GREAT START TO STUDIES: Natasha Healy (left) and Jessica Bolin with their Zonta scholarship certificates.
GREAT START TO STUDIES: Natasha Healy (left) and Jessica Bolin with their Zonta scholarship certificates. Contributed

Two grateful scholars have benefited from Zonta Club efforts

A RECENT bequest to the Zonta Club of Blackall Range occurred as a result of the donor reading about Zonta's work in the local papers and has enabled the club to offer a second annual scholarship.

President Julie Bevan was thrilled about the bequest.

"How satisfying and exciting is it that this local club, supported by our local media, is able to give scholarships to local girls who will have outstanding careers in their chosen professions?” she said.

"Funds from our recent major raffle of an original Australian painting, won by local Tory Prentis, have also gone into our scholarship fund.”

The two young women, Jessica Bolin and Natasha Healy, who received their certificates and cheques at a recent dinner meeting, were both students at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Jessica won her award as a student specialising in STEM subjects and Natasha for her humanities studies.

"I am passionate about eradication of the trafficking of women, the abduction of children and the horrors of drug addiction, so my degree in criminology and justice will lead me to a career with the Federal Police dealing with these problems,” Natasha said.

Jessica expects, when she has completed her current degree studies, to follow on with a PhD at USC, eventually using her skills in numerical ecology to improve the food security and livelihoods of people in Third World coastal communities.

As part of Zonta's worldwide mission to advance the status of women, Zonta Blackall Range not only contributes funds to the 100-year-old Zonta International for women in developing countries, but also most of the money raised from the community goes to support local women in several ways.

"We support women in need by contributing to CHASM - a community initiative for affordable housing, and to Lily House, providing accommodation for needy young women and babies,” Julie said.

"We encourage young women with our scholarships and we recognise women who have given outstanding service to the community with our Woman of Achievement award we give on International Women's Day at our free Dusk on the Deck function.”

Zonta International was established by New York businesswomen in 1919 to encourage the education of girls. Celebrating its centenary next year, the organisation, with clubs in almost every country in the world, boasts consultative status to the United Nations.

Trailblazers' success

THE Mary Valley Trailblazers held a successful fundraiser in one of the town's local halls.

The event was packed out with patrons supporting the chaplaincy programs enlisted in the four local high schools in the area.

The local riding club is a not-for-profit group that uses its events to raise much-needed funds for the children and teenagers around the region.

One of the wedding dresses in the Trailblazers' fashion parade.
One of the wedding dresses in the Trailblazers' fashion parade. Contributed

Local residents provided morning tea for the historical fashion parade with wedding dresses from the past. Some dresses were from the 1940s in post-war times.

The styles were all varied and were worn in local residents' weddings, each with a beautiful story attached.

Prizes were offered for the lucky door and pick-a-box draws. Businesses from Imbil, Gympie, Kenilworth, Kandanga and surrounds were generous in supporting the causes and donated wonderful prizes to raffle off.

The Trailblazers team is thankful to all businesses that made donations.

A special mention to the team, who put together the event, for their excellent efforts and to Chaplain Kylie who came along and spoke about the chaplaincy program and what it means to the local children.

Swap single use for re-usable

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Upcoming events

* The Pot Luck Dinner: at Valdora Community Hall is tonight from 6.30pm. Bring along your favourite dish to share with other locals from the region.

* Binding Financial Agreements: tomorrow from 10am at the Beerwah Library. Learn what your rights are when it comes to money and relationships. Join legal professionals from Suncoast Legal and learn how to make a binding financial agreement prior to or during your marriage and de-facto relationship. The information presented can potentially save you from making bad decisions.

* At the movies: Maleny Film Society presents The Darkest Hour matinee tomorrow from 2.30pm at Maleny Community Centre. This will be followed by Loveless from 6pm.

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