Isabella Bevan, founded Zephyr Education in 2013, after reading an article by Kathleen Noonan about children from domestic abuse refuges. Children often had to change schools in a hurry and didn’t have the uniforms or text books or shoes needed for the new school. These children stand out when they start at their new schools because they aren’t wearing the right uniform, at a time when it is important for their self-confidence that they fit in.
Isabella thought she could help because she had been the manager of a large secondary school shop which supplied uniforms, texts and stationery. She and her sister with their husbands set up Zephyr Education. They support 83 shelters and family support organisations throughout Queensland, so that children fleeing domestic abuse can make as smooth a transition as possible to their new school, and not fall behind on their education.
The work of Zephyr is done entirely by volunteers. They have made a huge difference to the lives of Queensland women and children.
MOST PROUD OF
I am incredibly proud of the work of Zephyr and of its volunteers. It is a quiet organisation that seeks to redress the consequences of family abuse.
WHY I LOVE QUEENSLAND
Because I have been given the opportunity to gain skills and contacts that have made Zephyr possible. Queensland has been a rewarding place to work, live and make a difference.
MY VISION FOR QUEENSLAND
That no child who has suffered family abuse has to be further disadvantaged at school. I would like to continue to support more refuges, and wish to live in a State where women who suffer domestic abuse have access to safety.
ADVICE FOR QUEENSLAND WOMEN
Do things quietly and with a carefully considered plan. Ask for help to achieve your ambitions.
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