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The SHIFT Project’s annual International Women’s Day (IWD) lunch is the major fundraiser for the women’s support service.

The event will be held at Elements of Byron on March 10, with the theme #EmbraceEquity.

It’s the core of The SHIFT Project’s mission – by fostering emotional and physical wellbeing, women are empowered to regain their lives, reconnect with community, and achieve their full potential.

Special guests for March 10 event

Special guests on the day include Arakwal Bumberbin Bundjalung woman, Delta Kay, who is committed to working with the local community to promote awareness, understanding and mutual respect between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

Another guest speaker, Paul Callaghan, is an Aboriginal man belonging to the land of the Worimi people, and has a PhD in creative practice and is author of the bestselling book, The Dreaming Path.

Managing Director Anne Goslett co-founded The SHIFT Project Byron after more than 30 years working with community organisations around the country.

Goslett said embracing equity is a conversation that needs to be had.

‘The idea has been getting hammered for quite some time. I think it’s time that we actually made some changes’.

‘This fundraising allows us to continue the financial coaching of the women that we work with, as well as keep the programs in the house running – living skills, art classes, nutrition, and physical health.’

Co-founder, Julie Wells, says all SHIFT’s funds are gained from fundraising and philanthropic people.

‘Mostly it’s fundraising. One of the things about International Women’s Day for us is it’s about really joining the community. It’s about how we join together as humanity.’ Tickets can be booked at www.shiftproject.org.au/whats-on/event.

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