Events raise awareness and raise money for important community services

Two fundraising events for the Golden Women’s Resource Centre are being held at St. Paul’s Thrift Shop on March 2 and 3 and the Field Community Centre on March 11.

These events will raise awareness of important issues related to gender violence while raising money for important community services.

St. Paul’s Thrift Shop will donate all proceeds from their winter clear out event on March 2 and 3. Proceeds will go towards the Golden Safe Homes program, which offers housing and support services to women and children fleeing violence.

Roni Beauregard, Golden Safe Homes program coordinator for the GWRC explains the organization is always humbled by the support of community members who contribute to the cause.

“They are always supportive with honouring women in the Safe Home,” she explains.

St. Paul’s Thrift Shop donates gift cards to the GWRC as well as the local Food Bank to assist people who need household items and clothing. Jackie Casey, an employee at St. Paul’s Thrift Shop says they donate $2,000 to $3,000 annually to local organizations. She anticipates the fundraiser to be successful for the Golden Safe Homes program and reports it is the last opportunity for people to access winter items for this year.

“The volume we have is massive. We serve a huge variety of people and do well with donations,” Casey explains, adding that after the fundraiser, they will stock the shelves with items for spring.

A production of Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues will take place at the Field Community Centre, in Field, B.C. on March 11. The event will serve as a fundraiser for the GWRC and raises awareness of gender-related issues. Coordinator for the event, Sonya Leenders, says she is excited about the event and is expecting up to 80 women and men to attend.

“It’s exciting. It’s a good play. It identifies issues in a manner that is quite direct, but comedic,” she explains.

This year marks the 20th year of the global V-Day movement to end violence against women and girls, started by Ensler through her first production of her written work, the Vagina Monologues, which addresses issues around consensual and non-consensual sexual experiences, body image, genital mutilation, reproduction, and sex work, from women’s perspectives.

“I trust Eve Ensler’s writing. It really is poignant,” Leenders says.

She explains that addressing issues women experience because of their gender through the production and sharing it in monologues is eye opening for guests, particularly for men, who have different experiences.

“The monologues are of women’s experiences and a particular issue… it gets damn right dark and real,” Leenders says, explaining the production weaves in current events while raising awareness of the issues and services available for those being affected.

Tickets are available at the Siding Café, Truffle Pigs restaurant and the GWRC. Donations will be accepted for the GWRC, which provides crisis support and support, resources, outreach services, safe homes shelter, and occasional special programs for women and children.

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