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Opera Heroines

Freeze Frame Opera and the Zonta Club of Perth had a sell out event Opera Heroines to raise funds for Zonta House and SOS to assist women in our community.

Many thanks to Harriet O’Shannessy and all the performers who created an amazing night of entertainment.

Their next event is on 15 & 16 March 2018 – be quick to get tickets.


Birthing Kit Assembly Day 2017


The Golden Z Club of St Catherine’s College and the Zonta Club of Perth joined forces for the annual Birthing Kit Assembly Day 2017. In preparation for the event, $3000 were needed to be raised for 1000 Birthing Kits. The Golden Z Club spent much of the year fundraising, having committed to contribute toward the cost of the 1000 kits. Funds were boosted by a donation from the Zonta Club of Swan Hills to the Golden Z Club toward the cost of the Birthing Kits, and the Zonta Club of Perth added funds to ensure the $3000 were available to purchase kit supplies from the Birthing Kit Foundation, as well as pay for transport of supplies, and contribute to sustainability projects and administration costs associated with managing kit production and distribution.

On October 7th, the Golden Z Club hosted the Assembly Day event at St Catherine’s College. A total of 37 volunteers worked diligently to assemble the 1000 Birthing kits containing essential items to facilitate a clean and safe birth: a plastic sheet, gloves, soap, gauze, string and a scalpel blade.  The volunteers were made up of Zonta Club of Perth members, Golden Z Club members, St Catherine’s student residents, and visiting Zonta Club of Swan Hills members Ruth Thomas and Wendy Strada.

The event was a great success, the goal of assembling and packing a 1000 Birthing Kits was achieved. The kits have now been sent back to the Birthing Kit Foundation in South Australia, ready to be shipped across the globe to improve outcomes for mothers and babies in the developing world. A big ‘Thank you’ must go to all who assisted in the process that makes the Birthing Kit Assembly Day happen. Special mention must also go to Lyn McArthur, Zonta Club of Perth member, and her helpers at Alfred Carson Residential Care facility who folded plastic sheets as part of the pre Assembly Day preparation. No doubt we are all looking forward to this special event in 2018!

Vera Riley and Kimberley Roehrig

Zonta Club of Perth

With a smile and a song

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Some of the cast after the show!  L-R back row: Donella Caspersz (President ZC Perth), Emily O’Neill, Grace Arangio, Lachie Higgins and  Sarah Cocks.  Front:  Laura Bernay, Jessica-Monique Bojanjac and Maya Ferndandez

Congratulations to everyone involved in last night’s successful ‘With a smile and a song’ event.  Over 100 people enjoyed watching and listening to the wonderful singing talents of Grace Arangio, Jessica-Monique Bojanjac, Sarah Cocks, Courteney Cooper, Zoe Crisp, Maya Fernandez, Morgan Halket, Lachie Higgins, Charlotte MacInnes, Mayumi Morales, Emily O’Neill, Amber Scates, Keaton Stazeweski-Hose and Helen Steicke.  Brodie Stewart on piano was superb.  Zonta club member, Laura Bernay was the inspiration behind the event and had put together a diverse program that had the audience spellbound.  Everyone will be hanging on to their programs as a reminder of the night – as we will all be watching these ‘young stars’ rise with interest.


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Left:  Grace Arangio and Lachie Higgins had the audience laughing with  ‘Anything you can do, I can do better’!  Right: Morgan Halket tugged at the heart strings with ‘You are your Daddy’s son’.
Wonderful performances all round!  Top Row:  Charlotte MacInnes let no one rain on her parade, Keaton Stazewski-Hose helped us to dream the impossible dream and Helen Steicke provide a smile and a song!  Bottom:  Zoe Crisp and Amber Scates’ duet just shook the blues away with the entire cast!
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Left:  The performer profiles  and right:  Gulveen Bandel from the Golden Z Club of St Catherine’s College describing the birthing kit project.

The performer profiles helped us appreciate what a talented cast we were seeing!  Gulveen Bandel from the Golden Z Club of St Catherine’s College described how all proceeds would be going towards purchasing 1,000 birthing kits.


Many thanks to Anais Popoff-Asotoff for her great job with the sound and lighting and to the Members of the Zonta Club of Perth for providing the lovely supper.


Congratulations to the ZC Annual Education Award winners!

Congratulations to Sharon Turner and Tracey Fickling, winners of the ZC Annual Education awards.

Tracey was unable to receive the award in person at the Zonta Awards Dinner on Thursday night, but we were honoured to have Sharon in attendance. Both Tracey and Sharon gave truly inspirational speeches, Tracey’s speech being read by Jill Anderson.

Amazing work Sharon and Tracey!

From left to right: Jill Anderson with Zonta Club of Perth Education Award Winner Sharon Turner and D23 Governor Judy Gorton

Congratulations to Emmelyn Wu, winner of the JMK Scholarship Area 3

From left to right: Zonta Club of Perth president Donella Casperz, award winner Emmelyn Wu, Area 3 director Jo Wittorff and D23 Governor Judy Gorton
Emmelyn Wu (centre) with Ellen Cox (left) and Jo Wittorff (right) from Zonta Club of Bunbury
Emmelyn Wu (centre) with members of Zonta Club of Peel, from left to right: Pam Halbert, Lorraine Webb, Sherrel O’Neil and Jenny Crake

Continue reading Congratulations to Emmelyn Wu, winner of the JMK Scholarship Area 3