Last updated 16:46, May 13 2015
A proud Huntly service club aimed at achieving an equal status for women, proved they are leading the way by scooping two national awards at the New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women conference this month.
The pro-active team of women that make up the Huntly and Districts Business and Professional Women group were thrilled of the win, claimed on May 2 in Christchurch.
The North Waikato group won the coveted Club of the Year title as well as the Pauline Gapper Nepal Literacy Award for raising the most money for a literacy programme based in Nepal.
President Janet Gibb said she was “gobsmacked” when the club was named best in the country as well at its success with its literacy project.
“For years and years and years we’ve raised funds around New Zealand for Nepal literacy. That money gets handed to our sisters in Nepal,” she said. “They (the judges) look at everything we do. It’s a consistent thing, so we won it for that.”
Some of group’s other projects include mentoring students at Huntly College and Te Kauwhata College, sponsoring adult education opportunities, offering their services as guest speakers, community work and supporting various community fundraisers.
This year the BPW team continues to roll up its sleeves for another 12 months of pushing through barriers to create change.
“People think we are just a bunch of old women who go out to dinner and listen to a women talking,” Gibb said.
“Our ideas – if they go through the right channel – can end up in the United Nations. That’s how influential BPW in New Zealand can be. New Zealand has a great reputation internationally for standing up and speaking to resolutions about rights of women as well as rights of women who have disabilities, any discrimination.”