The night reminded me of what a special place Canberra is. The people who live here, in this case the women who live here, really do lead fascinating lives. They spend their spare time contributing to our society at local, national and international levels. This observation is not just anecdotal. The National Australia Bank's charitable giving index recently found that Canberrans lead the nation in charitable giving. It has also been found that we in the national capital have the highest rate of volunteerism.
I am sure that HerCanberra could have invited any 10 Canberra women along and we would have had an equally fascinating night. The conversations will be edited and posted on the HerCanberra site. I would like to thank Amanda and HerCanberra for organising the night and I also thank the wonderful team of Canberra small businesses they assembled to help out on the night: Foodish, Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets, Craft ACT, Chalk Design, Beata English, and Positive Influence. Unfortunately, we only just warmed up by the time we had to head home. I look forward to meeting these nine fascinating women again and I congratulate HerCanberra for this great initiative.