Blayney View Club April notes


One of the wonderful things about VIEW is the interesting and varied guest speakers we are treated to.

At our March dinner Rashida Qureshi spoke about growing up in our local, rural community, marrying and converting to Islam.

She spoke about the rationale behind the women covering some or all of their heads and the fact that this is a personal choice.

She has worked in the Blayney community for many years, her children went to school locally and her family ran a business. So, Rashida's decision to wear the hijab when out of the house was a difficult one, but she felt strongly about it.

Her children grew up in the same way as all the other kids at school and she has spoken freely to the kids of Blayney about Islam.

This is a wonderful education for these children (and adults) as our views on such things are normally formed by media reports, which unfortunately are often based on problems and violence.

At our April dinner Rashida will return to talk about the basis of the Islam faith and to answer our questions.

A big thank you to Sue Townsend and Ros MacRae who manage to find such interesting speakers for our dinners.

Blayney VIEW Club lost a long standing, hard working member this month with the death of Helen Knox. We were blessed to have Helen as a member of our club for so long and our thoughts are with the Knox family.

Our Delegate, Brenda Leitch reported that the Smith Family has launched a new programme called Joy Spreader, which will provide additional help such as reading materials and mentorship to needy students.

Our next dinner will be on Tuesday 20th April at the Millthorpe Museum at 6.30. Any ladies in the community who would like to join us, phone Virginia on 0457672748 by Thursday 15th.