Mum is many things! A wife, mum, sister, daughter, friend. She cherishes her beautiful family – husband of twenty-four years and four amazing children aged from 7 to 17, each of whom are in equal portions different and inspiring! Mum bemoans that she never has an empty ironing basket and, totally unrelated, tends to not cross wooden bridges (??!!) and never expected her writing would ever have an audience of more than one. As well as her family and friends, Mum loves Essendon football club, V8 Supercars (Holden, of course), coffee, singing and reading. Mum dreams almost every night in movie format, complete with soundtrack and credits (sometimes with Essendon winning the Grand Final)! Living close to the beach, Mum lives with faith, laughter and mostly peace amongst the craziness of life!
A21's mission is to end slavery. They are a nonprofit organisation fuelled by radical hope that human beings everywhere will be rescued from bondage and completely restored. They are the abolitionists of the 21st century.
Allan believes it is our experiences that answer who we truly are. So, his experiences … which are both a series of life journeys on their own and complete the tapestry (insert Disney music here) of well … Allan. Teaching (currently Primary Education) is in his blood, so by extension Allan is a seeker of knowledge. Allan is also a father to two incredible children and a husband to a wife who he states knows him better than he knows himself (isn’t that always the case?). Allan belongs to an inspiring church family which has taught him what family is and should be. From these four areas, Allan believes everything else (past, present and future) all derive. Among his somewhat stranger dreams and goals, Allan would love to explore the Vatican Archives, get dirty on an Archeological dig, have lunch with Bill Bailey, and gain work experience at WETA digital! Stay tuned for more!
Bringing Hope Ministries Fiji's vision is to break the cycle of poverty by helping children receive an education. They facilitate sponsorship from families around the world to sponsor a child through school, working in partnership with local management committees in Fiji, established and overseen by Bringing Hope missionaries in Fiji. For only $197 a child can attend school, have new shoes, new school uniforms and a school bag, and be provided with lunch for a whole year. Sponsored children are also mentored, and their parents assisted in actually getting the children to school regularly.
Destiny Rescue is an internationally-recognised Christian non-profit organisation dedicated to rescuing children trapped in the sex trade. Our vision is to rescue the sexually exploited and enslaved, restore the abused, protect the vulnerable, empower the poor and be a voice for those who can’t speak up for themselves.
Mother to three cute, marvellous creations and a wife to a very handsome husband(!), Inga is a Registered Nurse with experience in Pediatrics and Health Promotion. Inga is passionate about healthcare but loves family adventures and roadtripping more, having recently returned from her dream family holiday traveling around Australia. After experiencing hundreds of locations, Inga plans to delight in living in just one locale in 2014, affording her the opportunity to learn ballet (or at least buying her first pair of ballet shoes!). Inga has also set herself the lofty goal of running 5km and not die! Now a budding television star, the Clancy’s around Australia adventure was recently featured on Channel 7’s Sunrise program.
James McCay is a writer with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing from QUT. He dreams of publishing his own novels and hopes his writing will have a lasting impact on the world. He loves the opportunity to tell inspirational stories of truly remarkable people. James enjoys sword fighting and historical re-enactment, as well as building pallet furniture. He is devoted to his wife and growing number of pets.
Local to Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Jane Grover is a qualified chef (now home cook), a happy wife and mother of three children, cookbook author (NAKED FOOD the way food was meant to be ) and dynamic presenter. Jane juggles her life with humour, wisdom and determination, educating others on the value of eating whole foods, as well as understanding where our food comes from. Jane is passionate about cooking with home or locally-grown, seasonal, organic and biodynamic produce. Her cooking presentations leave the audience inspired and empowered to adjust their own cooking and eating habits to obtain a healthier lifestyle. Jane’s delightful nature, love of people and knowledge of food will impact you even if you are a not a cook.
With a Masters of Education (Language and Literacy Education), TESOL qualifications and many years of teaching experience across a diverse range of students, Jill brings a wealth of grammatical knowledge and proofreading skills to our team. She keeps us on our toes and makes sure that we dot our i’s and cross our t’s correctly. Her attention to detail is second to none and she is currently in the process of creating an official style guide for our writing team.
Meryl is a seasoned Information Professional with over 25 years’ experience. Currently based in Canberra, her day job involves working on large government websites, using content management systems such as Drupal and Squiz Matrix, and administering SharePoint-based intranets. Possessing a wide range of ICT skills, including certification as a Microsoft Office Master, she also develops websites for small business and the not-for-profit sector on the WordPress platform.
Phil is a qualified Naturopath, Master Nutritionist and Personal Trainer with over a decade of experience. As part of his Masters in Nutrition, Phil studied modules in Human Resource Management and Business Operations. He has managed fitness businesses, owns and operates OnThePulse a Naturopathic and Nutritional clinical practice and provides ‘one on one’ and group fitness training. He currently serves on the board as president of a not for profit Australian charity which creates and implements health education programs in developing communities. As such Phil has unique insight and understanding of corporate structure and its unique demands on employee and company performance and through his fitness and health education programs has helped over 2000 people in Australia and overseas achieve real and lasting health results.
Richard is the proud dad of wonderful teenage son. His primary joy is being a dad, but he also has a deep passion to empower others to be their best selves. Aussie Rules footy and cricket are the obsessions in his spare time, including Sports Chaplaincy. Richard has a deep commitment to spreading the message of empathy as a healthy and productive platform from which to build our lives. He considers writing to be a gift and that we are at our best when we are using our gifts.
This year, in the words of Robert Frost, we have chosen to take the road less travelled. We have left our hilltop flat in Highgate Hill, our community in West End, Rob’s secondary teaching job, my education lecturing position and a more well travelled road, to see where another road may lead us. We go with a limited budget and an even more limited backpack (7kg) to embrace a slow travel approach where we are able to build relationships with people and through that, see different parts of the world. We don’t know where this road less travelled may lead us. So we go full of excitement, apprehension and hope. And to finish with Frost’s thought ‘knowing how way leads on to way, I [doubt] if I should ever come back’.
Ryan is husband to one, dad to three, and financial adviser by day. He lives to see people lift their vision to bigger goals and be empowered to chase them. Loving a laugh (mostly via dad jokes), Ryan shares with us general tips and advice on how to use our finances more effectively. Ryan’s aim is for us to control our budgets so they don’t control us. His family focus helps bring a realistic view for mums and dads trying to do their best for their families.
Craig and Sharon – parents, grandparents and intrepid motorcyclists! Together they are the Aussie version of Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman (the Long Way Round adventures!). With Sharon travelling pillion, they recently spent over twenty-one months biking from London to the USA, via Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Canada. Future travel plans include Africa, Europe and South America – watch this space! When not on the back of their 990 KTM Craig and Sharon are part of a Salvation Army Church where Craig enjoys serving on the technical team while Sharon enjoys singing in the worship team and in the children’s program, Mainly Music.
Tammy is a qualified Nutritionist, a wife and mother of three beautiful children. Passionate about nutrition and nutrigenomics, she helps people from all walks of life find a way to increase their level of health and wellbeing. She achieves this through understanding the relationship and interaction between a person’s genetics and the food they eat. She believes that health starts and ends with the food on your fork. Tammy along with husband Phil are the Health Project Managers of a Not For Profit International Aid Agency called MyKids Australia Inc. Where they develop and deliver health education programs to the amazing people of Myanmar (Burma). In her downtime she puts her hands to crafting organic homemade personal care products which allows her love of natural beauty and her creative flair to shine.
Teen Challenge exists to give hope to young men and women who are recovering from addiction and other life-controlling issues such as self-harm, eating disorders, depression, anxiety and homelessness. Teen Challenge Qld provides residential rehabilitation facilities to young people aged 16 to 29, and they are currently the only facility in Queensland that caters for teenagers as young as sixteen.