Helping women and children, and being a voice for women, has been Karen's life-long commitment to the community.
"This is the true joy in life … being used for a purpose recognised by yourself as a mighty one. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. Life is no brief candle to me. It's a sort of splendid torch which I've got to hold up for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing on to future generations." George Bernard Shaw
In August 2011 Karen was crowned Mrs Australia World 2011/12 after a year raising awareness and funds for ovarian cancer and donating funds to charities such as the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF) for which she is now an Ambassador, in addition to her career and media achievements. Karen also received the 'Best in Media' and 'Mrs Popularity' Awards.
As Karen prepares to represent Australia at the international Mrs World competition in December 2011 in the US, and throughout her term as Mrs Australia 2011/12, Karen would like to acknowledge her wonderful sponsors: (Sydney Mobile Makeup and Hair), , , , , , and l.
During her year as a Finalist, Karen's sponsors included: , , , , , , Belrose, , , Von Lillianstein Jewellery (Hunter Valley), and who supported Karen's efforts to raise awareness of the importance of early detection and the symptoms of ovarian cancer. Thank you also to the sponsors Karen brought in to support the Mrs Australia Quest National Finals - , , , and .
Other Community Work
Karen has contributed to a large range of community-focused organisations and community issues in paid, volunteer and participatory capacities, including: NSW Association for Gifted & Talented Children; The Smith Family; The New Children's Hospital Westmead; Mother's Day Classic; Brave Hearts Foundation; Family Planning NSW; UNICEF; World Vision; Project Dovetail; WIN Foundation; and Amnesty International.