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International Women’s Day celebrated in Moree

Around 80 women of diverse backgrounds celebrated International Women’s Day in Moree on Friday at the Max Hotel function room, a day organised by Pius X Aboriginal Corporation.

This year’s theme, Better the Balance, Better the World, is aimed at building a gender-balanced world.

Break-out activities included Tai Chi with Annabelle Simpson as well as yoga with Jen Jones-Wilton, weaving with Debbie Wood, wellness workshops with Robin Roberts and creativity workshops with Ann Johnson and Darlene Gillon.

Guest speakers Cindy Poulos and Stephanie Duke at the International Women’s Day function in Moree on Friday.

Speeches were made by Pius X social emotional-wellbeing co-ordinator Stephanie Duke, Pius deputy chairperson Jessica Duncan, Moree councillor Sue Price, Moree elder Aunty Barbara Cutmore, Pius X registrar Dr Nada and Moree business owners Jody Lowrey and Cindy Poulos.

 In an emotional speech that closed the hugely successful day, Stephanie Duke told the audience to never stop setting goals.

“Ladies, whatever goals you set, go for them – never stop,” Ms Duke said.

“It all comes back to determination.  You can achieve anything you set out to be.”

Moree business owner Cindy Poulos urged audience members to chase their dreams.

“My message to women aiming high is simple,” Mrs Poulos said.

“Aim higher – and don’t be afraid.

“Chase your dreams and develop your ideas – but you need to do the chasing.

“Your dreams will not chase you and your ideas will not develop themselves.

“And simple, old-fashioned hard work is a key ingredient of any success story,” she said.

“Above all though, respecting people regardless of gender, race, creed or colour is the hallmark of a good person.

“Treating people as equals is the greatest quality a person could possibly have,” she said.

Event organiser Cathy Duncan was overwhelmed by the response.

“We originally catered for 50 people but had nearly 80 here for the day,” she said.

“It was a great response and next year we’ll plan for a bigger attendance.”