Airforce veteran to share inspiring story of overcoming career and life challenges to succeed at special Buderim Foundation breakfast

Royal Australian Airforce veteran Catherine Stamp will share her inspirational life story at the next Buderim Foundation Breakfast to be held on Wednesday, 24th July at the Headland Golf Club.

Born to Maltese immigrant parents and being the eldest daughter with six siblings, Cathy’s life would never be dull, but her fortitude facing career and life challenges, is nothing short of inspirational.

Cathy grew up on a sugar cane farm in Mackay and after leaving school at just 14 worked as a legal secretary for five years before she enlisted in the RAAF, where she served in Australia and Malaysia and on overseas operational deployments to East Timor, Kyrgyzstan Central Asia and the Middle East, becoming a Commissioned Officer in 2001.

Cathy retired as a Senior Commissioned Officer to Caloundra in 2011 after 28 years military service, where she actively volunteers in the community and is currently the first female president at the Caloundra RSL Services Club, having been elected in 2019, after being on the board since 2014. Cathy also volunteers as a JP at the Caloundra Magistrates Court House and out-of-hours for Caloundra Police. She is also a member of the Finance Council for the Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Parish in Caloundra.

Buderim Foundation Chair, Rod McKinnon, said the Foundation was delighted to have Cathy as the special guest for the July Breakfast, to share her unique experiences as a woman, the daughter of migrants and a veteran. Cathy said her story is one of overcoming many challenges to succeed.

“From leaving school at just 14, the traditional expectations placed on me as the eldest female in a large Mediterranean family, to the challenges of working and rising through the ranks in the male-dominated environment of the RAAF, and to being involved with the RSL community, I have faced countless challenges head on and succeeded,” Cathy said.

“Even in retirement, I work to make my community a better place and to encourage particularly other women to strive for success.”

Mr McKinnon said the Buderim Foundation’s breakfasts were always popular and this one would be no exception. He said the breakfast was also a great way to support the Foundation.

“So, bring your friends and family, or come and meet new Foundation friends and join us for another great event,” Mr McKinnon said.

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The Buderim Foundation is a philanthropic organisation that aims to enrich and enhance the quality of life for everyone who lives in the Buderim area by harnessing the power of giving.

The Foundation works by professionally investing all donations and bequests. The earnings from these investments are redistributed to the community via an annual grants program open to not-for-profit community organisations that provide a service, and support to residents in the Buderim area.

In addition, the Foundation manages the Thompson Charitable Fund which provides grants to organisations supporting people experiencing homelessness and financial hardship across the whole Sunshine Coast.

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