A group of women gathered in the Dig It! Royal Oak Organic Gardens adjoining CCS Disability Action in Royal Oak to celebrate International Day of Women on March 8th, where we all enjoyed High Tea . Spark Centre took a central role with an exhibition of 5 art works, by disabled woman artists, Sian Thomas, Lizzie Collenette, Noeline Bosley, Selina Sutton and Allyson Hamblett. It was great to see the two organisations working together.
Sue Sherrard was MC for the event and gave a powerful speech which included a poem by Laura Hershey, “You get Proud by Practicing”, which set the tone of the day:
“If you are not proud, for who you are, for what you say, for how you look; If every time you stop to think of yourself, you do not see yourself glowing. With golden light; do not, therefore, give up on yourself. You can get proud...”
Hon. Mojo Mathers gave a speech on leadership; her story on how she entered politics and the struggle she went through to become an MP. Mojo then went on to say that leader-ship is something that we can all do, but that often we think disability gets in the way, but with the right support we can achieve what we set out to achieve.
Tanya Black, Chairperson of Spark Centre of Creative Development, spoke about the power of art as a way of telling stories; creating social change in the process.
We all enjoyed afternoon high tea in the garden, being entertained by very talented musi-cian, Natalie Te Paa. The 5 artworks were exhibited at CCS Disability Action, 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak in March.