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Women Weaving Stories 3

December 10, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Women Weaving Stories 3

10 December 2021


We thought we were finished Weaving Women’s Stories for 2021, but then we got the rare opportunity for one more story, that needs to be told this year! It’s too good an opportunity to miss! 

Please NOTE the now time and come at 5.00 for 5.30 start. 

Maree Stephenson – Taking the Ten Desert Challenge on her bike “Banjo”.

On the 2nd of May 2021, local woman Maree Stephenson cycled from Brisbane to Birdsville in an attempt to cross all 10 Australian deserts. Maree took on this challenge on her fat tyre bicycle  ‘Banjo.’ The 10 desert challenge took 127 days, to cover 8,780km. The route included the Birdsville Track, Oodnadatta Track, Stuart Highway, Red Centre Way, Great Central Highway, Goldfields Highway, Wiluna North Road, Marble Bar Rd, Great Northern Highway, Tanami Track, The Plenty and Donohue Highways, The Boulia-Bedourie Road, The Eyre Development Road and The Birdsville Simpson Desert National Park Road. On the 4th September, Maree’s circuit ended in Birdsville, where she was joined by her partner and son, to celebrate. 

The challenge was a registered fundraising event for Beyond Blue. The $11,095.09 raised will connect over 222 people either by phone call, web chat or email with a mental health professional, as part of Beyond Blue’s 24/7 Support Services.

Maree reflects that: Desert country tests our bigger, stronger, wiser, kinder selves with its raw beauty & extreme conditions. The journey took spiritual, physical, mental and social resolve to face the daily trials.  By sharing the story, I hope to inspire others to experience the mental health benefits of exercising caring habits safely in our great outdoors.  

Please join us to celebrate Maree’s adventure and safe arrival home. 

Womenspace appreciates a $5 donation towards facility costs. Numbers will be restricted to 30 people.

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December 10, 2021
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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