Women of the world unite

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - THE GROOVE - An­gelique Pat­ter­son

WHO runs the world? Women!

On March 8 the world cel­e­brates In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day to recog­nise and ap­plaud women’s achieve­ments as well as high­light­ing gen­der in­equal­i­ties and is­sues.

For the past 16 years the Port Dou­glas Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Net­work In­cor­po­rated ( PDCSN) has show­cased lo­cal women’s achieve­ments by hold­ing an an­nual In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day Lun­cheon fea­tur­ing guest speak­ers and en­ter­tain­ers.

Or­gan­iser Sheila Pit­man said this year they have two guest speak­ers who will talk about their lives and ‘‘amaz­ing ac­com­plish­ments’’.

‘‘One is an au­thor who has writ­ten pop­u­lar books about the lo­cal area and the other speaker is an indige­nous ed­u­ca­tor who will be shar­ing her story,’’ Ms Pit­man said.

‘‘We also have a mys­tery en­ter­tainer who is sure to amaze you with her stun­ning per­for­mance.

‘‘We have some won­der­ful raf­fle prizes in­clud­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion, spa treat­ments, jew­ellery, gor­geous leather hand­bags and gift vouch­ers just to name a few, from the gen­eros­ity of lo­cal businesses, some of whom have sup­ported us ev­ery year for the last seven years’’

The In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day (IWD) lun­cheon is one of PDCSN’s ma­jor fundrais­ers, the raf­fle will be drawn on the day and pro­ceeds go to the Port Dou­glas Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre.

Ms Pit­man said people should come along to not only sup­port the Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre, which pro­vides cru­cial ser­vices for the com­mu­nity, but to cel­e­brate ev­ery­thing ‘‘wom­anly’’.

‘‘It’s a chance for the girls to catch up and chat with­out their part­ners,’’ she said.

‘‘And also a time to recog­nise and cel­e­brate our lo­cal quiet achiev­ers, the lo­cal women who have made a dif­fer­ence, who have qui­etly achieved, in the home, in the work- place, sport­ing arena, in arts and cul­tural pur­suits in our com­mu­nity.

‘‘In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day is re­mem­ber­ing the bat­tle long fought in so­ci­ety to bring equal­ity be­tween women and men and the lun­cheon is a chance for the ladies to sup­port women’s rights and also sup­port the Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre.’’

So ladies, get your friends to­gether, book a ta­ble and join PDCSN on Fri­day, March 7, at Salsa Bar & Grill for fab­u­lous food. The wine will flow freely along with the con­ver­sa­tion.

Tick­ets are $60 per per­son, avail­able from the Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre. Phone 4099 5518 for de­tails

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