Melissa Abu-Gazaleh, National Semi-Finalist in Qantas and Women’s Weekly Women of the Future

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Top Blokes Foundation Founder and CEO, Melissa Abu-Gazaleh has been selected as a National Semi-Finalist in this year’s Qantas and Women’s Weekly Women of the Future Awards.

These national awards recognise young women who are at the forefront of social change within their communities.

Melissa, who began the Top Blokes Foundation at the age of 19, has advocated for the improvement in young men’s health and well-being for 9 years now.

“It’s a privilege to be selected as a semi-finalist. This years entrants all have such incredible and worthwhile causes that they are working towards. Through these awards, I hope to increase the awareness of young men’s health, an issue often so overlook” said Ms. Abu-Gazaleh

Today, the Top Blokes Foundation engages over 1,400 at risk and disadvantaged young males who require positive male mentors in their lives. The foundation’s programs tackle the growing social issues that face young males including drugs and alcohol, mental health, gender diversity and effects of pornography.

This years Women of the Future Awards are judged by Deputy Prime Minister Julie Bishop, Today Show Co-Host Lisa Wilkinson and ABC’s Leigh Sales.

The People’s Choice Award is currently open for vote. Supporters of the Top Blokes Foundation are encouraged to cast their votes in support of the Top Blokes Foundation’s public education program “The winner of the People’s Choice is awarded $10,000 in cash and $10,000 in Qantas flights. This would be such an important prize for Top Blokes as it’d enable us to travel across Australia and deliver our parent and public education programs to parents and young men” said Ms. Abu-Gazaleh.

To view Melissa’s video submission and profile, please click here.

Voting closes Wednesday, 19th August at 5pm. Voters are encouraged to cast multiple votes in support of Melissa Abu-Gazaleh and the Top Blokes Foundation.

For interviews and a photo, contact:

melissa@topblokes.org.au | 0404630013