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Steel Magnolias stand strong on Central Coast

Celebrating the strength of and inspiring women on the Central Coast to strive for success, despite life’s obstacles, is the aim of the annual Lifeline Central Coast Steel Magnolia Awards.

Now in its eighth year, the Steel Magnolia Awards honour courageous women and young female achievers of the Central Coast, who have overcome great personal challenges, to achieve great success. The Awards also aim to create hope and inspire the greater community.

Cara Taylor was a nominee for the 2013 Steel Magnolia Award, for her commitment to the region’s scouting movement, in particular the Avoca Beach Surf Scouts. The single mother, who has three teenage sons involved in scouting, was diagnosed with narcolepsy and Lupus as a child, and manages her illness while home schooling her children, whilst volunteering many hours to Scouting on the Central Coast.

Renee Quinn inspired many of her fellow Erina High School students with her strength, selflessness and positive attitude in the face of her being diagnosed and treated for lymphoma, leading to her nomination for the Steel Magnolia Young Achiever award in 2013.

In 2010 the diligent student was diagnosed with the condition, and spent many months of 2011 receiving treatment, before going on to complete her Higher School Certificate in 2012. Renee is now an active volunteer and fundraiser with Cancer support organisations such as CanTeen and You Can Australia.

Actress Inge Hornstra, who is best known for her roles on McLeod Daughters and Heartbreak High, will speak about her personal journey to overcome hardship, at the award’s high tea presentation event, which will be held at Mingrara Recreation Club on Friday 7 March 2014.

Nominations for the 2014 Steel Magnolia Awards close on Monday 17 February 2014. To nominate a local woman for the awards or to buy tickets for the award’s high tea, please contact the Lifeline Central Coast office on (02) 4323 6105 or email

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