From Canberra to Africa: Amazing women to raise funds for African school girls

Room to Read Canberra Chapter is hosting a fund raising campaign to coincide with the International Women's Day on 8th March 2013. The event targets to raise $8,000 which will send 32 kids to go to school for a year.
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Feb. 27, 2013 - PRLog -- 27 FEBRUARY 2013 – CANBERRA:  She is a geologist by day. Analysing geological properties of sites for massive projects in Australia and the Middle East, her working hours stretch well into late nights to catch up with her overseas colleagues.

At the same time she has a young family – (children aged 3 and 5 years old) who need to be fed and attended to particularly at dinner and bedtime.

But Alexandra Golab still finds time to do some volunteer work. Now on her third year as a volunteer at Room to Read Canberra Chapter (RoomtoRead%20IWD%20Fund%20raining%20event%20%2028%20Feb%202013.docx), she is heavily involved in this year’s major fund raising campaign which will coincide with the International Women’s Day (IWD) celebration. The event aims to raise $8,000 which could support 32 years of education for African school girls. (It costs $250 a year to send one African child to school according to Room to Read).

Room to Read Canberra is sponsoring an event that will feature some of Canberra’s high profile women including Olympian medallist (rowing) Kim Crow, architect Annabelle Pegrum AM and Barbara Baike – a small business owner – as inspirational speakers.  

"Amazing Women is our theme for this year. And we find it fitting that we can hold this event in time for the IWD as well," said Alexandra, who is also the Events Organiser at Room to Read Canberra chapter.

"We are privileged to have these prominent women involved in this fund raising event. They are all giving and committing their time, talent and resources to increase awareness and to help those poor school girls in Africa through Room to Read.”

The event will be held on Friday, 8th March from 6:30PM – 9:30PM at Tilley’s Café, Lyneham. Mezzo Soprano Veronica Thwaites-Brown and Soprano Alexandra Dalman will also be performing on the night.

“Aside from raising money for Room to Read we also want people to have a good night out, feel inspired by the amazing speakers and raise awareness of the amazing work that Room to Read is doing,” said Yash Varma, Chapter Leader at Room to Read Canberra. (http://RoomtoRead%20IWD%20Fund%20raining%20event%20%2028%...)

“We have an amazing line up of speakers and performers on the night. And while it features a strong contingent of women, men are also encouraged and invited to attend,” Yash said.

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For more information about Room to Read:

For media interviews or photo opportunities, please contact:

Yash Varma, Chapter Leader, Room to Read Canberra on:; Mobile: 0415 573 520

Alexandra Golab, Events Organiser, Room to Read Canberra on:; Mobile: 0425279576

About Room to Read

We envision a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world.

To achieve this goal, we focus on two areas where we believe we can have the greatest impact: literacy and gender equality in education.  We work in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond.
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