Wagga's Jill Tucker and The Rock's Jo Palmer announced as top 10 finalists for Regional Online Heroes Award

For Wagga breast cancer survivor and entrepreneur Jill Tucker – helping other women has always been her sole focus. 

Having started her venture more than eight years ago, Ms Tucker is now being rewarded for her hard work as a top 10 finalist for the Regional Online Heroes Award.

Ms Tucker launched Erilan Mastectomy Collection, a physical and online store fitting and supplying prosthesis, lingerie and clothing for women who have undergone breast surgery, to reach women in the area after experiencing her own battle. 

With a good support person and a positive attitude, Ms Tucker said anything is possible. 

“I’m a 61-year-old woman who grew up in the non-technological age and wasn’t overly computer savvy,” she said. 

“It is doable – don’t be afraid – you can’t let anything be a barrier.” 

Ms Tucker said it had been a big learning curve to watch the internet break down geographical borders. 

“I find when I send something to remote areas it’s very rewarding,” she said. 

“If I was a woman in an area like that I would be thinking about what to do, it’s about building those relationships.” 

Ms Tucker told The Daily Advertiser she already felt as if she has won after being named as a finalist. 

“The more people who know about me the more I can help other women,” she said. 

“It authenticates you and makes you think yes, I am capable of this.” 

The Rock’s Jo Palmer is also among the finalists, for Pointer Remote Role, an online matchmaking platform helping employees find the best person to fill a vacant role, regardless of location. 

The platform aims to assist small businesses or individuals to find contractors to complete small jobs or contracts, rather than having to recruit full-time staff. 

A winner will be announced on December 4.