20.1 C
Byron Shire
March 7, 2021

Empowering women’s program turns five

Latest News

Not quite ‘too late’

Desmond Bellamy, PETA Australia Sir David Attenborough, the world’s most famous naturalist, has just addressed the United Nations Security Council to...

Other News

Naming Ben Franklin

Cecily McGee, Mullumbimby It's very misleading for the Byron Shire Echo to repeatedly give Ben Franklin free media coverage,  as in...

No more MOs for Tweed Shire

In a move that may have surprised some council watchers, it was the conservative councillors who voted in favour of keeping multiple occupancies (MO) in Tweed Shire.

Lifting the lid on plans to build a retirement village in Ewingsdale

The letter sent to the residents of Ewingsdale last year by holiday park owner Ingenia seemed fairly innocuous at first glance...

Ahoy m’hearties young and old in Bangalow

‘Ahoy m’hearties’ was the catchcry at Bangalow Parklands on Saturday afternoon during the Connecting Generations Pirate Party.

Magic mushrooms

David Gilet, Byron Bay As noted in David Heilpern’s article (24 February), with drugs, whether medicinal or recreational, dosage is a...

‘Groundhog Day’ shifts Splendour to November

Splendour in the Grass 2021 organisers say that Groundhog Day jokes aside, the festival will be rescheduled for a late spring edition, from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 November.

Anne Goslett at last year’s IWD. Photo Possum Creek Studios. Photo supplied.

Local charity, the SHIFT Project celebrates its fifth birthday on International Women’s Day this year with their annual IWD lunch, auction and raffle on March 6 at Elements of Byron from 11.30am – 2.30pm.

What started as an improbable idea of how to break the cycle of homelessness for at risk women, has now blossomed into a proven success with graduates living independently, and flourishing, as valued members of the community. Their 12 week program of counselling, work experience, education and support has a tremendous success rate of over 90 per cent.

2019 Byron Shire Citizen of the year and SHIFT Project founder Anne Goslett says, ‘I worked in the government system for 30 years, and I saw the same people returning again and again, never being able to overcome their challenges.

‘I came to a career crossroads and, with the support of some incredible people, took the plunge and started The SHIFT Project. I am overwhelmed with the community support we have had over the years and the fact that we are still here after five years is incredible.

‘This year’s IWD theme is #EachforEqual, which segues perfectly into the ethos of The SHIFT Project, as equality enables women. We’re all responsible for our thoughts and actions and we can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and help create a gender equal world’.

This hot ticket luncheon is already sold out, which demonstrates the community support for the work this local charity does.

As their annual fundraiser it’s the cornerstone to continued success in helping women from disadvantage to empowerment, and fullfiling their potential.

There will also be an update on their exciting new project, The Linen SHIFT.

Linen SHIFT

An intrinsic part of the fundraising on IWD are the auctions and raffles, with incredible prizes, including diamond jewellery, dinner cooked by Masterchef Simon Toohey, luxury accommodation at the northern beaches and much more.

If you can’t be at the lunch you can still support SHIFT and be involved by bidding, contact Justine Dorrell on 0414 584 758.

During the event Anne will share both the obstacles and successes they have had, followed by a panel discussion chaired by Caroline Glanville-Jones, international speaker on resilience and transformation.

The panel includes SHIFT Project Founder and Managing DirectorAnne Goslett, Arakwal Custodian Delta Kay and comedian, journalist, author and local activist Mandy Nolan.

It’s going to be an incredible lunch with such powerful icons feeding the brain and the soul while Elements feeds the body.

For more information on The SHIFT project go to: www.shiftproject.org.au.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Suspicion and belief

Fast Buck$, Coorabell My suspicion is that the mayor and the senior staff have been helping Michael Lyon become electable as mayor by scripting his...

Optics

I Menahemi, Myocum In his editorial Hans Lovejoy says – ‘the optics from The Echo have been and hopefully always will be independent.’ As long as more...

Suffolk Park pump track

Jinesh Attard, Suffolk Park Many in the local community of hillside Suffolk Park have come to understand the impact the pump track will have on our...

New Greens team

Matthew O’Reilly President of CABS and a proud member of the NEW Byron Greens team It seems that some readers have taken my comments on the...