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Women of Inspiration Dinner

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by Peter Hancock (subscribe)
Journalist, historian and naturalist living in Perth's eastern suburbs.
Inspiring Stories to Celebrate Cultural Diversity Week
Women with very different backgrounds will combine to celebrate Cultural Diversity Week at a Business Women Australia, Women of Inspiration Dinner at Royal Perth Yacht Club on May 24.

The three women, Trang Dai, Maha Damouni and Kelley Chisholm, will each tell their stories at the dinner hosted by Joanne Bradbury from Great Southern wine and olive oil producer 3drops.

Women of Inspiration Dinner, Trang Dai, Maha Damouni, Kelley Chisholm, wine, olive oil
Trang Dai, Maha Damouni and Kelley Chisholm, will tell their stories at the Women of Inspiration Dinner

Trang and Maha's stories are both of determination and survival, while Kelley's is about changing the lives of women in the developing world.

Maha fled Lebanon as a 12-year-old when her town of Damour was attacked and destroyed during the Lebanese Civil War of the 1980s. She and her mother escaped through Syria and eventually made it to Melbourne where she faced the challenges of having no knowledge of English at school and then successfully completing university.

Maha and her husband now operate Welshpool office and showroom fitout company Antry. She is also a marathon runner competing in 16 marathons around the world, including the 15th Beirut International Marathon in 2017, in which she won the 50-55 age group, running with her daughter.

Trang arrived in Australia with her family as a refugee from Vietnam with only two pieces of clothing to her name. The family was taken under the wing of the Society of St. Vincent De Paul and Trang was given an opportunity to study at a Sister or Mercy school without having to pay fees, simple acts of kindness that made a big impression on her.

She is now a finance and accounting professional with a successful career working with some of Australia's blue chip companies.

Kelley brings a different perspective to the conversation, having grown up in Perth's eastern suburbs and leading what she describes as a perfectly ordinary life until in 2014 she began working with poverty stricken women of Rwanda which was recovering from the genocide of 1994.

She founded the charity the Foxglove Project which is committed to establishing 1000 self-help groups for 20,000 women. She has taken some of the uplifting success stories from Rwanda and turned them into a book.

Royal Perth Yacht Club chef Simon George and his team will prepare a selection of dishes from Vietnam, India and Lebanon to help celebrate Australia's cultural diversity. The dishes will be complemented with a range of 3drops wines.

Royal Perth Yacht Club 6 Australia II Drive, Crawley, WA

Date May 24

Time: 6.30pm to 10.30pm

Tickets for non-members are $140 plus booking fee.

Ticket link: Click here.
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Why? Inspirational talk with a fabulous dinner
When: 6.30pm to 10.30pm, May 24
Where: Royal Perth Yacht Club, 6 Australia II Drive, Crawley, WA
Cost: Tickets for non-members are $140 plus booking fee
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