Boost for scholarships

October 30, 2017

OUTintheOPEN Festival convenor Damien Stevens, The Community Fund GV acting chief executive Andrea McNab and GV Pride's Georgie Port.

A special film screening during Shepparton’s OUTintheOPEN Festival will help raise funds for The Community Fund GV’s Lift Off Education Scholarships.

Partnering with GV Pride, the organisations will screen First Girl I Loved in a bid to recognise the need for inclusion and acceptance in these important education programs, The Community Fund GV acting chief executive Andrea McNab said.

‘‘Tertiary, or further, education access is a challenge for all our young people in rural and regional communities and we acknowledge the additional challenge for young people who identify as LGBTQIA,’’ Ms McNab said.

Festival convenor Damien Stevens said the aim of the movie event was to create awareness and to raise some funds to assist LGBTQIA young people to access education while living in rural and regional areas.

‘‘OUTintheOPEN Festival from November 2 to 5 is all about celebrating pride, inclusion and community diversity,’’ Mr Stevens said.

‘‘Eleven events over four days provide many opportunities for all those living locally and visitors alike to do just that.

‘‘We know that some young people who are LGBTQIA+ can face a tough time coming out to their families, friends and schools, with some finding themselves without the money and support needed to keep up their studies.

‘‘This film event and partnership with The Community Fund GV highlights both the teenage journey and challenges around sexuality and the amazing, inclusive scholarship program that exists locally and is available to all young people aged 17 to 24 years.’’

The movie is a 2016 American romantic drama written and directed by Kerem Sanga.

It is about a high-school love triangle that develops when main character Anne falls for a girl on the softball team, inadvertently dashing the hopes of her friend Cliff.

The movie will be shown at Village Cinemas Shepparton on November 5 at 1pm.

Tickets are on sale now and cost $19 for general admission and $15 for concession and GV Pride members.

A $24 Lift Off ticket is available (this includes a $5 donation to The Community Fund Lift Off Scholarship Program).

Cash donations can also be made on the afternoon.

Film tickets can be purchased from www.outintheopen.org.au/?page—id=1633

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