Celebration of women
A WEEK of celebrations kick off around the Douglas region for International Women’s Day from next Monday.
Marking the 101st year of annual celebrations of women’s achievements throughout history, local organisations have put together a great program of workshops, well-being sessions, dinners and luncheons in Port Douglas and Mossman.
The Port Douglas Neighbourhood Centre will host a night of song, dance and secret women’s business on Tuesday.
Set in a hair salon, the evening will delve into the real-life experiences of two friends as they deal with a range of women’s issues in a familiar, flippant and irreverent manner.
“Leave the men at home, grab your girlfriends and head down to the neighbourhood centre for a fun night with the girls,” organiser Melanie said.
“It’s going to be such a great night of pure girlie fun.”
Cairns Regional Council is hosting a series of workshops next Thursday including a free wellness clinic, a self-defence class and a women’s fitness session.
The Mossman Community Centre is also staging a free pampering session for young women next Thursday night from 6pm with the team from Pure Massage & Beauty.
“Come down, relax and watch a movie while sharing dinner together, get your nails done and enjoy being a girl,” event co-ordinator Robyn Hind said.
The celebrations will culminate with a women’s luncheon at Salsa Bar and Grill next Friday featuring inspiring local female speakers including Mossman born and bred Amanda Knole who has founded an orphanage in Nepal and Kuku Yalanji member Linda Birchill.
The luncheon is a major fundraiser for the Port Douglas Neighbourhood Centre and organiser Jenni Sorensen said there would be plenty of prizes, raffles and demonstrations to compliment the inspiring speeches and tasty treats.
“We have lots of incredible women in the area, and this event really recognises them and further inspires other women,” she said.
Celebration: Jenni Sorensen and Beverly Moreira from the Port Douglas Neighbourhood Centre