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Women of Wyndham hosts its inaugural multicultural evening
Women of Wyndham (WOW), a not-for-profit, grassroots organisation working towards women’s empowerment and prevention of family violence organised its inaugural annual multicultural evening recently.
The event was unique as it brought together some 400 people from diverse cultural backgrounds and all age groups.
Twenty four community champions, extraordinary men and women from different walks of life, were recognised on the night for their contribution and service in building and strengthening the community.
The entertainment activities included Ms Teen, Miss and Mrs WOW Walk for a Cause and Not a Pageant Show, Ms Little Sunshine, and multicultural dance and singing acts. The African Congo dance and Punjabi Bhangra performance by young kids went down particularly well.
The event was attended by the Speaker of the Victorian Parliament and Member for Derrimut, Telmo Languiller; Member for Lalor, Joanne Ryan; Iramoo ward Councillor Peter Maynard; Harrison ward Councillor and Deputy Mayor Kim McAliney; former Councillor Bob Fairclough, and social worker and public figure Jasvinder Sidhu amongst others.
The President of WOW, Monica Raizada, a well-known community leader and social activist who has dedicated her life to the prevention of family violence and helping those affected by domestic violence, said, “We are delighted to see such a tremendous response to our inaugural event. It is all about encouraging and empowering women, recognising those doing great service to the community, raising awareness on family violence, increasing harmony, wellbeing and togetherness in the community. I believe we have made some progress towards that.”
A free event with only a gold coin donation requested at the door, all the funds collected from the night will be used towards helping family violence victims.
Just over a year since its inception, WOW, under the auspices of Ramon Helps, comprises of voluntary members from all over Melbourne. And through their events the organisation has been making great strides in achieving their vision.