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Barbara Kendall to Inspire at Dress for Success Fundraiser

26 October 2011

Barbara Kendall to Inspire at Dress for Success Fundraiser

After 21 years at the top of international windsurfing, including attending five Olympic Games and bringing home three Olympic medals, Barbara Kendall knows more than most about overcoming obstacles and achieving dreams.

For a firsthand account of the life lessons Barbara has learned along the way and, at the same time, raising money for a cause close to her heart, Dress for Success Auckland is inviting people to an inspirational afternoon of fabulous food and entertainment at their annual ‘Suit & Salad’ Luncheon, on Friday 4th November at the Heritage Hotel, Auckland.

Barbara says she is motivated by the work of Dress for Success, a charitable organisation which supports women in economically difficult circumstances make the transition back into the workforce by providing free, high quality clothing and presentation advice for job interviews and training.

“I feel privileged to support Dress for Success Auckland. They are a motivated bunch of women, making a big difference to the lives of other women, collectively empowering them to face the future.”

“I believe it is vital that women work together to support initiatives such as Dress for Success. We can all give something back to society; it is so important for our hearts and souls. For me, I have always felt that the more we give, the more we receive. Women are the hub of families and empowering that hub will lead to a better society,” she says.
Dress for Success Auckland Executive Director, Julie Mackey, says the Suit & Salad luncheon is vital event to raise much needed funds for the organisation.

“Dress for Success Auckland is able to offer women the help and support they need to return to the workforce. As well as a confidence boost, we are able to provide practical support,” says Julie.

“We rely heavily on fundraising and without the contribution of the wider community we wouldn’t be able to provide the life changing help so many women need.“

This is sure to be an afternoon not to be missed – and it’s all for a fantastic cause. Tickets to the Suit & Salad luncheon can be purchased from business@aucklanddressforsuccess.co.nz

Guests will hear stirring speeches from Barbara Kendall and a former Dress for Success Auckland client while enjoying superb food and entertainment.

Established in New Zealand in 1999, there are now six affiliate branches across New Zealand in Auckland, Whangarei, Hamilton, Rotorua, Wellington and Christchurch.

Dress for Success Auckland has already helped over 11,000 women get into the workforce. While referrals are needed for women to use Dress for Success Auckland, it is not only for women whom are financially poor. The services are for single mothers, women suffering an illness or recovering from one, women who are required to get back into the workforce to support her family as well as women on the benefit or from poor socio-economic status. Referral agencies include WINZ, In-Work New Zealand, Citizens Advice Bureau and other community centres.

Event details:
Date: Friday 4th November 20011
Time: 12-2pm
Venue: The Heritage Auckland
Tickets: $800 per table of 10 guests. A limited number of individual seats are available at $80 per ticket, so be quick!

ENDS

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