Zona Tripp OAM
Zona’s husband, Dr Jeffery Tripp, was diagnosed at the age of 35 with Mulitple Sclerosis, and was told that by the age of 50 he would be in a wheelchair. Sure enough, at age 50, he lost mobility and Zona helped him in and out of his wheelchair day in and day out for years. Wheelchairs were heavy and cumbersome things back then and used to weigh over 25 kilos. The combination of lifting Jeffery and the wheelchair took its toll on Zona, who needed hospitalisation. It was then she contacted MS Australia, and they sent over a woman to bathe, feed and drive her husband to work daily for three months, to help her recuperate so that she could look after her husband again. To repay MS Australia for their support, Zona and eight of her friends founded the Dr Jeffery Tripp Committee. This year the Committee is 35 years old and has raised over $1 million for MS Australia through dinner dances and luncheons.
Photographer: Diane Macdonald