High tea celebrates contribution of women
AS THE Back to the Bush Festival kicked off last week, there was one very special event.
The pre-festival Ladies High Tea was held last Tuesday morning with the theme of recognising and celebrating generations of inspiring women in our communities.
Attendee Narelle Richards said those nominated were recognised as a family, including mothers, mothers-in-law and daughters.
"It was a lovely idea to see what is handed down in the generations, that they get right behind their towns, and it just seems to be a flow-on effect with these families,” Mrs Richards said.
The morning included treating the ladies to some delicious food, a glass of champagne and a talk given by guest speaker and television personality Anna Daniels.
Attendee Chloe Kerwick said it was a great turnout, with about 80 or 90 people enjoying the chance to socialise.
"Everyone who came along seemed to thoroughly enjoy the guest speaker, Anna, and everyone said it was a great event - and I enjoyed it as well,” Miss Kerwick said.
Anyone could be nominated for an award on the day, including Miss Kerwick, who received a certificate of achievement along with her mum and grandma in recognition of their work in the community.
"It's just the women that have helped with schools and tuckshops, the people who've been on committees, and people who have had an impact or supported the community in some way,” Miss Kerwick said.
"Anyone could have nominated, they didn't have to do anything spectacular.
"It was just a nice way of getting out there and showing the support of women in the community.”
Mrs Richards was also recognised at the event, along with her mother-in-law and two daughters.
She said she was "honoured” to have been nominated.
"You do these things and you don't expect recognition. We do it because it's your community,” Mrs Richards said.
"Many hands make light work, and I've always said that you meet the nicest people when you work with volunteers, because they're there for the same reasons you are.
"You don't go in there expecting to be recognised, you just do it because you love helping others.”