Zona Tripp OAM

15/8/2011

 
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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
 
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 We need to treat waste with the respect it deserves.

Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla

Veena grew up in Mumbai where, for reasons of poverty and need, Indians have created an economy that finds ways to extract value from waste. Aided by her background, education and research, which ranged from witnessing the recycling of waste into everyday life in Mumbai to her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan, Veena has won numerous awards for her invention which incorporates waste plastics as a carbon source for steelmaking. In 2005 she received Australian Museum Eureka Prizes for Scientific Research. In 2011 Veena won the prestigous Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award given by the President of India in acknowledgement of her outstanding achievement in the field of science and in recognition of her valuable contribution in promoting the honour and prestige of India and in fostering the interests of overseas Indians. Veena is the Director of the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT@UNSW) - a centre which works with industry in the development of innovative materials and processes and the reduction of energy consumption. Veena also presents on the TV show “New Inventors” - a show that celebrates the inventiveness and resourcefulness of the human mind, and she attempts to get the younger generation, especially girls, interested in Science as a vocation.

http://smart.unsw.edu.au/

Photographer: Diane Macdonald
Location: UNSW, Randwick, Sydney

Lisa Champion

7/8/2011

 
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 I have been blessed with the resources to create a foundation through which people working in the fitness industry can reach out to Australians in need.  With age, my empathic muscles have grown far more greatly than my biceps (thankfully!), making me highly motivated to encourage enthusiastic and passionate fitness professionals to reach out so that people in need can benefit from the power of exercise. I feel inspired every day to champion the cause of Fit for Good – and am extremely proud of the way our industry is reaching out with kindness and generosity of spirit.

Lisa Champion

Walking early one morning with her husband, Lisa talked about wanting somehow to bring more compassion to the fitness industry, an industry they have been a part of for decades. After learning the ins and outs of non-profits, Lisa founded Fit for Good, the fitness industry’s charitable foundation, in 2011 with the goal of enhancing the lives of Australians in need through health and fitness opportunities.  Working with community service organisations, Fit for Good offers gym memberships, exercise footwear and clothing, personal training, group exercise, healthy lifestyle and motivational talks and scholarships to those who have been effected by homelessness, drug and alcohol addictions, mental health problems, long term unemployment or other hardship. Lisa and her team connect volunteer fitness professionals who give their time to inspire those less fortunate to take up exercise and adopt healthier lifestyles. Exercise can be a powerful tool in the fight against depression and anxiety, it can help people feel empowered, it raises energy levels and serves as a fantastic mood booster. Fit for Good is the first foundation of its kind in Australia.

http://www.fitforgood.org.au/

Photographer: Diane Macdonald
Location: Sydney
 
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Young women today have no idea of the sexism we had to face - wives could be legally beaten by their husbands, death duties imposed on widows would leave them homeless and penniless. Being sexually harrassed by strangers was a common event. Women were not allowed into some clubs and could not be served alcohol in public bars. A lot of this has changed, due to the valiant efforts of previous generations of women fighting for the right to be treated equally.

Hilarie Lindsay MBE OAM PhD (Syd.)

Hilarie became aware of sexist attitudes from an early age - her mother refused to agree to “obey” her husband in her wedding vows in 1917. Hilarie, herself, started the campaign to abolish death duties on a dead husband’s estate which nearly always left the widow homeless and penniless. She wrote prolifically to newspapers on the rights of women and the need to have more women in parliament - knowing that it was possible to change the status quo through writing to alert the general public of these injustices to women. She started writing seriously in the 1960s under a penname to protect her privacy but then later, as she started winning awards, she began using her real name and became a mentor for many women writers, as well as President of the Society of Women Writers. She was awarded the MBE, the Queen’s Jubilee Medal and the OAM for Services to Literature. On top of her recent PhD, she still works as a Director of her toy manufacturing company, a company she joined over 65 years ago. She was the first female president of any division of the Chamber of Manufacturers - breaking the glass ceiling. This was at the time when women members were not admitted to the Annual Dinner, so she had to fight for the right to attend as she was President of the Toy & Games Manufacturers Association of Australia (TAGMA).  Currently, she is working on a novel and has two more books in the pipeline. Among the many organisations she’s been invovled, Hilarie is a long standing member of Zonta International, an organistion which works to raise the status of women and girls worldwide. 

http://zonta.org.au/Zonta_in_Australia/Home_to_3_Districts_of_Zonta_International.html

Photographer: Diane Macdonald
Location: Sydney

Laura Wellink

26/7/2011

 
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 I believe that every classroom teacher should gain an understanding of what it feels like to really struggle when learning something new. It is the only way we will be able to empathise with students and therefore be fully committed to making lessons as interactive, relative and informative as possible.


Laura Wellink

Fighting for her rights and the rights of others, Laura is using what some people may call her disability, and turning it around to try and help others. Laura’s neurosurgeon gave her parents little hope of her survival, and if she did survive, then little chance of being educated, due to the trauma inflicted on her brain from hydrocephalus. Laura has learned to manage her learning issues by focusing intensely on the subject at hand. She has become an advocate for other young patients suffering from the disease because of her ability to communicate what is going on inside her head. Laura is at university now studying to become an Early Childhood and Primary teacher, and has a specific interest in Learning Difficulties as she has genuine empathy and understanding of what children with learning difficulties face when presented with complicated tasks. During Practical Sessions, Laura has been able to identify learning difficulties in the classroom and implement different strategies that help a struggling student to succeed. Laura has faced people in her professional life who don’t believe she can teach because of her disability. Her outrage and dertermined fighting spirit has ensured her future in teaching and helping others.


email Laura: laura_wellink@yahoo.com.au


Photographer: Diane Macdonald
Location: Castle Hill, NSW

Deborah Nicholas

25/7/2011

 
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Working with Aboriginal mothers and babies makes me feel proud to be part of an important journey of righting some wrongs and closing the gap of disparity between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians. The rewards of watching children grow up happy and healthy are worth all the hard work 10 times over.


Deborah Nicholas

Awarded NSW Midwife of the Year, Deborah works within the Aborignal community, caring for babies from pregnancy through their first eight years of life. Because of the complex social and economic disadvantages effecting Aboriginal families, Deborah finds it essential to work in a holistic manner - often going beyond the usual scope of midwifery practice. She supports women through motivational counselling, advocates for and provides referral for community assistance with housing, domestic violence, drug and alcohol counseling, and community support services. She believes a loving relationship between a mother and her child has beneficial impacts on the family and community for generations, and a positive and loving infancy establishes an individual’s resilience and general wellbeing from infancy to adulthood.



Photographer: Diane Macdonald
Location: Forster, NSW

Di Westaway

25/7/2011

 
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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

Tracy Everingham

22/7/2011

 
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To me the beauty of Sydney Homeless Connect  is seeing the joy in people’s faces as they have these lovely experiences on the day. It’s achieving these tangible outcomes that help people get onto the path out of homelessness that makes all the work worthwhile.

Tracy Everingham

Tracy is one of the founding members of Sydney Homeless Connect - a program designed to bring together people who are homeless and at risk of homelessness in Sydney with the services and support that they need whilst providing them with a positive day they will remember. This annual event brings together professionals that can help the homeless, like legal aid, housing commissions, employment bureaus, and countless other organisations that want to help those in need. The day also includes a healthy lunch, haircutting, portraits, animal care, free clothing, and even therapeutic massages. As the Head of Operations for the charity, Tracy is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the logistics of the annual event and also coordinates much of the day-to-day business of the charity. Tracy’s exceptional organisational skills and attention to detail help her to keep Sydney Homeless Connect delivering the work that she is so passionate about. This vital link in the community has been operating for two years.

http://www.sydneyhomelessconnect.com/

Photographer: Diane Macdonald
Location: Sydney

Trish Lowe

20/7/2011

 
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I look on with admiration and joy at the provision of such unconditional love that I witness with every shift.

Trish Lowe

Trish works within the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where the most vulnerable of human beings, newborns, arrive in crisis, battling to stay alive. She and the team care for infants ranging in age from 24-42 weeks gestation, who require intensive care and ongoing stabilisation and recuperation. On any given day her role extends from resuscitation of an infant due to deterioration, then stabilisation with respiratory support, intravenous fluids and medications, right through to solving a breast feeding problem for a mother, whose infant is now well enough to feed. Over time Trish establishes close bonds with the families and babies in her care, as they return post discharge for ongoing growth and development assessments. She also supports families through the grief of losing an infant and provides sensitive care which is vital, in order to help them form positive memories and process that event in some meaningful way. Trish witnesses what it means to love unconditionally, as parents grieve losses and celebrate successes, with no expectation of reciprocation.

http://www.rhwfoundation.com.au/

Photographer: Diane Macdonald
Location: Sydney

Ruchika Sahai

20/7/2011

 
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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