Girls Rising and Men of Honour 2018
On Thursday 15 November, over 400 Year 10 students and teachers from public and private schools, got together to hear some great messages from speakers, empowering them to be the best they can be and make wise choices.
Our first key speaker at Girls Rising was Melinda Tankard-Reist, an advocate for women and girls, who spoke about the harms of media messages, objectification, mental health issues, the importance of respect-based relationships, to name a few.
Next, a favourite of the girls, World Champion and Olympian Jessica Fox, spoke about her journey as a competitor whilst sitting her HSC and setting her goals. She also encouraged the girls to be resilient and determined when failures and setbacks occur.
A newcomer to our event was Eloise Wellings, who competed at the London and Rio Olympics in the 10,000m and 5000m track events. Eloise is also a founding Director of Love Mercy Foundation, which exists to see Northern Ugandans live an empowered life through sustainable development projects. Eloise's inspiring story of determination, and finding her purpose, was a fantastic addition to the information received by the attendees.
Girls Rising also featured our youngest ever speaker. Zarriah, who is only 8 years old, started her own charity last year called The Zarriah Project, to help children and their families in developing countries get the same basic necessities that our children have here. Her motivation has been ‘Why do I need to wait to be older to do something?’. She makes, packs and sells school hair accessories to raise money for her charity and since she has started, The Zarriah Project has already provided a fresh water well in Cambodia, providing 24 families with clean water - what an inspirational young girl!! Many students delighted in giving Zarriah a high five and a hug afterwards, and she seemed to have inspired many girls to realise that they don't have to wait unitl they are an adult to 'change the world'.
Men of Honour hosted speaker Glen Gerreyn, covering issues such as exercise, nutrition, money, drugs, alcohol, sex and pornography with Year 10 boys. It is an invaluable program for young boys as they face adulthood making decisions that will impact them for the rest of their lives.
This year, they were joined by a special guest speaker Andrew Wilkinson who has just competed in the 2018 Invictus Games Sydney. Andrew competed in swimming, cycling and running events and brought home 4 gold and 2 silver medals. He brought a message to encourage and inspire the young and the old.
We would like to thank our sponsors who have helped make these events possible.
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