Lo­cal le­gend

Pinjarra Murray Times - - NEWS -

Bev Jack­son is the City of Man­durah Lo­cal Le­gend.

BEV Jack­son is this month’s City of Man­durah Lo­cal Le­gend.

A mem­ber of Man­durah Coun­try Club for 54 years, the keen golfer saw an op­por­tu­nity to mix her love for the sport and her drive to con­trib­ute to the com­mu­nity when the lo­cal Peel Zonta Club re­ceived a pas­sion­ate let­ter from the Queen El­iz­a­beth II Can­cer Cen­tre.

The cen­tre was des­per­ate for sup­port for breast can­cer re­search af­ter gov­ern­ment cut­backs and needed help.

Mrs Jack­son came up with a plan to host a fundrais­ing golf day.

The club raised $1500 that first day at Pin­jarra Golf Club and al­most 25 years later more than $230,000 has been raised.

Over that time, Mrs Jack­son has been the driv­ing force be­hind the ini­tia­tive.

But this is only part of the work she does for the com­mu­nity.

She was a char­ter mem­ber of the first Peel Zonta Club.

“We are heav­ily into the is­sue of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, we pro­vide birthing kits and we sup­port women in the com­mu­nity,’’ Mrs Jack­son said.

“But I also get lots out of be­ing a mem­ber – it’s char­ac­ter build­ing to help the com­mu­nity. I would en­cour­age young women to join.”

Man­durah Mayor Rhys Wil­liams said Mrs Jack­son’s con­tri­bu­tion to Man­durah had been men­tioned by many peo­ple, in­clud­ing former mayor Paddi Creevey.

“For al­most a quar­ter of a cen­tury Bev has given her time and en­ergy to breast can­cer re­search,’’ he said.

Lo­cal le­gend Bev Jack­son with Mayor Rhys Wil­liams.

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