18 Mar 2015
The sun shone, the breeze was mild, and the hottest event in town on Friday was the Walk 4 Women 2015. Forget the Grand Prix, the place to be was the Tan, where almost 500 students from a range of schools participated in a 3.8km walk to raise money for, and awareness of, UN Women. The focus for this organisation in 2015 is ‘Beijing +20: Let’s not wait another 20 years to achieve gender equality.’ UN Women works towards ending violence against women, ensuring representation within decision-making bodies, including politics, striving for equal pay for women and ensuring girls everywhere can access education. The Walk was started by Kristen Beams, leg-spinner for the Southern Stars, Australia’s women’s cricket team.
A very enthusiastic group of students from Ruyton, Trinity, Melbourne Grammar and Melbourne Girls’ Grammar began working on preparations for the event in November 2014. Negotiating and liaising together, assigning tasks, setting deadlines, completing paperwork, developing marketing strategies, and event timelines all combined to make this a valuable exercise in leadership for the students involved. The Ruyton students on the team were Sesharna B, Zoe F, Kate G, Sophie K, Madeline N and Emma V. Thank you to those students for their hard work and commitment. 80 Ruyton girls and 50 Trinity boys participated in the event.
Thank you also to the local businesses who supported this event, particularly Hahndorf’s Chocolates, Liar Liar, Adeney Cafe and Via Verona. Driver Buslines also generously provided two buses to take students to the Tan. A number of teachers assisted with supervision, and we thank them also for their support.
Ms Julie Hoskins
Special Programmes Co-ordinator
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