Breakfast celebrates women
ZONTA Southern Gold Coast-Tweed is well prepared for its International Women's Day breakfast at Bond University on Thursday this week.
Board and regular members were busy "bag stuffing" North-Coast-Institute-of-TAFE-provided bags full of sponsor and other information at South Tweed Sports on Sunday morning.
The breakfast is the local branch of the international organisation's major fundraiser for each year.
Among Zonta's many aims is to improve the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women.
President Kaye Lollback said Zonta used funds raised for its breast cushions and birthing kits it provided women locally and in developing nations.
"International Women's Day is about awareness of and focus on women," Ms Lollback said.
"They're important, and need to be acknowledged.
"Being a woman these days is a bit of a minefield - a juggle and a struggle - which requires you to be all things to all people.
"But still try to focus on your own needs in the meantime."
She said the breakfast was not only fun, but an excellent opportunity for networking - not to mention fundraising.
The branch could use a boost to its membership, which Ms Lollback linked with the fact that "women are just busy".
"And it's not a good thing: women in their businesses are struggling to get their work done, while women in employment are forced to dance to the beat of their employer's drum.
"Those at the breakfast are invited to fill out an information slip so we can do two things: get their feedback, and canvas their availability for membership.
"People always ask 'How much time will it take?'.
"It can be as little as one hour a month, as it's the board members that put in the bulk of the work.
"But many hands make light work; you could see that this morning during the bag stuffing," she said.
Zonta is celebrating its 30th birthday this year and the breakfast is its 20th.
The guest speaker will be "the wonderful, warm, witty, talented and sincere woman who is highly engaging" Robyn Henderson.
Ms Henderson has authored and contributed to more than 25 books, was listed in the Business Women's Hall of Fame in 1997 and in the Top 100 Spirited Women of Australia.
Ms Lollback said three Kingscliff High School students would sing and Jenna Dearmess-Dark who participated in Young Talent Time, in Grade 11 at Emmanuel College, would also sing.
"We'd be dead in the water without our coordinator (Lesley Blacklock)," she added.
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