Emily’s Voice is a cause founded on the hope that Australia, given the chance, will fall in love with the unborn.
This year, the organisation hosted their sixth annual fundraiser in Toowoomba at Rumours International. With over 300 guests, the room was buzzing with excitement as friends laughed and shared over a meal.
Attendees were entertained by violinist extraordinaire, Peter Shurley, and encouraged by the presentation from Bernadette Black, who became a mother at the tender age of 16.
Ms Black went on to gain her nursing degree, successfully run for local council, write a book, and found the Brave Foundation in Tasmania, helping other teenage mums fulfil their potential.
She cited the positive influence of one lone voice of encouragement, a teacher. “The journey is going to look different, but the destination doesn’t need to change.”
CEO Paul O’Rourke provided a summary of all that has been gained over the past year, with the highlight being the opportunity to meet a pregnant young lady who introduced herself by saying, “I saw your ad and decided to keep my baby.”
Emily’s Voice has always been of the belief that a beacon of hope and love must be lit for Australians to value life in the womb, and this year’s dinner aimed to pour petrol on the fire.
Guests responded generously, with over $100 000 being raised on the night.
This year, numerous business sponsors championed the dinner and cause of life, with local Christian businesses purchasing tickets on behalf of many of the evening’s guests.
The goal of the evening was to light more candles in the darkness, but Emily’s Voice might just have a bonfire on their hands.