Cel­e­bra­tion of strength, courage

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALLBONE

STRENGTH, courage and di­ver­sity will be cel­e­brated at the Port Dou­glas Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre’s In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day lun­cheon next Fri­day.

SES vol­un­teer Melissa Collins, in­dige­nous artist Pamela Salt and Jo Dau from the Dou­glas Shire Aged Per­sons Homes will de­liver a healthy dose of inspiration for the au­di­ence of up to 100 women.

Ms Salt is a leader of her Kuku Yalanji peo­ple, a driv­ing force be­hind a col­lec­tion of tal­ented artists from Moss­man Gorge who paved the way for many women to reach their dreams.

Ms Dau has lived in the Dou­glas re­gion since 1959 and has shared in many out­stand­ing achieve­ments by lo­cal women over the years.

Melissa Collins wears many hats in the lo­cal com­mu­nity. As well as her re­spon­si­bil­i­ties for pest man­age­ment and reveg­e­ta­tion for Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil, she is also a lieu­tenant for the Moss­man Fire Brigade, and a group leader for the lo­cal SES unit and a leader in the Emer­gency Ser­vices cadet pro­gram.

“A cen­tury ago women wouldn’t have been able to do what I do to­day,” she said. “Women have made re­mark­able achieve­ments over the years which has en­abled us to have ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties rather than sitting at home.”

The In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day lun­cheon will be held at Salsa Bar and Grill from 11am on Fri­day, March 11. Tick­ets cost $60 per per­son and are avail­able from the Port Dou­glas Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre or by phon­ing 4099 5518. WOMEN in the Cape Tribu­la­tion area will get to­gether on Sun­day, March 6 to cel­e­brate In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day at Whet Restau­rant.

“We can’t do it on Tues­day, which is the ac­tual day,” or­gan­iser Michelle La­mond said.

“Women in the Dain­tree work, even if their blokes don’t. So we’re hav­ing it on Sun­day. We like to en­cour­age peo­ple to get up and tell their story, how they ended up in ’the wild’.”

Tick­ets cost $25 and can be bought from Whet on 4098 0007.

Women in the ‘hood: the Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre’s Mar­cella Ni­col­leti, Jenny Hill, Tr­ish Jones, Mar­ry­lou Drew, Colleen Drew, Sandy Brown, Belinda God­hard, Jenni Bax­ter and Deb De­laney

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