Bril­liant AIM by or­gan­is­ers

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY ROBERT MUIR

The third of this year’s four AIM Break­fast Se­ries, which fea­tured guest speak­ers Kait­lyn Cum­mins and Deb North, was an out­stand­ing suc­cess with the 100 women in at­ten­dance to­tally ab­sorbed with their half-hour talks.

AIM, of course, stands for Ac­knowl­edge, In­spire, Min­gle and that’s ex­actly what these two founders of or­gan­i­sa­tions or­ches­trated on Fri­day, Au­gust 18 from 7.00am to 8.30am in Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala Golf Club Re­sort’s Wil­low Room.

Kait­lyn is the founder of the Play Project, an or­gan­i­sa­tion fo­cused on sup­port­ing par­ents to raise happy, healthy and con­fi­dent chil­dren.

She has been ac­tively in­volved with the pro­posed All Abil­i­ties Play­ground at Mul­wala’s Pur­tle Park. “What I love about it is it’s go­ing to meet the needs of kids with dis­abil­i­ties,” she said.

“It will in­clude a 12-me­tre high climb­ing fence which is safe for all kids.”

Kait­lyn, from Yar­ra­wonga, is con­tin­u­ing her fundrais­ing ef­forts to­wards the $1.2 mil­lion project and hopes to have the project op­er­a­tional by April 2018 if fur­ther grant fund­ing can be se­cured in ad­di­tion to her and her com­mit­tee’s fundrais­ing ef­forts.

Dur­ing her ad­dress, Kait­lyn said there is ‘a rip­ple ef­fect of shar­ing sto­ries’, ‘you are not where you are by chance - you can have con­trol’, ‘you need to put your­self out of your com­fort zone’ and ‘you need to sup­port your­self first’.

Deb, from Corowa, is founder and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Aqua­zone Water­parks Pty Ltd and has the in­flat­able wa­ter­park on Lake Mul­wala at the Yar­ra­wonga Fore­shore over sum­mer - the first of its kind in re­gional Vic­to­ria.

“A group of friends who be­lieved in this vi­sion came to­gether to do some­thing unique,” she ex­plained. “Some­thing that could bring laugh­ter and ev­er­last­ing mem­o­ries to many oth­ers.

“Some­thing that could bring change at a wider level. Some­thing that we could hang our hats on.”

Prov­ing most pop­u­lar, Deb said the suc­cess of the wa­ter­park ‘was the re­sult of a cast of thou­sands’, ‘it is the peo­ple you meet along the way that give you the con­fi­dence to con­tinue’, ‘peo­ple get in­volved and sup­port when they can see the ben­e­fit for their com­mu­nity’, and ‘I felt priv­i­leged to have the trust and sup­port of friends’.

MC for the AIM break­fast, Tra­cie Hol­gate spoke in glow­ing terms about the two ad­dresses, de­scrib­ing them as “in­spir­ing” and “au­then­tic”.

“Lis­ten­ing to your jour­neys was quite amaz­ing,” school teacher Tra­cie said. “I love what you’re do­ing for the com­mu­nity - it’s out­stand­ing.

“When you hear about pos­i­tive peo­ple go­ing above and be­yond their duty it’s won­der­ful. Thank you so much for mak­ing Yar­ra­wonga/Mul­wala a bet­ter place. It’s very in­spir­ing.”

One of five or­gan­is­ers and a key per­son in the es­tab­lish­ment of AIM in 2015, Libby Dowl­ing, said the break­fasts fea­ture lo­cal women speak­ing about their lives in or­der to in­spire oth­ers.

“It’s a chance to meet other women from the lo­cal area, all at an af­ford­able price. Speak­ers gen­er­ously do­nate their time,” Libby said.

“Women come from as far away as Corowa, Co­bram and Ber­ri­gan. Usu­ally about 120 to 130 women at­tend.”

The next AIM is set for Novem­ber 17 with Jill Briggs from Ru­ral Train­ing Ini­tia­tives, and well-known lo­cal school teacher, world ex­plorer and star ath­lete Wendy Steven­son as the two speak­ers.

Among at­ten­dees was AIM’s next guest speaker, in Novem­ber, pri­mary school teacher and star ath­lete Wendy Steven­son.

MC Tra­cie Hol­gate, guest speak­ers Deb North and Kait­lyn Cum­mins, and co-host Libby Dowl­ing.

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