Fundraising for Zonta Club of Brisbane education awards received a boost thanks to a successful film night where over 150 Zontians and friends saw a private screening of Beneath the Surface, a documentary about the Australian pearling industry and in particular the pioneering Ellies family.

Aje Ellies (pictured with Margo McKinney and Barbara Kent), who now manages the family business in Broome attended along with Margot McKinney,  also in the documentary and uses the pearls in her stunning jewellery. The film was a family affair for Zonta Club of Brisbane member Susan Hocking whose son-in-law Sam Thies shot the film which was done on location in the Northern Territory around Broome.

The aim of the event was to raise funds for our Education awards and this was assisted due to a donation by Margot of a pearl bracelet which was raffled on the night. These proceeds will support our ZONTA Club of Brisbane TAFE and high school education awards. Last year we supported seven high school students to ensure they continued and completed their education.