Meet Nicky Ryba
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 Nicky, tell us why you joined WIZO initially. What year was it?
I joined WIZO in 1998. Why? Well, simply because a few of my friends asked me and I thought would be a great way to give something back to the community. At the same time I could be with people I enjoy being with.
How would you explain WIZO to someone who has never heard of it?
I would explain WIZO as an organisation that focuses on helping women and children in Israel achieve a better life.
What does WIZO mean to you?
WIZO means being part of a community with like-minded friends to try and make a difference to the lives of Israeli women and children who are not as fortunate as we are.
Why is WIZO important today?
WIZO is important today because while we live here in Australia and enjoy a relatively carefree life, there are so many that still live in poverty in Israel. There is a great deal of work that needs to be done to help to provide better lives for so many that are disadvantaged.
Is there a WIZO function or event that stands out in your mind? Why?
I can’t think of a specific function or event that stands out to me. That’s because there have been so many! From Melbourne Cup lunches to Mother’s Day brunches, all have been memorable for different reasons.
What would you tell someone who was unsure about becoming a WIZO member?
That it’s really a great way to meet like-minded woman, to organise functions, and to raise money toward a cause that is so worthy.
Tell us about yourself outside of WIZO – your family life, work life, other interests.
I have been married for 30 years, have 3 children and have worked in our family diamond business for the past 30 or so years. Working with my mum and my brother has (for the most part!) worked really well as we complement each other with our individual personalities and all bring different skills to the business. When not working I love keeping active, long walks, good food and times spent with good friends and family.
Is there a WIZO project that you have a particular interest in? Why?
The WIZO project that I have the most interest in is WIZO Ahuzat Yeladim – a boarding school for disadvantaged youth. I have been to visit on 2 occasions and both times I felt so humbled by the work that is done there with the kids, who have suffered emotional, physical and psychological abuse.
The money that we have raised has gone towards such beneficial renovations and implementing new programs for the school. It really makes you feel like the work we do and the money that is raised is going to make a better life for so many of these kids.
Is it time you became a WIZO woman too?