Samoa, Tiarney.

Earlier in the year I reached out to Rotary Club of Geelong West, family and friends to raise money for a library project I wanted to start at Lalomanu Primary School in Samoa. I began volunteering at this school in 2018 and fell in love with the kids and the community there and remain incredibly thankful for the experiences I’ve had at the school; experiences which have allowed me to re-establish a connection and devotion toward my Samoan culture and history.

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The initial aim of the project was to renew the school library which was built in honour of young Clea Salavert. Clea’s life was tragically taken nearly ten years ago when Lalomanu and its neighbouring regions were struck by a tsunami.

With the help of the Geelong West Rotary, the library was repainted from floor to ceiling and with help from staff at the school, hundreds of books were sorted and redistributed to the National Library and local colleges. Additionally, I acquired new resources for the library so that it could function as a proper classroom for further literary sessions and activities.

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Humans in Geelong Writing Competition.

Let’s get the kids writing about locals who inspire them! Winners will have their stories published in @HumansinGeelong and receive a great prize. Due Sunday 8th  September, the same day as our Book Launch, with winners announced at the Humans in Geelong Expo Sunday 6th October, 10am at Deakin Waterfront Campus. The Expo is a free community event with everyone welcome and something for everyone. Competition details in poster. PLEASE SHARE!

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Geelong Westfield Local Hero, Bec.

Exciting news! Our very own Humans in Geelong team member, Bec Picone, is one of six finalists in the running to win the Geelong Westfield Local Heroes 2019 prize. If Bec receives enough votes, she’ll win $10,000 of much needed funds, for her not-for-profit Peace of Mind Foundation, that supports sufferers of Brain Cancer and their families. Please vote now and PLEASE SHARE! Voting closes 12th August.

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Bec is always on call to support people with brain cancer 24/7. The dedicated single mum created the Peace of Mind Foundation, to support others, after her beloved sister-in-law, Caroline, passed away just months after giving birth to her son, from this insidious disease. The foundation runs a support group, annual retreats and provides financial and in-home support to patients. In just six years, she’s tirelessly raised over $682,000 for the cause through fundraising and grants. 

 “I saw the need and founded Peace of Mind in order to provide much-needed and difficult-to-find support and care for patients and families fighting brain cancer,” implores Bec.

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The Man Walk Geelong, update.

“It has been confirmed by The Man Walk headquarters that yesterday’s The Man Walk Geelong, was the single largest group of walkers, ever to take place across the country since its inception. 26 amazing humans, including a 16-year-old who caught a bus at 6am to come along. Our Deputy Mayor Peter Murrihy also attended. But it’s not about the numbers for myself (Chris Lytas) or Luke Outerbridge – it’s about building community, habit and an opportunity to provide a sense of belonging and purpose to those that need it.

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“This picture sums it up best for me. The Man Walk Geelong: Walk – Talk – Support. Every Saturday morning at 7am, meet at the Eastern Beach Fountain.”

Thank you to everyone who shared our original post about The Man Walk Geelong.

Quote and photo: Chris Lytas. We are thrilled to welcome Chris as part of the @humansingeelong team. Humans in Geelong aims to Inspire – Connect – Strengthen. Chris came along to the Waurn Ponds Library on Wednesday to meet us and to find out more about our positive community project.

Come and meet Chris at the Humans in Geelong Expo 2019 on Sunday 6th October from 10-3pm at Deakin Uni Waterfront, 1 Gheringhap St. PLEASE SHARE. Chris will be delivering a talk titled: “Making people comfortable with speaking about the uncomfortable – why storytelling is key to normalising the conversation around Mental Health.” The time of this talk is yet to be confirmed. Keep an eye on our website for updates to the program for the day. The Humans in Geelong Expo 2019 is a free community event with something for everyone and everyone welcome. There will be speakers, exhibitors, performances, fun for the kids and a whole lot more.

Story: Jacqui Bennett. Photo: supplied

National Tree Planting Day 2019.

Come on down to Lovely Banks this Sunday to make it even lovelier by planting a tree. The City of Greater Geelong and Planet Ark need all the helping hands they can get to plant 3000 trees on National Tree Planting Day. Volunteers should wear covered shoes and appropriate clothing for what could be rain, hail or shine. They’ll provide gloves, tools, planting equipment and refreshments! This soul rewarding outdoor activity is suitable for the whole family, so make it part of your family funday Sunday.

When: Sunday 28th July

Where: Goldsworthy Rd Lovely Banks (between Goldsworthy Rd and Purnell Rd)

Time: 9.30am-3pm

More info:

The City of Greater Geelong tell us “Last year our community helped us plant 3500 trees for National Tree Day at the Hill Mountain Bike Park!

This year we’re hoping to plant 3,000 mixed natives at the Ted Wilson Track in Corio.”

Story: Sarah Treacy Photo: supplied by CoGG

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The Man Walk Geelong, Chris.

I’ve battled with anxiety and depression, or as I like to call it, the noise in my head, in various forms for as long as I can remember and then in September 2016, two of my mates committed suicide in short succession which sent me into a downward spiral that almost saw me go down the same path. But I’m one of the lucky ones…I’ve been given a second chance and I came to the realisation that we need to change the narrative; we need to stop this! So, I started The Man Walk Geelong. PLEASE SHARE. It’s a free weekly walk for men with an ethos of walk, talk, support. It’s a safe space.

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If you are finding life a bit tough or just want to start your day with a good walk, a laugh and a chat, please join us no matter your age or background. It’s every Saturday at 7am from the Eastern Beach Fountain. We offer an environment that is all welcoming and free of judgement – our aim is to encourage all men to talk and to realise that you aren’t alone.

Everyone we speak to has a story and storytelling is the best way to break down stigma.

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Humans in Geelong library presentation.

Would you like to find out more about Humans in Geelong? Would you like to be inspired by locals and feel more connected to your community? Would you like to focus on positivity? Come and meet Humans in Geelong team members Brandon Dellow, Bec Picone and Jacqui Bennett at the Waurn Ponds Library next Wednesday 24th July at 6pm. Hear our free, inspiring presentation.

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We’ll share why we saw the need to start this project. We’ll introduce you to some of the amazing locals we’ve featured. We’ll emphasise the importance of focusing on ‘good news’.

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