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Changing lives one dinner at a time

Penny Elsley’s Welcome Dinner Project is transforming lives by bringing together international students, refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and established Australians for dinner. As they connect over food these groups of strangers are reminded of their common humanity. The resultant feeling of connection is, quite simply, changing lives.

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Cows for Cambodia breaks poverty cycle

What began as an impulsive bid to see if Andrew Costello could help one poverty-stricken Cambodian family has morphed into a charity that is changing the lives of hundreds of rural Cambodians. Cows for Cambodia breaks the poverty cycle by donating the one thing that can make a massive difference to rural Cambodian’s long-term prosperity – cows.

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Ten secrets for success and inner peace

In August 2015 life and business coach Dianna Jacobsen attended an inspiring two-day presentation by self-help guru Dr Wayne Dyer in Melbourne, Australia. This turned out to be his last presentation, as he left this world peacefully only one week later. Dianna shares with us Dr Dyer’s renowned Ten Secrets for Success and Inner Peace, a framework for life which will serve us and generations to come.

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Gemma Sisia – Giving the gift of education in Africa

When a young Aussie girl visited Africa two decades ago with dreams of helping the less fortunate, even she would never have guessed at the way her life would unfold. Yet Gemma Sisia went on to found The School of St Jude, which has put two thousand kids through school and boarding, funded students’ university education, and sparked promising futures for young adults who were born into poverty-stricken rural homes or garbage-ridden urban slums.

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Life is a grand adventure

“Flat.” That’s how a woman I spoke to recently described her life. She thought she liked things on an even keel, not too many ups or downs, but she came to realise she didn’t feel like she was really living. Instead, she was simply getting by. The funny thing is […]

Love and Relationships

Befriend: Growing the magic of connection

When Nick Maisey realised the pain of disconnection and loneliness that scars so many people in our modern society, he created a social network that would welcome people from all walks of life to experience the joy of friendship. That network, Befriend, has now transformed the lives of thousands of diverse people united by one simple craving – to truly connect with a fellow human being.

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Be unstoppable in life and business

Success in life and business is about having confidence in yourself to act, and giving yourself permission to ‘course correct’ as needed. Today, business and life coach Dianna Jacobsen from Shine At Business gives her top tips to making you unstoppable as you navigate your journey to ‘success’, whatever that means for you.

Love and Relationships

‘Pad lady’ provides dignity to desperate women

Shocked at the shame homeless women suffered at being unable to access pads and tampons during their monthly period, Queensland woman Rochelle Courtenay launched Share the Dignity to provide sanitary items to those in need. Along the way she learned of the link between homelessness and domestic violence and so turned Share the Dignity’s attention to also helping families grappling with violent homes. This once every-day mum is now embroiled in some of the country’s most traumatic domestic violence cases, but is driven by seeing the difference that restored dignity makes to people’s lives.