Meet Marissa Serda
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 Marissa, tell us why you joined WIZO initially. What year was it?
I joined WIZO early in 2018 as I began to meet so many women in the community who were involved. The idea of an organisation that supported women and Israel made sense to me, and I wanted to be a part of it all.
How would you explain WIZO to someone who has never heard of it?
WIZO is the largest direct service provider for women, children and at-risk youth on the ground right now in Israel. WIZO is the organisation that supports those most in need, and is more relevant now than ever before. WIZO is about women coming together to support women and children in Israel.
What does WIZO mean to you?
It means a lot because I love Israel. Yes, I know it is not a perfect place (what is?), but there are women and children who are experiencing homelessness, abuse, hunger, and really need our support.
Why is WIZO important today?
Israel truly is a modern country with modern problems. WIZO is vital because women, children and youth are the backbone and future of Israel – we need to look after them now, so that they HAVE a future.
Is there a WIZO function or event that stands out in your mind? Why?
My first WIZO function was last year and I was on the events committee. I was impressed with the number of the young people who attended, and my goal next year is to have even more attend. We need young people to fully understand the relevance of WIZO in Israeli society today, and that is done through education.
What would you tell someone who was unsure about becoming a WIZO member?
If you’re a lover of Israel, and want to help with the everyday challenges that occur for women and children, you will want to be part of WIZO – Israel’s largest welfare arm.
Tell us about yourself outside of WIZO – your family life, work life, other interests.
Outside of WIZO I am a wife and partner to my husband Jason and mother to three little girls, Isabella (10), Olivia (8) and Rafaella (3). During the membership campaign this year, I was proud to make all three girls members, and will continue this until they are adults. Its so important that the children who live here in Sydney are cognizant of their brothers and sisters lives’ in Israel, and WIZO Yeladim events help them to understand that, through stories, videos, conversations and arts and crafts.
Is there a WIZO project that you have a particular interest in? Why?
Learning about The Raya Jaglom Day Care Centre has touched my heart for the most obvious reasons. Who could possibly refuse to support a program that gives the tiniest of our children hot meals, warm showers and loving care, when their parents are unable to do so. This is the power of women. It’s what we can help with from so far away.
Is it time you became a WIZO woman too?