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.
Through the Refugee Yoga Project, Australian woman Danielle Begg is bringing longed-for moments of peace and calm to refugees grappling with the trauma of fleeing their troubled homelands.
A Perth woman’s desire to help the desperately poor has saved and transformed hundreds of lives in Cambodia. Samille Mitchell reports.
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.
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.
French-born Perth woman Gaelle Beech is committed to transforming fashion from the stuff of sweat shops to a profitable industry that empowers craftspeople in the developing world.