- Thursday 13 October 2016
- Written by Peta Cooper
Women from across the region are invited to sit down and be pampered at the Paint It Pink women’s health awareness day in Bendigo on October 21.
Hairstyles, make-up, manicures and waxing will be on the menu, along with a two-course meal, at the free event hosted by the Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-operative.
“This is our third year of Paint It Pink and it’s all about bringing women together to be pampered, and to promote health messages around the importance of breast, pap and bowel screening,” says BDAC organiser Tania.
“We are raising awareness of those issues, but we want women to have fun and feel good about themselves so we are coming together to support women in our community to support each other.”
Students from Bendigo TAFE’s Lotus Hair and Beauty and several local beauticians will be on hand to treat participants to haircuts and styles, as well as a range of other services – all at no cost.
The day runs from 10am until 3pm at the All Seasons Hotel Conservatory room and up to 100 women are expected to attend.
It is open to women of all ages and backgrounds, not just the indigenous community
Representatives from organisations including Centrelink and the Department of Justice will have information stalls, while Cancer Council Victoria will speak about their cancer screening project run jointly with BDAC.
Tania said people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds have poorer health outcomes than those from non-Aboriginal communities, particularly relating to cancer.
“Aboriginal people tend to be diagnosed with cancer at a later stage, have lower survival outcomes and higher death rates,” she said.
“So an important step to improve their health outcomes is to increase screening in the indigenous community for breast, bowel and cervical cancer to prevent, detect and treat cancer early.”
Entertainment for the day will include local blues band Bill Barber and the Revelation, supporting BDAC staff member Jodie Kinsmore, a proud Wemba Wemba, Yorta Yorta woman who sings a mix of blues and soul with easy listening.
“We love the good old songs” says Jodie. “I am very excited to be singing for the Paint it Pink Event and I’m honoured to be performing for our community.”
“I am proud to be singing a traditional Yorta Yorta song, Ngarra Burra Ferra. This song is widely known from the Sapphires and was featured in the movie. It was translated by Theresa Clements. Many women at Paint it Pink will know the song and I hope we can sing it together."
There will also be basket weaving and a painted canvas will be produced by participants to commemorate the occasion.
Transport to the event can be arranged and children’s activities will be provided to keep the young ones safely occupied so their families can relax and enjoy themselves.
Paint It Pink is an alcohol and drug-free event, and also supports the One Million Stars to End Violence campaign, which aims to weave a million paper stars as symbols of light, courage and solidarity to end violence against women, bullying, racism and all other forms of violence.
BDAC extends a warm invitation to all women from across Central Victoria to attend the 2016 Paint It Pink health awareness day.
To RSVP or for more information, contact Tania on 5454 2719.