WHITSUNDAY WOMEN: Guest speaker Christine della Valle, Zonta International Whitsundays president Sandii Hansen and guest speaker Pammie Harrison at the International Women's Day brunch on Sunday.
WHITSUNDAY WOMEN: Guest speaker Christine della Valle, Zonta International Whitsundays president Sandii Hansen and guest speaker Pammie Harrison at the International Women's Day brunch on Sunday.

Sisters doing it for themselves

‘I AM woman hear me roar' were the words echoed through the Coral Sea Resort on Sunday morning by about 100 Whitsunday women.

Helen Reddy's lyrics have become Zonta International Whitsundays' theme song of sorts and when women from all walks came together to celebrate International Women's Day, it couldn't have been more appropriate.

“I am strong, I am invincible, I am woman” was blearing from the speakers as ladies stood united by gender.

The Zonta International Whitsundays brunch, where a handful of men came along to show their support, showcased two inspirational women who shared their life stories and successes.

Christine della Valle spoke about her early years growing up in Switzerland and then how she went back to study after having children.

She is now heavily involved in the Made in the Whitsundays brand where she promotes her free range Berkshire pigs and Beefalo.

Christine shared her words of wisdom: “Never stop learning, never give up and never stop having new plans.”

Former nurse and charity worker Pammie Harrison spoke of her work as director of Aid for Africa Down Under and shared stories of other inspirational women working within the organisation.

Pammie said these ladies were “no limit women” who have inspired her with their courage.

She said: “Please remember, great change can be effected by women.”

The brunch also celebrated with raffles and an auction where all proceeds were donated to the Whitsunday Crisis and Counselling Centre.

March 8 celebrated the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day.


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