You could have heard a pin drop as top legal eagle Stacey Shortall asked a room full of people: “Who did you help today?”
The silence was audible.
Shortall was standing behind the podium accepting the community and not-for-profit category of the Women of Influence award in 2015.
“I was not expecting to win and had no speech prepared so I asked the audience what I ask my children every night at the dinner table: ‘Who did you help today’?” I didn’t say it to make an impact. It was just a simple question,” she says.
“I think it’s a good question because anyone can answer that, your circumstances are irrelevant. I think if we had four and a half million of us every day in New Zealand answering that question positively then we could create a bit of movement.”