Meet Lorraine Basserabie
WIZO Women come from all walks of life.
Let’s get to know some of our members and find out what WIZO means to them.
Hi Lorraine, tell us why you joined WIZO initially. What year was it?
Shortly after emigrating to Sydney in 1992, I went to a meeting of WIZO Rachel. Few of my friends were running this group and within minutes I knew it was for me. It helped that quite a few other women from South Africa were members too – it was a good fit.
How would you explain WIZO to someone who has never heard of it?
I would explain WIZO as an organisation that raises funds for people in Israel; for women and children who can’t afford to live a decent life, and offers them an opportunity they wouldn’t otherwise have.
What does WIZO mean to you?
WIZO means a lot to me. It is how I can personally help underprivileged women and children in Israel.
Why is WIZO important today?
WIZO has always been an important part of the Israeli welfare system. Today, there is a high level of poverty in Israel – especially amongst children – so we need to keep pushing and make a difference on the ground.
Is there a WIZO function or event that stands out in your mind? Why?
I will never forget the WIZO function where Mosab Hassan Yousef, son of Hamas leader Sheikh Hassan Yousef, spoke about his life and his book Son of Hamas. It was an incredibly powerful evening.
What would you tell someone who was unsure about becoming a WIZO member?
WIZO is a wonderful group which is all about inclusiveness and togetherness – all working toward a common and important goal.
Tell us about yourself outside of WIZO – your family life, work life, other interests.
In what was seemingly a previous life I was a pharmacist and practiced in South Africa for 15 years. My first love however is my family – my husband, children and grandchildren are my number one priority.
Is there a WIZO project that you have a particular interest in? Why?
The WIZO project that I have the most interest in is Makom Balev. It is doing important work helping at-risk young women.
Is it time you became a WIZO woman too?