Sue Charlier, Carole van’t Riet, Barbara Carroll, Di Laycock and Kerry Jarvis with their certificates.
Sue Charlier, Carole van’t Riet, Barbara Carroll, Di Laycock and Kerry Jarvis with their certificates. John Gass

Service rewards women

THE Tweed Valley Respite Services celebrated International Women's Day in style yesterday with high tea and a fashion parade of vintage clothing showcasing fashion from the 1900s to the present.

Tweed Shire Council's acting Aging and Disability community worker, Tanya Erezuma, said 15 clients, volunteers, carers and workers had been chosen to receive awards for their continued support, passion and hard work.

“We thought we should recognise these people who might not otherwise be recognised,” Ms Erezuma said.

“Murwillumbah Theatre Company lent us the costumes for the parade so we had real period pieces; they're all vintage,” she said.

“From the 1980s forward, we were able to source from closets and op shops.”

She said the women who attended the event had ranged in age, with the youngest just three years old.

A slide show featuring international, national and local inspirational women was played throughout the morning.

In her role as Aging and Disability community worker, Ms Erezuma was able to choose one local organisation to receive funding and she chose the respite services as the most deserving.

“When the opportunity came up for me to gain funding for a service I came here and spoke to the ladies and they were all so lovely,” she said.

The Tweed Valley Respite Services caters for both genders, with the men enjoying a day out and a barbecue.

The men plan to hold their own celebratory day soon.



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