It has been another busy year for the Zonta Club of Redcliffe, with community campaigns, events and a new club among its list of achievements for 2022.
The not-for-profit advocacy group aims to end violence against women and girls, creating more educational opportunities, putting an end to female genital mutilation and stopping child marriages.
One of the Zonta Club of Redcliffe’s projects this year was the installation of a Red Bench at Zonta Place at Pelican Park in Clontarf.
Members hope the bench will raise awareness of domestic violence as a visible symbol of the issue, opening up conversations and encouraging victims to come forward.
In their trademark orange shirts, members were themselves a visible symbol at Brisbane Roar and New Zealand Warriors’ games at Moreton Daily Stadium where they had a marquee, in April.
Their aim is for every sporting code to have an ‘orange round’ to raise awareness of domestic violence in 2024, starting in Queensland, then Australia-wide and across the world.
Also this year, the Zonta Club of Redcliffe sponsored the new Golden Z Club at UniSC Moreton Bay’s Petrie campus.
It was the first Golden Z Club in the Greater Brisbane Region, chartered in April, with official celebrations in July.
A Golden Z Club can be set up at tertiary education campuses, allowing young members to follow in the footsteps of Zonta members who advocate for equality, education and an end to child marriage and gender-based violence.
The Zonta Club of Redclife hosted its annual Say No to Domestic and Family Violence breakfast on November 25, with founder of the Tara Brown Foundation Natalie Hinton as guest speaker.
The Tara Brown Foundation is the legacy of a young mother who died in September 2015 at the hands of her partner in an horrific act of domestic violence. Natalie was also Tara’s mother.
On December 10, the club also held a Human Rights Day flag raising ceremony in partnership with Moreton Bay Regional Council.
Also this year, the Zonta Club of Redcliffe condemned aggression and acts of war in Ukraine in a symbol of solidarity with Zonta International’s Ukrainian members, volunteered at community events and held its own meetings and events throughout the year.
About Zonta Club of Redcliffe
Zonta Club of Redcliffe Inc. is affiliated with Zonta International and all Zonta clubs across Australia. Members work together to empower women worldwide through service and advocacy.
The group has been operating in the Moreton Bay Region for 42 years, while Zonta International has been running for 102 years.
The club meets on the fourth Monday of each month at The Komo, Redcliffe.
New members are always welcome, visit the website for details.
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