Kay Danes
Annual International Women's Day March 8, 2007
Sponsored by Crest Club of Bayside (Inc) with Soroptimist International Bayside.

Crest Club of Bayside Inc is a women's community service organisation committed to serving the local community & promoting personal development to providing means of expressing the needs & opinions of women. Soroptimist International is a worldwide organisation for women in management and the professions, working through service projects to advance human rights and the status of women.

Opening remarks by Kay Danes:

"International Women's Day is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments. For us to look ahead - to find our 'invincible selves - to tap into our untapped potential and seek out the opportunities that await us in the future.

We are all remarkable individuals. We all have different pain thresholds… we all deal differently with crisis, despair, or violence against us. We should not think of past or present struggles as something to be measured against the struggles that someone else might have or is enduring. We are all unique and that's what makes us all so special. I sat in a prison cell in a communist country [six years ago] and there I first met my invincible self - that part of me that had been hidden over the years because I had never needed the introduction, the part of me that would guide me, enable me, empower me to overcome the seemingly impossible. We each of us have fears, and in my case, it was the fear of being tortured. I balanced my trembling body on a rickety bench and endured hours and hours of intimidation at the hands of secret police. I was threatened with mock executions, bullied, beaten and told that no one cared whether I lived or died. My invincible self refused to believe their lies and when I felt at the edge of insanity, when I cried for my children who had been stripped from my side and secretly evacuated from the country, my invincible self told me that I could withstand so much more than I thought I could". - Kay Danes.

Photo Gallery of the Day's Event

Australian Member of Parliament
Jason Young [ALP] & Kay Danes

From left to right: Jason Young [Australian Labor Party MP, Toni Bowler [Redlands Shire Councillor], Lara Grinchevsky [Crest Club], Kay Danes [Author] and Glenda Little [representing the office of John English MP, Australian Labor Party]

Debra Henry [Redlands Shire Councillor Division 3] and Kay Danes. Debra is one of 15,000 persons Australia-wide to be awarded a Centenary Medal for services to the community and contribution to government.

The Crest Club members from left to right: Lara Grinchevsky, Carolyn Carney, Marilyn Ireland, Norma Martin, Kay Danes [Author] and Flor Birkett.

Anne Marsden, Kay Danes, Lara Grinchevsky (Organiser). Anne and Lara work tirelessly in their community to make a real difference to the lives of others.

The winner of the raffle, Carolyn Santaguilano with Kay Danes. Carolyn is actively involved in a range of local, state and federal organisations for the benefit of the Redlands community.

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