By JUSTIN JENVEY

Myrtleford Times - - What's On -

THE Alpine Women’s Group in con­junc­tion with Part­ners in Aid will again raise funds to sup­port the All Ben­gal Women’s Union in Kolkata, In­dia.

‘The Ital­ian Lunch’ in the Court­yard has now been held an­nu­ally for the past 17 years and will take place for the 18th time at Si­mone’s Restau­rant next Mon­day.

All monies raised will go to the All Ben­gal Women’s Union where Bright woman Joy Han­d­ley ad­min­is­ters a spon­sor­ship pro­gram.

Joy, a mem­ber of Alpine Women’s Group has been in­volved with Part­ners in Aid, a non-govern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion (NGO) run to­tally by vol­un­teers, for over 33 years.

“Many of the girls at the home are now go­ing on to higher ed­u­ca­tion with great suc­cess,” Joy said.

“This year they had an­other three girls grad­u­ate as nurses.

“If they had not been given the op­por­tu­nity off an ed­u­ca­tion many of these girls would never reach their full po­ten­tial.

“Over the last 12 months one of the older girls was se­lected to rep­re­sent In­dia in an In­ter­na­tional Pro­fes­sional Ex­change Pro­gram, the main fo­cus be­ing on vo­ca­tional train­ing of youth.

“She first went to Bangkok for the train­ing pro­gram and from FOOD FOR A CAUSE: Joy Han­d­ley and Mar­garet McCal­lum show off some of the prizes for the Alpine Women’s Group, Ital­ian Lunch in the Court­yard. there went to Bangladesh where ated her third year in a Bach­e­lor she has been placed with an NGO. of Sci­ence in botany, zo­ol­ogy and

“Rekha is an or­phan and has chem­istry has been se­lected to resided at ABWU most of her this same pro­gram for the next 12 life so this has been a won­der­ful months. op­por­tu­nity for her and when her “This is also a won­der­ful op­course is com­pleted this month she por­tu­nity for her hav­ing never is hope­ful of get­ting a place­ment trav­elled to an­other coun­try.” in Kolkata with an NGO. Tick­ets for this year’s lunch are

“Anika Roy who re­cently gradu- $30 and avail­able for pur­chase at Coun­try Col­lectibles or by con­tact­ing Joy on 5755 1344.

There will be some great raf­fle prizes, with first prize be­ing two front row tick­ets to see ‘Priscilla – Queen of the Desert’, along with two nights ac­com­mo­da­tion in Mel­bourne and $100 spend­ing money.

The af­ter­noon will also in­clude an auc­tion of some great items.

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