My frantic weekend in Wellington was topped off rather nicely last night at the ceremony for the Cherry Raymond award. I flew back from my Big Scholarship Interview yesterday morning, whizzed home, and even managed to have a nap before getting my glad rags on.

It was amazing to meet all the lovely ladies of the Auckland Zonta club. Most have high-powered executive or professional jobs, raise families and spend a great deal of time helping their fellow women – including those in the developing world. I can’t really fathom how they manage it.

District President Anne Walker gave a great speech, talking about the cancellation Training Incentive Allowance and this, which were two things I mentioned in my interview. At the end of the evening, the other award recipients and I talked a little about ourselves and what we have planned.

All in all it was a great night, and I am extremely grateful to Zonta for the award money. Thanks especially to Louise and Lillian for providing transport.

On a roll (sort of)

Some great news this week! The Zonta Club of Auckland have selected me as the 2009 recipient of the Cherry Raymond award. Worth $2,000, the award is named for the late journalist and women’s issues commentator – which is a nice coincidence. I’m really proud and honoured to be selected.

The same day I also found out I’ve been short-listed for a big scholarship. My interview is next week in Wellington, so I’ve been frantically preparing for that over the last couple of days.

AND I’ll have an announcement soon about a big fundraising event that a friend of mine in Wellington is helping to organise pro bono. Should be interesting for all you new media types. Stay tuned!

Eleven months to go!

September has crept up on me, and that means it’s now under a year until international ori for the class of 2011 starts at Columbia.  Not much has been happening since my last post, but I’ve been beavering away at a number of scholarship applications behind the scenes. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

I’ve also been getting in touch with a few trusts and other organisations asking if they fund study abroad. Unfortunately, there aren’t that many, that I know about at least. If you have any other ideas, flick me an email or comment below.

This just in: I’m bad at blogging

Sorry for the site and blog neglect – it’s been a busy, internetless time. Setting up a new house, writing (and re-writing and re-writing) my Fulbright application, casual work at Fairfax Sundays and lots more! More links to articles and some more pages are on the way – that’s a promise.

It’s a fundraising thermometer!

easy fundraisers

It’s a little depressing when you put it like this…

But cheers to Rory and Katie MacKinnon who got me stated with their donation from the Cupcake Diaries!

A work in progress….

There’s more on the way, so bear with me while I get my head around this WordPress thing.