The Massey Sponsored Woman of Influence Awards that took place at Auckland’s SKYCITY Convention Centre in September, deemed charity founder Jackie Clarke as the supreme winner.
Earlier in the night, Clarke took out the Community/Not for Profit category, which made her eligible for the final award for overall achievement.
Following her win, Clarke told the AM Show it was amazing to take home the award.
“There was a lot of love in the room last night
“I love these women. They are tattooed on my skin, and tattooed on my heart. That sounds really dramatic, but they are my life.”
Clarke’s charity ―The Aunties―is based in Auckland, where her role is to help woman affected by domestic violence.
Domestic violence can leave women and their families in vulnerable positions financially, which is where Clarke’s Aunties come to help with exactly what the women require, from material things to Clarke’s listening ear.
Clarke focuses on creating a supportive community through her work and differs from other charities by keeping the donors (the Aunties) and the recipients anonymous to each other.
Being a charity, Clarke is not paid for her work with the Aunties, so a Givealittle page has been created to help generate regular payments of $2000 a month.
Following her win, Clarke remained extremely well humoured and humbled, writing on The Aunties’ website, “I won the Supreme High Goddess Grand PooBah award. Oh sorry, the Supreme Award.”
“It was [all] fabulous because what it was an acknowledgement of the women I work with. That they deserve love. They deserve to be heard, believed, cared for, [and] supported.”