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2020 BWC Grant Recipient Round 2

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2020 was a bumpy year for many people, including us here at BWC, who were unable to hold our members face-to-face events. However, in an effort to continue our support for the community, the Board decided to release a second grant of $5,000 in 2020 to help a local charity support local women.


Thank you to all applicants for the quality of their submissions and the generous work these organisations contribute to supporting women and girls in Queensland. We received many applications from many worthy causes and worthwhile programs making the decision a challenge for the BWC Grants Sub-Committee and the BWC Board. A big thanks the BWC Grants Sub-Committee chaired by BWC Director Niki Dowsing, and including BWC members Katelin Haynes, Michele Blanshard, Amanda Mannix and Robyn Francis, who took on the hard task of granting these funds.


We are delighted to share that the recipient of the 2020, Round 2, BWC Charitable Grant was awarded to 4 Voices (www.4voices.com.au) a local charity whose vision is for a world where any girl or woman who feels unhappy, threatened or alone can find her voice.


4 Voices does this by supporting girls and women of all ages who are socially isolated; experiencing bullying, abuse or violence; are homeless; are not connected in the digital world.  4 Voices operates a mobile van service across 10 locations in Brisbane, equipped with telephones, laptops, Wi-Fi, a printer/scanner/copier, Smart TV and coffee machine. The service provides a hub for women to drop in for much needed assistance with MyGov registration, opening email accounts, completing online forms, printing documents, writing their CV, searching for jobs, housing, medical or other support. 4 Voices collaborates with Centrelink, crisis accommodation centres, other outreach services and community centres to ensure they directly connect with vulnerable women and can provide immediate practical solutions to their problems.


Brisbane Women’s Club is particularly excited to support the 4 Voices program in Inala. The $5,000 BWC Grant, made possible by our members, will enable the 4 Voices mobile van service to visit the community of Inala on a weekly basis for a year. At each shift, participants will be provided with free access to Wi-Fi, computers, phones, morning tea and non-judgmental conversation. The service will be provided by a team of volunteers operating from the customized van, equipped with facilities that can provide practical support to women requiring this connection.


We look forward to sharing more information with you about the amazing work of 4 Voices!  Any questions or interest in volunteering to support 4 Voices, please email Niki Dowsing at niki@bwc.org.au

Celebrate International Women’s Day with us!

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Come celebrate International Women’s Day with us!

Join a BWC table at either of the following events (members and guests welcome).

Please RSVP via email to Leah at secretary@bwc.org.au as soon as possible, as events may sell out and we will make a booking as soon as we have enough attendees to book a table:


UN Women Australia Fundraiser Lunch

Time/Date: Friday 5 March 2021 from 11.15am – 1.45pm

Location: Brisbane Convention Centre (Southbank)

Cost: $119 per person

Guest Speakers: Streamed to the UN Women event in 5 locations, speakers will include recently named Australian of the Year, Grace Tame who will speak on the theme “Women In Leadership; Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 world”


A Brave Life High Tea fundraiser

A Brave Life continue its amazing work to support young mums in the community and provide support through the Baby Bundle and Mentoring Program (both previously supported by Brisbane Women’s Club).

Time/Date: Sunday 7 March 2021 from 2pm – 5pm

Location: Eatons Hotel, Brisbane

Cost: $65 per person

Guest Speakers: Join MC Kendall Gilding from Chanel 7 and hear from a panel featuring Abby Coleman from B105, Pip Forbes from Juiced TV and Sophie Alder from A Brave Life.

Meet our 2021 BWC Board & Members

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You’re invited! Come meet the 2021 BWC Board & Members and hear about our 2021 activities over tapas and Spanish wine!

Join us at MODA, The Barracks (Petrie Tce, Milton) on Thursday 25 February from 6pm – 8pm.

Tickets are $55 per person for dinner (chef’s selection of substantial tapas) plus cash bar on the night.

Please RSVP via email to secretary@bwc.org.au if you would like to attend (members and non-members invited). You need to RSVP before Monday 22 February for booking purposes (unfortunately we can’t take walk-ins due to COVID restrictions in the restaurant).

MODA will be providing 2 hour free secure undercover parking for guests. Hope to see you there!