Jack Gatto is Elvis.

“For work, I use to be sweeping floors and from November I’ll be touring with the Wiggles. Can you believe it! The Wiggles are like the Beatles but for children.” We hear from one of the World’s leading Elvis Presley tribute artists and Geelong local, Jack Gatto.

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“I had to listen Elvis all the time because that’s all Dad played around the house. At 16 I said to dad, if I can sing like this guy will you stop playing him all the time. ‘No-one can sing like Elvis’ said dad, but I proved him wrong. Now I’m a big Elvis and Johnny Cash fan.

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This Hot Mess relaunch, Kim.

Humans in Geelong team member, singer, MC and micro influencer, Kim Cooper, is in hot demand. Her exciting relaunch of her blog ‘This Hot Mess’ is tomorrow night on Murphys Rooftop, with her closest friends, Geelong locals she admires and a special few ticket winners.

Kim This hot mess

The launch will feature an exciting panel; Steph Sanzaro, a plant based eating specialist and mental health advocate from Instagram blog ‘Plant Based Body’, Asti Maree, a sexual energy and female empowerment coach from the podcast ‘Sex, Sass and Soul’, Caitlyn Menzel of ‘Caitlyn Menzel Coaching’, Huntress Hair/Hunter Barber and Bec Dunifield, owner of Zero Point Yoga and fully qualified psychotherapist.

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Humans in Geelong Book Launch, thanks.

The Humans in Geelong Book is being distributed all around the region thanks to the 500 people who attended the Book Launch on Sunday. The launch was held at the Hangar, let free to community groups, thanks to the major sponsor of the Humans in Geelong Expo 2019, Rory Costelloe and Villawood Properties.

Thanks to Rory and Noel Murphy and Villawood for joining the team and helping to inspire, connect and strengthen our community. Rory is pictured with Founder Jacqui Bennett and Geelong Mayor Bruce Harwood. We really appreciate all the support we gain from the City of Greater Geelong.


Thanks also to Kardinia Rotary Club who were on tea, coffee and washing up. Althea and Kerry from the Club are also Humans in Geelong team members. Our auspice, the amazing Geelong Sustainability supplied the ‘War Against Waste’ crockery and cutlery kit.

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The Humans in Geelong Book.

The Big Day has arrived! We are so excited to be launching The Humans in Geelong book today. 40 inspiring, diverse stories, 40 quotes and stunning photos thanks Phil Hines, team, writers and subjects. It was all made possible because of our amazing community who voted for the book in Pick My Project the State Government grant and our auspice Geelong Sustainability

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Thanks @snapprint&designgeelong Libby Pollard & Alvaro Revelo, a family from Highton Primary School. Thanks Kathryn Junor and the Deakin University students for the design. It looks beautiful! Thanks Renée Otmar for proofreading and Andrew Wilkins for his expert advise.

Thanks to our major Expo sponsors, Rory and Villawood Properties for free use of the Hangar, a real, funky, quirky space.

The book will be going free to schools, libraries and community groups to inspire, connect and strengthen our community. Watch out for it in waiting rooms and cafes. There will be copies at the Humans in Geelong Expo Sun 6 Oct at Deakin Waterfront 10-3pm.

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Watch out for facebook lives and videos from the Book Launch. MC and entertainment Kim Elise Cooper, singing from Jack Treacy (12) and drumming Wild Moves International. The Book will be launched by Christine Couzens MP who will be representing the Minister for Regional Development, Jaclyn Symes. The Premier, Daniel Andrews sent an official apology but we hope he can make the Expo.

Ange Liston-Mccaughley will be telling her story about why she founded the The Type1 Foundation which is also in the book.

Thanks TEAM! Couldn’t have done it without you. Brandon Dellow and I will be walking in the SPAN – Suicide Awareness Walk at 8.30am Sunday, feel free to join us. Then we’re off to the big party.

Photos: Mock up of the Book, some of the team. x

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Destination Happiness, Angie Hilton.

“I experienced debilitating anxiety and depression in my late 20’s that really knocked me off my feet. I couldn’t eat, sleep, drive… I was a complete mess for a long time. I remember feeling shocked that it had happened to me, as I would have thought I was a pretty happy go lucky kind of person. That’s when I started studying happiness.” We hear from local, Angie Hilton who is the producer of the TV series, Destination Happiness.

Destination Happiness, Angie Hilton

“I was determined to understand how I got into that state, how I could get out of it and how I could stay out of it. I always thought that if I found answers that worked for me, then I would share them with as many people as possible.

“That’s why I started Destination Happiness, a Channel 9 national TV show that focuses on mental health, happiness and overall wellbeing.

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SPAN Suicide Awareness Walk, Lauren

This story discusses suicide, loss and support. Lifeline is always there if anyone needs to talk 13 11 14. Sending lots of love to everyone who has suffered loss. Lauren and Kevin Arkinstall will walk in  Geelong SPAN’s 10th Suicide Awareness Walk on Sunday, to acknowledge the life of their daughter Holly, who died by suicide in February 2017.

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Just six weeks after Holly took her own life, Lauren said they took part in the walk on the suggestion of a grief counsellor from Jesuit Social Services Hope Bereavement Care. SPAN’s aim has been to combat the stigma and shame that can accompany suicide and the annual walk is a means of bringing people together to raise awareness of suicide.

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GAWS – Geelong Animal Welfare Centre.

@theJesseMalthouse and I LOVED spending the morning at the not-for-profit @GAWS, the Geelong Animal Welfare Centre at 325 Portarlington Rd. Moolap, learning about all the different volunteer opportunities they have from playing with shy kittens, to donating blankets, helping with administrative needs and more!


If you’re an animal lover looking to do your bit for the community, deft check them out! They’ll be at the Humans in Geelong Expo on Sun 6th October.

Vlog: @kimelisecooper @jessemalthouse Photo: GAWS Facebook page, posted 31.08.19