Rodney CWA hosted a successful Women’s Breakfast last week with more than 60 participants.
The occasion was organised by Rodney member Robyn Fennell, with much of the food provided by Rodney members.
The major aim of the breakfast was for women to come together, be encouraged by the address and share friendship with other women in the community.
Guest speaker for the event was Greater Shepparton’s deputy mayor Kim O’Keeffe, who spoke about her life journey, business opportunities and her role in volunteering.
Emphasising the importance of volunteering in the community, she outlined her involvement with various programs and projects.
Her inputs include Make A Wish Foundation, the Share Program, which operated in schools to promote confidence, and feeling comfortable in your own body, as well as pamper days, which supported dairy-farming women in recent times.
Cr O’Keeffe has been involved in the Look Good Feel Better Program for 17 years, which works with women who have cancer to help with their skin care and the wearing of wigs.
The main purpose of the program is to lift the women’s spirits as they undergo treatment for their illness.
Cr O’Keeffe had spent the previous evening in Tatura at a council meeting where community members were invited to attend.
She reported that there were about 50 members of the public in attendance at the meeting.
She was pleased with the response because she is committed to engaging with the community to listen to people’s concerns and work for best outcomes for all residents.
Cr O’Keeffe remained after the breakfast to speak with women individually, but her parting message to all present was to ‘‘feel good about yourself, share your skills within the community, and display kindness to others’’.
It was a resounding message for CWA members as the last thought in their collect is ‘‘Let us not forget to be kind’’.