The Indian Tea Room – High Tea with an Indian Twist on 30th May at Hornsby War Memorial Hall, brought many dynamic women of Sydney together.
The Indian Tea room is an annual event, successfully held for the past five years to support various charities and causes.
The objective of the high tea this year was to raise awareness and funds for IWE (Indian Women Empower), a newly formed organization.
IWE was established to address the complex relational and multifaceted nature of issues faced by Indian women in Australia. The aim is to connect women to better themselves, improve self-worth, determine choices, and discover their potential. To achieve this vision, IWE will regularly hold programs, workshops, and events to connect women, support and encourage their potential and promote a sisterhood.
The organizer of this event Mansi Khanna said – ‘Our belief is creating a safe haven for women! Supporting women is paramount and we stand with IWE to achieve that.’
Speakers at the event were Melissa Monterio – CEO of CMRC and one of the founding members of IWE, who spoke about women empowerment. Then Harinder Kaur of Harman foundation said a few words about how her organization will be collaborating with IWE in the future.
A short play by Crescendo Films on domestic violence was sensational. It was directed ably by Jyotsana Sharma and performed beautifully by the solo-actor Akanksha Srivastava. Fashion show by Krina Parikh of Ethnic wear expo with the models Sarita Menon, Hiral Adhyaru , Clr Reena Jethi added glamour to the event. The makeup artist was Sonu Sodhi.
Dance performances headed by Shona Thapliyal of Balaji Nritya Bharati Dance Academy Sydney, were enjoyed by the audience. Sumptuous custom-made food – burgers, sandwiches, and desserts, catered by Ponds catering, was enjoyed by all.
A sum of AU$3,500 was raised through the event which will be used to support workshops and events to empower women especially new migrants.