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Mar 16, 2012

Let’s hear it for the YWCA at 56

Women’s Month is not the only celebration taking place; the Young Women’s Christian Association turns fifty-six on Saturday and the festivities kick off early in the morning. But it’s no one-day birthday bash; an entire week of activities is planned to include both young and older members as well as the general public in the celebration of over five decades of service. General Secretary of the YWCA, Sonia Linares spoke to News Five about the loaded agenda.

Sonia Linares, General Secretary, YWCA

Sonia Linares

“We will be celebrating it under the theme that is used for Women’s Month: “Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures” because that’s what we do here at the Y. And in doing so, we have planned several exciting activities. We will start off tomorrow with some of our girls participating in the bicycle fun ride and after that we’re going to have a sumptuous breakfast.  So anyone wants to pass by the Y they can have a bellyful of Johnny Cakes, Fry jacks and muffins and the works. So it will be right here in the morning. In the afternoon, our seenagers, they have planned a wonderful party for the children.  On Sunday though, it’s a little more serious. We are starting the week with our prayer service, the real anniversary church service and we would like everyone to come out and attend; the people who come to the programs of the Y, the membership of the Y, friends of the Y. They are welcomed to come and it will be at four o’clock on Sunday. On Monday, we are going to launch what we call the YWCA activity book. We are also going to launch our website. We had one before but we have now upgraded that. You know it’s the world of technology and so we have decided to try to do some work on that and that will be launched also on Monday. On Wednesday the girls will be going to Kolbe. They have been doing this for many years where they go and do makeovers with the female prisoners and we think that’s good.  Friday; the motorcade. The motorcade is to promote the YWCA’s big activity on Saturday. We want everybody to come out. Over the years we have started the Open House, mainly to showcase what we are doing here at the Y and also to promote our programs and encourage people to come to the Y. and it is also a fundraiser. As you know, as an NGO, we really need to find money to pay the bills. We’re having a basketball competition for young women—this will be in collaboration with the Women’s Department and for males also. That will be on Saturday part of our Open House. At the Open House also we’ll be having for the first time a cooking competition.”

To end Women’s Month, the YWCA is also hosting a tea party themed “Any Bag Will Do” on March thirtieth. And you can look out for one the Y’s best known fundraisers, the Miss Y Pageant which is set for May fifth.

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