Past Events

Breakfast with George Megalogenis

Friday April 29th 2016

Dear Supporters,

We are excited to invite you to the first Second Chance event of 2016 with George Megalogenis, award-winning journalist and best-selling author, on Friday April 29, 2016.

Megalogenis is a rare thing: a political journalist who has written a best-selling blockbuster.

His books explain – like few others – where Australia has come from and where it is going.

In launching his latest book, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called him “”A writer who has informed and inspired us for so long.’’

Come, listen to and ask questions of one of the sharpest political minds in Australia.

At this, our first fundraising breakfast of the year, we will be revealing the changing face of homelessness and how we – with your help – target female homelessness in South-East Queensland.

The Brisbane Club, Edinburgh Room, 241 Adelaide St, Brisbane.
Friday April 29 2016 7am for 7.15am – 9am

$85 incl. GST $800 for tables of 10
RSVP: April 26 to Cheryl le Cerf
PH: 3853 5816

Second Chance Programme Event April 2016 Invitation
Download your Invitation here

100% of profits go to Second Chance’s work helping women & children to a safe home

Phone Cheryl: 3853 5816

If you cannot attend but would like to help, donate here.

See Past event details and photos


2015 Events

Dale Spender speaking at BEMAC exhibition

”I am proud of myself and of my school and I’ve never been proud of anything before. Being proud feels amazing.”
This was the message of just one student at Carinity Education – Southside School who had her art being exhibited at Memories…lost but not forgotten at BEMAC in Kangaroo Point recently.

Many of the students struggle with issues such as domestic violence.

Dale Spender was guest speaker celebrating the artistic achievements of young women from Queensland’s only school established for girls disengaged from traditional education.

“I am so overwhelmed by the talent and determination of the young women who have work exhibited,” Ms Spender said. She spoke about Life without a postcode.

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HOME TO ME signed book raffle winners….

Second Chance Programme Event raising money for homeless women Australia

A TERRIFIC crowd at the Brisbane Writers Festival boosted the ticket sales for Second Chance signed book raffle, drawn at the weekend.

Winners were:
1st prize. The timber bookshelf, made by the Mt Gravatt Men’s Shed, with 40 signed books was won by Kerryn Newton.
2nd prize: $200 book hamper won by Myf McAlister.
3rd prize: $100 book voucher from Avid Reader Bookshop won by R. Rogers

Who was on the shelf? We had wonderful support from Geoffrey Rush, dale spender, Ben Quilty, Lily Brett, William McInnes, Leigh Sales, Prof Peter Doherty, Quentin Bryce, John Eales, Fiona Stager, Adam Goodes, Julia Zemiro, Caroline Jones, Carla Zampatti, Suzy Wilson, Deborah Mailman, Markus Zusak, Alan Kohler, Maggie Beer, Michael Groom, Margaret Pomeranz, Tanya Plibersek, Ross Garnaut, Nick Xenophon, Hannah Kent, Judith Lucy, Anna Goldsworthy, Wesley Enoch, Leah Purcell, Prof Ian Frazer, Prof Marcia Langton, Trent Dalton, Chris Sarra & Kaz Cooke.

A big thank you to the generous book donors; the skilled blokes at the Mt Gravatt Men’s Shed for constructing the bookcase; the wonderful volunteer mothers/daughter ticket sellers from All Hallows School and Brisbane Girls Grammar School; Julie Beveridge of the Brisbane Writers Festival for her support; and everyone who bought a ticket.


Hanworth House  – 26th of February 2015




Hanworth House SCP Event

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2014 Events

Breakfast with guest Speaker Peter Hunt – Customs House

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Brisbane Club Book Lovers Event for Second Chance Program

For the past few years Second Chance Program has had wonderful ties with the Brisbane Club, in particular, benefiting from the sumptuous International Women’s Day lunch each year. Second Chance kicked off its fundraising program for 2014 with an elegant dinner held in conjunction with the Brisbane Club’s Book Lovers Group. The Book Lovers Group’s dynamic convener, Christine Dauber, approached Second Chance to see if we would be interested in being the beneficiary charity for their next function: Dinner with Professor Kay Saunders, presenting her most recent book Deadly Australian Women. What an opportunity! In the company of our delightful hosts, we heard from Professor Saunders about the history of some of Australia’s most baffling murders committed by women. We learnt of the vulnerable women who had killed because of the terrible and tragic circumstances in which they had found themselves; and, at the other end of the spectrum, women who had killed to further their manipulative and evil ends. And from this fascinating night Second Chance was propelled towards reaching its fundraising goals for 2014.


2013 Events


Thursday November 7: Creator & publisher of, a website that began as a one-woman blog, grew 400% in its first 12 months & now reaches 1.2 million Australians every month, was the dynamic speaker at our  very enjoyable November UQ Business School Breakfast series event at the Sofitel.


Friday September 6: Our fabulously elegant Swing into Spring melded music, dancing, fashion, prizes and fun. It is our major annual fundraising event and was held at glamorous Mirra, Fortitude Valley. It was a wonderful evening of entertainment whilst also raising a substantial amount of money to support homeless women in SEQ. Many thanks to all of our sponsors and contributors to the event. See below a few photos from the event.

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Friday July 26:  Over 80 people enjoyed a lovely winter’s lunch with friends at Baguette Bistrot at Ascot to finish the working week. Heart-warming French food with wine (of course) plus fashion, philanthropy & prizes made for a very enjoyable and successful fundraising event.


Friday March 8: International Women’s Day. Robyn Walker, the first female in Royal Australian Navy history to attain the rank of Rear Admiral, was the guest speaker at IWD lunch at The Brisbane Club.

Thank you to St Aidan’s and The Brisbane Club for organising a wonderful lunch.


Monday April 15: Award-winning journalist Leigh Sales, host of ABC-TV’s 7.30 was guest speaker at the first of The Second Chance UQ Business School 2013 Breakfast Series at the Customs House.

Go to our Facebook page to see photos.


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