Let’s connect

Benalla Ensign - - Front Page - By Monique Freer

Af­ter a fan­tas­tic re­sponse dur­ing its in­au­gu­ral year, The Be­nalla Col­lec­tive is kick­ing off 2015 with an­other event to en­gage young peo­ple in the town.

The Be­nalla Col­lec­tive formed last year when a small group of young pro­fes­sion­als in­tro­duced the net­work­ing group in an ef­fort to connect young peo­ple to each other and to their town.

Com­mit­tee mem­ber Rachel Thar­ratt said the events were de­signed to make meet­ing new peo­ple feel less daunt­ing.

‘‘Some­times work­ing in a small ru­ral town such as Be­nalla can feel iso­lat­ing or un­stim­u­lat­ing, par­tic­u­larly for those who have moved from else­where for work and feel they have no way of mak­ing new friends or meet­ing new peo­ple,’’ she said.

‘‘The aim of The Be­nalla Col­lec­tive is to give young peo­ple work­ing in Be­nalla and sur­round­ing ar­eas an op­por­tu­nity to make new friends and de­velop pro­fes­sional net­works in a re­laxed and fun set­ting.’’

The in­au­gu­ral event last year was bare­foot bowls, and de­spite the chilly weather it re­ceived rave re­views.

This year the group is kick­ing off with the same event — al­beit in weather more ap­pro­pri­ate for bare­foot min­gling.

‘‘It has been ex­cit­ing to see the en­thu­si­asm from peo­ple who par­tic­i­pated in last year’s events and I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to see­ing how the group de­vel- ops dur­ing the com­ing year,’’ Ms Thar­ratt said.

‘‘It is open to ev­ery­one and we don’t want peo­ple to feel shy or ap­pre­hen­sive about at­tend­ing.

‘‘It doesn’t mat­ter if you have lived in Be­nalla for years or have just moved here and don’t know any­one, the in­vi­ta­tion is open.

‘‘So come along and en­joy a fun night of bowl­ing, good food and even bet­ter com­pany.’’

The event will be held on Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 26, at 6.30 pm at Moira Be­nalla Bowls Club, 1 Be­nalla St, Be­nalla. En­try is $10, in­clu­sive of rink hire, din­ner and en­ter­tain­ment. For cater­ing pur­poses email thebe­nal­la­col­lec­tive@gmail.com or visit The Be­nalla Col­lec­tive’s Face­book page.

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