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08 April 2019 Lara Hasham   | News | Whole School  
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The 8th of March marks International Women’s Day, a day that recognises the many important women in our lives, and celebrates the achievements of women. I, Ashfeen Ferdouse, along with other Year 10 SRC members Jayden Chan, Haren Kumaralingam, and David Kadamani, and our teacher Ms. Hasham, had the privilege of attending the Strathfield Council International Women’s Day morning tea at Strathfield Town Hall. We had the pleasure of listening to two great orators, Stacey Gadd who is the ambassador for Pink Hope and Dr Lim who currently presents on the ABC show ‘Ask The Doctor’. We also had the opportunity to listen to the Mayor of Strathfield, Mr Gulian Vaccari, speak about the importance of women and their contribution to our society.

Pink Hope is a charity organisation whose aim is to educate girls and women about the prevention of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Ms Gadd informed us of her mother’s story who fought breast cancer six times and is still alive to tell her tale. She carries a gene mutation called the BRCA2 gene mutation, which makes women 72% more likely to develop breast cancer in their lives, and 44% to develop ovarian cancer. The BRCA2 gene is passed down from mother to daughter, which has happened to Stacey and her sister. Ms Gadd was diagnosed with the gene at 18 and after 4 years of surveillance, made the decision to get a double mastectomy to prevent breast cancer from starting.

After Ms Gadd’s inspiring story, we listened to Dr Lim talk about the range of careers and degrees she has had however she informed us of how those titles do not define who she is as we are all able to choose what we want to be remembered for. She used herself as an example for how women can achieve anything that they set their mind to.

We are glad and very fortunate to have been able to be a part of the morning tea as we learnt so much about women and what other people experience. We are looking forward to attend more events like this in the future.

Written by Ashfeen Ferdouse