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Support the World’s First Indigenous Leadership Program in Antarctica with Olivia Sorre: Make a Donation!

Teddy Bears Olivia SorreOlivia Sorre and Outback to Icecap have set a goal to take over 250 teddy bears onto the Antarctic Ice Shelf to be photographed by a professional photographer, for an attempt to break a world record for “Toys on the Antarctic Shelf.”

Ms. Sorre is looking forward to taking part in a remarkable leadership program called Outback to Icecap:  the world’s first Indigenous Leadership Expedition in Antarctica. She will be one of 26 travelling mentors who will be walking alongside eight very inspirational young Indigenous adolescents from all over Australia and all walks of life – Allira, Brandon, Tyson, Cori, Shauna, Mikayla, Brody and Dean.

‘I believe this is a lifetime opportunity for me.  It met all of my criteria in being an inspiring leader- the ability to mentor youths, being able to experience Antarctica but above all walk alongside some of the younger Indigenous people. To exchange stories and life experiences with a young person and other travel mentors in such a landmark way is my way of giving back’.   It was for these reasons; I just had to put in an application to become a Travelling Mentor.

- Olivia Sorre

The trip itself is later this year where Ms. Sorre and her team will head off to Argentina onto Antarctica for 16 days kayaking, snow shoeing, ice climbing and attempting to climb a peak. The program is led by Beatrice Imbert and Expedition leader Peter Bland (who is the 1st Australian to have walked to the North and South Poles).

Ms. Sorre is currently raising funds to cover travel costs for Brandon and myself as the two are the only SA representatives.

Olivia Sorre

“Register Your Teddy Bear” where your supplied bear will be taken onto the Antarctic Ice Shelf and photographed by a professional photographer. The Teddy Bear Campaign offers a unique opportunity for Australian businesses or organisations contribute to a program that advances the opportunities for Aboriginal youth.  Many businesses are keen to raffle their bear upon its return for other charitable purposes and Ms. Sorre is more than happy to make herself available to talk about the trip next year.  Click here for the Teddy Bear campaign registration form, and click here for the second part.

The Quiz Night – Silent Auction is on Saturday 8 November 2014 at Clovelly Park Community Centre.  Click here to purchase your tickets.  Any contribution toward the Quiz Night & Silent Auction (i.e. merchandise, gift certificates, services or cash support) is appreciated.  Businesses will be acknowledged to over 200+ guests.  All contributions will need to be received by Friday 31 October 2014.

See the Auction Contributor Information form here.

Your contribution will be enhancing the personal growth, self confidence and resilience of indigenous youth and to bring about their evolution as future leaders, role models and messengers of meaning.

You can reach Ms. Sorre on 0487 515 438 if you are interested in any of the activities above or visit the Outback to Icecap Facebook page. Please circulate this amongst your networks. We greatly appreciate your support!

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Samantha Hunter Pushes to Put Corruption to a Halt with Crime Stoppers Victoria

Samantha Hunter has more than two years of experience as the CEO of Crime Stoppers Victoria, an organization that serves to protect community members by passing on information to law enforcement officials to help them solve crimes. Over the years, Ms. Hunter has established herself as an expert in nonprofit management and leadership by serving at the helm of the organization and guiding community members toward safety and social justice. Each day, she manages the strategic direction of the association, as well as budgeting operations, and raises funds to keep the organization in operation. Ms. Hunter successfully built a marketing, public and community relations firm prior to taking on the role of CEO of Crime Stoppers Victoria and Director of Crime Stoppers Australia.

Samantha Hunter is passionate about helping the people of Victoria to build resilience and securing social justice for Looking back, Ms. Hunter attributes her success to hard work, perseverance and a passion for what she does. She worked in marketing for a long time and had served on the board of Crime Stoppers Australia. She was able to use her existing skill set to effectively market the goals of Crime Stoppers Victoria since she understood the business model from an insider’s perspective. Ms. Hunter is passionate about giving back to her community and helping citizens develop resilience.

Ms. Hunter received a Bachelor of Art in politics from La Trobe University, Australia. In looking forward to a bright future, she would like to serve another term in order to ensure that newly planned executive strategies are executed within the organization. She is grateful to be able to give the people of Victoria a chance to live fruitful lives without fear, and by serving Crime Stoppers Victoria, she can provide a safety net for the members of her community.

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Colin G. Benjamin Promotes Healthy Living Among Aussies with ‘Life. Be in it.’

Healthy FoodsDr. Colin Benjamin OAM is the Honorary Director of ‘Life. Be in it’ – one of the longest standing health promotion charities addressing preventable chronic disease and health promotion programs. Dr. Benjamin follows in the footsteps of his father Eric Benjamin OAM, in a lifetime commitment to social work addressing the issues of poverty alleviation, self-help group formation and health promotion initiatives.

For the past 35 years, Dr. Colin Benjamin has served as director general for ‘Life. Be in it.’ International. As mentioned on the company’s website, www.lifebeinit.org, “’Life. Be in it.’ promotes healthy active life styles, leisure and recreational activities and the development of research and service initiatives that have as its primary object prevention and control of chronic diseases including asthma, cancer, heart disease, kidney conditions, stroke and mental disorders by promoting a greater level of physical activity and greater levels of social inclusion…With operations in every State and Territory ‘Life. Be in it’ has been the leading light in recreational activities that provide a direct link to building a healthier Australia.” In his position, Dr. Benjamin provides recreational activities and develops health promotion materials, which he makes readily available to the community. An authority in the area of health, he also offers advice and information on sporting and recreational opportunities. Recently, Dr. Benjamin was recognized for outstanding service to the community and was honored in the Australia Day Awards with an Order of Australia medal. He attributes his decades of success to passion for his work and a desire to aid his community. In the coming years, Dr. Benjamin intends to expand his nonprofit organization through professional collaboration and fundraising.

'Life. Be in it.'‘Life. Be in it’ is one of the most widely recognized lifestyle messages in Australia. It promotes healthy active lifestyles by providing fun, enjoyable programs across the nation. Dr. Benjamin has spent the vast majority of his career on a crusade to change Australians’ attitudes towards obesity and chronic disease, and he has become well-known for his role as the current voice of Norm – the iconic Australian anti‐hero brought to life in the ‘Life. Be in it’ campaign.

Dr. Benjamin is a director for the Victoria branch of the Australian Association of Social Workers, founder and chairman of the Australian Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists, and a member of the Association of Professional Futurists. He also served in several director positions for charitable and nonprofit organizations from 1969 through 2010.

Learn more about ‘Life. Be in it.’ by visiting the organization’s website: http://wa.lifebeinit.org

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