This year's finalists in the 2021 NSW Women of the Year Awards includes Christine Welsh of Sapphire Community Projects in Bega.
The winners will be announced on 10 March during NSW Women’s Week, at an awards ceremony in Sydney’s International Convention Centre.
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Christine Welsh introduced the Bega Valley to food rescue initiatives before launching a charity, Sapphire Community Projects to nourish people, families and communities.
Its Community Pantry provides a welcoming space for people doing it tough. It offers free or affordable groceries, barista training, job coaching and cooking classes.
The organisation proved its effectiveness during the bushfire and the COVID-19 pandemic. Ms Welsh organised emergency food parcels, sourced donations and a mobile pantry service to fire-affected townships.
Ms Welsh is also developing a community centre with meeting spaces, commercial kitchens for small businesses and community garden. A training cafe will offer hospitality qualifications for people with disabilities or who are unemployed. Best wishes to all the finalists