Guest Speakers:
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Tahina and Sophie spoke of the “The Grass Skirt Project” founded by Tahina. This project developed from Tahina’s experiences in PNG through her chosen athletic field of Weight Lifting and discovering the lack of sporting equipment and clothing for the young native kids in PNG to be able to participate in a similar way to those on mainland Australia, and also raising awareness of sexual assault and domestic violence, as well as building self esteem in young girls.  Knowing through her own sporting development the importance of participation and peer/role models she developed the idea along with advice from her friend and fellow supporter, Dr Sophie,  a project that is exciting and as a result is supported by a large number of sporting organisations in Australia.  The presentation was first class and the enthusiasm of presenters was shared by members of the club.  Vivien gave us an example of an earlier initiative by Manly Rotary of supplying sports bras for underprivileged young people, which she described as a “very uplifting experience”!