Part of my daily life outside working on Platform stories is taken up with working at ATLAS, a wonderful recreation inclusion program for people with disability and working at ABC Midwest and Wheatbelt. Both provide me with challenges and rewards that keep life interesting and provide me with a sense […]
Western Australia’s Young Australian of the Year for 2014 John van Bockxmeer has started three successful charities, volunteered internationally and won an impressive list of awards. Oh yes, and he manages to fit in a job as an emergency department registrar too. Samille Mitchell has a chat with John about his major charity Fair Game, and is amazed at his motivation, his depth of feeling for healthy communities, and his incredible ability to fit so much into an already over-worked doctor’s schedule.
WA Australian of the Year for 2016 Anne Carey rose to fame for having the courage to volunteer to fight the ravages of the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone. She is now embarking on a new challenge – urging Australians to have the courage to be kind. She says it was courage that helped overcome Ebola, and it’s courage that can help stamp out two threats she sees facing Australia – the insidious culture of workplace bullying and discrimination against refugees.
This wildly successful fundraising phenomenon has captured the hearts of a region with its tireless efforts to raise money for the seriously ill. Samille Mitchell investigates what drives the volunteers behind the charity and peeks into the lives of some of those it has helped.