Councils unite to celebrate International Women’s Day

Ballina Shire Council and Lismore City Council are uniting in partnership with the NSW Office of Women to create an event that celebrates International Women’s Day 2007 on Thursday, March 8, in Ballina.

Organisations are being invited to become a supporter of this special event that will celebrate being a woman of the Northern Rivers.

A day of activities has been planned, including:

  • A health and well-being walk along the picturesque Richmond River in Ballina at 7am, with a breakfast pack upon return and prizes to be won, (funds raised will go towards the Ballina Shire Healthy Community Futures Fund)
  • The What Women Want Expo, showcasing products and services from across the region will be open from 10am to 4pm at Ballina RSL Club
  • The highlight to the day, the key event, the IWD Celebration Luncheon, with fabulous speakers and prizes, at noon, also at the Ballina RSL Club.

“International Women’s Day is an event that is being celebrated around the globe. It is an opportunity to think about those women who played a role in shaping the world we live in today and reflect on where we have come from and where we are going,” a spokeswoman for the event said.

“Your support will assist to ensure the day’s activities are accessible for all women from across the region to attend. We particularly want to ensure that younger women from our high schools and young women’s programs can attend by offering sponsored seats.

“In 2006, an amazing 210 women attended the luncheon celebration and the positive feedback during and after the event was overwhelming.

“Given the 2006 event was primarily Ballina Shire Women and that this year we have extended the reach to the entire Northern Rivers and have included an expo, the number of attendees is expected to be even greater.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for your organization to show its support for the role of Women in the Northern Rivers and to be part of a really special day.”

In addition to the satisfaction that comes from contributing to such a day, other supporter benefits include:
* Your logo on the event invitation to be distributed across the Northern Rivers
* Your logo on the Official Program for the day
* Acknowledgment of your support at the luncheon in the Official Welcome
* Opportunity to display your banner at the event for the full day
* Display space at the What Women Want Expo — for you to display promotional material about your organisation
* Framed certificate acknowledging your support for the event to be presented at the close of the luncheon
* Acknowledgment of your support on the council’s website promoting the event
* All media releases for the event to acknowledge your support.

The spokeswoman said that three supporter levels are on offer– community partner, business partner and media partner.

“It is particularly important to showcase business support for community projects and Jane Laverty, Economic Development Officer for Ballina Shire Council, looks forward to hearing from businesses looking for an opportunity to promote their brand/products/services to the women of the Northern Rivers,” she said

“Time is of the essence with regard to event co-ordination, which means your earliest response by way of email to or by phone on 0408 652 048 would be greatly appreciated.”

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