Help our women change the world
Friday, 10th April, 2015
By Andrew Robertson
One is going in the name of science and the other to further women’s causes the world over.
Chanelle Burrowes and Siobahn Graham might be heading overseas for different reasons but they are relying on the same thing to get to their destinations - the generosity of locals.
Sixteen-year-old Chanelle will be just the seventh local to attend the United Space School in the US in July after she and a boy from Perth were selected to represent Australia.
Chanelle will join about 50 other students from 20 different countries at the space school in Houston, Texas, where they will take part in various activities, including plotting a mission to Mars.
Earlier this year the science buff - who before she even leaves has to complete 12 assignments as part of the program - told the BDT that she was looking forward to the trip and meeting people from different cultures.
While the BHHS student will be staying with a host family during the two-week trip, her family still needs to raise about $6,000 to pay for flights, schools fees and other expenses.
Siobahn needs to raise at least $3,500 if she is going to attend to the 28th World YWCA Council in Bangkok, Thailand where topics including gender equality will be discussed.
The 25-year-old had hoped to represent the YWCA at the gathering in October but was not able to join the local board by the time nominations closed.
So she has decided to fund the 10-day trip herself.
A fundraiser for both Chanelle and Siobhan is being held tonight at the Silver City Cinema which will donate a portion of ticket sales from the screening of the animated movie Chappie.
A light supper will be provided prior to the 8pm screening.
YWCA president Helen Walton said yesterday the board was supporting both Siobhan and Chanelle’s fundraising efforts.
She said the board thought only proper that a young woman represented country NSW at the YWCA world gathering which is held every four years.
“We think it’s important that women in rural Australia represent us,” Ms Walton said.
Locals will have a number of opportunities to help the pair with several other fundraising events planned.