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April 30, 2019

Families come in all different shapes and sizes.
Sometimes they’re the people we live with, the people we choose to be around or even the people we work with.

Whether it’s finding it hard to obtain an education, facing barriers to getting and keeping a job, accessing fresh and nutritious food, or having a safe place to sleep, there are thousands of families across our community who are calling out for help.

Can your family – however it looks – help another family in need this MAYDAY?

We know that Geelong is a community that looks after its own – we’re part of a family. This May will your family, however it looks, answer the MAYDAY call and donate $1 a day, that’s only $31 in May.

The Krajina Family is on board and we’d love to see you too! Take a snap of your gorgeous and generous family and share with us on social media. We will pop it up on our page and show our amazing families of Geelong. Join us today!

The Give Where You Live Foundation and BTS – Business Technology Specialists are thrilled to announce that the BTS Admin Professionals Breakfast will be back Thursday, 6 June 2019 with special guest speaker Kirstie Clements.

Kirstie Clements, former editor-in-chief of Vogue Australia, is also best-selling author, editor, journalist and consultant, with vast first-hand experience in the luxury industry. Kirstie worked for Condé Nast International and Vogue for more than 25 years and was editor-in-chief of Vogue Australia for 13 years (1999-2012). Kirstie is currently an editorial consultant for Bauer Media.

Join us as we welcome Kirstie to Geelong!

Held at The Pier on the gorgeous Geelong Waterfront, this breakfast is the perfect opportunity to gather your work colleagues and friends for a morning of fun with 400 of your closest friends!

Thursday, 6 June 2019

The Pier, Geelong

Tickets are $65 or book a table of 10 for $600.

Follow the link for tickets or for further details, please email or phone 5229 4364.

The Financial Education Summit

The 2019 Vinnie’s CEO Sleepout Fundraiser

Saturday, 15th June 2019

10am – 3pm

Australia Post Small Business Hive

Entry: Gold Coin Donation


Finance may not be your favorite subject, but understanding personal finances is necessary to afford the more fun aspects of your life. Without it, you may find yourself struggling to make ends meet or fight an out-of-control credit debt. Much like any form of literacy, financial literacy is essential to your ability to live a healthier and more fulfilling life now and in the future.


To be financially literate is to have the ability to understand and manage the financial areas of your life. This can involve budgeting, debt control, taxes, and investing. Much like digital literacy or literacy itself (reading and writing), financial literacy is an important skill to master.


Any improvement in financial literacy will have a profound impact on people and their ability to provide for their future. Recent trends are making it all the more imperative that consumers understand basic finances, because they are being asked to shoulder more of the burden of investment decisions and having to decipher more complex financial products and options.


For example, buying a home is an exciting time, however you may not be aware of all the financial aspects involved in purchasing a home and may find yourself facing unexpected costs or with a loan that does not suit your situation.


Understanding the real costs associated with buying a home, in addition to the purchase price, is imperative. We know how hard people work to save a house deposit, only to find they need to take a string of other fees out of that sum. We need to consider things such as Lenders Mortgage Insurance, Additional Costs (e.g. legal fees, stamp duty, etc.), Deposits, Conveyancing, Offset Accounts, Mortgage Brokers, Guarantors, First Home Owners Grants, Rebates and more!


Recent events within the financial industry have seen people now finding it very difficult to apply successfully for a loan, and the market is moving and changing frequently. The Financial Education Summit will give you an insight all the things you need to know when applying for a home loan and where to access support.


Basic financial education can be the difference between a family heading into poverty or homelessness, this year we are facilitating an event where all are welcome and there will be a plethora of education, resources and services available from industries such as Accounting, Finance, Banking, Real Estate & Home Builders, Insurance, etc.

As poverty and homelessness continue to impact the vulnerable in our communities, the demand for Vinnies’ financial welfare assistance continues to rise – proof that Victorians are relying more heavily on the generosity of charities and volunteers to survive.

Help us assist people in need within the Geelong community by signing up to sleep out or sponsoring a CEO today.

With the help of compassionate, generous and driven individuals like you we can help break the cycle of poverty.

Nominate, Register or Donate Today!

Small business matters

Are you a small business owner keen to grow but struggling to manage your time?

Or perhaps you’re a sole trader thinking about launching your first business.

The Australian Government’s Small Business Fair is about to hit Geelong on Friday 15th March and it’s a great opportunity to find out about the incentives and programs that take your business to the next level.

Hosted by the Department of Jobs and Small Business, the Fair will feature live demonstrations, key note speakers, presentations and practical advice from a business coach.

The Small Business Fair is a one-stop-shop where you can speak directly to locally-based Government agencies about simplifying taxes, using digital marketing and e-commerce tools, selling to Government and more.

The Fair is free to attend, simply register online today.

“They told me I couldn’t, so I did!'


Raising funds for the Barwon Sports Academy to help our local youth to access programs and follow their dreams when they are told they can’t.


Friday 8th March

7:00am (for a 7:15am start) - 8:45am


Novotel Geelong,

10-14 Eastern Beach, Geelong VIC 3220


Early bird Ticket: $32.00/pp

Event Ticket: $37.00/pp

Includes a plated breakfast, tea & coffee. Dietary requirements must be provided in advance.

Special guest speakers:

  • Maddy McMahon: Geelong Cats AFL Womens @aflwomens

  • Mary Bourke: Transforming Mary @transformingmary

  • Bec Connolly: Luxe on Chester & Botanicals by Luxe @luxeonchester @botanicalsbyluxe


Maddy McMahon:

Maddy is the example of so many young women her age. Her passion for AFL so brightly shone as a young girl but after participation in Auskick then with St.Josephs U/9s and U/11s (where she won the best and fairest against the boys), she was forced to watch from the sidelines and pursue her sporting ambitions in other sports. After juggling youth netball and basketball, she found a spot at the Big V State Championship Supercats and even trained with Bendigo in the WNBL as she pursued a career as a professional athlete. In this time she joined with now AFLW teammate Anna Teague to win the 2010 Big V state championships. The girls shared in 64 points across the 2-0 final series.


Maddy then turned to GFL netball after the birth of her first child. She has since had 2 more children with husband and dual Mathieson medalist Matt McMahon. The turning point for Maddy was the Geelong Cats talent ID day in November 2016. With the encouragement of family and friends she trialed, and her skill and athleticism showed out immediately. This was the opportunity to test herself among her peers and begin an extraordinary journey that now sees her a part of the Geelong Cats AFLW team. Rookied in the 2018 national draft, her impact has been significant.


An inspiring woman, who credits the support of her family as a key reason she is able to pursue her sporting excellence while raising 3 youngsters. The story of Maddy and Matt McMahon is one that will show others that the obstacles that arise are just challenges to overcome if you are to fulfil your ambitions and reach your potential.


Mary Bourke:

Mary captures the essence of the International Women’s Day theme, and almost indescribably more than we can imagine. The breakfast event will be seated, and you are going to need that seat as Mary takes the stage and invites us into her world like never before. Don’t let her brave and beautiful face beaming with a smile to light up any room fool you, brace yourself for this woman to take you to a place that will change your life forever. The incredibly inspiring and deeply motivation young woman is a star in her own right and we are blessed to have her join us for IWD 2019.


Mary is a survivor of intimate partner domestic violence that lead to immense body image, mental health, physical health and self esteem issues. However, as this astonishing woman will enlighten you, this experience taught her about her true and uncovered abilities, strength and power as a woman, and allowed her to grow stronger and thrive, despite her experiences of abuse. Mary is a Body Image Movement Global Ambassador, Instagram social media influencer and Social Worker who is passionate about all aspects of physical, emotional, spiritual and mental health, currently working with people helping strengthen the bond and attachment between mothers and their young children.


Mary will be opening up for the first time about her history and giving us an insight about her experiences growing up with body image issues from the age of 7, being bullied and excluded throughout her childhood and teens due to be raised in poverty in a single parent household, and family violence/overcoming anxiety/depression, giving our recipients of the funds raised the inspiration and opportunities to last them a lifetime!



Bec Connolly:

Our everyday women constantly inspire us, and Bec is that and so much more. Behind every wonderful woman, is a meaningful story and for the most of it, never sees the light of day outside the personal circles we create for ourselves. Bec is the perfect example of the daily, common and often unspoken struggles and hurdles we face as women and those that define us and influence the trajectory of our entire life.


After being told she may never have children due to severe endometriosis, Bec never gave up, no matter how much they told her she couldn’t bear children. She underwent surgeries and years of fertility treatment to defy the odds assigned to her. The stories of her determination and the rawness of her experiences will have your heart racing, with the first time Bec is opening up about this topic and the unbelievable accounts of miscarriages and the journey of becoming a mother.


As if defeating the odds and doing what she was told she couldn’t wasn’t enough, she has now captured the hearts and faces of Geelong by empowering women to put their best self forward through self worth and their skin, running a successful business, supporting the local community and doing it all whilst being a superstar stay at home mum and wife. This softly spoken, unmistakably caring and nurturing woman will have you on the edge of your seat ready to take the plunge for a heart filled hug the second she pauses her voice.

Grab your tickets and we look forward to seeing you there!

Please note, men are MOST welcome at this event. We love seeing our wonderful men supporting women on International Women's Day and we encourage you to come along.

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@2016 Geelong Women In Business Association