Pilates and wine to get to Egypt

South Taranaki Star - - OUT & ABOUT - JANE MATTHEWS

Pilates and wine are not two things that usu­ally go to­gether but then nei­ther are pilates, wine and fundrais­ing.

But that hasn’t stopped one young Haw­era Busi­ness and Pro­fes­sional Women (BPW) mem­ber in her at­tempts to get to Egypt.

Vivien John­son has been en­cour­aged to go to the XXIX BPW In­ter­na­tional Congress in Cairo to rep­re­sent New Zealand.

In or­der to get there, John­son has been fundrais­ing in­clud­ing many raf­fles.

How­ever, her last at­tempt was a bit dif­fer­ent - she or­gan­ised a Pilates and Wine night.

‘‘We have done fundrais­ers be­fore in a the­atre, so quite a lot of work has to go into it,’’ she said. ’’No one has done this be­fore and it’s sort of like we can re­ally play with it and there’s min­i­mal or­gan­i­sa­tion.’’

John­son said the Pilates and Wine night, which took place on Mon­day September 4, was ‘‘fan­tas­tic.

‘‘Ev­ery­one re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated the wine af­ter­wards,’’ she laughed.

John­son pilates.

‘‘I have done a ses­sion through work that was like a health ini­tia­tive kind of thing,’’ she said. ’’I know a few peo­ple were sore the next day.’’

John­son hopes to get an in­ter­na­tional role in BPW out of her trip.

‘‘Our re­gional co-or­di­na­tor asked me to put my hand up for the Young BPW In­ter­na­tional is fa­mil­iar with

‘‘Ev­ery­one re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated the wine af­ter­wards.’’ Vivien John­son

Rep­re­sen­ta­tive seat, which I did,’’ John­son said. ’’So my­self and an­other lady are get­ting nom­i­nated for that - I’m go­ing there to hope­fully win the seat.’’

John­son said the in­ter­na­tional con­gresses­took place ev­ery three years and she was ‘‘quite ex­cited’’ to head over.

‘‘I think it’s be­com­ing quite real since the event and it’s re­ally hit me and I’ve re­alised it’s not that far ac­tu­ally,’’ she said. ’’I have been try­ing to get there more than en­joy­ing the jour­ney get­ting there.’’

John­son said BPW in New Zealand was well known for lob­by­ing at a gov­ern­ment level and bring­ing up is­sues that con­cern women.

‘‘We have pro­grammes and projects that as­sist women,’’ she said. ‘‘For ex­am­ple, to en­ter and re-en­ter the work­force... our am­bi­tion is to have the equal par­tic­i­pa­tion of women and men in power and de­ci­sion-mak­ing roles.’’

JANE MATTHEWS/STUFF

Vivien John­son en­joyed her Pilates and Wine fundrais­ing night, and is now look­ing for­ward to Cairo.

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