Women’s Day cel­e­bra­tions

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

High teas, sump­tu­ous din­ners and school pre­sen­ta­tions were some of the ways Pil­bara groups ac­knowl­edged In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day last Wed­nes­day.

Sorop­ti­mists In­ter­na­tional Kar­ratha and Dis­tricts hold an In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day event ev­ery year, and last week’s cel­e­bra­tion in­cluded a high tea and po­etry shar­ing at Wel­come Lotteries House.

Pres­i­dent Glen Slee said the day was an ideal op­por­tu­nity for women to con­nect over their shared ex­pe­ri­ences.

“It is a time to cel­e­brate our dif­fer­ences and our sim­i­lar­i­ties,” she said.

“Not nec­es­sar­ily even to dis­cuss things, just to get to know each other and break down bar­ri­ers and pre­con­ceived ideas and just to recog­nise that we’re dif­fer­ent but we’ve all got so much in com­mon.”

Mrs Slee said the group had wanted this year’s event to be a light-hearted and cre­ative affair.

“We wanted some­thing more light-heated be­cause par­tic­u­larly last year . . . there was a lot of stress and ten­sion in the com­mu­nity, and we wanted to do some­thing that was a to­tal con­trast to that and was just light-hearted and about friend­ship, fel­low­ship and fun.”

St Luke’s Col­lege hosted its first In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day event on Wed­nes­day, which in­cluded a lunchtime pre­sen­ta­tion by two guest speak­ers to a crowd of about 70 fe­male stu­dents. Ku­ruma Marthudunera Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion di­rec­tor Josie Alec and Nickol Bay emer­gency de­part­ment’s Dr Paula Straatsma spoke about their ex­pe­ri­ences pur­su­ing their goals and over­com­ing strug­gles along the way.

St Luke’s head girl and event or­gan­iser Mad­di­son Wil­son, 17, said she wanted to hold a women’s day pre­sen­ta­tion to in­spire fe­male stu­dents.

“The girls at St Luke’s might want some em­pow­er­ment and I know there are lots of girls and women in our com­mu­nity who are do­ing amaz­ing things,” she said.

“Some­times in Kar­ratha you feel like it’s the men who are do­ing ev­ery­thing. I hope it will in­spire girls to pur­sue their dreams.”

Mad­di­son said or­gan­is­ers had tried to find speak­ers from dif­fer­ent fields so all guests had some­one to re­late to.

A women’s day din­ner with the theme “be bold for change” was held at Parabur­doo Inn on Satur­day.

Some 90 guests dressed to im­press in cock­tail at­tire and en­joyed a two-course din­ner while hear­ing from guest speak­ers play ther­a­pist Sam Casey, and fit­ness in­struc­tor Katie Pat­ton, and ac­knowl­edg­ing Ta­nia Johnson and Tracey Breen for long-term con­tri­bu­tions to the Parabur­doo com­mu­nity. Event co-or­di­na­tor Anna Oak­ley said this was the third year Karin­gal Neighbourhood Cen­tre had held a din­ner cel­e­brat­ing the achieve­ments of lo­cal women.

“The event is es­sen­tially about in­spir­ing and em­pow­er­ing lo­cal women to do their best and be their best,” she said.

“We’ve got some mo­ti­va­tional speak­ers, some in­spir­ing sto­ries, and we’ve got a slide show show­ing all the fan­tas­tic women that con­trib­ute to Parabur­doo, and it re­ally shows that women are the back­bone of Parabur­doo.

“They re­ally con­trib­ute to the well­be­ing of the town for sure.”

Picture: Ali­cia Perera

Sorop­ti­mists In­ter­na­tional Kar­ratha and Dis­tricts com­mit­tee mem­bers and guests gath­ered to cel­e­brate In­ter­na­tional Women's Day on Wed­nes­day.

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