Two Zontians from District 24 received an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) on Australia Day, 26 January, for their services to the community and health support programs.
Ann Selle, OAM, a charter member of the Zonta Club of Botany Bay, is responsible for initiating the Zonta Breast Care Cushion (ZBCC) Project. This project started as a local initiative, became a district project and has spread globally through Zonta International. There have been many effects from this project, including providing new wigs to the Wig Library of Calvary Hospital for women who cannot afford their own during chemotherapy. The ZBCC Project also helped fund a biennial seminar conducted by the local breast care nursing team targeting the needs of young women diagnosed with breast cancer and aided in production of a comprehensive booklet outlining local services available to women following their diagnosis. Additionally, it funded a support DVD distributed to women in the early stages of their diagnosis. The support provided by Ann and the Zonta Club of Botany Bay was integral to the ongoing project. She also chaired the committee organizing the 1 millionth birthing kit launch celebration luncheon for the Birthing Kit Foundation (Australia) in 2013.
Valerie (Val) George, OAM, is a member of the Zonta Club of Nepean Valley and received the OAM for her services to women’s health and to the community of the Nepean Valley. Val has been a member of Zonta for seven years and was actively supporting the Zonta Club of Nepean Valley before she joined. She takes a lead in the organization of making breast care cushions for her club and coordinates a range of activities and projects to support Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women. Val has dedicated much of her life to make the community better for women. In 2014, she was named a ‘Hidden Treasure’ by the Department of Primary Industries’ Rural Women’s Network which recognizes the outstanding efforts of women volunteers in New South Wales and promotes the valuable role of volunteering in the community.