INSPIRATIONAL TALK: Li Cuxin, better known as Mao's Last Dancer, will be speaking in Airlie Beach as part of the Rotary District conference on May 1.
INSPIRATIONAL TALK: Li Cuxin, better known as Mao's Last Dancer, will be speaking in Airlie Beach as part of the Rotary District conference on May 1.

Key speakers at Rotary conference

THE Airlie Beach Rotary Club will be hosting a three day district conference on the May long weekend from April 30.

More than 200 people are expected to come to the conference travelling from as far as Dili in East Timor as well as Cairns, Townsville, Darwin, Mount Isa and Thursday Island.

Airlie Beach Rotary Club president Merewyn Wright said hosting the district conference was a great opportunity to have guests visit Airlie Beach and also offered some involvement opportunities for locals.

“It gives Rotarians the opportunity to come together to be updated on Rotary information as well as to be inspired by top notch speakers on a variety of subjects and to make and renew friendships,” she said.

“We feel local people should have the opportunity to hear [from these] people too.”

There is a range of things on the conference agenda including a number of guest speakers that will be holding talks for Rotary members and the public.

Li Cuxin known as Mao's Last Dancer is just one of the speakers.

He will share his inspirational story as a young dancer in Communist China who turned out to be one of China's most talented dancers.

Now he is a senior finance manager in one of Australia's largest stockbroking companies and also wrote his own memoir which became a best selling book and was turned into an academy award winning film.

There is also the opportunity to listen to world champion public speaker Mark Hunter who is passionate about Toastmasters and was a school principal for 32 years.

He is a strong advocate for people with a disability and also owns his own life coaching business.

Mark will be speaking at the PCYC at 2pm on Saturday, April 30 and Li will be speaking at the PCYC at 11.45am on Sunday, May 1.


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