British man Leo Biddle has dedicated his life to saving wildlife in Malaysia’s Sarawak region on the island of Borneo. Despite the many sacrifices he has made, and frustration at the ongoing crisis facing wildlife, he finds he can’t give up on the creatures that have captured his heart.
Australian woman Jill Barton was so distressed by the sight of sick and dying horses and donkeys in Egypt that she returned to open a charity to help. Egypt Equine Aid offers free veterinary treatment to abused horses and donkeys, providing a new chance at life for creatures otherwise destined to suffer painful deaths.
Convinced of the power of women scientists to change the world, Fabian Dattner launched a women’s leadership program with a difference. This program, Homeward Bound, would take women scientists to Antarctica, equip them with the tools for change and give the voice to help them halt the destruction of the natural world.
New South Wales woman Jo Nemeth has said goodbye to money to slash her consumption and lessen her impact on the environment. In the process of living 100% without cash, Jo has discovered the joys of slow living and released the burden of guilt that she felt regarding her former Western lifestyle’s impact on the environment.
Linda Buller has dedicated the past 20 years of her life to saving Bali’s abused street dogs. As a survivor of abuse herself, she is awed by the dogs’ capacity for recovery – at the way they can forgive humans for abuse, and remain open to healing and love.
As someone who has leapt ice crevices, fought to save the environment, and narrowly avoided death by quick sand and baboons, Rebecca Millar has lived an extraordinary life so far. And, as director of Kalbarri’s cultural community celebration – the Zest Festival – she has become renowned for her ability to think big. But what gives someone the belief they can achieve something extraordinary? What instils them with the conviction they can make a difference? Samille Mitchell takes a look at Rebecca’s past in an attempt to find the answers.
Elliot Costello gave up a job in the corporate sector to dedicate his life to helping fight poverty. Through his non-profit YGAP, he has helped thousands by arming social entrepreneurs with the knowledge and resources to make a difference, whether it’s providing health advice to pregnant mothers in Africa or feeding the underprivileged in Australian schools.
Perth man Leif Cocks has dedicated his life to saving the orangutan through his not-for-profit charity The Orangutan Project. The battle has plunged him to the depths of despair as he has borne witness to the atrocities orangutans face. But it has also filled him with awe and delight for a creature with an enormous capacity for love.
Pet portrait photographer Alex Cearns travels the globe photographing rescued animals to raise money for their care and promote their protection. She volunteers 40 percent of her time to philanthropic causes and relishes the chance to present animals in their best light.
May Doncon fled her homeland as a child in fear for her life and has gone on to prove refugees can contribute greatly to their new countries.
Fighting for a cause you believe in is one thing but risking your life to do so is quite another. What drives this Australian woman to risk her life to save rhinos amid achingly beautiful Zimbabwean bush?
Mary Hutton has transformed from a humble mum in the suburbs to an international powerhouse negotiating with Asian governments in her ongoing bid to rescue Asian bears.