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November 2013 News

A big night out for the girls raises support for students

  • Written by  Jess Everingham
Lauren Roberts, Katherine Bizzell and Claire Roberts at the Girls Night Out. Photo: Provided

Fine china, pretty dresses and lots of pink – it was a boy-free zone at HumeRidge Church for ‘Girls Night Out’ on October 24.

About 160 women enjoyed a high tea, icebreaker games and entertainment before hearing from speakers on the topic, ‘Weathering the Storms in our Teacup’.

Girls Night Out coordinator Laurene Bardsley said Kaye England and Carmen Walmsley shared their stories.

“They shared some really deep stuff that one lady in particular hadn’t shared before,” she said.

Laurene said the night was open to all women, with attendees encouraged to invite friends along.

“It’s a non-threatening environment for them,” she said. “We even had some Muslim ladies there. We want to really reach out to the community.”

The night also raised money for a program run at Gabbinbar State School that helps children become resilient in difficult family situations.

Laurene said while the program was intended to be run for certain age groups, the money raised would help all students to take part.

An offering taken on the night raised $800. Proceeds from ticket sales and a donation from Humeridge’s Ladies KYB group are yet to be totalled.

Laurene also thanked The Cheesecake Shop, which donated food for the event.

The Girls Night Out committee plans to run a breakfast in February, with two more night-time events to be held later next year.

Anyone wishing to donate towards the school program should contact Humeridge Church on 4635 0350.

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