Opinion

Countdown is on for 2021 conference

Isn’t it sad that we think we have things so bad, when we have all the essentials of life like food, clothing and shelter, and most of us have a job to go to even if we don’t love it?

However, there are so many much worse off than ourselves and it is only while we’re talking with them or observing them as we go about our daily lives, we think, “How lucky am I?” and yet depression does not discriminate, it doesn’t care whether you are rich or poor, in a loving home or living on the streets.

It just means you have better resources available, but they are only available if you reach out and ask for help.

The question to ask someone who has or may have depression is not “What have you got to be depressed about?” as no one knows the intricacies of a person’s life and should not judge them by the facade they show.

If you are feeling depressed, reach out to a mate, a family member or mental health provider, you are not alone and there are many professionals available to assist and many people surrounding you on a daily basis who are prepared to listen and to lend a helping hand.

Music has always been of great benefit to me and a reminder from Travis Tritt that “It’s a Great Day to be Alive” can change the mood of my day.

On a more positive note, the countdown is on for the 8th Transport Women Australia Limited Conference which is being held in Melbourne from May 28-30, 2021.

With several speakers announced, Melissa Strong of Lindsay Australia and former vice chair of TWAL is the MC for the conference with Kerrie Challenor of NTI and Jodie Palmer of Volvo Group Australia joining the speakers, as well as  Paul Simionato and Kim Denyer of the NHVR, Sarah Balmer of Balmer Agency and Gillian Bristow of Bristow Legal, with more to be announced very soon.

Also returning are many loyal sponsors, including our Foundation Business Partners Volvo Group Australia and NTI, plus TWUSUPER, SRT Logistics, Ron Finemore Transport, Austbrokers AEI Transport Pty Ltd, PACCAR, Cummins, Teletrac Navman, Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific and the NHVR.

I hope you have downloaded the IETV app and have watched the Driving the Difference show as I have had wonderful guests with interesting stories. Two episodes have been released with the third out in a few weeks.

Be sure to join us at an event, tune in to the TV show or plan a trip to the conference and check out the SafeT360 truck.

We also have our Melbourne and Sydney International Women’s Day dinners and our Brisbane Truck Show Breakfast to look forward to in coming weeks.

For inquiries about any of this or for membership, mentoring or sponsorship, email chair@transportwomen.com.au or call 0417422319.

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