Breakfast events celebrate inspirational women

Enjoy an early start with acclaimed news presenter Joanne Desmond or laugh along with comic Miss Judy Free at two International Women’s Day (IWD) breakfast events this year.

Channel 7 news presenter Joanne Desmond Cairns Regional Council is celebrating the achievements of inspirational women and their contribution to the community at breakfast events at Pullman Cairns International and Hilton Cairns on Monday 8 March.

Channel 7 news presenter Joanne Desmond will host the official awards presentation at the Pullman Cairns International, while local Star FM announcer Juanita Soper will emcee the Hilton function.

“This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is ‘Choose to Challenge’, which reinforces the need to celebrate women’s achievements and to take action for equality,” Mayor Bob Manning said.

“Those attending the breakfast events will have the chance to hear from the hosts and from keynote speaker and local businesswoman Allie Chadburn, who will share her experiences and how she has overcome adversity.

“Finally, the awards will recognise the accomplishments of women who have made an outstanding contribution to our community.”

The award winners will be announced and presented at the Pullman International event in the following categories:

  • Cairns Regional Council Woman of the Year
  • Optus Young Woman of the Year
  • Channel 7 People’s Choice Award
  • Cairns Hardware Scholarship

Those attending the Celebration of Women function at the Hilton Cairns will not miss any of the action, with the formalities to be streamed live from the Pullman Cairns International.

The Hilton function will include performances by Miss Judy Free and Cairns Voice Studio Young Artists. The performances will be streamed to the Pullman event.

Both breakfast events start at 7.30am.

Tickets are $42 per person and available from Ticketlink, visit or phone 1300 855 835.

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