Come and join us for International Women’s Day 2024

Date: Friday 8th March 2024
Time: 11.30am
Location: Paraparaumu Memorial Hall
Cost: Tickets $65.00 each or a table of 10 for $600.00

We are very excited to have guest Speaker Rosie Overcomer join us this year, along with MC Catherine Scullin.

Rosie was a member of Gloriavale – a religious cult.

Her story is a testament to the strength of human resilience and unwavering determination.

Born into the tightly-knit community of Gloriavale, Rosie’s life underwent a profound transformation at the age of 27 when she summoned the courage to break free from the only life she had ever known.

Within the confines of Gloriavale, life was rigorously controlled. Marriages were arranged, individuality was suppressed, questions were forbidden, and personal thoughts were deemed heretical. Stepping out of line was not just a community transgression; it was perceived as a violation of God’s will and the community leader’s authority.

Rosie’s husband had been banished twice, and this exposure to manipulation revealed the challenge of discerning trust within the community. It was when Rosie gave birth to her first daughter that she recognized the need for change. Her own experiences
growing up within Gloriavale led her to the painful realization that her child’s safety was at risk within the community’s confines.

Leaving Gloriavale was a daunting journey that spanned several years, marked by inner turmoil and the struggle to break free from the only life she had ever known.

Rosie’s incredible journey is an inspiration to all, demonstrating that, regardless of the obstacles faced, the human spirit possesses the strength to overcome and construct a life filled with purpose and meaning. Rosie Overcomer’s story is a testament to the enduring power of the human will and the triumph of the human spirit over adversity.

Catherine is a broadcaster, producer, copywriter and actor. Catherine spent over 30 years in Australia and returned to New Zealand to reside on the Kapiti Coast.  Catherine’s background includes travelling the globe as a project manager and has managed multi million dollar projects for an animal welfare organisation in Australia.

Catherine has been on air on the Kapiti Coast for the last couple of years and has been focusing on broadcasting, production and the odd bit of screen work. Currently, Catherine is the program manager at Coast Access Radio, producing a number of shows for the station, conducting interviews and can be heard live to air on Wednesday mornings

This will be a lunch not to be missed, make sure you book your tickets, invite friends and workmates, and get a table.