The Shoalhaven Women's Wellness Festival is an annual event celebrating women and focusing on the importance of women's health and wellness. An official Shoalhaven International Women's Day event, the 2018 festival theme is 'Resilient Women: Embracing Life, Connecting Community'. The festival will once again bring together many local community and health services, enabling visitors to access valuable information in one convenient location. There will be plenty of entertainment, food and market stalls as well as free giveaways. It's free to attend the festival and all are welcome to attend.
This is a drug & alcohol free event.
Why are they collecting funds?
The Shoalhaven Women's Wellness Support Fund will be used to provide additional funds to local cancer and mental health support services who work with women. This additional money will provide more women with access to practical support for such things as accommodation costs, counselling and group support, emergency financial support and transport costs.
The Shoalhaven Neighbourhood Services (SNS) 2017/18 Give Now Campaign aims to raise a total of $5000. Every dollar of that will be allocated to support women in the Shoalhaven who are living with cancer or mental health issues.
The Shoalhaven Women's Wellness Support Fund is an initiative of the Shoalhaven Women's Wellness Festival Committee in response to financial burden women and their families face when they become unwell.
What can you do
Make a donation – big or small, to the Give Campaign.
Why this will make a difference
Women who live in the Shoalhaven and are diagnosed with cancer or mental health issues often face additional financial hardship which threatens their family's viability and can lead to family breakdown and poverty. Women of the Shoalhaven often don't have access to support in their own town or community and have to travel long distances to and from the support services based in Nowra or even out of the area to receive care.
The Shoalhaven-based fund will provide opportunities for local services to offer outreach group support programs, additional counselling support or to help with travel and accommodation costs for their clients. This will ensure women are receiving the support they need in their own community and help keep families together.
How will the funds be distributed
The Shoalhaven Community will have a say in choosing which local organisation will receive funds. Visitors to the Shoalhaven Women's Wellness Festival will be asked to help the Committee to make the final decision on how and to who the funds will be distributed.
The Shoalhaven Women's Wellness Festival Committee have been running the Festival as part of local International Women's Day Activities for six years. In 2017 they decided we would like to do more for our community so they established the Fund.
Each year the Festival addresses a new health issue. In 2017 the Festival addressed cancer and early detection and intervention. In 2018 the theme is 'Resilient Women Embracing Life, Connecting Community'. This is why they have chosen cancer and mental illness as the areas of focus for the fund.
Visit their Facebook Page for more information about the Festival in 2018.
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