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26 February, 2023

Women set to celebrate

GET the girls together for a morning of music, fun and inspiration at The Express Newspaper’s International Women’s Day Breakfast.

Women set to celebrate - feature photo

Inspired by the work of many women in the community, The Express is proud to be hosting this event and welcome women and men from across the region to the breakfast being held at the Mareeba Leagues Club on Wednesday 8 March.

This year’s theme is #embracingequity and to honour that theme, all proceeds from the event will go to Tablelands Sexual Assault Service (TSAS).

TSAS is a not-for-profit organisation designed to help survivors of sexual assault and violence navigate through healing with free counselling.

All profits from ticket sales and the raffle will go directly to the organisation to help them continue supporting those effected by sexual violence.

Over $1200 worth of gifts, vouchers and services are up for grabs in this year’s raffle with tickets on sale now from The Express office located at 186 Byrnes Street, Arabella Jewellers in Atherton Square or Main Street, Atherton Extreme Motorcycles at 2 Tolga Road, Atherton, Elders Rural Ser-vices at 29 Albrecht Street, Tolga and Pluto and Nessie located at Shop 3/20 Eacham Road, Yungaburra.

A unique painting valued at over $300 by Yungaburra artist Katie Byrnes from At the Art Garage is on offer for the Lucky Door Prize.

Kicking off from 7am, local talent Aurelle Brunjes will perform throughout the morning with a mix of upbeat, empowering music.

Aurelle herself is an empowering woman in the community, tackling a life changing an auto-immune disease and making her name known in the Australian music industry.

Aurella Brunjes
Aurella Brunjes

She has released four original singles since 2021, with “Magpie” receiving over three thousand streams.

When she performs, the venue is packed out with locals and visitors alike coming together to dance and sing along to her covers and originals.

Throughout breakfast, two inspiring local women will take the floor to speak on how they have overcome adversity and succeeded in the world of business.

Using food to heal the mind, body and soul, Malanda’s Jo Whitton has used the power of gut healing to help heal her son’s severe OCD, anxiety and depression.

Spending tireless hours researching gut health to help her son and their family, she is now sharing her knowledge with people all over the world with her page “Quirky Cooking”.

Jo Whitton
Jo Whitton

She now has three bestselling cookbooks and a range of essential spices which she will be selling at the event.

With designs so incredible even international fashion icon Jimmy Choo fell in love, Kuranda First Nation’s artist Briana Enoch has taken the world by storm with her Quandamooka collection.

The Jarawee label, which Briana launched in 2017, has been short-listed for many awards including the National Indigenous Fashion Awards, Fashion Designer Award and Textile Design Award, AusMumpreneur, Indigenous Business Excellence Award finalist, and Awards Australia – Community Achievement Award in the past few years alone.

Connecting her culture and her love for fashion, Briana is an inspiration to women across the country proving that if you believe you can, you will.

Special guest Ida Portella from Comedy Tours will MC and entertain guests all morning long.

Ida Portella from Comedy Tours will MC the event.
Ida Portella from Comedy Tours will MC the event.

The event will kick off at 7am on 8 March at the Mareeba Leagues Club with a full buffet breakfast.

Tickets are $40 per person, with all profits going to TSAS and can be purchased via

Bookings close Tuesday 28 February. 


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