Women unite for international day

More than 110 people attended a special breakfast in Mount Gambier and Bordertown to celebrate International Women’s Day earlier this month.

Women in Business and Regional Development hosted the International Women’s Day breakfast at the Main Corner in Mount Gambier and Civic Centre in Bordertown with a live stream from the Adelaide event.

The Adelaide breakfast is the largest event celebrating International Women’s Day in Australia and it is the largest annual women’s event in the Adelaide calendar.

The Adelaide breakfast started in 1993 and has tremendous support from the Adelaide community attracting 2500 guests in 2019 and raising $60,000, which was donated to UN Women Australia. 

WiBRD executive officer Kylie Boston said the group was thrilled to have Simone Kain from Hello Friday host the Mount Gambier event, while board member Danielle England hosted the Bordertown event with Tatiara District Council chief executive Anne Champness welcoming those attending.

Bordertown hosted a panel of local business identities Lucy Dodd, Lowan Park Produce and (Liz) Elizabeth Ballinger, Teatrick Lavender Estate, who reflected on their business stories and involvement with WiBRD, while in Mount Gambier Labor politician Claire Scriven shared her journey in leadership.

“We celebrated streaming to both sites the success of the 2020 scholarships, with Cindy Cross from Post and Rail and IIana Adams from Lanamara involved in an entertaining interview by Di Ind, where we gained insight into how they utilised the knowledge they have gained from being the successful applicants of the entrepreneurial scholarship and business builder scholarship gaining valuable mentoring from Duncan Redman, Dare to Dream & Callena Rawlings from eNVIsion Limestone Coast, Flinders Uni,” Ms Boston said.

“Harriet Keatley then announced the opening of the applications for the 2021 scholarships, with a new category, women who lead in business, along with the entrepreneurial scholarship and business builder scholarship.

“WiBRD board member Cathy Beckman thanked all our local business for supporting this day and providing a wonderful breakfast and atmosphere. 

“Cathy spoke about how WiBRD is providing a strong focus on our mission, to grow the potential of regional women and support them to create powerful legacies through building their leadership capacity and presenting a strong regional voice.

“We then livestreamed Natasha Stott Despoja’s speech, hosted by Penny Wong.

“The theme Penny introduced was Women in Leadership and she spoke about the important role of supporting UN Women Australia.

“This year saw a new format due to COVID and it was streamed around SA and other parts of Australia.

“Natasha spoke about champion women and our rights and how she is working in collaboration for a fairer Australia for everyone.”

The next WiBRD event is tomorrow, with the “supporting each other” lunch at Thyme at the Lakes, with the events committee planning another event in the Upper South East in the near future.

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