Boost for schol­ar­ships

FILM SCREEN­ING DUR­ING OUTintheOPEN FES­TI­VAL TO RAISE MUCH-NEEDED FUNDS

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A spe­cial film screen­ing dur­ing Shep­par­ton’s OUTintheOPEN Fes­ti­val will help raise funds for The Com­mu­nity Fund GV’s Lift Off Ed­u­ca­tion Schol­ar­ships.

Part­ner­ing with GV Pride, the or­gan­i­sa­tions will screen First Girl I Loved in a bid to recog­nise the need for in­clu­sion and ac­cep­tance in these im­por­tant ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams, The Com­mu­nity Fund GV act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drea McNab said.

‘‘Ter­tiary, or fur­ther, ed­u­ca­tion access is a chal­lenge for all our young peo­ple in ru­ral and regional com­mu­ni­ties and we ac­knowl­edge the ad­di­tional chal­lenge for young peo­ple who iden­tify as LGBTQIA,’’ Ms McNab said.

Fes­ti­val con­venor Damien Stevens said the aim of the movie event was to cre­ate aware­ness and to raise some funds to as­sist LGBTQIA young peo­ple to access ed­u­ca­tion while liv­ing in ru­ral and regional ar­eas.

‘‘OUTintheOPEN Fes­ti­val from Novem­ber 2 to 5 is all about cel­e­brat­ing pride, in­clu­sion and com­mu­nity di­ver­sity,’’ Mr Stevens said.

‘‘Eleven events over four days pro­vide many op­por­tu­ni­ties for all those liv­ing lo­cally and vis­i­tors alike to do just that.

‘‘We know that some young peo­ple who are LGBTQIA+ can face a tough time com­ing out to their fam­i­lies, friends and schools, with some find­ing them­selves without the money and sup­port needed to keep up their stud­ies.

‘‘This film event and part­ner­ship with The Com­mu­nity Fund GV high­lights both the teenage jour­ney and chal­lenges around sex­u­al­ity and the amaz­ing, in­clu­sive schol­ar­ship pro­gram that ex­ists lo­cally and is avail­able to all young peo­ple aged 17 to 24 years.’’

The movie is a 2016 Amer­i­can ro­man­tic drama writ­ten and di­rected by Kerem Sanga.

It is about a high-school love tri­an­gle that de­vel­ops when main char­ac­ter Anne falls for a girl on the softball team, in­ad­ver­tently dash­ing the hopes of her friend Cliff.

The movie will be shown at Vil­lage Cinemas Shep­par­ton on Novem­ber 5 at 1 pm.

Tick­ets are on sale now and cost $19 for gen­eral ad­mis­sion and $15 for con­ces­sion and GV Pride mem­bers.

A $24 Lift Off ticket is avail­able (this in­cludes a $5 do­na­tion to The Com­mu­nity Fund Lift Off Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram).

Cash do­na­tions can also be made on the af­ter­noon. ● Film tick­ets can be pur­chased from

Pic­ture: Tara Whitsed

Ex­cited: OUTintheOPEN Fes­ti­val con­venor Damien Stevens, The Com­mu­nity Fund GV act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drea McNab and GV Pride’s Ge­orgie Port.

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