Winners revealed on International Women’s Day

The Blackmores Mercie Whellan Women+Wellbeing 2019 award winners were announced at an International Women’s Day gala dinner featuring guest speaker Sam Bloom, the  2018 women’s world adaptive surfing champion.

The awards celebrate women in the Greater Sydney region who have made an outstanding contribution to the local community by improving people’s health and wellbeing. They are named after Sister Esther ‘Mercie’ Whellan, who trailblazed the path for women in health in Australia. Mercie working alongside Blackmores founder Maurice Blackmore in the 1940s and became one of the few female chair of that era.

The 340 high-calibre nominations are testament to the work that women are doing to support the wellbeing of the community.

The recipient of the Mercie Whellan WellBeing award, honorary patron of Australian South Sea Islanders Shireen Malamoo, received a standing ovation for her lifelong achievements in advancing health and social wellbeing for Aboriginal communities.

“The Blackmores Mercie Whellan Women+Wellbeing Awards recognise women who make a positive difference through a health leadership, advocacy, or caregiving role in their community,” Blackmores Director of Corporate Affairs Cecile Cooper said..

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