Ladies day an in­spi­ra­tion

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera ■

A lo­cal women’s ser­vice club did not let In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day yes­ter­day go un­recog­nised in Kar­ratha, mark­ing it with a for­mal lun­cheon at the week­end.

Sorop­ti­mist In­ter­na­tional Kar­ratha and Dis­tricts mem­bers and guests gath­ered at Wel­come Lotteries House on Satur­day to cel­e­brate women in the Pil­bara and world­wide.

Guests got to know new peo­ple through ice­break­ers and learnt about fe­male-run ser­vices in town dur­ing a se­ries of short “speed net­work­ing” talks.

They also heard guest speaker and Roe­bourne res­i­dent Josie Alec tell her in­spi­ra­tional story of find­ing her iden­tity through two dif­fer­ent cul­tures.

SIKAD Kar­ratha pres­i­dent Judy Wright said the group cel­e­brated In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day with a com­mu­nity event ev­ery year and wanted this one to cen­tre on so­cial jus­tice.

“Be­cause of the fi­nan­cial cli­mate hap­pen­ing now we know that more and more peo­ple are find­ing it re­ally hard and are un­der pres­sure, and this is why we wanted to make women aware of how they can con­nect with some­body to give them as­sis­tance,” she said.

“We just want ev­ery­body to re­alise what is out there and avail­able, be­cause a lot of peo­ple don’t know. A lot of th­ese women who came to­day will go back to their dif­fer­ent groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions and pass the mes­sage on.”

Mrs Wright said she was pleased with the strong turnout of about 60 women and how pos­i­tively the event had been re­ceived.

“We were blown away by the re­sponse, even to the point where we very much did talk about do­ing an­other one in Roe­bourne,” she said.

“It’s been an in­spi­ra­tional day.”

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Perera

Sorop­ti­mist In­ter­na­tional Kar­ratha and Dis­tricts mem­bers at the In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day lun­cheon on Satur­day.

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