Community invited to farewell Jill Emberson at memorial service
City of Newcastle is inviting community to attend a public memorial service for Jill Emberson on Thursday 23 January at Newcastle City Hall.
The 10am service will celebrate the life of the prominent journalist, Pink Meets Teal founder and 2019 Newcastle Citizen of the Year, who passed in December after a long battle with ovarian cancer.
Jill was a fearless campaigner for ovarian cancer research and awareness and played a pivotal role in the Federal Government's landmark $20 million research funding announcement in 2019.
Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said that while Jill’s life was cut short, her impact on this world and in the lives of others was immense and inspiring.
“Jill touched the lives of countless people in our community as a family member, friend, through her work as a journalist and as a tenacious campaigner for ovarian cancer research.
“It’s fitting that Jill’s life is celebrated by the community and that everyone has the opportunity to pay tribute to the wonderful contribution she made to our city.
“Jill was an exemplary Citizen of the Year for Newcastle. She was incredibly generous with her time, despite knowing her cancer was terminal. I was in awe of her willingness to work with the city and her determination to make a difference, every moment she could.
“We hope the public memorial will see the community come to together to celebrate Jill’s life, her achievements and her incredible legacy.”
At Jill’s request, memorial donations can be made to the Hunter Medical Research Institute: https://hmri.org.au/jill