The 2018 Annual Lunch Fundraiser will be held on 23rd March 2018. You can book tickets here.

We are proud to announce the 2018 speaker will be:

Helen Clark
Former New Zealand Prime Minister

Former Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme

Helen Clark served two terms as Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme from April 2009 to April 2017, and was the first woman to lead the organization. She was also the Chair of the United Nations Development Group, a committee consisting of the heads of all UN funds, programmes and departments working on development issues.

Prior to her appointment with UNDP, Helen Clark served for nine years as Prime Minister of New Zealand, serving three successive terms from 1999 – 2008. Throughout her tenure as Prime Minister, Helen Clark engaged widely in policy development and advocacy across the international, economic, social and cultural spheres.

Under her leadership, New Zealand achieved significant economic growth, low levels of unemployment, and high levels of investment in education and health, and in the well-being of families and older citizens. She and her government prioritized reconciliation and the settlement of historical grievances with New Zealand’s indigenous people and the development of an inclusive multicultural and multi-faith society.

Helen Clark came to the role of Prime Minister after an extensive parliamentary and ministerial career. First elected to Parliament in 1981, Helen Clark was re-elected to her multicultural Auckland constituency for the tenth time in November 2008. Earlier in her career, she chaired Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee.

Between 1987 and 1990, she was a Minister responsible for first, the portfolios of Conservation and Housing, and then Health and Labour. She was Deputy Prime Minister between August 1989 and November 1990. From that date until December 1993 she served as Deputy Leader of the Opposition, and then as Leader of the Opposition until winning the election in November 1999.

 

The Annual Jessie Street Fundraising Lunch

The Lunch has been held since 1989. It takes place in Parliament House Sydney, as near as possible to April 18, the date of Jessie’s birthday.

Over the years, the lunch has attracted a dedicated group of supporters who come away well-fed by the Parliament House chefs and inspired by the speakers and the emotionally powerful stories behind the past and current annual grant winners. The Trust is proud that this event in Jessie’s name has become a Sydney institution.

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