Cath Jefferies

12/10/2011

 
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 People naturally have fears about things they don’t know or understand and ideas and conceptions become generalised. People with chromosomal or mental abnormalities are quite often misunderstood and are treated with fear. I’d like to help change that.

Cath Jefferies

Cath founded Dance for Down Syndrome (D4DS) in 2010 - an association that raises funds and awareness through dance. Cath’s brother Phillip, has Down Syndrome. She saw the joy dancing brought him and somehow wanted to combine that feel-good factor with fundraising, while improving awareness about Down Syndrome, exposing the myths and fears surrounding it. Dance is a universal language without barriers and it was chosen especially because of that quality to express the ease with which people can connect with others. Cath designed this fundraising project to be a fun way to get children involved and bring a closer awareness of Down Syndrome to others in the community.

http://www.dance4downsyndrome.com.au/dancing/

Photographer: Diane Macdonald
Location: Sydney
 

Caroline Kelly

24/08/2011

 
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Forty or fifty years ago, someone diagnosed with pancreatic cancer would most likely face death within months. Shockingly, in spite of all the advances by mankind, that is still the case in 2011. Too many lives have been lost to this disease and I want to do all that I can to help change that and give hope to those battling it.

Caroline Kelly

In the months after her husband’s diagnosis with pancreatic cancer, Caroline and Avner co-founded a fund to make a difference to those affected by one of the most lethal cancers. Sadly Avner, like 95% of patients diagnosed with this disease succumbed to it months later, a statistic that hasn’t really improved in the last 50 years. Caroline and her two co-directors, have continued to lead the foundation, passionately focused on improving the statistics and outcomes for patients. More than $1.7 million has been raised through charity walks and dinners, and through the support of companies such as Woolworths, Coca-Cola Amatil and Wellcom, as well as countless individuals and volunteers. This money has already funded a trial, is funding cutting edge research into sequencing the genes of pancreatic cancer and the next initiative is for a pilot into providing home nursing in the final nights of a patient’s life in their home. Caroline works full-time running the foundation in hope of improving the statistics for future generations.

http://www.avnersfund.org.au/

Photographer: Diane Macdonald
Location: Sydney
 

Zona Tripp OAM

16/08/2011

 
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After living through my husband's MS for 33 years, I have been determined in my small way to do all I can to raise funds for research into this terrible disease that effects so many young people in their prime. I do what I can, hoping that a cure will be found.


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.


http://www.msaustralia.org.au/


Photographer: Diane Macdonald
Location: 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
 

Jennie Orchard

21/07/2011

 
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Room to Read was founded on the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children® and since 2000, it has impacted more than six million children. Having personal connections with many of the countries where the organization is working, particularly Laos and South Africa, I am inspired to tell the story again and again, encouraging others to join the movement to change lives by delivering literacy and gender equality through education.

Jennie Orchard

Books, reading and literature have always been at the core of Jennie’s life. With a background in publishing, when she moved to Asia with her family in early 2002, she became involved in the non-profit world, initially contributing to a women’s organization (CWAJ) in Japan, then becoming involved with Room to Read while living in Hong Kong. In early 2008 Jennie returned to Sydney and led the team which has established a highly successful fundraising and awareness-raising presence for Room to Read in Australia, becoming Development Director for Australasia in 2010. Since launching with a Wine Gala in February 2009, nearly $5m has been raised and there is now a network of six volunteer chapters around Australia, with chapters also starting to develop in New Zealand. Jennie’s personal commitment to Room to Read derives from strong connections with many of the program countries, including South Africa and Laos. Her husband worked in Vientiane for three years and they celebrated their marriage there with a baci ceremony in October 1983. In February 2008, before returning to establish Room to Read in Australia, Jennie and Ivor visited a remote community in northern Laos to see the Room to Read school they funded to celebrate their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary.

http://www.roomtoread.org/australia

Photographer: Diane Macdonald
Location: Sydney
 

Pat Radinoff

19/07/2011

 
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The thought that you can’t be too thin or too rich, may be right but I never had the time to try it. Life has always offered challenges. Certainly one can never be too busy to learn something new, to embrace new people from other cultures, to awaken each day with something positive to explore, finding quality moments to enjoy family and share with loving friends. My wish is that all young people seek opportunities to open their hearts through travel to far and strange places.

Pat Radinoff

Pat has had many lives, but one thing is certain, nothing will slow her down. After a musical career in the fifties, scaling the heights of the fashion industry and media in the swinging sixties, the intrigue of international diplomacy, trade and travel in the seventies and eighties, much of it behind the Iron Curtain, a pioneer of the environmental movement and a charity fund raiser into the nineties, a screenwriter into the naughties and now? Still writing.  All of this while being a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Pat has proved that there is no age where retirement is an option or where class and style don’t have a place in our world.

Photographer: Diane Macdonald
Location: Sydney
 

Annie Crawford

19/07/2011

 
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 I get such a kick out of watching the pure joy and elation of our people as they cross that finish line, and for me, that is what drives me to keep doing what I am doing. I feel so lucky to meet such amazing people in every single Can Too program – people who inspire me every day and give me faith in the human spirit.

Annie Crawford

Annie has a passion for fitness and running. When she returned home to Sydney after living abroad, she decided that rather than re-entering the paid work force she wanted to do something that would make a difference - to combine her love of running with raising money for a non-profit organisation. Annie created Can Too, a non-profit organisation that professionally trains individuals to run or swim endurance events like half marathons in exchange for an agreement by the individual to raise money for Cure Cancer Australia. Since 2005, Can Too has raised over $7.5 million dollars, providing vital seed funding to support scientists and young researchers with innovative ideas, enabling them to pursue projects that are the most promising in their potential to cure cancer. To date, Annie and Can Too have become Cure Cancer Australia’s biggest fundraiser.

 http://www.cantoo.org.au/


Photographer: Diane Macdonald
Location: Sydney
 

Sophie Smith

18/07/2011

 
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Losing my first-born sons who had fought so bravely to overcome their premature start to life was utterly devastating. When they died I was determined something beautiful would come from their brief lives, keeping their spirits alive and giving hope to others like them. 

Sophie Smith

In 2006 Sophie and her husband, Ash, suffered the tragic loss of their newborn triplets, who died over a three month period following their premature birth.  Two months later Sophie began to train for a half marathon and raise money for the Royal Hospital for Women’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in memory of her three sons, Henry, Jasper & Evan. Sophie looked for runners to join her, and ended up with a team of 98 runners who together raised $80,000 for life-saving equipment for premature babies in the hospital’s NICU.  The Royal Hospital for Women Foundation agreed to set up a permanent Trust Fund in Henry, Jasper and Evan’s names and since then Sophie has organised teams in the Sydney half marathon each year to raise much needed funds for this Trust.  In the six years since the triplets’ deaths, 1100 people have run on Sophie’s teams and over $700,000 has been raised.  This money has provided the NICU with ten humidicribs, ten neonatal monitors and two high frequency ventilators - equipment that is vital to the survival of premature babies just like Henry, Jasper & Evan.

http://www.runningforprematurebabies.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
 
 
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 The greatest pleasures in life are best shared....and running is one of mine. If I can also raise funds for charities that make a difference in the lives of children at risk.....then every step run is all the more worthwhile.

Jo Davison

Jo prods and pushes, cajoles and cares. What started out simply as a couple of women getting together for an early morning run, has evolved into a sizeable and social fund-raising/running group, made possible through Jo’s dedication and determination. The women benefit from running farther and faster than they ever have because of her efforts. And the payback for Jo comes in the funds raised for charities through the group......thousands of dollars making a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children.

Photographer: Diane Macdonald
Location: Coogee Beach, Sydney