REACHING NEW HEIGHTS IWD EVENT

We all want to be inspired. We all want to be moved. You will certainly be both after being part of this very special International Women's Day event hosted by Konica Minolta on Saturday 17 March at Cloudland Heritage Room in Brisbane.

Hear from six incredible women as they share their stories of sacrifice, determination and trauma overcome in order to achieve personal and professional success.

National and International netball heroes, Gabi Simpson and Gretel Tippett will form part of the panel, as will cricket sensations Holly Ferling and Jemma Barsby, to share their experiences in reaching the top of their sporting field; followed by international human rights activist and founder of AFESIP Cambodia, Somaly Mam, as well as fellow survivor of sex slavery, Sina Vann.

This exclusive event is not to be missed.  Limited tickets available. BOOK NOW


EVENT DETAILS

Date:    Saturday 17 March 2018

Time:  630pm - 930pm

Location: Cloudface Heritage Room, 641 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley 

Cost:  $85 per person (includes cocktails and canapes) or $785 for 10


MEET OUR SPEAKERS

 Born into a tribal minority family and sold by her uncle at age 12,  Somaly Mam  is both a survivor of sexual slavery and strong human rights activist.  Forced to work in a brothel along with other children for nearly a decade, she was brutally tortured and raped on a daily basis.  After escaping the industry with the help of a foreigner, she went on to establish a  AFESIP Cambodia  to rehabilitate and reintegrate children and young girls who have been rescued from the sex trade and sexual violence.  She has dedicated her life’s work to supporting victims by providing a safe space to start the healing process and empowering survivors to become agents of change.  Since 1997, Somaly has touched and supported the lives of over 7,000 victims, survivors and those at-risk of slavery and exploitation.

Born into a tribal minority family and sold by her uncle at age 12, Somaly Mam is both a survivor of sexual slavery and strong human rights activist.

Forced to work in a brothel along with other children for nearly a decade, she was brutally tortured and raped on a daily basis.

After escaping the industry with the help of a foreigner, she went on to establish a AFESIP Cambodia to rehabilitate and reintegrate children and young girls who have been rescued from the sex trade and sexual violence.

She has dedicated her life’s work to supporting victims by providing a safe space to start the healing process and empowering survivors to become agents of change.

Since 1997, Somaly has touched and supported the lives of over 7,000 victims, survivors and those at-risk of slavery and exploitation.

  Gabi Simpson  has helped lead the Lorna Jane Queensland Firebirds to an unprecedented era of success since joining the club in 2013 – four years, four grand final appearances and two championship wins. Gabi is the current captain of the Queensland Firebirds, and vice-captain of the Australian Diamonds.   Revered by coaches and teammates for her game-changing skill and adored by supporters for her infectious energy, the three time Firebirds Fans’ Player of the Year has established herself as the country’s premier wing defence.   The Sydney-native cemented her spot in Firebirds folklore with a legendary double extra time intercept in the 2016 ANZ Championship Grand Final. The grab set teammate Romelda Aiken up to ice the game and bag Queensland a historic back-to-back championship win. 

Gabi Simpson has helped lead the Lorna Jane Queensland Firebirds to an unprecedented era of success since joining the club in 2013 – four years, four grand final appearances and two championship wins. Gabi is the current captain of the Queensland Firebirds, and vice-captain of the Australian Diamonds. 

Revered by coaches and teammates for her game-changing skill and adored by supporters for her infectious energy, the three time Firebirds Fans’ Player of the Year has established herself as the country’s premier wing defence. 

The Sydney-native cemented her spot in Firebirds folklore with a legendary double extra time intercept in the 2016 ANZ Championship Grand Final. The grab set teammate Romelda Aiken up to ice the game and bag Queensland a historic back-to-back championship win. 

  Holly Ferling  is a star fast bowler for the Queensland Fire, Brisbane Heat and Southern Stars.   Originally from Kingaroy where she shot to prominence by taking a hat-trick in men’s A grade cricket while still at school, the right-arm pace bowler took the women’s cricket world by storm in in her debut season of 2012-13. That season she earned a place in the WNCL (one-day) Team of the Year, and was named the 12th player in the World Cup Team of the Tournament in India in February 2013. She made her Test debut in 2013-14 against England and went to the World T20 Championships in Bangladesh where the Southern Stars brought home the cup.  Holly was a Konica Minolta Queensland's Fire rookie player from the age of 14, and made history by becoming the first female to win the Ken Mackay Trophy for the Queensland Junior Cricketer of the Year. 

Holly Ferling is a star fast bowler for the Queensland Fire, Brisbane Heat and Southern Stars. 

Originally from Kingaroy where she shot to prominence by taking a hat-trick in men’s A grade cricket while still at school, the right-arm pace bowler took the women’s cricket world by storm in in her debut season of 2012-13. That season she earned a place in the WNCL (one-day) Team of the Year, and was named the 12th player in the World Cup Team of the Tournament in India in February 2013. She made her Test debut in 2013-14 against England and went to the World T20 Championships in Bangladesh where the Southern Stars brought home the cup.

Holly was a Konica Minolta Queensland's Fire rookie player from the age of 14, and made history by becoming the first female to win the Ken Mackay Trophy for the Queensland Junior Cricketer of the Year. 

 Born in Vietnam,  Sina Vann  was abducted from school and sold to a brothel in Cambodia where she was forced to service up to 20 or 30 clients a day for many years and at great personal sacrifice.  When eventually the brothel was raided by police, she spoke no english or khmer and was unable to return home. She was referred to local service, AFESIP Cambodia, where the first connection was made with Somaly Mam and her team to help her to rebuild her life.  She showed a natural affinity for leadership, despite the trauma endured and became a support for other girls at the centre to overcome their fears too.  Within 12 months, she began training as a social outreach worker and has been employed by AFESIP since 1998.  She now leads the social outreach program and a recognised speaker on the issue of sex trafficking.                                                

Born in Vietnam, Sina Vann was abducted from school and sold to a brothel in Cambodia where she was forced to service up to 20 or 30 clients a day for many years and at great personal sacrifice.

When eventually the brothel was raided by police, she spoke no english or khmer and was unable to return home. She was referred to local service, AFESIP Cambodia, where the first connection was made with Somaly Mam and her team to help her to rebuild her life.

She showed a natural affinity for leadership, despite the trauma endured and became a support for other girls at the centre to overcome their fears too.

Within 12 months, she began training as a social outreach worker and has been employed by AFESIP since 1998.

She now leads the social outreach program and a recognised speaker on the issue of sex trafficking.                                                

  Gretel Tippett  has made her mark as one of netball’s great innovators since making her Firebirds debut in 2014.   The former basketball star delights Firebirds fans and bamboozles opposition defences with her stylish approach to the game, which includes an athletic, all-action play style and a trademark lay-up shot. Her talents were recognised at international level after the Firebirds’ 2015 ANZ Championship win when she was handed her maiden Australian Diamonds cap.   The sister of AFL stars Kurt and Joel has struck one of the league’s great attacking partnerships with shooting companion Romelda Aiken, laying on myriad goals for the Jamaican star – and netting a hatful herself, including the match winner in the 2015 ANZ Championship grand final – since their pairing.                                                     

Gretel Tippett has made her mark as one of netball’s great innovators since making her Firebirds debut in 2014. 

The former basketball star delights Firebirds fans and bamboozles opposition defences with her stylish approach to the game, which includes an athletic, all-action play style and a trademark lay-up shot. Her talents were recognised at international level after the Firebirds’ 2015 ANZ Championship win when she was handed her maiden Australian Diamonds cap. 

The sister of AFL stars Kurt and Joel has struck one of the league’s great attacking partnerships with shooting companion Romelda Aiken, laying on myriad goals for the Jamaican star – and netting a hatful herself, including the match winner in the 2015 ANZ Championship grand final – since their pairing.                                                     

 Daughter of former Queensland Bulls opening bat and coach Trevor Barsby,  Jemma Barsby  is a hugely talented spinner who can bowl with both hands.  At age 20 she is a star on the rise having made her Queensland debut at age 15 and previously touring with Australia's Shooting Stars squad.  Outside of cricket Jemma is the QLD Cricket resident barista and is an inspiration to her teammates as she refuses to let a recent multiple sclerosis diagnosis derail her cricketing dreams.

Daughter of former Queensland Bulls opening bat and coach Trevor Barsby, Jemma Barsby is a hugely talented spinner who can bowl with both hands.

At age 20 she is a star on the rise having made her Queensland debut at age 15 and previously touring with Australia's Shooting Stars squad.

Outside of cricket Jemma is the QLD Cricket resident barista and is an inspiration to her teammates as she refuses to let a recent multiple sclerosis diagnosis derail her cricketing dreams.


MEET OUR EMCEE

  VICTORIA CARTHEW  | TV & RADIO PRESENTER / SPORTS COMMENTATOR

VICTORIA CARTHEW | TV & RADIO PRESENTER / SPORTS COMMENTATOR

Victoria is a highly respected journalist, presenter, broadcaster, producer and emcee, and has more than two decades of media experience.

Currently a presenter with the Seven Network’s popular travel and lifestyle program, ‘Queensland Weekender’, Victoria is also a regular guest on both Radio 4BC and ABC 612. 

As an expert sport commentator, Victoria was the AFL’s first female boundary rider and is passionate about supporting and increasing participation in sports.

 

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