Council to host International Women’s Day Breakfast

27 February, 2015Posted in: Community

Wingecarribee Shire Council is inviting women of all ages from across the Shire to attend this year’s International Women’s Day on Friday 6 March with a special breakfast buffet at the Mittagong RSL.

Council’s Cultural Development Officer, Jenny Kena, explained the significance of the day.

“International Women’s Day has been celebrated globally since 1911,” Ms Kena said.  “It’s an important day of recognition, a reason to gather with female friends and colleagues to relax and reflect upon the extraordinary economic, political and social achievements of women.”

Each year, the United Nations celebrates International Women’s Day with a different theme designed to provoke dialogue.  The local theme for this year’s event is entitled, ‘Southern Highland Women Caring across the world’

As part of this year’s local celebrations, Council is partnering with the Barbara May Foundation.  Founded in the Southern Highlands, the Barbara May Foundation raises funds to assist the works of Valerie Browning AM and Dr Andrew Browning, with the aim of creating a sustainable maternal healthcare model in developing countries.

Examples of work being undertaken by the charity include the building of new healthcare facilities in Ethiopia and Tanzania and providing funding for the training of doctors and midwives to staff the centre.

“The Barbara May Foundation has provided immeasurable support to women living in remote areas in these countries who otherwise wouldn’t have had access to proper medical services,” Ms Kena said.

“Not only was the Foundation formed locally, but the bulk of the fund-raising and indeed many of the volunteers also originate from the Southern Highlands,” Ms Kena added.

“The breakfast will be a great opportunity to hear first-hand of some of the great work that is taking place in Tanzania by local supporter and philanthropist Annabel Dulhunty.”

The morning will be compered by acclaimed local writer, Lucy Palmer and also feature a special performance by the Madrigal singers from Frensham.

“We’re positive local women will find the breakfast informative, entertaining and above all else inspiring,” Ms Kena said.

Tickets for the full buffet breakfast and function are $26 per person and are available from Mittagong RSL on phone 4872 6700 or online at

Bookings and pre-payment are essential.

The Southern Highlands International Women’s Day Breakfast will be held on Friday 6 March 2015 from 8am to 9.30am at the Mittagong RSL, located on the corner of the Old Hume Highway and Bessemer Street, Mittagong.

The 2015 Southern Highlands International Women’s Day Breakfast is presented and supported by Wingecarribee Shire Council and the Mittagong RSL in partnership with the Barbara May Foundation.