A School of Hard Knocks initiative, Social Inclusion Week is about connecting local communities, workmates, family and friends, in order to build and strengthen relationships or networks and or networks and address isolation and exclusion of those who may be marginalised. SIW 2017’s theme this year is “Connect, Collaborate and Celebrate”.
My hardworking team of 4 – Jessica Mulhall, Alison Cukovski, Sarah-Jane O’Dwyer and myself – we sat, we talked, and we came up with the idea of holding a fundraiser. We were well on the way to organising a “pink ribbon” event, when we met Sally Haley – a breast care nurse with the McGrath Foundation – living and working for the Gladstone district. She is one of the 118 nurses who service the needs of clients before during and after the deadly disease. She educates them – both men and women – and gives them all the support they need.
Women Connecting Women and the Gladstone Multicultural Association are collaborating to host a “High Tea of Hope” fundraiser for the McGrath Foundation breast care nurses which will be held at Cedar Galleries on December 2 from 11 am until 4 pm. We are including this organisation during this week to give Sally’s work, and the work of so many others in this field recognition, respect and our thanks.
Tickets are just $30 per person and it includes a welcome glass of bubbles, tea stands of yummy scones with jam and cream, petite cappuccino eclairs, mini quiche, spinach and ricotta pastizis and assorted muffin halves with pots of leaf tea and organic coffee – all served on beautiful vintage china and all this at the Cedar Gallery Arts and Crafts Village which is so beautiful, serene and mesmerising.
We will be having a fashion show by the fantastic Fairy Godmother Formals models, all of whom volunteer their time. Mary Kay reps have come together to donate their time using their makeup artistry skills to get these ladies ready – using Mary Kay products.
We shall have a cuddle station with puppies kindly being brought to this event by Team RSPCA (Yep! Puppies!) We shall have a fantastic build-a-craft activity by the Communities for Children staff, highlighting the community building, relationship building and ‘everyone’ inclusive work they do for our region – every day, tirelessly and non-stop.
We shall also have a live Jamberry station a live auction of “experiences” to be bid upon, lots of cool raffle prizes, a few games….and so much more! We have an art exhibition to explore, courtesy of Cedar Galleries Art and Crafts Village and believe me you will be totally awestruck by the pieces that are housed there. Finally – our highlight of the afternoon will be a presentation by the McGrath Foundation breast care nurse, Sally Haley!
Follow the event via Facebook where you can see how many generous, community-minded and kind-hearted businesses have given us so many fantastic donations – you can win them when you buy your raffle tickets! Tickets are available at the Muffin Break Gladstone Valley and The Family and Child Centre (Communities for Children), 105 Toolooa Street.