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November 2013 News

350 friends show their support at Emily’s 5th birthday party

  • Written by  Lacey Millican
Bronwen Healey shares her story at the Emily’s Voice Celebration Dinner Photo: Lacey Millican

Most five-year-old birthday parties don’t involve a guest list of 350 people.

But, on the 22nd of October, Emily’s Voice held a dinner in honour of their fifth birthday, with 350 attendees.

Emily’s Voice, founded in 2008 in Toowoomba, is a pro-life media organisation that creates positive, life-affirming messages about the unborn.

The ads are on television, radio, billboards, busses, direct mail-outs and online, with the aim of saturating the public consciousness with relentless and positive messages about the value of all life.

Since its inception in Toowoomba, Emily’s Voice has extended to markets in Tasmania and the Hunter Valley, with new Queensland markets on the horizon.

While the battle is long-term, five years is a milestone worth celebrating.

Highlights of the night included the premiere of two new television commercials, and stories from guest speakers Graham Preston and Bronwen Healy.

Graham’s lifelong involvement in pro-life issues has seen him jailed numerous times, due to peaceful protests outside abortion clinics in Brisbane.

“I take the view that if I knew someone was about to kill a child inside a building, I would do whatever I could to stop that,” Graham shared.

Bronwen Healy testified how an abortion at 18 years old sent her into a deep depression, resulting in a heroin addiction and work in the sex industry. She has subsequently recovered and established the Hope Foundation for women in similar situations.

Emily’s Voice advertisements are funded by donations and sponsorships, and the dinner saw over $70,000 raised for further advertisements.

Paul O’Rourke, CEO, considered the dinner a strong success.

“It is heartening to see 350 people turn out on a Tuesday night in support of life. There’s strength in numbers. I was delighted with the passion and commitment of those who attended, and thankful and humbled by their giving.”

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