DWJ Wealth Management fundraises for Swansea Women’s Aid after lending support to Swansea University’s International Women’s Day.
When local businesswomen Danni Watts-Jones - MD of DWJ Wealth Management in Baglan - heard Swansea University’s IT Wales’ long-standing annual celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD) on 8 March may not go ahead because of funding issues, she leapt into action by reaching out to the organisers, to make sure the event went ahead to celebrate its 17th year. The IWD event is also a fantastic opportunity to raise funds for a local charity.
This popular, long-standing event highlights and celebrates opportunities in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) industries, which seeks to increase their profile, broaden their appeal, and to attract more female students/employees. This year’s theme was ‘Celebrating Women in Welsh IT: Journeys of Discovery’.
By pooling her resources, know-how and contacts with Denise Davey, a freelance events organiser and marketing manager, they explored ways of making sure the event could still go ahead, with or without official funding.
Lady luck was aptly on everyone’s side, as last minute funding for the event came through. Thanks to their joint voluntary efforts, the event was well attended by an eclectic mix from the worlds of business and academia, with a record breaking 180 attendees on the night, wittily hosted by local broadcaster and all round ‘good egg’ Kevin Johns, at Swansea’s Marriott hotel.
Guests speakers talked of their entry into their respective fields of expertise, how they reached their current positions, along with the challenges and advice they have encountered on the way.
- Charlotte Bennett, Head of Support, Admiral Group plc;
- Professor Siwan Davies, Professor of Geography, Swansea University and presenter on S4C’s Her yr Hinsawdd (The Climate Challenge); and
- Helen Bowden, CEO of Swansea Bay Futures Ltd
An added bonus saw Danni, Denise and Tracy Jones from Ferguson’s Accountants, help raise £740 on the night, from raffle ticket sales, in support of Swansea Women’s Aid.
Danni Watts-Jones and Beti Williams handed over a cheque to Lynne Sanders, CEO of Swansea Women’s Aid, at DWJ Wealth Management’s offices on Friday 24 March.
Lynne was delighted to receive the donation, saying “We were so pleased to be nominated by Beti Williams from IT Wales, Swansea University to receive the proceeds from the raffle organised and collected by Danni, Tracy and Denise at the IWD dinner. This donation will go a long way to keeping vulnerable women and their children safe, in Swansea. And I’m sure they will join me in thanking Beti, Danni and everyone there on the night, for their efforts and generous contribution.