Charity lunch at Trentham

The Cosmopolitan Hotel will host an International Women’s Day Charity Lunch in Trentham on March 8.

The Cosmopolitan Hotel will host an inaugural International Women’s Day Charity Lunch in Trentham on Friday March 8.

The fundraising event will include a three-course lunch, inspirational local guest speakers and live music from the Castlemaine Chamber Orchestra.

There will also be free-flowing drinks from event partner Shadowfax Wines with a cocktail on arrival from the event’s drinks sponsor Big Tree Distillery.

Proceeds from the day will be going to Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health’s Family Services and Housing Support programs, which provide support to women and children experiencing family violence.

“I think it’s going to be a very special day that will allow local women to show their support for this very important cause – as well as allow them to enjoy all this wonderful event has to offer,” said Rod Hughes, hotel owner.

The confidential support program offers a range of services and the team behind it works closely with fellow family violence support service The Orange Door.

Justine Maher, manager of family services and housing, said the team worked to provide a holistic wrap-around service to help navigate what is an incredibly vulnerable time in people’s lives.

“The past few years have seen a significant increase in referrals to family services that include experiences of family violence, which are impacting the safety and wellbeing of children as well as their mothers,” Justine said.

“Practitioners work with the family to address specific needs and parenting strategies including safety planning, risk assessments, family decision making and referrals to other supports.”

Bookings for the event are essential. Places are limited. Tickets are available via: