As I reflect on the last wonderful twelve months, a famous Margaret Mead quote springs to mind; “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Over the last four months since joining our Foundation as the new General Manager, I’ve been deeply inspired by the broad range of individuals and organisations that choose to make a difference in the lives of a youth in crisis.
Being a Governor on the Board of the Sir David Martin Foundation gives me cause to think about choice, opportunity and belonging.
As the librarian at Royal Australian Naval College, HMAS Creswell, I work in an environment where I have the pleasure and satisfaction of seeing young people embark on a career in the defence force. In most cases they've been supported by a network of family members and friends who have guided, mentored and advised throughout this lengthy process.
Boxing is more than just a hobby, sport or exercise to get fit. For me, boxing has become a way of life, which I discovered when I was a teenager. I grew up in a tough neighbourhood in the UK and boxing became both a passion and discipline for me, which kept me fit, focused, and out of trouble.
I was posed a question recently about why Triple Care Farm relies on Philanthropy – as opposed to Government funding, or charging fees. The answer is a complex one, but central to it is the power, consistency and flexibility that philanthropy offers.
I recently house-sat for a family and had the joy of looking after their furry friends during my stay. Word spread quickly and, before long, I found myself house sitting for a few more families around Sydney in the following months. It was quite fun!
Every day is the same. Some might be hot or cold or wet or windy, but each day for a homeless person feels the same. The boredom might be offset by concern or worry about losing your possessions or when someone wants to fight you or when your dog gets sick. Young people and old, they all face the same issues and they live from day to day and hand to mouth. This much I have discovered while spending some time travelling around with the Missionbeat van, as a volunteer.