Leonie Kennedy (right) and Kelli Sadler enjoyed the Westpac Rescue Helicopter lunch.
Leonie Kennedy (right) and Kelli Sadler enjoyed the Westpac Rescue Helicopter lunch.

Women's Day care of Westpac

LOCAL women were treated to fine dining and a little bit of pampering at the Westpac Rescue Helicopter’s International Women’s Day lunch yesterday.

Events co co-ordinator Andy Stewart said organisers were excited by local support the event and the helicopter received.

“If it wasn’t for the women in our community backing the helicopter, who knows if we would have it?” Mr Stewart said.

This is the first time the service has run an International Women’s Day event and 85 women attended and many businesses supported the luncheon.

Melinda Pavey, Pam Fayle and Gael Drum were guest speakers at the special event held at the Novotel Pacific Bay Resort.

Ms Pavey opened her speech by paying homage to local hard working women, in particular local identity Adelie Hurley who recently passed away.

Meanwhile, Lynnie Robertson’s drama class joined in a celebration at the Coffs Harbour Education Campus yesterday creating pavement art about a woman they admire, their teacher.

“I’m having an awesome day,” Ms Robertson said.

Students, teachers and guests from Southern Cross University, TAFE and Coffs Harbour Senior College joined Coffs Harbour City Council to put on the event to celebrate women and encourage cultural integration.

“The campus is pleased to support International Women’s Day,” SCU Head of Campus Dr Rosie Wickert said. “It’s brought together a lot of women from a range of backgrounds.”

Dr Wickert said speakers from SCU, Zonta and North Coast Area Health Service made guests think about what more can be done on a local level for women’s issues, attitudes, health and cultural divides.

As a part of International Women’s Day, SCU was named as an Employer of Choice for Women by the Federal Government’s Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency.



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