A night of live music and casino-style entertainment will provide something for everyone during the Great Gatsby Gala on July 29.
The event is the first major fundraiser for the Seymour Central night branch of the Country Women’s Association.
All proceeds from the event will go towards BeyondHousing to help people in need of housing support services.
The Telegraph has two tickets to give away to one lucky reader. Read on to find out how you can win.
‘‘Members of the CWA Seymour Central Branch represent the changing demographic of the organisation, which is nearly 90 years old,’’ branch president Sarah Barnbrook said.
‘‘While today’s CWA members strive to carry on the traditions of the organisation, we also want to remind the community our abilities are not limited to just making scones and jam.
‘‘We plan on the Great Gatsby Gala providing a fun night for the community, while still raising funds to support the objectives of the CWA — to provide for the wellbeing of women and children, and their local communities.’’
The CWA of Victoria identifies a social issue it encourages local branches to focus on each year, to raise awareness and support.
This year, the focus is on the prevention of homelessness and the need for affordable housing.
As such, the CWA Seymour Central Branch is dedicating its fundraising efforts to support BeyondHousing, formerly known as Rural Housing Network.
Workers at Seymour’s BeyondHousing provide a range of homelessness and housing support services, including crisis response and private rental support. In 2016-17 more than 700 people sought assistance from BeyondHousing’s homelessness services, which was a 30 per cent increase from the previous year.
Almost half of these were families with children.
BeyondHousing also saw 130 people in its Sustaining Tenancies at Risk program who were facing eviction from their private rental due to financial difficulty. Almost half were single parent households.
According to BeyondHousing, there currently is a shortage of affordable housing options, especially for single people on low incomes.
Crisis accommodation is also an issue, as the organisation relies on caravan parks and motels to house people in housing crisis.
Mrs Barnbrook said many of the people BeyondHousing sees are struggling to buy or provide for their basic needs, or those of their family, including food and clothing.
‘‘Whether it’s helping a family find accommodation or purchasing food vouchers to help a parent in crisis buy dinner for their children, we hope our fundraising efforts this year will assist the more vulnerable members of our community,’’ Mrs Barnbrook said.
The 1920s-themed Great Gatsby Gala will kick-off with live music from the Decibels at 7pm on July 29 at the Seymour Club, in Elizabeth St.
Croupiers from Blackjack Knights will open their full-sized casino tables at 8pm to provide poker, blackjack and roulette.
Guests will receive High Roller sponsor Janelle Puppa Real Estate’s fun money upon arrival to play the casino games for points, with the winner to receive a trophy and prize.
For your chance to win two free tickets, write your name and a contact number on this article, and drop it in to the Telegraph office at 6 Station St, Seymour by 10am on Tuesday. Winners will be notified by phone, and published in next week’s Telegraph.
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