Every day, Lifeline’s volunteer telephone counsellors hear stories of courage, bravery and strength. It is these stories that inspired the creation of the annual Steel Magnolia Award, now in its eleventh year.
The title ‘Steel Magnolia’ encapsulates the women honoured; women who have shown strength and an unbreakable spirit in the face of adversity, and compassion in improving the lives of others.
“The Steel Magnolia Award was created by Lifeline Newcastle and Hunter to highlight the many wonderful women who have faced incredible adversity, yet have given back selflessly,” said Kay Chapman, CEO of Lifeline Newcastle and Hunter.
“It is our great privilege to honour all these women and the contribution they have made to our community.”
Guest speaker was Joanne McCarthy, the 2013 Australian Journalist of the Year and winner of the 2013 Wakely Gold Award. A truly inspiring woman who has championed the cause of those sexually abused people at the hands of members of the Catholic Church.
Before an audience of 230 guests attending the gala dinner on 21st March, Michelle Davis of Maitland received the 2014 award for her compassion and determination in the face of her own unimaginable grief to become a devoted campaigner for road safety awareness by learner drivers and giving support to parents who have lost a child…
Images: Elena Gan Photography.