Movie screen­ing fundraiser


North Coast Times - - FRONT PAGE -

TWO north­ern sub­urbs women are hold­ing a movie fundraiser for The Hunger Project in Hil­larys this month.

Alki­mos res­i­dent Jo Rao and Casey John­ston, of Nol­la­mara, will host an ad­vanced screen­ing of Home Again at Event Cin­e­mas in Whit­ford City shop­ping cen­tre.

The ro­man­tic com­edy is about a sin­gle mum, played by Reese Wither­spoon, whose new life in Los An­ge­les takes an un­ex­pected turn when she takes in three un­likely house­guests, strug­gles to re-in­vent her ca­reer and finds her­self en­tan­gled in a new re­la­tion­ship.

Ms Rao is on the WA board of The Hunger Project as well as mar­ket­ing man­ager for Sil­ver Chain, while Ms John­ston is study­ing law and pol­i­tics at Mur­doch Uni­ver­sity.

“I got in­volved with The Hunger Project early in 2016 when I signed up for a lead­er­ship pro­gram and fundraised more than $10,000 and trav­elled to Malawi to see how com­mu­ni­ties ben­e­fit from the money raised,” Ms Rao said.

“In late 2016 Casey got in­volved fundrais­ing more than $1000 for the Un­leashed Women ini­tia­tive.

“Both Casey and I feel very for­tu­nate to have ‘won the birth lot­tery’ and to live in a coun­try that em­pow­ers women to be the best they can be.

“We are pas­sion­ate about hu­man rights and giv­ing back to an or­gan­i­sa­tion which is com­mit­ted to end­ing world hunger by 2030.”

Ms Rao said the char­ity was em­pow­er­ing women to work to­gether to break the cy­cle of hunger in other coun­tries.

“It seemed fit­ting that Casey and I should team up to beat our own fundrais­ing goals,” she said.

“Tick­ets to the screen­ing on Oc­to­ber 16 are just $25 and that money could fund adult lit­er­acy train­ing for one woman so that she can learn to read and write,” Ms Rao said.

To book, go to: https://www.stick­yt­ick­ets.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d474641

Jo Rao trav­elled to Malawi to see how com­mu­ni­ties ben­e­fit.

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