Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Swichettes Give Swich on Boys Run for Money; Friendship Group to Raise Awareness of Women's Health Issues

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Swichettes Give Swich on Boys Run for Money; Friendship Group to Raise Awareness of Women's Health Issues

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Byline: Peter Foley peter.foley@qt.com.au

FIRST there was Swich On, now get ready for the Swichettes.

Swich On was established by a group of Ipswich businessmen in 2011 to offer mateship and promote awareness of men's-related issues and raise money for men's-related causes.

Following on from its success, the wives, girlfriends, sisters and friends of the men behind Swich On have come together to form the Swichettes.

Sharing similar goals and philosophies with Swich On, the Swichettes' main aim is to raise awareness of issues affecting women's and children's health and wellbeing.

Karlie Bulow is one of the board members of the Swichettes, who she describes as a dynamic group of women offering friendship and fun.

"Although we are a social group we are also very proud Ipswichians and as such want to give back to the community and that's why we will be supporting local organisations such as the Ipswich Women's Centre Against Domestic Violence and, in the future, other worthy causes," Ms Bulow said.

"Brad my husband is the president of Swich On and it was always in the works that we were going to start the female charity organisation but I was always on maternity leave and things like that. At the end of last year we decided to get together and create it.

"We're kind of an off-shoot at the moment but I think we will eventually have our own incorporation because we've got quite a big following, which is great. We had 300 people liking our Facebook page within three days.

"But we will be working under them at the moment and we're having joint ventures, like gala events, family days.

"We'll work together but we'll be separate because the boys really need the boys' time and the girls need the girls' time."

Swich On started as a men only group then women were allowed in and Swichettes will be the same.

"We'll have a few on our board and they're going to have a couple of us girls on their board," she said.

She said the Swichette board had worked as a team to get the Swichettes off to a flying start.

"It's a great group of girls. I think it's going to be a really great venture. …

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