Meet Venetia Kalinko
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 Venetia, tell us when and why you joined WIZO?
I became a member of WIZO in 1989 after attending WIZO’s March of the Living. After an incredible experience, a group of us came back and formed our WIZO NSW group. We named it WIZO Rachel, after Rachel Limon who was on tour with us.
How would you explain WIZO to someone who has never heard of it?
I would say that WIZO is a worldwide women’s organisation that raises funds to help underprivileged women and children, as well as troubled youth, in Israel.
What does WIZO mean to you?
It means a lot to me. Not only are the causes very worthwhile to support, but I find it very rewarding that our WIZO Rachel, a small group within a larger organisation, can make such a difference.
Why is WIZO important today?
Because it doesn’t just focus on one cause or project. That it caters to many levels of Israeli society with the aim of both saving and enriching lives.
Is there a WIZO function or event that stands out in your mind? Why?
Obviously March of the Living in 1989 stands out. It was the main reason I joined WIZO. Of course there have been many other highlights over the years, and I always look forward to the Major Function and the riveting guest speakers we bring to Australia.
What would you tell someone who was unsure about becoming a WIZO member?
I would tell them that for very little, they’ll get a lot! It doesn’t cost much to join, and it takes little of your time. It is an incredibly rewarding organisation to be a part of – strong women achieving great things.
Tell us about yourself outside of WIZO – your family life, work life, other interests.
I am a wife, mother and grandmother – three very important jobs! I’m a retired radiographer, and spend my free time sewing, painting, cooking and travelling.
Is there a WIZO project that you have a particular interest in? Why?
Our group WIZO Rachel has always targeted certain projects. We have had a very productive and rewarding few years, raising funds to build two kitchens and the bathrooms at two day care centres.
Is it time you became a WIZO woman too?