Roots For Youth’s Girl Talk holding fundraiser

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NEW GLASGOW – Girl Talk, a group for young women between the ages of 16 and 24 in Pictou County, is hosting a fundraiser on Friday at North Nova Education Centre.

Stephanie Jacklyn, a youth outreach worker for the house, runs the Girl Talk program.

Her experience of neglect, physical and sexual abuse throughout her childhood and adolescence serves as a way for her to ensure other women don’t have to go through the same, she says.

“I didn’t have anybody,” she says. “I have been able to take the negativity and anguish and turn it into a positive movement. I do this by reaching out to young women and assisting them on their road to empowerment, leadership and confidence, to be viewed as equal and live a life of peace and acceptance.”

She says Girl Talk is all about rebuilding self-esteem and self-worth that has been destroyed for whatever reason, and moving on to a more positive road to adulthood.

“A Night of Women and Song” will consist of female entertainment from an array of different backgrounds and talents.

The evening will feature a performance from Halifax’s Suneetra Karam Singh as she tells a story through classical Indian dance of the emotions a woman experiences on her journey after experiencing sexual abuse.

Performers and speeches that evening include Fleur Mainville, the Summer Street Singers, representatives from several local women’s centres and Jacklyn, to name a few.

Tickets are $15, and include wine, appetizers and the possibility of door prizes.

They can be purchased at Roots House, Esso in New Glasgow, The Video Nook in Pictou, Acropole Pizza in Westville, Poulain’s Pharmacy in Stellarton, Ultramar on HWY #7 in Antigonish, and MacQuarries on the Esplanade in Truro.

Guests must be 19+ with a valid ID to receive wine.

Any guests under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with the event starting at 6:30 p.m.

Organizations: Roots House, Esso, The Video Nook

Geographic location: New Glasgow, Pictou, Westville Stellarton Antigonish Truro

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