Vanessa Fowler is the Ladies Day 2020 Rainbow Beach special guest of honour on International Women’s Day, March 8
The Ladies Day 2020 Rainbow Beach special guest of honour will be Vanessa Fowler.
Vanessa is the sister of the late Allison Baden-Clay and also the Chair of the Board of Directors, The Allison Baden-Clay Foundation.
Vanessa has been instrumental in keeping Allison’s legacy alive by steering the foundation and encouraging people to speak up if they suspect someone is being abused by a partner.
Vanessa said: “In Australia, we have one woman a week on average, dying at the hands of her current or former partner. This is a statistic that we all have the capacity to influence, prevent and change.
“We have developed a partnership with Griffith University’s MATE Bystander Program, where we hope that we can teach the community how to identify these small things and how to approach and prevent domestic violence.
“The Program focuses on raising awareness of harmful behaviour within our culture and the preventative measures we can take as a society.
“We all have an inner voice that we need to listen to if we fear that we have a friend or a colleague who might be at risk,” Ms Fowler said.
Vanessa is committed in everything that she does, to make her sister proud, taking the grief and anger the family has suffered and turning such a tragic circumstance into a positive, making a difference in Australia.
The Allison Baden-Clay Foundation has recently announced a partnership with Griffith University to prevent domestic and family violence.
We would love our guests to wear a splash of yellow or a yellow ribbon to honour Allison and to remind people to speak up if they are worried about someone at risk, before it is too late.
Vanessa will come to the stage at 1.30pm just prior to the 2pm Fashion Parade in the Marque on the Green.