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CHB Mail - 2021-11-25

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BPW announces scholarship winner

PA MAI TO REO

BPW CHB has presented this year’s BPW CHB 2nd Chance Scholarship to Heather Ireland-King. Heather is in her third year of study at EIT, having already completed a Certificate in Health and Wellbeing Level 3, she is now taking a three-year nursing bachelor’s degree. Heather lives in Takapau with her three children and her long-term plan is to work in the Central Hawke’s Bay community and possibly complete another two years of training to become a practice nurse, as she feels we need more medical professionals in Central Hawke’s Bay and she wants to give back to her community. This year BPW CHB awarded three tertiary education scholarships: $500 to a senior female student at CHB College toward their ongoing studies and two Second Chance scholarships to mature women students. Heather is studying at EIT and the first Second Chance recipient. The second scholarship was awarded to Ashleigh McCormick, who is doing post graduate study at Massey University for a sustainable management qualification to add to her Bachelor of Ag Science. Ashleigh was unable to receive her scholarship in person as she was appearing in One Day I’ll Fly Away at the Waipukurau Little Theatre. Both Heather and Ash will receive $1000 toward their education costs. BPW CHB fundraises through the year, allowing the organisation to award these scholarships. Applications for 2022 2nd Chance Scholarships will be open from July next year. The guest speaker at the BPW CHB November Dinner meeting was CHB community worker Donna Pirini, talking about her work in CHB with White Ribbon. White Ribbon is a global movement of men and boys to end violence towards women. Donna spoke through her experience in social services in CHB, describing the level of domestic violence in our community behind closed doors, and how difficult it is for victims to leave a violent relationship. She talked about the resources that are available to spread their message, and how they deliver that message, attending public events and going into schools and showing teenagers that there is another way and that they can break the cycle of family violence. Her message was it is not okay to live with violence but it is okay to ask for help. Today, November 25, is White Ribbon Day and you can show your support and wear a white ribbon. The White Ribbon symbolises the pledge to stop violence against others, particularly women. This year’s campaign is “Shine a Light on violence prevention”. Find out more or make a donation at whiteribbon.org. nz/2021-campaign/

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