Thursday, June 7, 2012

Parkes Rural Women's Gathering

Parkes will play host to the Parkes Rural Women’s Gathering 12-14 October 2012. The event is expected to attract up to 400 delegates from all areas across NSW.

Northparkes’ generous support will sponsor the Sunday program of the event which takes in the READ theme and all things associated with this year’s National Year of Reading. The Sunday program has been set up to involve women in learning, information gathering, and most importantly to finish the weekend feeling inspired and capable of taking action to fulfil their goals, and leaving Parkes feeling uplifted and motivated to Reach out, Engage, Achieve and Dream.

The Sunday program will include Breakfast in Cooke Park along with pilates, yoga and an ecumenical church service. Delegates will then participate in morning workshops before returning to the Leagues Club for a plenary session including addresses from noted dignitaries and a keynote presentation by the much-admired Jessica Rowe.

TV personality Jessica Rowe has many credits including journalist, writer and advocate. Jessica is passionate about news and current affairs as well as her advocacy work for mental health organisations. She is patron of the Mental Health Council of Australia, Ambassador for Beyondblue and patron of its work on postnatal depression. She has co-authored a book with her mother called The Best of Times, The Worst of Times which is an account of their family’s experience of living with bi-polar disorder.    
Jessica’s presentation will be the highlight of the Sunday program and will be sure to inspire all present.    
An official handover to the host town for the 2013 NSW Rural Women’s Gathering will take place and subsequently be followed by an empowering and spectacular finale involving the audience in some African drumming and singing. Delegates will share lunch, bid their farewells and prepare for the journey to Scone to participate in the 2013 NSW Rural Women’s Gathering.

The full three day program is very close to nearing completion (for a registration cost of $195), and will be published in the Champion Post as soon as possible. The Committee is keen to ensure that local women get in early and register. Registration and part registration information will also be on our web blog, or you can email the Committee on  for more information.

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