW programme.
 
She also connects with her daughter who is currently serving a prison sentence weekly and has been her daughter’s inspiration to revaluate her own pathway. She manages all this while studying full-time in her final year of her Commercial Music degree. The laptop purchased for Norefjell allows her to run specialised software for music production and stage management. A gift that will enable Norefjell to continue pursuing her passion for music and performance beyond the completion of her degree.
 
The following is a personal message from Norefjell:
 
Kia ora koutou,
I would like to express my gratitude to Rotary for the support and the donation that will enable me to get through my final year of studies allowing a future that has and will progress me forward towards a real and positive life that not too long ago was a far off reality.
 
Throughout the duration of my studies I've had to manage my life that involved reintegrating into society, reporting into probation (over two years), to becoming "that" person to encourage, support and guide the new women coming out to a new way of life that would see us all facing the importance of life skills such as communicating, trust and surrounding oneself with a positive network of proactive people.
 
Then there's family and my reconnection with my daughter which is allowing us both to have a real and beautiful relationship, regardless of her situation.
 
Finally I've had to familiarize myself with technology especially around my studies that has me working with the equipment in the studio and the computers in the computer suites working on assignments and navigating myself with the programs. This meant that I had limited access due to the running of public transport to get me to and from Wintec, which at times saw me doing overnights in the studio's or computer suites.
 
So this has been and will remain to be one of the greatest gifts that I will treasure and strive to doing the best in my life and in the hope that one day I will return the favor and help another.
 
Ngā mihi arõhanui
Norefjell
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