Two local non-profit agencies with a shared passion for helping women are teaming up to raise money. IWEN Canada, which works to provide educational opportunities and sustainable life skills to marginalized women and children, has donated 50 scarves to be sold at the Kelowna Women’s Shelter Thrift Store.
All profits from the scarves, which are made by rural, ethnically Tharu women in Nepal and retail for $20 each, will go directly to support the Shelter’s Inside/Out Violence Prevention Program for Youth.
“We’re delighted to partner with IWEN, who shares our passion for supporting and empowering women to be all they can be. This fundraiser is a simple and effective way to collaboratively promote the good work both our organizations are doing in the community and raise money to support a valuable preventive program,” said Women’s Shelter executive director Karen Mason.
The multi-week, in-school Inside/Out program helps youth learn about healthy relationships, conflict resolution and self-esteem in order to stop the cycle of violence before it begins.
“IWEN is excited about the opportunity to support youth in the Okanagan through the Inside/Out Violence Prevention Program,” said IWEN co-executive director Tamara McLellan.
The Women’s Shelter Thrift Store is located at 6 – 368 Industrial Ave., and is open from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday to Saturday. Donations are accepted between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Penny Jamieson, left, and Janet Davey, right, from the store check out some of the scarves.