Posted by Julia Hassall

The One Day Closer Luncheon Seminar, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Stanthorpe and the Granite Belt Neighbourhood Centre was held on Saturday 22nd February 2020 in the Tuscany room of the Stanthorpe International Club. 100 women from across the Granite Belt were invited to lunch and to meet and listen to our guest speaker Pushpa Bashki.

Pushpa was one of 12 women chosen to attend the National Rural Women’s Coalition muster in Canberra last year and then required to provide a project in a rural community. Pushpa, who currently lives in Brisbane, chose Stanthorpe as her project and we are very pleased she did. The Luncheon gave the rural women an opportunity to enjoy time away from carting water, feeding livestock, worrying about the lack of income and the bills.

At the luncheon, women received a local Boomerang Bag with some goodies and some information. They also had the opportunity to receive a hand massage from Janelle Bell and Majella Stevens, a short reiki treatment from Pushpa and some Bowen Therapy from Alison …… A multi draw raffle provided over 20 prizes, all donated. During the afternoon we were entertained by soothing acoustic music provided by Ian Sapsford . The catering was provided by Chris and Tamara Reedy and Sam Marino from the International Club.

I would like to thank the following groups for supporting us for the Luncheon and through the worst drought we have had in living memory.

Pushpa Bashki and her friend Amy

The Stanthorpe International Club Inc Committee members

V&CO apple juice

Stanthorpe Boomerang Bags

Glenda Riley and the Granite Belt Drought Assist Group

Orange Grove Juice

Food is Free

Brianna McKenzie from Ipswich for the teddy bears

Fraser Coast Anglican College for their vouchers

Regis Caboolture Lifestyle for their support and thinking of us here on the Granite Belt.

The Rotary Clubs of District 9640 who have supported us with many of our drought relief projects.


Very special thanks to my steering committee: Ann Richardson, Gail Baxter, Melissa Adams, Vicki Cavanagh, and Karen Tulloch as well as all the group leaders who helped us with the invitations.

Of course none of this would have been possible without the support of the wonderful members of Rotary Stanthorpe and the amazing staff at the Granite Belt Neighbourhood Centre.