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Do You Know A Woman Who Deserves Recognition?

Molly McLaughlin

We all know a woman who has overcome personal adversity and made a positive change in the community.

Lifeline Canberra’s 2016 Women of Spirit Awards are now open for nominations for women in the ACT and surrounds to recognise just that.

Lifeline Canberra is part of a national network that provides 24/7 telephone crisis support to those in need, especially those experiencing thoughts of suicide. Through the Women of Spirit Awards, Lifeline aims to recognise those who make a difference at an awards lunch on Monday 5 September 2016, presented by Bond Hair Religion.

Jenni Tarrant is the owner of Bond Hair Religion and received the 2013 Women of Spirit Award. Jenni is also a former Lifeline Telephone Crisis support volunteer.

“I know first-hand how this organisation changes lives,” Jenni says. “I love that this award is for every day women; your neighbour, friend, family member, work colleague. I implore everyone in Canberra to nominate a woman in your life who is an inspiration to you and others.”

The two categories that will be awarded are the Canberra Woman of Spirit and the Rising Woman of Spirit. The Rising Woman of Spirit Award is assessed on the same criteria as the Woman of Spirit Award, however it provides encouragement to women who have not yet had a significant period of time to give back to the community and recognises their potential.

Sarah Malamai was the recipient of the 2015 Rising Woman of Spirit Award. In 2007, Sarah was diagnosed with an aggressive, malignant brain tumor. When she was told she only had three months to live, her two sons were aged four and eighteen months.

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2015 Rising Woman of Spirit, Sarah Mamalai with Lifeline Canberra CEO Carrie Leeson and 2015 Woman of Spirit Gay Evans.

However, Sarah has become a long-term survivor and even walked the Kokoda Track with family and friends to raise money for Charlie Teo’s Cure Brain Cancer Foundation. While there is still no cure, she is making the most of everyday with family and her sons are now nine and twelve. Sarah has even created Brainstorm For A Cure, a unique gala fundraising event in Canberra for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.

“There are so many women in the community who give their all and it’s so nice for people to stop and recognise these women,” says Sarah.

If there’s woman in your life who inspires you, head over to the Lifeline website to nominate.

the essentials

What: 2016 Lifeline Canberra Women of Spirit Awards, presented by Bond Hair Religion
When: Nominations close 12 July
Where to nominate: www.act.lifeline.org.au/item/2016wos

Lifeline Canberra telephone crisis supporters listen with care and acceptance, whatever the circumstance, and provide support and information to people in need. Lifeline’s crisis support line is 13 11 14.

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Molly McLaughlin

Molly McLaughlin is new to Canberra and is attempting to prove to her friends that the capital city can be cool. This mostly involves frequently going out for brunch and then posting about it on social media, along with trekking up hills and around art galleries. She is half way through her uni degree but spends most of her time reading, writing and planning her next adventure. More about the Author

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