This year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) coincides with a period of uncertainty for Bega’s Women’s Resource Centre.
Higher overheads and running costs will see the not-for-profit run a three month period of fundraising alongside awareness campaigns on issues faced by women.
The centre has raised $2265 of the $5000 crucially needed via its Give Now webpage.
To celebrate IWD, the centre will be accepting entries until Monday for its anticipated exhibition at Spiral Gallery on March 3.
The exhibition’s theme this year is Here, There and Everywhere, and the centre’s coordinator Gabrielle Powell has also added something a little extra.
“We are also having a butterfly theme where people can place a butterfly on their favourite artwork, so we’re madly cutting out butterflies at the moment,” she said.
“Hopefully the gallery will be covered in them by the end of the exhibition.
“Dorte Planert will talk about her Boomerang Bags initiative as guest speaker and mayor Kristy McBain will present council’s scholarships.”
International Women’s Day is on March 8, and the centre will celebrate by hosting a dinner at the Bega Country Club from 6pm.
The centre is also hosting an online auction of artworks donated by a range of Spiral Gallery artists
Further south, tickets are selling fast for the International Women’s Day Lunch at Merimbula’s Club Sapphire on March 8 from 11am, hosted by both Pambula and Merimbula Rotary.
Michelle Pettigrove will host the night of inspirational guest speakers, including Dr Jaclyn Brown and Jenny Symons.
A raffle will include prizes such as a $500 weekend at Tathra Beachside, a $100 lunch for two at the Wharf Restaurant, a $100 Goodyear Tyre and Auto Service voucher and a $50 Merimbula Jewellers voucher.
Entertainment will be provided by young artists Luca and Amelie Ziino, tickets are $25, with tables of 10 or individual bookings available.