GALLERY: Eden celebrates International Women's Day

Eden has celebrated International Women’s Day in style, with a special breakfast fundraiser held at the Eden Killer Whale Museum on Saturday.

Over 50 women turned out to enjoy a mouth-watering breakfast cooked by the Eden Service and Social Club Incorporated (ESSCI), with Friends of the Eden Killer Whale Museum raising a grand total of $500 for the McGrath Foundation.

After breakfast, guests were treated to the captivating stories of three of the area’s most prominent women; yachtswomen Tricia Lamacraft and Tracey Chubb, and author Susie Sarah.

Jenny Drenkhahn, Eden Killer Whale Museum secretary, said the diversity of the speakers helped showcase the exciting lives our local women lead.

“It is important for us to learn about what women in our community experience, but also bringing us the experience of other communities,” Jenny said.

“They’re all very different, these three, and it just so happens that these three are connected with the museum.

“We’re absolutely thrilled with the number of people who are here; it’s a great spot to have this function, and the ESSCI boys do a great job.

“It’s the third one we’ve had here, and it’s as good a turnout as any.”

The opportunity to raise money for cancer awareness and research was an especially important aspect of the day for Susie Sarah, who recently lost both of her parents to the disease.

The bestselling children’s author regaled the crowd with tales of her battle to overcome dyslexia as a child, right through to her success in forming a publishing company; an accomplishment that brought her closer to her mother.

“I had to take money out of my super fund (to fund my publishing efforts),” said Susie.

“You’ve got to know what you’re doing, and it’s scary stuff.

“My mother wasn’t talking to me at the time, but she started to talk to me again after she read the children’s books.

“I had a good six months of talking to her before she died of cancer two weeks ago.”

And after Tricia’s thrilling stories of Aboriginal smoking ceremonies in the Kimberley, and Tracey’s tales of raising her family at sea, the morning wrapped up with a rousing rendition of ‘I Am Woman’, before ESSCI volunteer Jack Dickensen led a chorus of “Stand By Your Man”.

The breakfast spread put on by ESSCI volunteers at Eden's International Women's Day celebrations.

The breakfast spread put on by ESSCI volunteers at Eden's International Women's Day celebrations.

International Women's Day guests (from left) Jenny Vidler, Karen Lott and Jackie Lott at the Eden Killer Whale Museum.

International Women's Day guests (from left) Jenny Vidler, Karen Lott and Jackie Lott at the Eden Killer Whale Museum.

Over 50 guests, including (from left) Debbie Hunter, Vicki Telfer and Norma Allen attended Eden's International Women's Day celebrations.

Over 50 guests, including (from left) Debbie Hunter, Vicki Telfer and Norma Allen attended Eden's International Women's Day celebrations.

The Lioness Club was represented by Jo Meredith (left) and Sandra Symonds at the Eden Killer Whale Museum.

The Lioness Club was represented by Jo Meredith (left) and Sandra Symonds at the Eden Killer Whale Museum.

Judy Sheppard (left) and Margaret Long at Eden's International Women's Day celebrations.

Judy Sheppard (left) and Margaret Long at Eden's International Women's Day celebrations.

 Eden's International Women's Day celebrations.in full swing, with (from left) Yvonne Wilson, Nancy Weatherman, Julie Meade and Anne Bugjan.

Eden's International Women's Day celebrations.in full swing, with (from left) Yvonne Wilson, Nancy Weatherman, Julie Meade and Anne Bugjan.

The Eden Killer Whale Museum provided the backdrop for the International Women's Day celebrations, attended by (from left) Peg Davey, Leone Fairweather and Jan Allan.

The Eden Killer Whale Museum provided the backdrop for the International Women's Day celebrations, attended by (from left) Peg Davey, Leone Fairweather and Jan Allan.

International Women's Day celebrations at the Eden Killer Whale Museum: (from left) Pauline Mitchell, Helen Cowgill and Lela Kolega.

International Women's Day celebrations at the Eden Killer Whale Museum: (from left) Pauline Mitchell, Helen Cowgill and Lela Kolega.

Eden Killer Whale Museum secretary Jenny Drenkhahn introduced the guest speakers at Eden's International Women's Day celebrations.

Eden Killer Whale Museum secretary Jenny Drenkhahn introduced the guest speakers at Eden's International Women's Day celebrations.

 Eden's International Women's Day celebrations in full swing.

Eden's International Women's Day celebrations in full swing.

 Eden's International Women's Day celebrations.

Eden's International Women's Day celebrations.

Tricia Lamacraft shared stories of raising her family at sea, and her grandchildren's lives in a remote Aboriginal community in the Kimberley.

Tricia Lamacraft shared stories of raising her family at sea, and her grandchildren's lives in a remote Aboriginal community in the Kimberley.

ESSCI volunteers cooked up a storm to celebrate International Women's Day.

ESSCI volunteers cooked up a storm to celebrate International Women's Day.

Two of the guest speakers for Eden's International Women's Day celebrations, Tracey Chubb (left) and Tricia Lamacraft.

Two of the guest speakers for Eden's International Women's Day celebrations, Tracey Chubb (left) and Tricia Lamacraft.

International Women's Day was celebrated by (from left) Ruth Blanch, Lyn Robert and Marielou Albaladejo at the Eden Killer Whale Museum.

International Women's Day was celebrated by (from left) Ruth Blanch, Lyn Robert and Marielou Albaladejo at the Eden Killer Whale Museum.

Eden's International Women's Day celebrations: (from left) Marie McInness, Heather West and Sister Rosemary Hart

Eden's International Women's Day celebrations: (from left) Marie McInness, Heather West and Sister Rosemary Hart

 Eden's International Women's Day celebrations: Jacqui Jaffrey (left) and Ingrid Cirulis.

Eden's International Women's Day celebrations: Jacqui Jaffrey (left) and Ingrid Cirulis.

Author Susie Sarah shared her personal experiences of cancer at the McGrath Foundation fundraising event at the Eden Killer Whale Museum.

Author Susie Sarah shared her personal experiences of cancer at the McGrath Foundation fundraising event at the Eden Killer Whale Museum.

Breakfast time: The ladies line up for a breakfast prepared by ESSCI volunteers as part of Eden's International Women's Day celebrations.

Breakfast time: The ladies line up for a breakfast prepared by ESSCI volunteers as part of Eden's International Women's Day celebrations.

Yachtswoman Tracey Chubb talks about raising her family at sea.

Yachtswoman Tracey Chubb talks about raising her family at sea.

Guest speakers (from left) Tricia Lamacraft, Tracey Chubb and Susie Sarah were presented with flowers as a token of thanks at Eden's International Women's Day celebrations.

Guest speakers (from left) Tricia Lamacraft, Tracey Chubb and Susie Sarah were presented with flowers as a token of thanks at Eden's International Women's Day celebrations.

A rousing rendition of 'I am Woman' was led by Margaret Sheaves (left).

A rousing rendition of 'I am Woman' was led by Margaret Sheaves (left).

Eden's Killer Whale Museum provided the backdrop for the town's International Women's Day celebrations.

Eden's Killer Whale Museum provided the backdrop for the town's International Women's Day celebrations.

ESSCI volunteer Jack Dickensen (left) led a chorus of "Stand By Your Man".

ESSCI volunteer Jack Dickensen (left) led a chorus of "Stand By Your Man".

Author Susie Sarah (left) and yachtswoman Tracey Chubb join in the singing of "I Am Woman".

Author Susie Sarah (left) and yachtswoman Tracey Chubb join in the singing of "I Am Woman".

Author Susie Sarah (left) and yachtswoman Tracey Chubb join in the singing of "I Am Woman".

Author Susie Sarah (left) and yachtswoman Tracey Chubb join in the singing of "I Am Woman".