Jodie McRae of Lismore has been named a finalist for the 2016 Rex Airlines Regional Woman of the Year Award.
Mrs McRae, who has been battling cancer, founded ‘Jodie’s Inspiration’ , a non-profit organization which raised more than $100,000.
The money was used to buy two cold cap therapy machines for a local oncology unit that help people retain their hair during chemotherapy.
Lismore MP Thomas George said Mrs McRae had been chosen from a field of almost 250 nominees.
‘She is truly an inspiration and a role model for us all,’ Mr George said.
The 2016 NSW Women of the Year Awards are a chance for the NSW Government and the community to officially recognise the outstanding contribution of exceptional women in NSW.
Nominees for the 2016 NSW Women of the Year fall into five categories – the Premier’s Award for Women of the Year, Harvey Norman Young Women of the Year, A.H. Beard Community Hero, REX Airlines Regional Woman of the Year and NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year.
Mr George said too often successful women don’t get the recognition that they deserve, particularly for those in the field of volunteering.
‘These awards are our chance to honour some of the many women, like Jodie, who have contributed so much to this state and to their local community,” Mr George said.
‘I urge everyone in the local community to get behind Jodie and the other amazing women in the other categories and to cast their vote.”
Online voting ends Sunday 28 February 2016. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in NSW Parliament House on 9 March.
For more information on the 2016 NSW Women of the Year awards and to cast your vote, visit www.women.nsw.gov.au.
Mrs McRae was named Lismore’s Citizen of the Year this year also.