Hillarys: Unleashed Women host movie fundraiser for The Hunger Project


Alkimos resident Jo Rao will hold an advanced screening of Home Again at Event Cinemas to raise funds for The Hunger Project. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d474641
Alkimos resident Jo Rao will hold an advanced screening of Home Again at Event Cinemas to raise funds for The Hunger Project. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d474641

TWO northern suburbs women are holding a movie fundraiser for The Hunger Project in Hillarys this month.

Alkimos resident Jo Rao and Casey Johnston, of Nollamara, will host an advanced screening of Home Again at Event Cinemas in Whitford City shopping centre.

The romantic comedy is about a single mum, played by Reese Witherspoon, whose new life in Los Angeles takes an unexpected turn when she takes in three unlikely houseguests, struggles to re-invent her career and finds herself entangled in a new relationship.

Ms Rao is on the WA board of The Hunger Project as well as marketing manager for Silver Chain, while Ms Johnston is studying law and politics at Murdoch University.

“I got involved with The Hunger Project early in 2016 when I signed up for a leadership program and fundraised more than $10,000 and travelled to Malawi to see how communities benefit from the money raised,” Ms Rao said.

“In late 2016 Casey got involved fundraising more than $1000 for the Unleashed Women initiative.

“Both Casey and I feel very fortunate to have ‘won the birth lottery’ and to live in a country that empowers women to be the best they can be.

“We are passionate about human rights and giving back to an organisation who are committed to ending world hunger by 2030.”

Ms Rao said the charity was empowering women to work together to break the cycle of hunger in other countries.

“It seemed fitting that Casey and I should team up to beat our own fundraising goals,” she said.

They felt the movie screening would be a good way for people to join them in making a difference.

“Tickets to the screening on October 16 are just $25 and that money could fund adult literacy training for one woman so that she can learn to read and write,” Ms Rao said.

“We hope to raise over $1000 which will provide 16 women with a microfinance loan and financial literacy training so they can start a small business, earn an income and support their families.”

Who: Unleashed Women
What: movie fundraiser for The Hunger Project
Where: Event Cinemas Whitford City
When: Monday, October 16 from 6.45pm
Cost: $25
Book: https://www.stickytickets.com.au/58412

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