Peacekeeper and mine activist to present at special breakfast

Peacekeeper, ammunitions expert, martial artist, musician and one of the first-ever female graduates of Australia’s Royal Military College, Duntroon, Leonie Barnes will be the special guest speaker at a Buderim Foundation Breakfast in October.

Buderim Foundation Chair Dr Russell Stitz said Leonie’s presentation on her life stories, her values and philosophies was sure to be fascinating, with a lively Q&A session to follow the presentation.

Leonie, who is also the daughter of a crocodile shooter and has been a specialist Ammunition Technical Officer since the age of 22, will be presenting “M.I.N.E.D the Gap – if life is a minefield, what happens when real deminers do life?”.

Back in Australia after 20 years as a civilian peacekeeper with the United Nations, including service in Sudan, Kosovo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, Mozambique, Nepal, India and the Ukraine, Leonie is a leading specialist in the field of Humanitarian Mine Action and consults internationally in specialised risk management, humanitarian mine action, and emergency response with the World Health Organisation.

The Buderim Foundation Breakfast with Leonie Barnes will be held at the Headland Park Golf Club on Wednesday 26th October at 7.00am for a prompt 7.30am start, with tickets available for $40 per person.

Tickets are limited and expected to sell out. To purchase tickets, visit / or email Susi Du Toit at or phone 0474 220 895 by Friday 21st October.

The Buderim Foundation is a philanthropic organisation that aims to enrich and enhance the quality of life for people who live in the Buderim area. The Buderim Foundation also manages the Thompson Fund, which aims to support people in need throughout the Sunshine Coast.

For more information on the Buderim Foundation, please visit,

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