The Quays Shopping Centre has teamed up with Newry and Mourne Soroptimists to host an event to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day which takes place on 8th March 2011. The Quays event will take place on the following Saturday, 12th March on the centre mall and will feature information from organisations and charities across Newry & Mourne specifically aimed at women.
A number of groups are already confirmed to attend including Women’s Aid, Newry & Mourne Soroptimist Club, Catholic Girl Guides of Ireland, Girl Guides UK and Angels of Hope Charity.
The event will provide information about services and events in the local area which tie in with the values of the Soroptimists which is to promote the advancement of the status of women through economic and social development, education and international goodwill.
Liz Woolley, Northern Ireland Ambassador for Soroptimist International’s Project SIerra and member of Newry Soroptimists said, “International Women’s Day is a perfect occasion to celebrate the excellent charity, economic, development and social work carried out by local women in our own community. Soroptimist International is a worldwide organisation for women in management and the professions. It works with women and girls to achieve their individual and collective potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong, peaceful communities worldwide. We pride ourselves on being non-religious, non-sectarian and non- party political where professional women of all ages, ethnicity and religious views are welcomed.
“The project that I have responsibility for is a support programme for women and children in Sierra Leone the world’s poorest country. At The Quays on 12th March people can hear about this programme and many other local projects where women play a vital role.”
Sherryl Kerr, Marketing and Events Manager at The Quays added, “We are delighted to be hosting an event to celebrate International Women’s Day. There are many women in our local community who do fantastic work to support charity, economic and social projects. We hope that women will come out to support this event and to find out about some of the opportunities available for women and girls in Newry & Mourne.”
The event will take place on the mall in The Quays Shopping Centre in Newry from 11am until 4pm Saturday 12th March 2011. For more information log onto The Quays website www.thequays.co.uk or The Quays Facebook page.