Rank #1: Movember 2020 - Dr Sanjeev Bandi
Mackay urologist, Dr Sanjeev Bandi, is a powerhouse within the ranks of Mo Bro’s worldwide.
He has been the leading individual fundraiser in Australia for a number of consecutive years and has raised $435,514 since 2008.
His club, the Mo~ving Mackay Cricket Club has raised $598,529 since 2011.
Dr Bandi believes we all need to work together to improve men’s health and well-being and is particularly passionate about youth suicide.
He is passionate, mo~tivated (sorry!) and very funny.
Nov 27 2020
Rank #2: Warwick Schiller
Warwick Schiller is a world-renowned Australian horseman, who is as passionate about mental health as he is about horses.
Warwick very graciously gave me his time recently, to share his insights from a male perspective on challenges, attitude and mental health.
As part of ‘Movember’ in Australia, I’m very grateful to Warwick for sharing his experiences with me this month.
With 20 million views on his YouTube channel, he is certainly someone well worth listening to!
Nov 14 2020
Rank #3: McGrath Foundation - Tracy Bevan
Tracy Bevan’s name is synonymous with the McGrath Foundation.
As a foundation ambassador and director, Jane McGrath’s best friend has diligently carried out the plan they hatched together to ensure every Australian suffering breast cancer, has access to a McGrath breast care nurse.
With 151 McGrath nurses throughout Australia, there is still a way to go, but with the passion and dedication of Tracy and the McGrath Foundation team, I have no doubt their dreams will be realised.
I feel sure I speak for every Australian when I say how grateful I am these two English women found their way to our shores and have proudly called Australia home.
We have much to thank Jane, Tracy and their families for. I think Jane would be very proud of them all.
Many thanks to Suncorp for helping bring this interview to you and for their support to Life Journey during Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Oct 30 2020
Rank #4: Maree Balmain
During Breast Cancer Awareness month, I thought it timely to catch up once again with Maree Balmain.
If you missed our first interview, Maree went from the labour ward to the oncology ward soon after giving birth to second child Harry.
The past 12 months have been huge for the Balmain family.
Between Maree’s treatment, the family have moved from Julia Creek in North West Qld to the Northern Territory where they manage up to 18,000 head of cattle.
During our interview, Maree shares that she has achieved PCR (pathologic complete response) which means ‘the absence of invasive cancer in the breast or lymph nodes following chemotherapy". In layman's terms, it means Maree is now cancer free!
Maree continues targeted treatment as a follow up and is finally able to speak about her long term hopes and dreams.
While continuing to place huge importance on raising awareness around breast cancer, Maree is passionate about reminding women to regularly check their breasts and keep their mammograms up to date.
I would like to sincerely thank Suncorp Bank for helping bring this interview to you.
Oct 26 2020
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Rank #5: Sally Towne
In this episode, Sally Towne bravely shares her journey with IVF and breast cancer.
Sally, originally from Sydney, has spent her entire adult life in remote Australia and wouldn't have it any other way.
October, being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, gives us an opportunity to highlight the impact breast cancer has on those affected and their families.
Sal has a strong message and it includes:
- early detection is the key to survival.
- act on your intuition.
- if something doesn't feel right - don't take no for an answer.
- have regular check-ups.
- give yourself weekly breast examinations.
- check your insurance policies are up to date and include Trauma insurance.
Oct 18 2020
Rank #6: Are You Bogged Mate? - Mary O'Brien
As the founder of ‘Are You Bogged Mate?’, Mary O’Brien is a passionate advocate for men’s mental health.
Are You Bogged Mate?, aims to boost awareness and start a conversation with the broader community about the rising issue of depression and suicide rates among men in rural areas.
Through Mary’s advocacy, she is making it more acceptable for country men to talk about their challenges and most importantly to seek help when they need it.
I learnt so much chatting to Mary. As a woman with some much-loved men in my life, I am very grateful to her for lighting the way.
Watch on YouTube or listen here!
Oct 02 2020
Rank #7: Clarity Road - Julie Rainbow
Julie Rainbow had everything she had always wanted.
A loving marriage, 2 gorgeous kids, a beautiful home, and an award-winning business.
Sadly though, Julie was to find out the hard way, what she thought of as a loving marriage, was built on lies and deceit.
Julie lost everything, but rather than dwell on her misfortune, she focused on what she loved most in this world, her kids.
Julie turned her life around and along the way created Clarity Road, a platform assisting women to move through adverse life-changing events such as divorce, bankruptcy, and job loss.
I hope you find empowerment and inspiration in Julie’s words.
Sep 18 2020
Rank #8: Anna Daniels
Anna Daniels is a journalist, author and broadcaster from Rockhampton in Central Queensland.
Anna famously botched an interview with Russel Crowe when she was fresh from Uni. True to Anna’s style and philosophy, she didn’t let it get her down, turning the disaster into a triumph when she won the ABC’s Comedy Segment of the Year.
Anna has also written a best-selling novel, Girl In Between which was shortlisted for the Vogel Award.
Sep 04 2020
Rank #9: Libby Moore - International Speaker and former Chief of Staff to Oprah Winfrey
Today's interview is one which I have been looking forward to since hearing Libby Moore speak last year and making an arrangement with her to 'catch up soon!' Well finally, and thank you to the Zoom platform, we caught up firstly last month, and again more recently to record this interview.
Libby certainly has an incredible story.
As a young person, Libby moved from her home state of Maryland to New York. Through a mutual friend's mother, Libby found herself working as assistant to television host Maury Povich.
During this time, Libby was encouraged to live her life with authenticity.
Libby eventually went on to become Oprah Winfrey's Chief of Staff, a position she held for 11 years.
Libby shares so much with me during our interview. Her truth and honesty is remarkable and has certainly taught me we must own our truths no matter how difficult they may be to admit to. As Libby says, 'GOD lives inside of TRUTH'.
I hope you enjoy hearing Libby as much as I did.
Aug 21 2020
Rank #10: Will Wright- Childhood Leukemia- Relapses- 84 Surgeries
Will Wright was just 3 years old when he was diagnosed with leukemia. By the time Will was 5, he had spent 3 Christmas' and 3 birthdays in hospital.
In spite of this, with 4 relapses and 84 surgeries behind him, Will remains optimistic and excited about his future.
In Year 12, Will's class was asked to write an essay on how their lives had been affected by movies they had watched.
Will wrote 'Hakuna Matata'.
Will's Dad tells me how much this essay means to all who read it when they have the understanding of Will's history, treatments and surgeries. I know it certainly has touched me.
In his story, Will describes the profoundness he sees in the movie 'The Lion King' and how if we all worried less, loved and enjoyed our lives more, the world would be a far happier place.
Thank you Will for allowing me to reprint 'Hakuna Matata' and for taking the time to share your story.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very happy 21st birthday today. Congratulations on making your life one of positivity and courage.
Will Wright has the maturity of a person who has seen and experienced much in their life. He is able to put his problems aside to make the world a happier place for those who are fortunate enough to be in his life.
He is a true gentleman, is kind, honest and makes the best cup of tea!
Aug 12 2020