Birthing Kits 2015

The 2015 Birthing Kits day is well underway, and if you haven’t already, please have a look at our event page and consider signing up to volunteer, or contributing financially to the project.

We’re very excited for this year’s event – it is the 10th year the Zonta Club of Brisbane Breakfast has hosted the event, and we are aiming to put together a record 15,000 kits in one morning. We would love your support – even if you just spread the word, we’d be so grateful.

We know it will be an amazing day, as it is every year, and look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible to help put together these life-saving kits.


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Entertainment Books – Fundraising 2015

For the past few years, we have participated in selling Entertainment Books as a way of raising some funds for our service projects and Zonta International. It is that time of year again!

Zonta receive $13 from every book or app sold – so please feel free to share this link with as many people as possible, and help our causes, as well as getting some great deals for the next 12 months.



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March Breakfast Meeting

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As many of you know, the Zonta Brisbane Breakfast Club have been managing a Zonta birthing kit project since 2006.

A member of our club, Judi Hutchison, has recently returned from villages within the Western Province of Papua New Guinea where she and a nine member medical team supported by Talisman Niugini Ltd who has been a premium sponsor of the Zonta birthing kit project for the last 3 years, delivered health education and training, relationship building plus supplied Zonta birthing kits.

She shared her story about flying to the ‘wild west’ via Kiunga and then choppered over the dense jungles to two remote villages of Dahoma and Deberebip, without ready access to a hospital which was over a day away in a motorised canoe.

Most in the village had not seen a white person before. She was called a white meri (white woman) so there was a lot of staring and smiling as they became used to her presence.

She learned the Western Province handshake which was a great way to connect with the community. Dogs, cats, chickens and piglets wandered around the village.

Training, held under the house for coolness, involved both general and reproductive health.

She told the story of the Zonta birthing kit assembly days in Brisbane and with the medical team, an explanation of the use and disposal of the components (including trying on gloves) and presented kits to the village Community Health Worker plus to the women, a very special moment for Judi. Her language was translated to pidgin and then to their local language.

Reproductive health is normally a taboo subject! For birthing, the women normally walk into the jungle, which is very inhospitable ensuring not near hunting grounds or the village, as they believe it creates bad spirits. After the birth the women return to the village when all cleaned up i.e. the baby and her!

Talisman gave Judi the opportunity to meet the women who benefit from using birthing kits. It was clear there is a need for education and a hygienic approach to childbirth. There is even a baby in a Western Province village called Talisman, where a woman had used the Zonta birthing kit!

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Movie Night: 3rd March 2015

Join us for the hilarious sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on Tuesday the 3rd of March at the Barracks Cinemas.

To book, visit our TryBooking Event Page.

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Estee Lauder Shopping Event: Pre-Christmas!

Did you know that Zonta Club of Brisbane Breakfast is holding another Estee Lauder shopping event on Saturday the 13th of December? Just in time to get some gorgeous presents for your loved ones, or for yourself!

Please also spread the word amongst your friends – not only will you be helping your friends out with Christmas ideas, but also helping support our amazing service projects.

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September 2014 Breakfast Meeting

We were fortunate to have our annual dose of the inspirational May Lamont presenting at our monthly meeting on Friday 5th September.

May was on the founding Committee and subsequently National President for UNIFEM. May has also been a Soroptimist since 1989 and is the Project Manager of the Soroptimist Birthing in the Pacific Project (which is one of the recipients of our birthing kits in PNG) and is now Vice President of the United Nations Association Queensland, where her focus is another issue for women, being peace building.

May explained the recent projects of the Soroptimist International project being the provision of education and training to 16 midwives, 70 community health workers and the 137 traditional birthing attendants.

She shared the stories of Arthur who was an obstetrician who did the midwifery course to learn how to teach others or Paula who wanted to leaned the correct techniques as to date her 17 year experience was based on imitation of best examples from others. Following her course Paula presented successfully in New Zealand.

May also expressed the frustrations experienced in PNG with a wonderful new community health facility built but there was no electricity to operate the equipment and no reliable water for sanitation. Most of these facilities are generally with a dirt floor.

This project is an evolving which will take time and is full of surprises. The need is great and there are too few facilities and staff within the health system. Juliet’s story clearly reflected this overwhelming need.

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Birthing Kits: We’re in the Weekend Notes!

Have a look at the Weekend Notes for this coming weekend: the Zonta Club of Brisbane Breakfast’s annual Birthing Kit day is there!


(Have you signed up yet? Hurry – closes today!)


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Birthing Kits Day 2014

Our annual Birthing Kits day will be held on the 16th of August this year!

Would you like to know more? Volunteer? Donate to the cause? Please have a look at the 2014 Birthing Kits page, and spread the word with your friends.

Look forward to seeing you there again this year!


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Bursary for An Indigenous or Rural/Remote Location Female Student

The Zonta Club of Brisbane Breakfast is pleased to offer a bursary for an Indigenous or Rural/Remote woman who wishes to obtain a diploma in community services, childcare, disability care, youth work youth justice or similar field.

The bursary will be offered annually and is valued at $1,500.  Nominees must be female and either Indigenous or from a Rural/Remote location.

Selection will primarily be based on a written nomination. The selection panel will also conduct interviews with short-listed nominees in person or by phone. The selection panel will include representatives from Charlton Brown and the Zonta Club of Brisbane Breakfast.

All information and documentation supplied by the nominee will be treated confidentially and in accordance with the Charlton Brown Privacy Policy.

To apply please visit

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May Breakfast Guest: Dress for Success Brisbane

Our May guest speakers were Jenny Richardson and Madina Zulpukharova from the not-for-profit organisation, Dress for Success Brisbane which is managed by Suited to Success.

The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Dress for Success Brisbane serves clients by referral only who come from a continually expanding and diverse group of non-profit and government agencies including homeless shelters, immigration services, job training programs, educational institutions and domestic violence shelters, among many other organisations. On her initial visit a woman receives a suit appropriate for the industry in which she is interviewing and, if available, accessories. After a woman finds a job she returns to Dress for Success for additional clothing that can be mixed and matched to make several outfits, providing her with the foundation for a professional wardrobe.

To meet the need for services that would help women both find and keep jobs, they established the Professional Women’s Group (PWG) program, which offers women ongoing support as they successfully transition into the workforce, build thriving careers and prosper in the mainstream workplace. Once a woman joins the PWG she is a member for life, able to attend meetings at any affiliate throughout the world, and can benefit from additional employment retention and mentoring programs. Dress for Success also runs a Career Centre, fully equipped with a computer lab and trained volunteers with extensive HR, recruitment, and business experience, to assist clients in establishing and achieving self-determined career goals.

Dress for Success relies on the financial contributions, in-kind donations, the volunteer efforts of individuals and forming working partnerships with companies who are committed to helping women take charge of their lives. For fund raising functions or events, or to become a volunteer, visit or their Facebook page

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