International Day for People with Disability.

Today, December 3rd, is the International Day for People with Disability (IDPwD). To celebrate, VALiD’s peer action group, the Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability, have teamed up with us to present the Kid’s Kindness Art Competition.

Kids, win one of three $100 Adventure Park vouchers. Make a Kindness Art piece, about the size of A4, it could be 2D or 3D, that you can hang from a tree or fence at the free Humans in Geelong Expo, this Sunday December 5th. Bring it along to the Geelong Racecourse and attach it on the day. Or come along and make it at VAILD’s craft table in the Briseis Stand.

Make sure you have your name, age and school name on it. You could also add a kindness/inclusiveness message.

The art pieces will be collected to be kept and distributed by the Peer Action Group.

Note: People with low mobility, there will be hoist in the easy access toilet on ground level of the Briseis Stand, opposite the stage, hired thanks to VALID’s Peer Action Group.

Expo Program:

Photo: Commissioned by the City of Greater Geelong, artist Mark Cuthbertson worked with artist-collaborators Robert Croft, Hannah Wilkinson, Christian Den Besten, George Macaronis and VALiD to develop the public art sculpture, based on over 85 contributions from the local community through a series of artist-led workshops. The resulting text-based works were curated by the artists and cast into the side profile of the I AM letters.

Bring on the crowds.

Bring on the crowds! The free Humans in Geelong Expo is this Sunday, 5th December at the Geelong Racecourse. PLEASE SHARE! There really is something for everyone with guest speakers, nonstop live performances, exhibitors, Christmas gift ideas, local artists and heaps of free fun for the kids.

There’s a mini train, face painting, henna, wooden toy making, Roaming Reptiles, Anna and Olf from Frozen 11-1pm, Dazzling Dan from 1pm, read to the story dogs, view the sand penguins, join in a Geelong Libraries book reading, food trucks, sausage sizzle, Barwon Water Refill station so bring your drink bottles, crafts for kids. Bring cash as not all stalls take card.

The list is too long! Check it all out:

Victorian Government rules are that everyone needs to be double vaccinated.

Thanks for the article Alison in the Geelong Times!


Bernard Kelly is a Geelong based serial entrepreneur, with an international audience. Now in his mid 70s, his goal is to maintain his zest for living – by sharing his knowledge about the future.

When he became a real estate agent in 2000, he specialised in investment properties.  His goal was to provide clients with something extra for their retirement – in addition to whatever meagre superannuation that they were likely to end up with.

But he found that there were many sales prospects who couldn’t – for various reasons – establish a property portfolio.

So, he developed a solution to their dilemma – create a side gig. 

Ahead of his time, his research showed that the community’s longevity was increasing rapidly.  Fast forward to today, and you’ll discover that for a male aged 65, the probability that his “estate event” will occur at age 92, and rising.    For a woman (same age) it’s age 94, and rising.    Which means that half of us will be living well into our 90s.

This is a totally unexpected outcome.  Which leads to the question – how can any household continue to generate an income as we age?

Continue reading “Hobby2Income.”

Sand Penguins at the Expo.

Occasionally, you meet a really young person who has what I’d like to call an ‘old soul’, someone very mature & thoughtful beyond their years. I instinctively knew this applied to 8-year-old Willow, who I met a couple of years ago.

She was always writing stories, playing with her beautiful puppy Rusty & even making little signs for stall holders to put on their stalls at the local market, etc.

So, it was no surprise, that in the midst of yet another lockdown & all the frustrations & uncertain times, I saw an article showing how young Willow set out to make the people of Anglesea smile again… by making lines of sand penguins.

To cheer us all up, Willow and her sand penguins will be at the free Humans in Geelong Expo on this Sunday at the Geelong Racecourse between 10-3pm. Come say hi!

Info: Luke Richens

Expo Sunday.

It’s free, it’s this Sunday and it’s going to be a whole lot of fun! There’s something for everyone. Nonstop performances, speakers, exhibitors, artists and heaps of free fun for kids. Thanks heaps Geelong Advertiser for the article you published today on page 3.

We’ve got The Mik Maks, The Sweethearts, Anna and Olaf from Frozen, The Streets Barber, The Roaming Repitles, a mini train, food trucks and Sausage Sizzle. Artwork by @breatheablueocean and @myheadsajungle. Bring your water bottles because there will be a Barwon Water Refill Station.

VALID’s Peer Action Group have organised a hoist so people/or persons with low mobility can plan to stay at the event for an extended time if they wish.

The list is SO long. Check out the website for full details:

Piano Bar at the Expo.

There’s nonstop free music and dancing at next Sunday’s Humans in Geelong Expo at the Geelong Racecourse. The event runs from 10-3pm and there’s something for everyone. An addition to the live performances on the stage is that the Piano Bar Geelong will have their marquee open to show everyone what they do best. It’s located behind the Mounting Yard Bar where local artists will be exhibiting. For the full program of performers, speakers, artists, exhibitors and free fun for kids:

Here’s founder of Humans in Geelong, Jacqui Bennett, talking with Mitchell Dye on The Pulse about the free community event:

Victorian State Government rules are that everyone attending events must be double vaccinated.

Photo: Piano Bar marquee.


The Sweethearts have a reputation for sassy neo soul, punchy originals and great entertainment. The unique feature of the Sweethearts is that it constantly changes each year with new and emerging artists coming into the band and others leaving to pursue their career paths. It is made up of High School age girls. We’re thrilled to have them playing at the Humans in Geelong Expo on Sunday 5th December at 11am at the Geelong Racecourse.

To top off the live music options, the Piano Bar will be opening their marquee on the day, to show you what they do best.

Photo: Expo 2019 by Vic Downey.

The Streets Barber.

Nasir Sobhani is the Streets Barber. He gives back by cutting the hair of the people on the streets. Hear his story when he speaks at the Humans in Geelong Expo, Sunday 5th December at 11am in the Silks Dining Room at the Geelong Racecourse. It is a free community event, with something for everyone, celebrating International Volunteers Day.

Nasir was born into one of the few Iranian families living in Japan, before moving to Canada as a child. Later in life he struggled then overcame drug addiction, finding sobriety through his supportive family and friends. He’s found his passion. He loves people, he loves cutting and connecting with the hair on the streets. Now that he is sober, serving others is the best high that he has ever felt.

For the full program:

Victorian State Government rules are that everyone who attends an event must be double vaccinated. Photo supplied.

Roaming Reptiles.

I began Roaming Reptiles 18 years ago after escaping from my previous career as a teacher of 20 years. It began with 2 snakes & 2 lizards. Whenever children or adults visited my home, they wanted to see & touch the reptiles.

I thought, “A lot of people haven’t had the experience of touching Australian reptiles!”

I bought more lizards, turtles, snakes & eventually a crocodile. I was in heaven!

I had finally found my calling! I had grown up in Melbourne surrounded by 4 golf courses with lots of bushland to explore. I was always collecting tadpoles, catching lizards & frogs. I’d often get bitten by ants searching for birds’ nests whilst standing at the bottom of a tree. This career move was a wonderful choice.

Like others, the pandemic hit my business hard, but I was thankful for some support from the government. I sold a third of my animals (fewer mouths to feed & heat) I complained a lot about losing 90% of my work. I spent my time reflecting on my life, doing lots of jigsaw puzzles, weeding my lovely garden & riding my bike.

Continue reading “Roaming Reptiles.”

Slamalong: Spoken Word Soiree.

Get ready for some serious spoken word, Slam Poetry, with some of the big-name artists from the Melbourne circuit, joining Humans in Geelong.  Slamalong in Geelong is brought to you by Kuranda Seyit director of the Forum on Australia’s Islamic Relations, who will host four bright voices of the slam poetry world; featuring Thabani Tshuma, Nour Abou-zeid, Rania Ahmed and Amanda Ansatasi.

Amanda Anastasi is a Melbourne poet whose work has been published in Best Australian Science Writing, Australian Poetry Journal, Griffith Review among others. She is two-time winner of the Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize. She is currently Poet in residence at the Monash Climate Change Communications Research Hub, where is writing poetry to raise awareness about climate change.

L-R Amanda Anastasi, Thabani Tshuma, Nour Abouzeid, Rania Ahmed.

Thabani Tshuma is Zimbabwean born and raised, living abroad for the greater part of the last decade. His work is influenced by the myriad identity challenges of the diaspora, expatriates and immigrants, while also addressing awareness around addiction, mental health and generational trauma. He is ranked among the top 50 slam poets worldwide at IWPS 2019 and winner of the 2019 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize, People’s Choice and Conveners’ Choice awards.

Nour Abouzeid is a poet, spoken word artist and creative curator based in Melbourne, Australia. In addition to working with local artists, he has also performed in the UK, Malaysia and the USA. In 2010, he was the Victorian State Champion at the Australian Poetry Slam.

Rania Ahmed has been writing poetry since she was a young teenager, but only started pursuing it seriously two years ago when she became part of the west writer’s group at Footscray Art Centre. She features in many gigs organised by MSW (Melbourne Spoken Word).

We are looking forward to their performances on 5 December 2021 at 1pm at the Humans in Geelong Expo, in the Silks Dining Room, at the Geelong Racecourse! Whilst, they will be performing their individual poems, audience participation will be encouraged, and prizes will be awarded! 

Be warned!