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Whanganui Midweek - - HEALTH & WELLBEING -

As the end of the year ap­proaches there is no slow­ing down in our sched­ule, even as the days race to­ward the fes­tive sea­son.

On the last Sun­day in Novem­ber we held our third Wo­man­craft Mar­ket show­cas­ing women crafters, cre­ators and mak­ers. Thanks to the en­thu­si­asm of our com­mit­tee mem­ber Maria Law­less, this event comes to­gether sweetly every time, with an amaz­ing ar­ray of ded­i­cated women who make their wares by hand. It’s won­der­ful to see the Ladies’ Rest come alive in a dif­fer­ent way.

If you haven’t yet popped in, you’re al­ways wel­come to come in for an in­for­mal tour, drop in on Tues­day from 10am-12pm, or Wed­nes­day through Fri­day from 10am-2pm. Ap­point­ments are avail­able out­side of these times week­days, sim­ply drop me a line to ar­range a time. A re­minder that we also have a top-notch se­lec­tion of pre-loved clothes in our “dress up box” bou­tique.

In more than 30 years of con­tin­ued ser­vice in Whanganui the Women’s Net­work has al­ways been a small or­gan­i­sa­tion ca­pa­ble of big things. We op­er­ate on a pretty lean bud­get with huge heart, and our in­no­va­tion re­mains fresh. The suc­cess of our La Fi­esta fes­ti­val pro­gramme cel­e­brat­ing women and com­mu­nity every Fe­bru­ary/March is just one ex­am­ple of this. 2019 will rep­re­sent the 10th year that this pro­gramme has run in its fes­ti­val for­mat, and we have some ex­cit­ing ac­tiv­i­ties rolling in.

La Fi­esta launches on Fe­bru­ary 14 with a cel­e­bra­tion of love as “One Bil­lion Ris­ing” once again fills Ma­jes­tic Square.

Or­gan­is­ing La Fi­esta takes a huge amount of time, en­ergy, skill and en­thu­si­asm. As the event co-or­di­na­tor I man­age this among my other du­ties lead­ing the Women’s Net­work: di­rectly in­ter­fac­ing with ev­ery­one who comes in our door; pro­vid­ing sup­port for our front­line vol­un­teers; or­gan­is­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion, mar­ket­ing and pro­mo­tion, ser­vice de­vel­op­ment, net­work­ing, rep­re­sen­ta­tion on a va­ri­ety of ad­vi­sory groups and col­lab­o­ra­tive projects, and fundrais­ing. Your help keep­ing our ser­vice run­ning is in­valu­able to us, and to the women and wha¯ nau that we sup­port.

Con­sider mak­ing a dona­tion to us this Christ­mas, and we’ll en­sure that every penny goes to­ward mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the lives of lo­cal women and fam­i­lies. We are look­ing for 10 peo­ple to be star spon­sors at $100 each, and 10 won­der folk to spon­sor $50 each.

This will help us to re­spond to the more than 5000 client con­tacts we process each year, and to: de­velop ac­tion plans for change to en­able women to re­claim their self­con­fi­dence and to make health­ier choices; to sup­port women back into work through em­ploy­ment men­tor­ing and ca­reer map­ping; to as­sist preg­nant women to en­gage with mid­wives early in their preg­nancy and to gain the wrap-around sup­port they need; to pro­vide so­cial con­nec­tion for women newly res­i­dent in Whanganui; and to find ways to en­sure that all women can live safer and hap­pier lives. Please email: wom­[email protected] or leave a mes­sage via phone 345 6833.

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