Sarah SH Lee

26/10/2011

 
It does not matter who you are now, it is who you want to be and who you become that matters…make decisions and take action – now.

Sarah SH Lee

Sarah’s son, Ping Lian, is an extraordinary artist who is also Autistic. He is recognised by experts in the field as a prodigious savant - of which there are fewer than a hundred in the world today. Savants are people who possess one or more areas of expertise, ability, or brilliance that are in contrast with their overall limitations. When he was a child, Sarah encouraged Ping Lian to trace and colour to strengthen his fine motor skills. Repetition led to obsession, ultimately developing his exceptional art talent. Recognising his potential, Sarah started to sell his intricate drawings and paintings, and word quickly spread around the world. His beautiful art serves as a source of satisfaction, income, development and growth for him, helping to minimize whatever limitations that might spring from his disabilities. And right beside him is Sarah – dedicated, determined and perpetually optimistic about his future. His artwork has been showcased in galleries, and his story documented in books and films. His success is a tribute to Sarah’s love and her belief in his abilities.


http://www.pinglian.com/
http://therockspopup.tumblr.com/

Photographer: Diane Macdonald
Location: The Rocks, Sydney
 

Di Westaway

25/07/2011

 
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I founded Wild Women On Top to empower women to achieve extraordinary goals AND change lives. I believe we should live our dreams and that positive thinking is the basis of a happy life. I have spent the last 10 years working with women in teams and I’ve learned that Together Everyone Achieves More. I believe in doing interesting things with interesting people and adding value.


Di Westaway

Di is passionate about women’s health and her team has raised nearly a million dollars for The Fred Hollows Foundation through the Wild Women On Top Sydney Coastrek. She seeks to empower women to achieve extraordinary goals and follow their dreams. Di founded Wild Women on Top to encourage and promote leadership skills in women by providing opportunities for team building and personal development. Her teams travel to amazing places, accomplish incredible things with like minded professional women and have the opportunity to fulfill humanitarian goals. They combine extreme adventure challenges with fundraising for The Fred Hollows Foundation and The Australian Himalayan Foundation. She has been a physical educator for over 30 years, and a trekker and mountain climber for ten. Di is a former Australian Gymnastics, Aerobics and Masters bouldering champion, has worked in many fields including teacher training, journalism and public speaking, and is a member of the Wild Women On Top Seven Summits team, a keen rock climber and a mother of three.


http://www.wildwomenontop.com/


Photographer: Diane Macdonald
Location: Shelly Beach Cliffs, Manly, Sydney
 

Ruchika Sahai

21/07/2011

 
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Every child is born with the ability and desire to do good. I wanted to create a product, a company, and a brand that instilled my sincere belief that it’s never too early to cultivate the will to make a difference in our children.

Ruchika Sahai

Sitting pregnant on the balcony one night with her husband, Ruchika was contemplating how they could instill the values and ideals that they held dear and the concept of making a difference into their children. Ruchika decided that she wanted to create a company based on the principal of reciprocity. She created Booda Brand on the premise of “One for You, One for Humanity.”  For every single Booda Brand product purchased, a book would be gifted to a child in need through the incredible organization Room to Read. The company makes organic newborn and baby clothes, each emblazoned with the words “I will make a difference,” and packaged in a gift box resembling a book. Last year, Oprah took notice and put the Booda Brand tees on the “O List”  in her magazine and on her website.   

http://www.roomtoread.org/

http://www.boodabrand.com/

Photographer: Diane Macdonald
Location: Sydney
 
 
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What I’ve learned from this whole journey is that how wonderful it is to give and to help others, but at the same time to be open for others to help you. It’s an energy shot for the giver and the receiver. 

Kamilla van der Velde

When Kamilla was living in Romania, she was shocked to see a village devastated by the post-communist petrochemical industrial decline - children without shoes in winter, families unable to buy enough food, people without any hope of a future. She founded a charity that put indoor toilets into kindergartens, helped rebuild schools, created senior centers, and built a craft workshop for unemployed mothers to create handicraft products. With no previous experience in charity work, Kamilla used her marketing, sales and communication skills to get funding and promote the workshop abroad, and today, the workshop is a viable enterprise that employs nine full-time women and exports across the globe.
http://www.secondchanceromania.org/


Photographer: Diane Macdonald
Location: Sydney
 

Susanne Gervay OAM

18/07/2011

 
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I write so that whatever faces young people, be it bullying, migration, family conflict, cancer, disability, war, they can dance and life is OK. They can be all that they want to be. 

Susanne Gervay OAM

Susanne’s daily life is the promotion of literature, literacy, heritage through her writing, advocacy for social justice and the restoration of The Hughenden c1870s which today is a home for literature and the arts. As the daughter of post war refugees, the re-establishment of The Hughenden in Australian life, her writing and work in literacy, is a testament to those immigrants who found home in Australia. Susanne is commmited to the writing community where she is Chair of the Board of the NSW Writers’ Centre; Ambassador for Room to Read bringing literacy to the children of the developing world; Role Model for Books in Homes taking books to indigenous and disadvantaged children. As a specialist in child growth and development, writer and children’s author, her books give a voice to young people and open positive communication in families and in the community.
http://www.sgervay.com/
http://www.thehughenden.com.au/


Photographer: Diane Macdonald
Location: The Hughenden, Woollahra, Sydney
 

Jane Adams

18/07/2011

 
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What can be more gratifying than a fragrant sun-ripened peach, its sticky juice running down your chin, or a roast chicken that tastes just like the one Nana cooked? I guess it’s that quest for wholesome old-fashioned values, seeking to nurture through abundance and fresh seasonal food, that spurred my passion for farmers’ markets. There’s deep satisfaction in the sight of a child with a face smeared with berry yoghurt, choosing their own vegetables on market morning – visible evidence of powerful social impacts.

Jane Adams

Jane is the catalyst behind many of the 150-plus farmers’ markets operating in Australia. The paddock-to-plate concept is simple - you shop directly from the people who grow, fatten, catch or artisan value-add the food you buy. It is a direct transaction that sustains and celebrates farming families and emerging food businesses. The markets Jane helped develop work at both ends of the spectrum - they create a vibrant community spirit, offering a face and a sense of place to the produce you buy, and the farmers and business owners have a new, sustainable, profitable and convivial direct sales platform, adding to the economic and social welfare of the communities involved. 


http://www.farmersmarkets.org.au

Photographer: Diane Macdonald
Location: Eveleigh Markets, Darlington, Sydney