2010 Quota Cares Month Winners

Quota International of Liverpool

Honorable Mention Winner

The Liverpool Quota club engaged large segments of the community to make their Quota Cares Breakfast in honor of International Women’s Day a rousing success. The affair was well publicized by newspaper and radio. The Hunts Function Centre donated space and audiovisual equipment and held costs to the previous year’s level. Several State Members of Parliament donated stamps and envelopes to publicize the event, and many dignitaries attended. They were joined by members of six other Quota clubs, members of other organizations in the district, teachers and pupils from six schools in the community, and several members of the deaf community.

After a delicious breakfast, the guests were inspired by the guest of honor, Melinda Vernon, a 24-year-old elite distance athlete and university student. Melinda was born with a hearing impairment and fitted with a cochlear implant at the age of six. She is studying to be an occupational therapist while she pursues athletic competitions, winning the Sydney to Surf Fun Run and the Sydney Half Marathon in 2009 and running in the 2009 New York Marathon. She won two gold medals and was the flag bearer for the closing ceremony of the 2009 Deaflympics in Taipei. Melinda served as a shining example of the achievements possible for deaf and hearing-impaired individuals and also was able to answer questions based on her personal experience with the cochlear implant.

Brochures, flags, and “Quota shirts” worn by the members kept the guests aware of the club’s aims. Quota members sat at each table to spread the word about their service to deaf and hearing-impaired individuals, and both new members and contributions were welcomed. For these “International Women,” their day was indeed a success. The Liverpool club showed that “Quota Cares.”

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