Page 2776 - Week 09 - Thursday, 8 August 2013

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VIEW clubs

MRS JONES (Molonglo) (5.41): I rise today to commend the women of the VIEW clubs for the great work they do within our community both here and in our region and across Australia. VIEW—which stands for Voice, Interests and Education of Women—was first started in 1960 by the Smith Family as a service to women. It was founded at a time when women were somewhat more limited in their life choices. Today nearly 22,000 women of all ages belong to VIEW clubs in Australia. The good women of VIEW meet regularly across Canberra developing valued friendships but also with the clear objective of raising funds to support the Smith Family. Funds are specifically used to help disadvantaged Australian children by unlocking opportunities through education and learning.

I was pleased to co-host a community event with the wonderful ladies from the VIEW clubs across Canberra, and I would like to thank them for their dedication and hard work. I acknowledge the tireless work of Margaret Gooch, national councillor; Angela Yorston, President, Belconnen VIEW club; Nicole Kennedy, Vice-President, Belconnen VIEW club; Lee Carter, President, Canberra City VIEW club; Susan King, Vice President, Canberra City VIEW Club; Jill Alexander, Vice-President, Canberra VIEW Club; Donna Hurdle, President, Gungahlin Day VIEW club; Betty Dellow, Vice-President, Gungahlin Day VIEW club; Jan Feldtmann, President, Gungahlin Evening VIEW club; Gai Hawes, Vice-President, Gungahlin Evening VIEW club; Lynne Grayson, Vice-President, Tuggeranong Day VIEW club; Rosemary Taylor, President, Weston Creek VIEW club; Jan Roberts, President, Woden VIEW club; and Val Black, Vice-President, Woden VIEW club.

As their statements say:

VIEW women are seriously committed to providing educational opportunities for disadvantaged Australian children and their families, and have great fun while actively contributing to their local communities.

VIEW women ultimately support the Smith Family, which is a great Australian charity. Anyone wanting to know more about VIEW clubs should visit A big thank you to the women of VIEW for their tireless service to those in need in our city and our region.

Canberra Homeless Connect

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (5.44): Acknowledging once again that this is national Homeless Persons Week, I would like to bring to the Assembly’s attention Canberra Homeless Connect, which took place today. I attended, along with Minister Rattenbury. I would like to acknowledge the people and organisations which support this valuable initiative.

This was the second annual Homeless Connect in Canberra, and I would like to make special mention of the wonderful Chris Stokman of the early morning centre at Pilgrim House, on Northbourne Avenue. Chris has pulled this event together for the

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