More Batts would make a difference

Minister for International Development Melissa Parke gives Anne Batt her medal. Picture: Tomas Pradas
Minister for International Development Melissa Parke gives Anne Batt her medal. Picture: Tomas Pradas

The theme for this year’s World Humanitarian Day was ‘We need more’ and Ms Parke said, ‘We need more Anne Batts.’

Oxfam chair of the board Dr Jane Hutchison and Fremantle Mayor Dr Brad Pettitt referred to Ms Batt’s inspiring work.

She began volunteering in Hobart in 1961 for the Freedom from Hunger Campaign doorknock appeal. She has been a member of local Oxfam and the Community Aid Abroad group on and off since 1963.

For more than 52 years, Ms Batt has organised events, doorknocks, walks, dinners, talks, exhibitions and stalls, both as fundraisers and to raise awareness of campaigns such as Close The Gap and Make Poverty History.

Ms Batt served for 20 years ” from 1987 to 2007 ” on the Oxfam WA State Committee.

During this time, she served as treasurer and chairperson and served on the national executive and board of directors.

While on the national executive and board, she took on responsibilities as chairperson for the Freedom From Hunger campaign, as well as roles as deputy chair of the board and treasurer of Oxfam.