Centenary marked with new park bench

Members of Soroptimist International Brisbane Water on the bench

This year Soroptimist International celebrated its centenary with 72,000 members in 122 countries participating in a variety of events to mark the occasion.

COVID restrictions meant that several of the events planned by the Brisbane Water club, including hosting the annual Women in Service Dinner, had to be cancelled.

But one thing that did get done was the placement of a bench in Gosford’s Kibble Park – the result of a collaboration between the club’s president elect, Cheryl Amey, and Belinda McRobie from Central Coast Council.

A spokesperson said the bench design is unique as it was built to support homeless people who may be sleeping rough in the park.

“Once it was installed, several members of Soroptimist International Brisbane Water met to try out the new bench and to reflect on the organisation’s ‘Bright Past – Brilliant Future’ in supporting women and girls both locally and international through awareness, action and advocacy,” the spokesperson said.

Media release, Dec 15
Soroptimist International Brisbane Water