Zoe’s zeal re­warded

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page -

COMO res­i­dent Zoe Bush knows about de­ter­mi­na­tion.

The 23-year-old Uni­ver­sity of West­ern Australia law stu­dent co-founded a sup­port group for young peo­ple suf­fer­ing from eat­ing dis­or­ders when she was just 14 years old, af­ter her own battle with anorexia.

“I was ad­mit­ted to the emer­gency depart­ment when I was 12 years old and spent the next five years as an out­pa­tient,” Zoe said.

“I re­alised there was a very big gap from the full-time hos­pi­tal care to peo­ple mov­ing back home, which led to peo- ple be­ing read­mit­ted and in­sti­tu­tion­alised, so I de­cided to form a sup­port group,” she said.

Since then Zoe has com­mit­ted her life to help­ing oth­ers and her ef­forts were re­warded in the form of a schol­ar­ship.

WA’s Chief Jus­tice Wayne Martin QC was on hand to present the Ciara Glen­non Me­mo­rial Law schol­ar­ship to Zoe last week.

The schol­ar­ship awards stu­dents with $7500 to fur­ther their stud­ies in recog­ni­tion of their con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mu­nity in a char­i­ta­ble, cul­tural, re­li­gious or sport­ing area.

The schol­ar­ship was named in hon­our of 27-yearold lawyer Ciara Glen­non, who dis­ap­peared from Clare­mont in March 1997.

Zoe is hum­ble about her long list of achieve­ments, which in­clude fur­ther­ing the cause of women, Abo­rig­i­nal health, refugees and jus­tice is­sues.

“I plan to do an honours the­sis in in­dige­nous wom­en­led so­lu­tions to fam­ily vi­o­lence,” Zoe said.

“It will al­low me to con­tinue that re­search be­fore start­ing my as­so­ci­ate­ship in the Fed­eral Court,” she said.

Law stu­dent Zoe Bus has re­ceived a schol­ar­ship for the char­i­ta­ble work she does.

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