The 2021 Young Women in Public Affairs High Tea was held at the Hervey Bay RSL on 31 July 2021. This award is presented each year to a young woman aged between 16 to 19, who demonstrates a commitment to the volunteer sector, evidence of volunteer leadership achievements and a dedication to empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.
Newly elected President and awardee of the 2020 Young Women in Public Affairs award, Sara Diana Faraj gave a stirring speech on what the award has done for her in the last year as well as her passion for politics and advocacy having heard of the treacherous journey her family had as refugees to Australia, the land they call home. She also shared her vision as president for the Zonta club moving forward.
The high tea commenced with an inspiring Welcome to country by Karen Hall, followed by a fashion parade hosted by local retail store Go Girl. Speeches by Deputy Mayor Darren Everard, Adrian Tantari MP Member for Hervey Bay followed, with the award then being presented by councillor Jade Wellings to Marizelle Nel of Fraser Coast Anglican College as this year’s recipient of the award.
Congratulations to Marizelle Nel, may this award help you to continue your community spirit and commitment to empowering and educating women all over the world.
Special thanks must go to our generous sponsors, Kingfisher Bay Resort, Bunnings Warehouse, Seaside Skin and Beauty, Wilsons Investments, and GO GIRL for their fabulous fashion parade.
Any enquiries should please be directed to the membership chair Susan Harrison on 0427735952.
Article and photos submitted by The Zonta Club of Hervey Bay INC