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Mumfest welcomes Samantha Bloom as Guest Speaker to the 2022 event

Having celebrated its inaugural event in 2019, Central West Mums presents Mumfest returns with special guest speaker Samantha Bloom, held on Saturday 12th March.

Two years ago, the first Mumfest event took place with more than 300 females celebrating friendship, community and a shared love of connecting with other women and Mums.

Event host, and founder of community resources and support group Central West Mums, Amorette Zielinski is excited to bring women together for Mumfest, as we most certainly deserve a night out. There have been a great number of treechangers to the region during the pandemic and this event gives them an opportunity to meet other Mums face-to-face.

Mumfest is an extension of the strong community built in a Facebook group established to support first time mums, new mums to the Central West and mothers in general who live in Orange,” Amorette said. “Despite access to this online support group, mothers will always face financial pressures, geographical isolation and question their ability to be a good mother, whatever that is! The women who attend the event enjoy a fun evening with mental health, wellbeing and support all considered a focus”.


Samantha Bloom is a two-time World Para Surfing champion, bestselling author and inspiration behind the #1 Australian box-office and international global Netflix hit movie Penguin Bloom starring Naomi Watts as Sam.

The movie is adapted from the international bestselling book, Penguin Bloom: The Odd Little Bird Who Saved a Family. Published in 13 languages, Penguin Bloom is a collaboration between Sam’s husband Cameron, a professional photographer, and New York Times bestselling author Bradley Trevor Greive.

Paralyzed in an accident in Thailand in 2013, Sam has since won two Oceania KL1 paracanoe championships, and is the Australian and two times World Para surfing champion. Sam works with numerous spinal cord injury charities around the world and is a global ambassador for Wings For Life. She is an adventure traveler, former neurology nurse and mother of three boys.


Cameron is an award winning photographer and cinematographer who began his career at the age of 15. Since then his editorial and travel images have been published extensively, including in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and The New York Times.

Cameron’s images feature in the international bestselling book Penguin Bloom: The odd little bird who saved a family and bestselling sequel Sam Bloom: Heartache & Birdsong. Cameron’s creative talents were recognized at the 2018 GQ Awards where he received the Creative Force of the Year. Cameron and wife Sam’s story inspired the #1 box-office and Netflix success Penguin Bloom starring Naomi Watts and Andrew Lincoln.

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