Winners humbled by awards


Media personality and ovarian cancer advocate, Jill Emberson, was named as Newcastle’s Citizen of the Year for 2019 at the city’s Australia Day ceremony.

Mrs Emberson, who was diagnosed with the disease in 2016, showed energy, courage and passion in advocating for more research funding in the face of great personal adversity.

“I am humbled and honoured to be named Citizen of the Year in Newcastle and will use this precious opportunity to raise more awareness about ovarian cancer,” she said.
“About 1,500 Australian women are diagnosed with Ovarian cancer each year, but our survival rate has stuck at about 45% for decades.

“Research is the only solution to bring our survival into line with other more common cancers, and for that we need awareness and funding.”

Elsewhere in the region, fellow journalist and drought crisis advocate, Belinda-Jane Davis, was crowned as Maitland’s 2018 Citizen of the Year, while, in Port Stephens, the honour went to Medowie-based Bale Out the Drought organiser and community advocate, Ben Niland.

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