The matter of giving back to society, helping others and being charitable has been a strong theme over the past 12 months.  Our last event for International Women’s Day on Friday 12th March, featured Dr Ruth Knight from QUT Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, sharing her skills and tips on how we can all be more socially responsible.  It was our biggest event yet with over 430 guests who were inspired and enthralled by Dr Ruth’s words.

And so, we continue the theme of giving by posing a controversial question to be argued by our female versus male debate team.   The topic for this year’s Annual Great Debate is:


Meet our passionate, dedicated and altruistic debaters.  They are honourable members, philanthropists, leaders and entrepreneurs.

Angie Bell

Angie Bell MP

Federal Member for Moncrieff, Chair of City Heart Taskforce dedicated to serving the needs of small business, tourism, education and construction.

Margaret Scott MBA MBus(Research) FFIA CFRE (Ret.)

A leader in the nonprofit sector, specialising in fundraising leadership for more than 30 years, 2014 Arthur Venn Fundraiser of the Year.

Carey Westwood & Wanjiru Waithaka

Co-Founders of Manasprings - providing a place where grassroots women leaders can be empowered to transform communities.

John-Paul Langbroek

Member for Surfers Paradise, Minister for Seniors, Communities and Disability Services, Multiculturalism and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships for the LNP.


Fundraising General Manager for Wesley Mission Qld and supporter for over 93 WMQ services.

Marco Renai – CEO, MOB (Men of Business)

Founder and CEO of The Men of Business Academy, a senior secondary school that focuses on empowering young men with the skills, knowledge and confidence to be happy, healthy and successful in life after school.