Check out some of the awesome people making a difference
SInce she was eleven years old this amazing young woman has been working tirelessly on creative projects to raise funds and resources to help wildlife carers around Australia and to protect habitat. She is still only 16 and has fund raised over $20,000 towards wildlife care and conservation, set up her own charity, planted trees for koala habitat, run clean up Australia day events, volunteered at shelters, given talks to school and scout groups, worked alongside other rescuers and now become a wildlife rescuer herself.
My foster mum and dad
With out my foster parents, I would not be the women I am today. They gave up there own life, freedom to raise me a foster child who was not wanted by there birth family My foster parents gave up everything they ever had and gave it to me so I could have the best in my life now I want To help them I love them so much the day they pass away my life will never be the same and I want to say thank you For everything
The Principal Team and staff of Kingswood Primary School in Dingley Village Victoria
Victoria Louise Lemmer
Throughout 2020 and 2021 our son's primary school Principal and all of the staff of the school, particularly the teachers, went out of their way to ensure that our children and the families of all students at the school were supported throughout the periods of remote learning and for when the children returned to on-site learning. The Principal sent out weekly videos of support to the entire school community. The Principal team and teachers created a 'Learning Hub' platform so that families could more easily navigate their children's learning. Teachers made themselves available to students and their families at all hours of the day for support, encouragement and learning. Many of these teachers made their students the priority above their own mental and physical wellbeing. All of the school's staff were burnt out by the end of 2021. Some staff left the profession all together. Our Principal, Mr. Aaron Cox always ensured that the students' wellbeing was the ultimate priority. Remote learning was a terrible, exhausting, stressful time for all of us but I always knew that Mr. Cox was doing everything he possibly could to ensure our entire school community managed the situation as best we could. He made himself personally available to all of us and I had many conversations with him over this period when I thought I couldn't cope with another day of remote learning.
Adam is my husband. We have an 18 month old son. On Christmas night 2021, I went into premature labour at only 23 weeks. I ended up with sepsis and our little girl sadly didn’t make it. Since then, I’ve not been able to return to work and have struggled enormously. Adam, however, has shouldered the financial burden. He gets up every day full of positivity and strength and looks after me and our son. He rushes home from work every day to be with his son and I, and he works all weekend around the house, without ever taking a single moment for himself. He’s the most supportive, wonderful man I’ve ever met. He stands so strong despite our heartbreak and never does anything for himself. He’s the reason our family survived the devastating loss of our little girl.
Tash works full time and has 2 young children but has worked tirelessly with feeding the homeless in the city, she's even started a new charity, The Alfresco Community Kitchen because the previous one she volunteered for collapsed. She also created a debating curriculum for girls in high school to teach them self confidence and public speaking outside of school hours. She managed this for over 10 years. On top of this, she volunteers at her local church and soup kitchens. She's a saint!
Jordan Richardson - I'm his father
On the 22nd of April Jordan was coward punched and put into a coma for 2 weeks. I was told while he was in a coma to expect the worst and that his expected hospital stay was up to 6 months. As I write this now, 3 weeks later, he has been medically cleared to come home from the rehabilitation centre and has made amazing recovery progress. Still a long road ahead. What's the answer to your question you may ask? The difference he has made to me and everyone around him. He just keeps fighting, shows strength and persistent, and is proof that you can over come the most challenging battles you face. Hard work and resilience takes you a long way, To find the good in every situation and is overall a general inspiration as he continues through his long battle he faces. Why am I shouting him out, because he deserves the recognition for fighting through such a horrible incident and in the hopes we can help him with his ongoing medical expenses he will incur as a result of someone else's horrible actions.
My Sister Saloni Nebhani
My sister Saloni Nebhani has been a great contribution to communities around her. She has always been there for people to offer help and a "listening ear" to anyone in need. Saloni is an amazing role model to inspire people in the community to live full and quality lives. With her passion in Digital Marketing field, she has given free access to courses and classes to students who wishes to pursue their career in Digital Marketing but couldn't afford the fee for such courses. My sister is a founder of Flip Flop Digital in India and she is continually excelling in her career so that she could help people in need. She is also a volunteer of RHA (Robin Hood Army in Udaipur, Rajasthan). RHA is a not for profit organization aims to offer help and food available to communities who are less fortunate and who couldn't afford to serve their families. Saloni is a great contributer and volunteer of this group and regularly participate in night drives where she together with the volunteers collect the leftover food from parties, wedding's and similar events and distribute these meals to people who are in need. Saloni has always maintained a positive attitude and sense of humour which she uses to brighten the lives of others. She really deserves a shout out!!