The Zonta Club of Brisbane’s signature project for 2020 was Homelessness in Older Women and we have since worked on acheiving wins for women at risk. Women over the age of 55 are the fastest growing category of people either on the verge of, or actually experiencing homelessness. The Club has worked in collaboration with the Lady Musgrave Trust in their 2020 Ending Homelessness for Older Women Project.
Karen Lyon Reid, CEO, of the Lady Musgrave Trust, and Jennifer Clarke, Board Member, from The Lady Musgrave Trust joined us at our Club dinner meeting in October 2019 to discuss the project.
Since then club member Susan Davies has been working in collaboration with the Lady Musgrave Trust, attending a Critical Friends Group meeting, towards contributing to project development and shaping Zonta’s contribution.
There has also been an unbelievably generous anonymous donation of $20,000 to the Lady Musgrave Trust in recognition of the Zonta Club of Brisbane’s commitment to supporting the LMT. We are extremely appreciative of this donation and offer our unreserved thanks.
The club’s efforts for this signature project will focus on advocacy and service in addressing the problem of Homelessness in Older Women. At the District 22 Areas 1 and 3 meeting in February 2020 there was an inspiring presentation by Karen Lyon Reid and Jenny Clark. Susan Davies is now working with other Zonta clubs on a new project called HowZing, which will for the first time will see clubs in Areas 1 and 3 work together on a signature issue through their Advocacy committees.
The work continues through the HOW movement and to find out more read the December 2021 newsletter here.