By JUSTIN JENVEY
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.