World changers

Claire Middleton – Saving lives in the battle with eating disorders

When Claire Middleton’s two teenage girls contracted anorexia, Claire embarked on a battle to not only save her family from the perils of this mental illness, but also to help thousands of others grappling with eating disorders. She founded The Butterfly Foundation which has gone onto raise awareness and transform care for people battling such conditions. In doing so, Claire has saved scores of young lives.

Emma Outteridge – Besotted by Ugandan orphans

While living a glittery life amid the world’s sailing elite, New Zealander Emma Outteridge took time out to volunteer at a school for orphans in Uganda and found herself smitten by the children. She has gone on to find her life purpose by connecting the children she’d come to love, with sponsors from the sailing world who can fund the children’s high school education and give them a real chance at breaking the poverty cycle.

John van Bockxmeer – Hooked on the high of doing good

Western Australia’s Young Australian of the Year for 2014 John van Bockxmeer has started three successful charities, volunteered internationally and won an impressive list of awards. Oh yes, and he manages to fit in a job as an emergency department registrar too. Samille Mitchell has a chat with John about his major charity Fair Game, and is amazed at his motivation, his depth of feeling for healthy communities, and his incredible ability to fit so much into an already over-worked doctor’s schedule.

Darren Lomman – Dreaming big for the disabled

This Aussie lad launched a non-profit, Dreamfit, to fulfil the dreams of people with a disability. Dreamfit transforms mechanical equipment such a motorbikes and bicycles so people with varying levels of physical ability can experience the thrill of action once more. In the process Darren has captured the hearts of many for his innovative mind, caring nature and can-do attitude.

Anja Ringgren Loven – Saving the lives of Nigeria’s ‘witch children’

This young Danish woman has dedicated her life to saving Nigeria’s ‘witch children’. From one day to the next these children are branded a witch, ousted from their families, often tortured, sometimes murdered. Outraged at the horrific practice, Anja moved to Nigeria to rescue accused children. She then homes those she saves in an orphanage and seeks to overcome the horrors they’ve endured with the healing power of love.