Mr ENTSCH: The Zonta Club of Cairns, in collaboration with the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation, held their second masquerade ball on 23 July at the Pullman Cairns International. I had the great pleasure of attending with my beautiful wife, Yolonde. It was a colourful affair, with everyone donning all sorts of uniquely designed masquerade ball masks. The ball was a chance for the Zonta club to raise much-needed funds to enable it to continue the fabulous work it does throughout the community. It was a great event filled with plenty of exciting performances. Local artist Vivien Aisi and a local salsa and samba dance group kept everyone well and truly entertained.
If you’re unaware, Zonta is a worldwide service organisation for females in business and professionals working together to advance the status of all women. The Zonta Club of Cairns was formed in 1983 and has since contributed to empowering women and girls in our Cairns community. Many of Zonta’s fundraising efforts have supported unique projects, like the creation of breast cancer cushions and birthing kits, and have provided financial awards to contribute to the education of year 12 girls and support local women’s shelters. I am sure you’ll agree with me, Madam Deputy Speaker Claydon, that Zonta is a fabulous organisation. I congratulate all involved in putting together another wonderful event.