Rosie Batty to speak at Hastings Heroines Awards - International Women's Day breakfast

Strong voice: The Hastings Heroines Awards - International Women's Day breakfast will welcome domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty.

Strong voice: The Hastings Heroines Awards - International Women's Day breakfast will welcome domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty.

HIGH profile domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty will be the guest speaker at the Hastings Heroines Awards – International Women’s Day breakfast.

Rosie has campaigned tirelessly for change since the loss of her 11-year-old son Luke who was the victim of domestic violence.

Rosie is building a groundswell of support for victims and an Australia-wide campaign through the Luke Batty Foundation and the Never Alone campaign.

Port Macquarie MP Leslie Williams said Rosie was just so high profile because of her 2015 Australian of the Year title and her work advocating for domestic violence victims.

“I think undoubtedly we would expect it [the breakfast] will draw a fairly significant crowd,” Mrs Williams said.

She said they were honoured to welcome Rosie to share her story and the incredible work of the Luke Batty Foundation.

The March 8 event supports the Port Macquarie Hastings Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Service.

Raising awareness: Hastings Business Women’s Network president Kelly King and Port Macquarie MP Leslie Williams announce Rosie Batty as the special guest for the 2017 Hastings Heroines Awards - International Women’s Day breakfast.

Raising awareness: Hastings Business Women’s Network president Kelly King and Port Macquarie MP Leslie Williams announce Rosie Batty as the special guest for the 2017 Hastings Heroines Awards - International Women’s Day breakfast.

Hastings Business Women’s Network president Kelly King said the alignment between the International Women’s Day breakfast and support for the Port Macquarie Hastings Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Service was fantastic.

“It’s about strengthening women, creating a sense of unity for women in our community, and recognising Hastings Heroines and the strength and cohesion they provide in the community,” she said about the event.

“We are honoured to have Rosie here and I think that will only bolster the support we are able to raise for the refuge.”

Nominations are open for the Hastings Heroines Awards including a new category for Young Heroine of the Year.

Unity is the theme of the 2017 awards.

Visit www.hbwn.com.au/hh2017 to download the nomination form, buy event tickets, purchase raffle tickets and order a signed copy of Rosie Batty’s book.

Port Macquarie MP Leslie Williams and the Hastings Business Women’s Network co-host the breakfast.

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