Wednesday, 02 March 2022

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes today announced community support volunteer Sarah Morris as the 2022 Pittwater Woman of the Year.

The award was announced at the annual Zonta International Women’s Day Breakfast, at Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, and recognises outstanding achievements of local women and their valuable contribution to the Pittwater community.

Sarah is the co-founder of Acts of Kindness Community Outreach, launched during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide food items and support to families across Sydney.

Sarah also established a community pantry at Newport, in partnership with local businesses and charities, to provide emergency access to essential items.

“Sarah has incredible compassion and determination and has rolled up her sleeves to support others throughout the pandemic,” Rob Stokes said today.

“Very early on Sarah identified the enormous number of people who were reluctant to seek help and set about creating opportunities to assist.

“By coordinating a link between those with surplus food and those in need – Sarah launched a grassroots movement which continues to grow.

“The enormity of Sarah’s success has simply confirmed her concerns about the extent of the struggles occurring behind closed doors across the northern beaches.

“We should never presume or make assumptions about people’s circumstances. Sarah’s initiative has offered kindness and support to all, and reminded us how simple actions can make a huge difference.

“For all the heartache and challenges the pandemic has caused – it’s also exposed the absolute best of our society, and Sarah is a glowing example of this,” Rob Stokes said.