The Murilla Community Centre applied for funding from RACQ Foundation to host the day, which gave local women a chance to take time out from the pressures of drought.
Murilla Community Centre Manager Cecily Brockhurst said there had not been consistent rain in south west Queensland for five years.
“The drought has really impacted our rural community as the primary producers’ income has been greatly reduced,” Ms Brockhurst explained.
“The women were feeling stressed. Our organisation felt this Wellness Day was one way to support, value and pamper women for one day of the year.”
More than 200 attended the Women’s Wellness Day in Miles. Local businesses offered goods and services including manicuring, make-up, clothing, apple ciders, homemade relishes and essential oils.
A free, healthy lunch was provided and several workshops were held, covering Pilates, flower-arranging, motivational speaking and domestic violence sessions. Attendees were treated to a fashion parade and were each given a sample bag containing information on health.
RACQ Foundation spokesperson Darryn Hammond said the organisation’s $5000 donation towards the day was a way to help drought-hit graziers put aside their worries, even just for a few hours.
“We know from our visits to drought-affected communities that money is incredibly tight, and women are having to make sacrifices to keep their businesses afloat,” Mr Hammond said.
“Our funding for the Women’s Wellness Day also saw each attendee receive a $20 voucher to spend at the stalls or at local businesses in Miles. This ensured the funds went back into the community while giving these women a chance to spend some much-needed time and money on themselves.”
Ms Brockhurst said the RACQ Foundation funding had been a key driver of the day’s success.
“My message to the RACQ Foundation is a huge thank-you,” she said.
“Your support was very much appreciated.”