Full sched­ule ends year

Whanganui Midweek - - NEWS -

With only a cou­ple of months left to roll in 2018 our sched­ule con­tin­ues to be busy.

The last two months have been a whirl­wind of ac­tiv­ity fin­ish­ing up our fourth an­nual Win­ter Won­der­fest, cel­e­brat­ing Suf­frage 125 with a won­der­ful din­ner event show­cas­ing lo­cal women and their achieve­ments, then rolling straight into the in­au­gu­ral 24 Hour Art Jam event.

Held over the week­end of Oc­to­ber 13/14, “The Jam” promised much and de­liv­ered big time. With around 16 par­tic­i­pat­ing artists, and more than 300 visi­tors through the doors at Space Stu­dio and Gallery, the week­end was filled with ac­tiv­ity.

The Women’s Net­work was for­tu­nate to be the re­cip­i­ent of all funds raised through the Sun­day evening art auc­tion, thanks to the gen­eros­ity of the artists, and to the in­cred­i­ble en­ergy and tal­ent of fel­low or­gan­is­ers Ned­dal Ayad and Sarah Wil­liams.

Our team utilised the auc­tion to sur­prise Sarah with a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion of our very first Women’s Net­work “Ul­ti­mate Su­per She-ro Award” hon­our­ing Sarah for her re­mark­able con­tri­bu­tions to our fundrais­ing over the last few years. The tally must be up around $10,000 now, with around $3000 com­ing from the ac­tiv­i­ties held dur­ing the 24 Hour Art Jam. We are so for­tu­nate to have this part­ner­ship and can­not thank Sarah enough.

For the rest of the year we’ll con­tinue run­ning our reg­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties and projects. Here’s what’s on of­fer on a weekly ba­sis: Tues­day is bel­ly­dance day with Jill Hur­ley run­ning a be­gin­ner and ad­vanced class. Call in around 10am any Tues­day to have a chat with Jill if you’re keen to join in the fun, or want to check out a class. Bel­ly­dance is ex­cel­lent for core strength, con­fi­dence, and col­le­gial­ity.

On Wed­nes­day from 10am-mid­day the Yarnz Knit­ting Group meets for craft, a cuppa and a chat. If you’re a keen knit­ter, a dab-hand at cro­chet, or would like to be, come on down and meet with the ladies. They are a friendly bunch, all from dif­fer­ent walks of life, with loads of en­thu­si­asm and warm wel­comes on of­fer.

On al­ter­na­tive Thurs­days the won­der­fully skilled Maria Law­less holds the space with two shar­ing cir­cles, one be­ing the Red Tent and the other the Women’s Wisdom Cir­cle. Call in be­tween 10am-mid­day to en­joy some safe shar­ing and wisdom in an up­lift­ing space.

The first Fri­day of each month Jac­que­line fa­cil­i­tates a gather­ing of the La Leche League to pro­vide con­nec­tion and sup­port for breast­feed­ing mums, drop in from 10am­mid­day. Jac­que­line is a mine of in­for­ma­tion and ex­pertly skilled, and also co-or­di­nates the Com­mu­nity Drum­ming fort­nightly on Fri­day evening from our premises in the iconic Ladies’ Rest Build­ing at 75 St Hill St.

The Women’s Net­work pro­vides a va­ri­ety of other ser­vices to sup­port women of all ages through times of chal­lenge, change, tran­si­tion and trauma. We also have a pretty flash stock of great pre-loved clothes in our gi­ant dress up box for adults. Call in and see us dur­ing our drop in times: Tues­day 10am­mid­day, and Wed­nes­day through Fri­day from 10am-2pm.

Ap­point­ments are avail­able out­side of these times if you need some ded­i­cated time to chat through an is­sue, ask ques­tions, or need some more in­ten­sive sup­port. We also want to hear from folk who would like to con­trib­ute an ac­tiv­ity or event to our La Fi­esta fes­ti­val pro­gramme, with expressions of in­ter­est open un­til Novem­ber 23. La Fi­esta cel­e­brates its 10th birthday in 2019 and is set to roll from Fe­bru­ary 14 un­til March 10. So, if you have a cool idea or know some­one who does, get in touch with us! Check out our web­site at lafi­es­tanz.com to down­load an ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est form or email us more in­for­ma­tion at wom­net.wang@callplus. net.nz

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