The Many Threads group organised a special celebration for International Women’s Day on the 9th of March. The room was decorated with purple and green balloons and all the Elders and women of Cherbourg were invited to the celebration. Everyone was encouraged to wear purple, a symbol for the women of strength and power. Young women from CTC and Shaftesbury school arrived and it was wonderful to see old and young women together, all having a lovely time.
Grace Bond was the MC and Paddy Bond welcomed everyone to Country. Aunty Ada blessed the proceedings and young women read special poems and speeches that had been prepared about the strength of women in the community and elsewhere. A microphone was passed around and some women spoke with great emotion about the strong women in their lives and paid homage to their mothers, grandmothers and family members that had supported them. Candles were lit by Hazel Speedy and Charmaine Georgetown to remember those special women who have passed on.
A delicious morning tea morning tea was served and afterwards and some of the women took to the floor to shake a leg with a spot of line dancing!
The Ration Shed Museum is very grateful to Disabilities Services for funding the event. A special thanks to Robyn Hallewell for her support in securing the funding.