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International Women's Day Breakfast - 2013

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It was a sellout!

Our MC, Leila Gurriwiwi, welcomed our 1,000+ men and women in the room. 

Setting the mood full of anticipation of what the morning is to bring.  Followed by Minister for Women’s Affairs, Mary Wooldridge opening the event.  She spoke of her support of our charity Violence Free Families, how it is serving a every growing need in the community.  This followed by a dynamic Beverly O’Connor moderator who tamed the fiery waters of our panellists Virgina Trioli, Dr Feelgood, Graeme Wise, Stephen Mayne and Peter Hollingworth (at last minute Fabian Dattner was not able to attend)…  They discussed heatedly how in the corporate world little consideration is made for women... and the question was asked what can be done and how important it is to recognize men and women’s differences and building on their strength…with lots of take home messages like from Mary Wooldrige.

Her quote :”If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough” gave all of us a challenge!

The morning opened the minds of all those corporate attendees (over 700) to the issues of men and Women in the workplace and introduce many to the Rotary world!

The Breakfast was well received.

We are eternally grateful to our major sponsor Clarke & Company, who were the perfect sponsor – understanding all our requests. We were thrilled that Zoo Victoria took on a Bronze sponsorship. And to our other sponsors all helping to create a fantastic morning… see their names on the website… and please support them!

The event raised over $20,000 which will be distributed to Violence Free Families, the Kids Foundation and supporting Big Issue …

Thanks to all of you for supporting the event…without you it would not have been as successful


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