fun fundraising events for IWD

It’s International Women’s Day on Monday and this year’s theme is ‘Choose to Challenge’, inviting people to help create a gender-equal world by celebrating women’s achievements and raising awareness against bias and inequality. With so many events going on this month, which is also Women’s History Month, we wanted to highlight the best ones raising not just awareness, but vitally needed money for local charities. Enjoy and don’t forget to donate if you have some spare pennies (or pounds)!

Life drawing with Bella Franks
On International Women’s Day itself, the Feminist Bookshop has teamed up with figurative artist Bella Franks for an evening of life drawing. Expect a relaxed session with some fun warm-up exercises to get you started, followed by poses of different lengths. It’s suitable for all levels, with Bella offering tips throughout. You may even be treated to an appearance by Bella’s adorable pooch, if you’re lucky. Even better, all profits from ticket sales go towards supporting the work of Brighton’s Women Centre. All you need is something to draw with and something to draw on! So whether you’ve got a full artist’s studio fit-out at home or just an old chewed-down biro and some scraps of paper, you’re good to go.
7.30pm, Monday, 8th March; £11.37


Fitness and wellness classes with the Rockwater gang
If you’ve been missing the classes on the Rockwater deck, then you’re in for a treat. The community hub has teamed up with some of its fave fitness and wellness instructors to celebrate IWD and fundraise for Brighton-based charity Rise, which supports survivors of domestic or sexual abuse. So what’s on? The Wellness Works are easing you into Sunday with a slow-flow yoga session at 9am. Then, at 6.30am on Monday, Uber Mummies and Rachel Potter Pilates are getting the week started off right with a fun-filled workout that’s suitable for everyone. At 6pm, Sally Morgan and Amphibious Fit are leading a kettlebell-based strength and animal-flow workout from Rockwater’s sexy roof terrace (it’s a great opportunity to check it out in all its glory). And, finally, IO Project are drawing the day to a close with a relaxing sound meditation at 8.30pm. All the classes will be streamed live on Insta, but if you can’t make these times, then you’ll still be able to catch up on IGTV. Don’t forget to donate!
Sunday, 7th March and Monday 8th March; various times
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The Salty Seabird challenge
It may still be chilly outside, but there’s nothing like the cold-water buzz of the sea to get those endorphins pumping. Something the friendly swimming community created by social enterprise and swimming shop Seabirds Ltd is very familiar with. (You’ll probably have spotted the Salty Seabirds in their colourful woolly hats). Now, the team have set up a fun challenge to mark International Women’s Day and raise funds for the Survivors’ Network, a Sussex-based charity that supports anyone who’s experienced sexual violence. They’re inviting people to pose on the beach or in the sea (in pairs for safety) dressed as a trail-blazing female, your alter ego or just in your fave swimmers before snapping themselves for social. Just like this brilliant pre-Covid photo! Tag your best pics with #choosetochallenge (the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day) and #seabirdsltd and don’t forget to donate! If you’re new to this whole sea-swimming thing, check out their tips on how to swim safely over the cold-water season here.
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Image credit: Salt Images (Salty Seabirds); Bella Franks (life drawing)