Perth man Peter Sharp of Liberators International has become an internet sensation with footage of his public acts of ‘social art’. He has sparked impromptu dance parties, train dance fests, free hug offers and public meditations as part of his quest to encourage people to embrace fear and experience the joy of connection. These acts are about much more than gaining Facebook likes – Pete hopes they are encouraging viewers to trust, to love, to remember their shared humanity.
As women fed up with society’s expectations for women to play small, Lisa Longman and Stacey Ward founded The Young Boxing Women Project to help 12 to 25 year old women unleash their inner confidence. Through boxing and group discussion, the young women boxers are shedding their fears, stepping up and unlocking a world of new possibilities
Today’s Inspired story is a reminder you don’t necessarily have to launch a charity to be inspiring. Sometimes inspiration comes in the form of finding the personal strength to overcome your own inner battles and then gathering the courage to help others by sharing your experience with the world. Perth woman Sue Tredget has done just that, using her experience with depression to speak up to help the millions of others battling with the grip of this ever-increasing condition.
Moira Kelly has saved the lives of hundreds of children and transformed the lives of thousands more through her work in some of the world’s darkest corners. In areas from which most people flee, Moira has offered hope and love to the kids most people have forgotten – from HIV AIDS infected babies, to disfigured children, to kids suffering life-threatening injuries from war.
Scott Dinsmore set the world on fire for thousands of people across the globe by encouraging them to forgo mediocrity to live a life they love, through the online platform Live Your Legend. While living his own version of a dream life with his vivacious wife Chelsea, Scott was killed in a climbing accident, aged 33. Chelsea fought through her grief to step up and inspire thousands in her own way. This is their story of dreaming, forging, and living a life of legend.
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.
American man Conor Grennan became an unwitting saviour to hundreds of trafficked kids in Nepal after what began as a bid to impress his friends morphed into a life-long bid to reunite parents with their stolen children.
Australian woman Geraldine Cox has rescued Cambodian children from jungle war zones, stared down the face of AK47s to protect kids without parents and remained in a city in the throes of a military coup to stand up for the thousands of kids she’s come not only to protect, but to love through her work at Sunrise Cambodia.
This Australian woman and two friends are transforming the lives of Cambodia’s forgotten children by housing homeless kids and fighting to ensure children’s education.
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.
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.
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.