This week the flagship Burberry store in Sydney's CBD hosted a milestone event for Red Cross' most influential philanthropic circle: the Society of Women Leaders.
The event was a celebration of the festive season and a celebration of the relationships the Society has built, especially with teams like Burberry, who opened their doors after-hours and hosted our event with true style and a generous spirit.
But most importantly, it was a celebration of the 51 women who have pledged their commitment to the Society of Women Leaders - working together to ensure women and children who face issues such as domestic violence, trafficking or abuse can access vital aid and support at Red Cross.
"What we've achieved is quite incredible. We started with one, and now we're 51," Kimberly Gire, Chair and Founding Patron of the Society said in her opening address.
"Women are the heart of philanthropy and tonight is all about gorgeous women coming together to do amazing things. Tonight is a celebration of you all."
Kimberly spoke of the power of women giving aid around the world. She talked of Florence Nightingale, a nurse who helped inspire Henry Dunant's humanitarian movement - Red Cross - based on neutrality and impartiality.
In fact, the medal which continues Florence Nightingale's legacy was present in the room. Nola Henry, Red Cross aid worker and recent recipient of the prestigious Florence Nightingale Award for bravery and care of disaster and war victims, honoured the group with a recount of her experiences overseas.
"One of the most defining things that we have no influence over," Nola said, "is the country we are born in."
"I'm one of the lucky ones. I'm lucky to be born in Australia. No matter where you are in the world, people ultimately want the same things for their families - but where there is conflict and war, they are starting from a different base. While we don't have to think too much about basic essentials, they spend every day focusing on clean air, food, water, shelter."
"In every country around the world, there are nurses and doctors working to save lives. I am one of them, but I have a choice. I can leave at anytime.
"It's important to put the people back in the centre of our stories," Nola said, speaking of her time in Afghanistan, working in the women's surgical wards and supporting new mothers and their babies.
"I stayed because I knew that if I did my best, I could reach someone - a woman with a family, with a life to live."
Nola's story captivated the room, her experiences consolidating the reason so many women have signed up to support this amazing Society.
As our newest Founding Patron, Selena Spring confirmed: "I attended a Society of Women Leaders Steering Committee and discovered the amazing work the Society supports. I knew I couldn't just be part of this inspirational group of women for a short time.
"I want to see the change. I want to pledge longevity and give everything I can to these amazing causes."
Against the backdrop of Burberry's festive gift collection, Selena was presented with the Society's five-year pledge charm (to add to the Society's signature Red Cross charm bracelet), in thanks for her dedication, and as a reminder of the significant and powerful impact that she will be making to the lives of people in need.
2015 has been an amazing year of growth for the Society of Women Leaders which is already looking to the New Year, planning ways to make a lasting difference for women and children who need it most.
"We wish all of our members all the very best this holiday season and would like to say a very big thank you for working together in friendship this year to make a difference to the lives of so many women and children," added Chair and Founding Patron, Kimberly Gire.
"Our humanitarian sisterhood has gone from strength to strength, and we are very excited about what 2016 will bring for our members, and for the women and children we are dedicated to helping in every way we can."
The Society of Women Leaders also extends a heartfelt thanks to Burberry for its generous support of this event and as a valued supporter of our giving circle throughout the year.
If you'd like more information about the Society of Women Leaders, please email us here, or to join us, please complete our pledge form.