On a balmy April day, SWL members and their guests gathered at Woolloomooloo Wharf in Sydney for the first Boardroom Series Lunch of the year. In a change from the usual Boardroom lunch setting, the event took place in the beautiful Manta restaurant on the Wharf, with hosts Mark and Selena Spring and investment firm Pallas Capital generously sponsoring the entire event.
After an initial introduction from SWL Chair Anita Pahor, guests heard from host and event sponsor Mark Spring, followed by Pallas Capital Chairman Patrick Keenan, who gave members a warm welcome to the lunch. Anita also thanked SWL Leadership for their continued hard work in organising events like the Boardroom Lunch, with special thanks to Founding Member Selena Spring for her dedication in organising this particular event, NSW Events Chair Kerry Anne Johnston and NSW Partnerships Advisor Rowena McGilvray.
Next came particularly exciting news from Anita during her speech to guests, announcing that SWL has now raised over $400,000 this financial year for Red Cross projects both in Australia and internationally. Members have done some incredible fundraising in 2018, which means that that SWL members will now be able to fully fund their pledges to the Aid Worker program, Young Parents program, Migrant Support program as well as the Doula program. In addition, the SWL Programs Sub Committee hope to be able to fund a further program working with Aboriginal Communities in Western Australia. This means that SWL will be able to fund even more Red Cross humanitarian programs in 2018, helping hundreds more women and children across Australia and internationally.
Following Anita’s speech, inspiration for areas of future support came from the guest speaker Jody Broun, Red Cross State Director for NSW and ACT. After hearing Jody’s impressive resume, guests heard about the work Red Cross undertakes in the Justice Reinvestment space, performing a key advocacy role in a number of states across the country as well as rolling out programmatic support. Justice reinvestment means money is diverted from building and running more prisons into strengthening disadvantaged communities to address the issues that lead to criminal behaviour in the first place.
There was also exciting member news at the event, with Belinda Singh signing up to become our newest member of SWL on the day. Member Shanna Colver was also in attendance at the lunch and was presented with her SWL bracelet bearing the Red Cross emblem from Chair Anita Pahor.
Thanks for a wonderful event go to hosts Mark and Selena Spring, sponsors Pallas Capital, Chairman of Pallas Capital Patrick Keenan and Manta Restaurant.