Volunteer helps women at risk

Mary Evans with Karina Stephens.
Mary Evans with Karina Stephens.

VOLUNTEERS help out others, inherently for no reward and little recognition.

The owner of Tweed Heads health and well-being hideaway, EnRich Retreat and Spa, Karina Stephens decided recently it was time to show women who sacrifice their time to help others, some much-deserved appreciation.

Ms Stephens created an awards program to reward female Tweed Shire and Gold Coast volunteers with a 'pamper package' and the identity of program's first winner was revealed last month.

Ms Stephens said the work some women in the Tweed did on behalf of others, totally unpaid and sacrificing time, money and effort was definitely worthy of recognition and she wanted to give something back to the people who gave so much to those in need.

Mary Evans, owner of fashion outlet Princess Polly, became the program's inaugural winner and received a luxury day spa package valued at $239.

Ms Evans was recognised for her commitment to the Amira Project which is dedicated to impacting the lives of young women at risk.

The Amira Project promotes the 'Princess Party', a three part program which includes the Princess Ball, an event for young girls from disadvantaged families which recently saw 220 young women join Ms Evans at the Gold Coast's Versace Hotel where the young ladies received an evening of 'royal treatment'.

The Princess Party also features an Inspire Workshop during which inspirational local women share their life journeys and the Shine Experience which is described as a girl overload experience consisting of hair and makeup treatments, massages and visual art projects focused on enhancing the young women's feelings of self-worth.

Ms Evans visited EnRich in September and enjoyed the retreat's pampering which included a foot ritual and sensual journey, an enlightened massage, a youthful facial and complimentary take home gift.

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