POI– We are greatly humbled to feature in this special blog -post , a humble character , a bundle of creativity of talent , a classics musician , a writer , a media doyen , a journalist , a super heroine , a social justice activist, a broadcaster , a mother , a grandmother , a pensioner Noreen Welch. We are humbled by the fact that she agreed to participate in this blog- post and also contribute in her special way in motivating young girls , women ,mothers and grandmothers through her well articulated ,though brief life story. We continue to present to you our beloved super heroines and doyens of inspiration from across the globe.
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Underneath is her brief story, Ms Noreen Welch is a heroine of few words.
What is your greatest life, artistic, academic and creative
I personally feel my life has encompassed many highs and a few lows which I overcame with hard work and perseverance. I was fortunate enough to be born with a God given singing voice and spent six years doing classical training that enabled me to tour with various professional companies in several starring roles. To name a couple Nancy in Oliver, Mama Morton in Chicago, I also worked with many bands in New Zealand, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
My first love will always be music but a close second is my broadcasting career which started first in New Zealand where I worked for the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation five mornings a week on a broadcast to schools programme called Music and Movement.
I worked for RBC, now ZBC on Radio One from 1977 to 1995 as newsreader on radio, breakfast host on Radio One, I produced many programmes and was also a TV news anchor until I left at the end of 1995.
What roles are you playing in transforming your communities?
I think I contributed to my community and country by raising funds through singing and record sales the proceeds of which went towards buying a bus for the Margaret Campbell Centre and Chinyaradzo Home for Children. I am to this day still a member of the Child Protection Society.
In 1992 the country was in the throes of a dreadful drought and through my radio breakfast show I was able to raise funds that were used to feed people in affected areas and we were also able to save quite a few endangered species. It was no doubt my greatest achievement and one I am extremely proud of. A time of incredible generosity and unity in our country.
What are your future prospects in your career and your life?
I returned to New Zealand in 2000 and worked as news editor presenter for a regional South Island radio station.
I am retired now, living in New Zealand on a small pension and I enjoy spending time with my daughter Alex and my granddaughter Khayla. Catching up on my reading, but I’m still passionately attached to Zimbabwe with all its diverse and wonderful cultures. As far as I’m concerned I’m still a Zimbabwean and will be until I die.
What is your parting shot to fellow women and girls?
Don’t ever underestimate yourself, nothing is impossible as long as you have self belief coupled with humility and compassion. Always be willing to lend a helping hand and make a difference
Noreen Welch is a revered Zimbabwean Radio and Television Journalists and Veteran Newsreader was in Capetown , South Africa in 1943. At the tender age of 7 Noreen moved to New Zealand where she acquired her high school education at ChristChurch Girls High School.She returned to South Africa in 1975 and joined the Performing Arts Council of the Transvaal PACT, touring South Africa and the then Rhodesia in the musical Chicago.In 1976 she moved to Rhodesia now Zimbabwe and was employed by the local broadcaster on Radio Jacaranda and Radio One.
Noreen Welch is widely known of her ethical media reporting and true story telling .She told the Zimbabwean story , the Zimbabwean political condition with a passion . She is of those media doyens who have lived to see Zimbabwe rotting in moral and political decadence . She has lived to tell the Zimbabwean Soap opera with great dexterity among other journalism atributes . Her Voice is her weapon and her pen is her sword. She veteran broadcaster , journalist is quite a doyen . She got mesmerizing merit under her belt- a super media heroine. From 1976 to 1996 Noreen worked as a Deputy Controller for Zimbabwe Broadcasting Cooperation , Radio One Station. She also had a one year stint as a News Editor/Presenter at Canterbury in Air.
Noreen wrote several political articles mostly about Zimbabwe across the globe with various media houses and projects. Ms Welch graduated in English and History from the University of Ortago and a Bachelors of Arts majoring in English at Queen Elizabeth College. She is now retired and lives in NewZealand.
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