Brilliant AIM by organisers
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.