Zonta Caloundra celebrates 30 years of changing lives

State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle recently presented the Zonta Club of Caloundra with a special commemoration to celebrate three decades of advancing the status of women, both locally and globally.

“In February of this year my wife Judy and I had the great honour of attending the Zonta Club of Caloundra’s 30th anniversary event,” Mr McArdle said.

Zonta’s Marilyn Holness, Simone Ricketts (President) Pam Hall (Vice-President), Kelly Callaghan (Past President) and Jillian Scott are presented with a special 30th anniversary commemoration by Mark McArdle MP.

Zonta’s Marilyn Holness, Simone Ricketts (President) Pam Hall (Vice-President), Kelly Callaghan (Past President) and Jillian Scott are presented with a special 30th anniversary commemoration by Mark McArdle MP.

“The following week I spoke in State Parliament of the incredible work this group of women do for our community because I felt that it was important to highlight the club’s history, their achievements and their projects which support women and children.

“In celebrating the past 30 years, Zonta Caloundra looked back on its many achievements which included the RISE project. RISE stands for ‘Restart In a Safe Environment’ and offers a domestic violence refuge in Caloundra for women and children.

“Raising the funds and constructing this refuge was a tremendous achievement and I think we can look to organisations like Zonta for guidance and inspiration.”

Zonta Club of Caloundra President Simone Ricketts said the milestone further highlights what a group of women working together can accomplish.

“Never underestimate the power of a small group of women seeking to make a difference in the lives of other women,” Dr Ricketts said.

“Looking to the next 30 years, we will continue to promote service and advocacy projects to empower women and girls both internationally and locally.

“I can only imagine what we will accomplish going forward if we remain inspired by all our goals realised so far,” Dr Ricketts concluded.

“Again, I salute Zonta for the great work they have done. I wish them all the best for the next 30 years in Caloundra and beyond, Mr McArdle concluded.