Soroptimists’ invitation to support the challenge of birthing

“The Challenge of Birthing” is the theme of the Central Gippsland Soroptimist group’s fundraising dinner, to be held at Monash Gippsland’s Churchill campus on Wednesday, 21 November.

The evening will commence with a tour of Monash Gippsland’s midwifery education laboratories, followed by dinner at the campus bistro.

Soroptimist International is a worldwide service group that supports the health and wellbeing of women and girls, and is currently raising money for the Birthing in the Pacific project that funds the training of birth attendants in Papua New Guinea.

“Birthing is a challenge for many women,” group spokesperson Helen McAdam said.

“But having to give birth in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, with no medical assistance, clean water and basic facilities that we take for granted in Australia adds enormously to that challenge.”

Ms McAdam said the project aimed to support the work of Alana Street, an Australian midwife, who has provided voluntary midwifery services to the people of Papua New Guinea over many years.

Ms Street will be one of the speakers at the dinner, alongside Maureen Miles from Monash Gippsland.

“By touring the modern laboratories at Monash, guests will gain insight into modern birthing practice in Australia,” Ms McAdam said.

“Alana will then speak about her work in PNG and those present will really be able to understand the challenge of birthing that confronts many women in the Pacific.”

Tickets are $35 each and drinks can be purchased at the bar.

All profits will go to the Birthing in the Pacific project.

The evening commences at 6pm.

For all enquiries and to purchase tickets, phone Helen McAdam on

0448 876 516.