WOMEN OF THE YEAR: Heartfelt House’s Sharon Brodie (left) and Zonta club’s Linda Grudnoff (absent) were named the Quota Club of Alstonville-Wollongbar’s Women of the Year. Also pictured is Quota president Robyn Powell.
WOMEN OF THE YEAR: Heartfelt House’s Sharon Brodie (left) and Zonta club’s Linda Grudnoff (absent) were named the Quota Club of Alstonville-Wollongbar’s Women of the Year. Also pictured is Quota president Robyn Powell.

Sharon’s sweet reward

SHARON Brodie thought she was going to Summerland House Farm for a free dinner.

But after the dessert was served, she was given a real sweetener for all the work she has put in as a volunteer with Wollongbar-based Heartfelt House.

Sharon was one of two recipients of the Quota Club of Alstonville-Wollongbar's Annette Ferguson Memorial Women of the Year award presented at the club's annual Friendship Dinner.

The other winner was Linda Grundnoff, a member of the Zonta Club of Northern Rivers, who couldn't attend the function as she was rocking out to The Boss, Bruce Springsteen, at his Sydney concert.

Sharon is the vice-chair of Heartfelt House, which provides support for adults who were sexually abused as children.

She has been volunteering with the organisation since 2007.

She said, in accepting her award, that it "recognises the work of Heartfelt House".

The award was named after Annette Ferguson, a charter member of the Quota Club of Alstonville-Wollongbar, who passed away in 2003.

Meanwhile, also at the Friendship Dinner, donations were presented to Ballina-Byron Family Centre; Our House; Southern Cross School K-12 Support Unit; and the family of Georgia Molan, who are trying to raise money for a wheelchair-accessible vehicle.

The Quota club raised $22,670 in the past 12 months, with much of that coming from the annual arts and crafts fair.

The fair is on again this year, from August 24-25 at Alstonville.


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