“This story that I heard at the University Scholars Leadership Symposium about Humanitarian Affairs, affected me the most: It was about 9-year-old Ian from Shanghai. We all remember the joyful memories of playgrounds right? Well, Ian grew up surrounded by friends from all over the world in his International School but he quickly learnt that most children in Liberia, West Africa have never seen or even heard of a playground before… This didn’t sit right with Ian so he decided he’d change this.


“With the help of google and a few emails sharing his vision to one of the senators in Liberia, Ian was soon the proud owner of 2 empty soccer fields…yet still without a playground.

“Using online resources only, Ian found a company that takes old playgrounds and ships them around the world but he needed $82k to support this – he told his teacher, classmates, family and friends about his plan and before he knew it the entire community was supporting his vision.

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Tree of Life Tour, Nepal, Ali

“We are proud to make a difference in the lives of others.” ‘The Tree of Life’ Tour was specifically cultivated for women to take a journey from their head to their heart. This tour was led by local entrepreneur Ali Villani and Katrina Webb, Para-Olympian from Adelaide. Ali tells us more. “We took two groups of about 10 women, back to back, in October to Nepal. Our aim is for the women to learn leadership skills through helping others by using their time, their talent and their treasure.

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“The trips are 8 days and technologies are put away so the women learn to be in the present moment. A lot of reflection takes place as we talk extensively about what we’ve seen and felt for the day.

“Initially we learn about the culture, Buddhism and Hinduism and visit temples. Then there was a leadership day involving us and Nepalese entrepreneurs. It is based on the book ‘Ali the Shiny Sparkly Unicorn.’ We talk about the issues that we are facing and find they are the same for both cultures. Dr Tshering Lama spoke and we create a way to continue supporting each other.

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Reclink Geelong, Rhan

“Without Reclink, I probably wouldn’t have stayed in treatment and quite possibly might not be around today,” states Rhan Harris. He’s the Sports Coordinator for the Geelong office of Reclink Australia, and has first-hand experience of the life-changing impact the organisation’s activities can have on disadvantaged members of the community.


“Reclink run activities every weekday for clients of welfare groups such as drug and alcohol rehab services, police groups and crisis accommodation centres. The organisation started on the streets of St Kilda as an outreach recreation program for Sacred Heart clients. A very small football kick-to-kick grew into a team which grew into a league which spread around Australia. As it grew it started to encompass other programs such as cricket, passive activities like tai chi and the arts, and now has around 100,000 diverse participation opportunities each year.

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Gambler’s Help, Bethany.

What would you do with $325,568? Would you go on a holiday? go to a concert? buy a house? This amount is how much on average is spent in the Geelong region on Pokie machines each day.

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Harm occurring from gambling is a big public health issue in our Geelong community. Current research demonstrates that just over $118 million was spent in the 2017/18 financial year in the Geelong region alone, and this has been expected to increase in this financial year.

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Male Mentors Needed.

Mentors needed to mentor men who are being released from prison. PLEASE SHARE! If you are community minded, have adult prison life experience & good communication skills, we need you!

If you want to know more come along to the Community Information Session and hear all about the ‘Straight Talking’ Peer Mentoring Program.

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WHERE: Deakin University Waterfront Campus, Percy Baxter Lecture Theatre: room no: D2:193 which can be entered via the Costa Hall entrance, Gheringhap Street, Geelong.
WHEN: Thursday 7 February 5pm – 6pm

We are recruiting individuals who can use a mentoring approach to provide advice, guidance and support to men being released from prison.

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Geelong Seniorpreneurs.

Are you creative, passionate, motivated, retired or close to it? Geelong Seniorpreneurs is a must. Meet a group of like-minded people who are coming together to connect, network, problem solve and inspire. Founder, Bernard Kelly, who is a serial entrepreneur and author of ‘Exciting, Dynamic, Geelong!’ believes there are many baby boomers out there, who aren’t ready for retirement, who should tap in to this resource. Becoming a senior entrepreneur is a way of stimulating one’s creativity while generating a handy cash flow.

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The group met for the first time on that sizzling Friday in January. The meeting format was well structured with something for everyone. There were introductions and sharing. Geelong Seniorpreneurs adopts the proven Action Learning format when members speak to the issues they are facing, and other members offer solutions. The first guest speaker was video whizz, Zoe Hollingsworth of Zebrafish Digital. Her topic was how to ‘Create Simple Video Clips to Enhance Your Marketing’. There was a sharing of resources and individuals are encouraged to team up as Mentor/Mentees. I came away with lots of great ideas and feeling very inspired.

Meetings are the first Friday of the month at 2pm at Netgain, 63 Thompson St. Belmont. To find out more, join the facebook group @geelong seniorpreneurs or give Bernard a call on 0414 778 518.

Story: Jacqui Bennett. Photo: supplied.