Women step out

From left: Paralympian Jacqueline Freney, Gail Smith, Maureen Boyce and Jenny Close

Last week was a big one for the women of Lennox Head as hundreds of them headed out to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Lennox Head Chamber of Commerce

On Thursday 7 March, 80 women (and 4 men) enjoyed lunch as guests of the Lennox Head Chamber of Commerce at the Beef & Beach where guest speaker Stephanie Lorenzo delivered a sobering yet inspiring presentation on child sex trafficking and the work of her organisation Project Futures.

Stephanie founded Project Futures after reading the autobiography of a Cambodian woman who had been sold into prostitution as a child. She became determined to involve her generation in raising awareness and funding to combat human trafficking and sexual exploitation globally. Her unique style of fundraising is based on empowerment and engagement, not hand outs. Her enthusiasm for the cause is infectious.

In response to Stephanie’s talk, the lunch attendees dug deep and donated a total of $1500 to the cause, through cash donations and raffle ticket purchases. And there were also plenty of generous sponsors including main sponsor Chez Maree, and others Castle Design, Byron Farmers Markets, Beach Bowen, Ballina Shire Council, and Dr May Marr.

VIEW Club

On Friday over 200 women got up early and went out to breakfast at the Lennox Head Cultural and Community Centre thanks to the Lennox Head VIEW Club.

The breakfast format was chosen in order to give working women the opportunity to celebrate early in the day and then continue on to work. The cost of the event was kept low and the event immediately proved popular, with ticket sales closing off two weeks before when the Centre capacity was reached.

The breakfast was partly catered for by the members of the VIEW Club who made up the Brookfarm museli parfaits and the fruit platters. The stuffed croissants and pastries were supplied by Cafe Marius, while sweet and savoury muffins were made by the Surf Club Kiosk.

The programme included presentations from keynote speaker, The Honourable Bronwyn Bishop MP Special Minister for State and Minister for Seniors and two other inspirational women, local author Jesse Blackadder, the recipient of the 2012 Guy Morrison Prize for Literary Journalism who has just released her third novel, ‘Chasing the Light’ and local business woman Parvin Mansouri who spoke of her early life and education in Iran and the inequalities still faced by women across the globe.

Paralympian Jacqueline Freney (pictured) was also in attendance and performed a candle lighting ceremony in memory of the struggle and suffering of the women that came before us that has given women the freedom they have today and also so that we do not forget those women in the world that still today do not have equality.

Entertainment was provided by the Scarlett Singers, a choir under the direction of Melia Naughton from the Scarlett School in Newrybar who entertained the ladies with some bright contemporary pieces while Gyan and guitarist Simon provided a musical interlude of beautiful songs.

The Inaugural Lennox Head VIEW Club’s International Women’s Day Award was presented to VIEW Member and immediate past President of the Club Judy Fogarty for her services to the VIEW Club and our local community.


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