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Stories of local women set to inspire at upcoming event

Ol Meri Wantok
The Ol Meri Wantok group who are hosting the upcoming A Woman's Voice event.

Local organisation Ol Meri Wantok will provide the opportunity for the community to hear the inspiring stories of three local women at their upcoming event, A Woman’s Voice.

Held at HSG at the Gardens at 10 am on Saturday 2 July, guests will enjoy high tea and hear from three speakers who will tell their stories.

Ol Meri Wantok President Diana Fatiaki said everyone was welcome at the event.

She was looking forward to seeing the community come together to hear the stories of these three incredible women.

“We wanted to host an event that focused on women and told their stories of how they cope with everyday living when they are facing challenges,” Diana said.

“Our speakers will speak about challenges they have faced and overcome in their lives, including experiences of domestic violence, through to battling cancer while continuing to look after a family with five children.

“It is important for people to understand that everyone faces challenges in their lives, but to hear about how they manage them provides the opportunity for people to possibly relate to their stories and feel that they are not alone.”

Diana encouraged the wider community to attend the event, as it was also a great opportunity to meet new people.

“You don’t need to know someone to attend this event, we will have time during the high tea for people to introduce themselves to their table and it is a great chance to meet new people,” she said.

“The event is not just for women either, we are encouraging men to attend too, it is open to the entire community.”

One of the guest speakers Kiri Caruana.

Speakers for the Ol Meri Wantok event include:

  • Kiri Caruana: A New Zealand Kapahaka woman who will speak on the significance of Maori ladies' chin tattoos “Moko Kauae”.
  • Lissa Collin-Weham: An everyday mum, who is going through cancer treatment all while supporting her very active family of five children at school and sport activities.
  • Sharon Morgan: a 23 year veteran of the Queensland Police Force, currently the Sergeant and Officer-in-Charge of Gin Gin Police Station, who is a survivor of seven years of Domestic Violence.

The event will include music, dancing, and conversations while raffles will also be taking place, with funds raised being sent to the Tongan community to support in their recovery from the recent tsunami.

Bookings are essential for the Ol Meri Wantok A Woman's Voice event and can be made here.

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