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Creating a culture of life

Daniel and Diane Piat joined friends Joann and Bernard Giraud to support the 40 Days for Life Wine and Cheese night.

By Emilie Ng

BRISBANE’S 40 Days for Life co-ordinator Brendan Wong has new-found encouragement that abortion will end after 100 people attended the group’s first 2015 event.

New and old pro-life supporters sipped on wine and munched on gourmet cheese on January 29 at St Columba’s Church, Wilston.

Mr Wong said not everyone could “take the big plunge” to pray outside an abortion clinic, but the group hoped a simple introduction could help spread the mission.

“The night was really just to connect with people to be open to the idea of being pro-life,” Mr Wong said.

Guest speaker, pro-life advocate and communications specialist Catherine Toomey, shared her global mission of creating “a culture of life and love” at the event.

Supporters can join the vigil by nominating a time to pray for an end to abortion outside the Maree Stopes abortion clinic in Bowen Hills.

The group also announced Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge had agreed to be patron of 40 Days for Life.

Mr Wong and wife Judy started 40 Days for Life Brisbane in 2007.

It is an international Christian organisation determined to end abortion around the world.

The first major event will be held on Shrove Tuesday, February 17, at the Emmaus Centre, corner Herbert St and  Central Ave, Paddington.

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