A night to remember

June 3, 2010 by Odile Faludi
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Sydney women came out in force last night to support the Jewish Communal Appeal and to listen to the extraordinary, Jacqueline Pascarl.

More than 800 women could not hear a pin drop for most of the presentation.

Jacqueline Pascarl

Jacqueline Pascarl is an Australian author, TV personality, parent’s right advocate, humanitarian but most of all a mother. A mother who certainly has learnt the hard lessons and knocks of life but throughout her ordeal remained courageous and dedicated to making other people’s lives so much better. JCA must be congratulated on putting on a wonderful evening from beginning to end with a guest speaker who surpassed all expectations.

Jacqueline was married to a Malaysian prince, it went horribly wrong, descending from a fairy tale into a cycle of abuse, deception and virtual imprisonment.

When she decided to leave him and return to Australia with their two children, her former husband exacted a terrible revenge, kidnapping the children. Jacqueline channeled her grief and loss into a positive force, helping other parents whose children had been abducted and working as a CARE ambassador in refugee camps.

Her reunion with her daughter 14 years after she was abducted again made world news. She now has her son and daughter live with her who were kidnapped as small children together with her much adored Greek husband and two small children from this new marriage.

She left us all with three very wise messages:

• Never give up;
• Turn a negative into a positive; and
• Tell the people you love that you love them.

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