Event singles out deserving

The Rotary Club of Langley Central is inviting the public to spend International Women’s Day honouring women they consider unsung heroes.

The Rotary Women’s Day luncheon is Saturday and three local women will receive recognition.

“They are chosen through people who feel that they deserve to be recognized for their work in the community,” said Linda Mross, organizing committee chair.

The luncheon is a chance to hear from guest speaker, Lauryn Oates, an advocate for women’s rights in Afghanistan.

“The speaker was chosen through a person that had heard her speak and thought she would fit to International Women’s Day, after reading her bio, we all agreed,” Mross said.

In 1996, a then 14-year-old Oates read about the Taliban and its doctrines against such things as educating girls and women.

She started a petition calling on the world to challenge the misogynist Taliban beliefs and has continued to work ever since.

There’s room for 300 people at the luncheon which takes place at Newlands Golf and Country Club, 20125 48th Ave., from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tickets, at $35 apiece, can be purchased at internationalwomensday.ca or from Susan Parsons, therightagent@shaw.ca or 604-323-4460. This is a fundraiser for Rotary World Help Network (rotaryworldhelp.com).

“This organizations collects discarded materials such as hospital and medical equipment, computers, and educational supplies and then ships them in containers to Third World countries that need them,” said Rotarian John Peters.

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