Celebrating pathways in Harrow

HARROW Bush Nursing Centre will host an inaugural Pathways to Harrow event to mark International Day of Rural Women on October 15.

The event, at the centre from noon, costs $20 and includes a chicken and 'champagne' luncheon and a booklet of stories to keep.

All proceeds will go to the Harrow Bush Nursing Centre.

Manager Bernadette Close said the centre had provided vital bush nursing services to Harrow, Victoria's oldest inland town, and its surrounding communities for 100 years.

"We have stood as a beacon to the community through times of fire, drought, flood and times of bounty," she said.

"People walk through the doors every day and they bring their stories with them; their journey is part of their identity, why they live rural and remote and why they live in Harrow.

"On a staff lunch break, discussion emerged on why people came and stayed in Harrow.

"Out of this came the idea to celebrate these stories and help dispel any notion that life out here in Harrow would be boring and lonely."

Mrs Close said Pathways to Harrow would profile the journeys of five women who had moved to Harrow for different reasons.

"Each woman has their own story which will encompass their lives before and after Harrow, intertwined with a need for health, love and happiness," she said.

Guest speakers are Sherryn Simpson, Marnie Baker, Sloba Petrovic, Gurjit Sondhu and Betsey Hunt, OAM.

Mrs Close said Pathways to Harrow would become an annual event.

"Each year, a booklet will be published which will then be combined to form a hard cover book, including photos," she said.

"This will be a living document of which the community of Harrow can take ownership and be encouraged that every woman matters and has a story."

Mrs Close said people could call Harrow Bush Nursing Centre on 5588 2000 for more information or to book.

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