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cover story jaime thurston

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success chris raine

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here would we be without volunteers in our community? After putting our special “volunteers” issue together, I am even more in awe of those who selflessly give up their time to help others, expecting nothing in return. So we thought it was time to shine the spotlight on some of those inspirational locals who are always reluctant to be recognised for their work, which is what makes them even more special. This issue is jam packed with angels who are making a tremendous difference to people’s lives each and every day. Our gorgeous cover girl, Jaime Thurston is a shining example. The local mother of two started an online campaign to change one person’s life each and every week of the year. Her charity, 52 Lives, has gained enormous momentum and is helping people all over the world. She shares her incredible story with Kate Clifford. We also meet Connie Riddell who has devoted her whole life to helping others through various charities, particularly the Cancer Council, Queensland. She shares what it was like to be on the other side of the fence after facing and beating cancer herself – have the tissues ready. Brothers Ray and Murray Chambers tell us why they are so passionate about saving our precious koalas and devote every spare moment and dollar to their plight. Youth worker Jesse O’Neil tells us why he left his lucrative position as a pharmacist to follow his passion of making a difference in the lives of our young Sunshine Coasters through the charity Fusion, and we discover why former party animal Chris Raine turned his back on alcohol and is helping other young people do the same, and many more inspirational stories. Plus, we have all the very latest in food, fashion, art, culture, health and business. A special mention to all the fathers this month too! Happy Father’s Day from the team at Profile. Cheers,

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Last month's Milestones story may have suggested that the company Traffika was owned by Trisha McFadyen and her husband. We wish to clarify it is owned by Matt Forman. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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PROFILE SOCIAL PAUL AND PAULA MISIPEKA

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THINK BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT L AUNCH Tom O’Toole and Chris Childs wowed more than 100 guests at the launch of Think Business Development at the Maroochy RSL on 30 July, sharing their insights in how to make a business successful. Tom, the charismatic and inspirational "Baker" from Beechworth has become one of Australia’s greatest business success stories, while Chris is the Coast’s pride and joy when it comes to individual business success. Photos: Cheryl Nonmus, ONQ Photography AMANDA OXLEY, TOM O'TOOLE, AND NATALIE TRIPPICK

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FESTIVAL FOR THE FAMILY More than 1,500 people converged on Peregian Beach on 3 to 4 August to celebrate the Conscious Life Festival. The uniquely designed health and wellbeing event promoted conscious parenting and offered a safe and nurturing space for families and children of all ages. There was live music, workshops and activities, storytelling, drumming and face painting, free treatments and much more! Photos: Nikki Joyce

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THE BIGGEST L AUNCH PART Y… EVER!! It was a triple celebration last month with the launch of our fabulously-yellow Profile magazine, as well as Connect and Inspire magazines – making it the biggest launch party EVER! More than 120 guests gathered to mark the occasion at The Lakehouse, Brightwater Hotel on 1 August. Lorinda Rogers from Ideas in Icing made a sensational cake, inspired by a pink hard hat, there was also magician, Nick Britt from Nickleby Magic Events, entertaining the crowd! Thank you to everyone who turned out to celebrate in style.

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PROFILE EVENTS

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NOOSA JAZZ FESTIVAL

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Having already performed at Australia’s leading music festivals, Seychelles islander Grace Barbé has arrived on Sunshine Coast shores to share her exotic musical talents at the Nambour Civic Centre. Grace's soulful music has been said to reflect and celebrate the diverse cultural influences of her Indian Ocean heritage. She is sure to bring a colourful and energetic fusion of tropical island rhythms with African percussion, pop, jazz, reggae, rock and latin flavours to the Coast. Cost: from $35. Grab your picnic blanket and basket and head on down to the Noosa Lions park for four days of music for the Noosa Jazz Festival. The event will feature an array of talented jazz, blues and folk artists, including Vince Jones, Grace Knight and the Scream Band, as well as local favorite Carl Wockner. There will be an array of local produce on offer, including wine to taste and buy from the festival's food stalls and bars. If it’s a touch of shopping you’re after, there will be a rich display of market stalls to peruse. www.noosajazz.com.au

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SYDNEY COMEDY FESTIVAL SHOWCASE

Get ready to laugh your pants off when the Sydney Comedy Festival arrives at The J Noosa on Thursday, 11 September and the Nambour Civic Centre on Friday, 12 September. A stellar line-up of international and local comedians from the 2013 Sydney festival, it also includes international, local and rising stars from around Australia. You can expect everything from the sublime to the absurd at this event, with all the laughs you could expect from the main event. Cost: from $30. www.sydneycomedyfest.com.au/showcase

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IRONMAN 70.3 SUNSHINE COAST TRIATHLON

Hailed as one of the most exciting events on the racing calendar, Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast will take in the best that Mooloolaba has to offer, starting with a swim off the surf beach followed by a flat and fast bike course. The run will tie up the day's exciting events with a two lap course around Mooloolaba Esplanade, which will be lined with spectators. Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast provides a fitting warm up for those athletes heading over to Kona to take on the Ironman World Championship in October. www.ironman.com/triathlon/events

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REAL STORIES, REAL PEOPLE

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KENILWORTH CELEBRATES

Journeys from deafness to sound often make fascinating stories. Local resident Elizabeth Evans has compiled 18 unique stories of Queenslanders who have had a cochlear implant. Meet Elizabeth who will share about this booklet Real Stories, Real People at the Caloundra Library, 8 Omrah Avenue, Caloundra, from 10.30 to 11.30am. Books will be on sale for $10 each after the presentation.

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The 2014 Kenilworth Celebrates festival attracts hundreds of people from around Australia to indulge in 13 days of music, arts and crafts. The event kicks off on 28 September with an orchestral concert, followed by painting workshops with professional tutors from 29 September to 3 October. There will also be music, poets breakfast and street entertainment on the weekend of 4 to 5 October and free art exhibitions run from 4 to 11 October. Seats are limited to each event so book early.

HENRY V – BROTHERS IN ARMS

Henry V – Brothers in Arms is a contemporary and exciting new version of a Shakespeare classic inspired by the true story of a group of boys trapped in a bunker during the Blitz of 1941. In this gripping new production at The Events Centre, 20 Minchinton Street, Caloundra, a talented young cast tell the story of a king who unites his ‘band of brothers’ and a nation with his eloquent words and ideas, his triumphs and humanity. Cost: $42. www.scvenueandevents.com.au

MAKING 12-18 OCT THE LOVE RETREAT The Making Love Retreat is for couples who want to deepen their connection with each other and their relationship, and to bring more awareness and joy into their lovemaking. If you are finding there is something missing in the intimacy between you and your partner or you just want to strengthen and grow your relationship together, this retreat is like a ‘spiritual honeymoon’. The retreats runs for six days and nights and includes gourmet vegetarian cuisine, staying in the beautiful Tree Houses of Montville in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Presented by counsellors Janet McGeever and Gene Thompson. www.makingloveretreat.com.au

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CALOUNDRA FRINGE FESTIVAL

Eleven days of diverse arts, culture, and culinary activities leading up to the Caloundra Music Festival, the conglomeration of these activities will be promoted as the open access, all age festival. The whole community is expected to get behind the third annual event this year, with performances, workshops, demonstrations and shows featured throughout Caloundra. Incredible artists such as the John Butler Trio, Ball Park Music and the Beauty Girls will be playing at the main event which runs from 26 September to 6 October. www.caloundramusicfestival.com

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WORDS INGRID NELSON PHOTOS REBECCA SMITH

CONNIE RIDDELL

CONNIE RIDDELL IS ONE OF THOSE SPECIAL PEOPLE WHO ALWAYS PUT OTHERS FIRST. A DEVOTED VOLUNTEER WITH THE CANCER COUNCIL QUEENSLAND FOR MANY YEARS, NEVER DID SHE IMAGINE SHE WOULD ONE DAY NEED THEIR SUPPORT AS A CANCER PATIENT HERSELF. INGRID NELSON SHARES HER INSPIRATIONAL STORY.

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very now and again you meet someone who stops you in your tracks and reminds you of what is truly important in life, someone who makes you want to be a better person. Connie Riddell is one such lady. From knitting beanies and teddies for premature babies and sick kids in hospital, making sandwiches for donors at the blood bank, to devoting years of her life as a volunteer and fundraiser with the Cancer Council Queensland, Connie has been doing her bit to help others since she was a little girl growing up in Western Australia. “I remember my nana being a tireless volunteer with the Red Cross during the war,” reflects the 76-year-old former nurse and mother of five. “She would stand for hours in the queue and swap her home-grown veggies for coupons to buy sewing supplies to make clothes. I guess growing up in a mining town, everyone just helped everyone, it was a different world back then.” As Connie and I chat over coffee at her warm and inviting home in Maroochydore, it is obvious family has always played a huge role in her life. Wall-to-wall photos adorn the living space and as Connie shares the special stories behind some of the pictures with me, her eyes sparkle with pride – eyes that have seen so much change in the world since her childhood. It’s a poignant moment when I am reminded of just how much the older generation can teach us. But let’s go back to where it all began for this former hard-working nurse. Born and bred in Western Australia, Connie knew from an early age that her calling was to help others, so it’s no surprise that she became a nurse straight out of high school, training the “old-school” way and making her way up through the ranks throughout the years. “We didn’t go to university back in those days. I went straight on to the

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wards and learned the hard way, starting with bed pans!” laughs Connie. “There were no breaks to study, we had to do that in our own time.” It wasn’t until 1992 that Connie made the move to sunny Queensland to be closer to her children, who had moved here, and continued her nursing, specialising in aged care. Her last position was with Ninderry Nursing Home in Bli Bli, a time that holds many fond memories. So how did she become involved as a volunteer with the Cancer Council Queensland I ask? “I lost my mother to breast cancer in 1984, she was only 63,” says Connie with a deep sadness. “She died within six months of her diagnosis. Chemo was so primitive back then. Had she been alive today, she would have had a fighting chance. When mum passed I decided to get involved with the hospital and would go in and sit with the cancer patients, read them a letter or whatever – just being there helps.” It was to be the catalyst for a long time association with the Cancer Council Queensland, where Connie was instrumental in tireless fundraising over the years, including making endless knitted turbans for cancer patients who had lost their hair, helping at the various Biggest Morning Tea and Daffodil Days, as well as supporting cancer patients in their day-to-day lives. In fact, Connie teamed up with fellow nurse, Carol Bomford, in 1996 to raise $37,000 for the Cancer Council Queensland through raffles and other fundraisers. No mean feat for just two ladies. Then, two years ago, Connie’s life took a dramatic turn when she was diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer. “My daughter took me on a trip to Flemington for the Melbourne Cup in 2012. We had a fabulous time but the day I returned home I felt bloated and uncomfortable. I put it down to too much good food and wine during the profilemag.com.au


trip but within 24 hours I was in intense pain and made an appointment to see my doctor,” Connie remembers. “I was sent for tests and told they had found a mass. I underwent exploratory surgery straight away and was diagnosed with stage three of a possible four ovarian cancer. That was it, there was no prior warning.” Finding herself on the other side of the fence as a sufferer of the insidious disease was something Connie had never imagined, but it was only then she could see how her hard work and the help of others was rewarding. “Being on the receiving end was very humbling. You do all this fundraising and you think, ‘why are they still struggling?’ And then you have to have the chemotherapy and all the things that follow on and you think, ‘wow that is where it’s going’,” she says. “The support and the care I had during my treatment and recovery was astounding. It is what got me through. “I remember being given some turbans from the Cancer Council Queensland after I lost all my hair. Never in a million years did I think when I was making them, that I would be wearing one myself. I probably made the ones I wore!” Connie’s eyes fill with tears when she recalls some of the patients she met during her chemotherapy treatment. But as always, she is not one to dwell on her own problems but those who are worse off. Sad as it sounds, this story does has a silver lining. Thankfully, Connie was referred to a wonderful specialist oncologist and following surgery and chemotherapy, and with the support of her wonderful family and friends, she has been cancer free for two years. “My daughter Julie was my rock. She flew up and down from Mackay where she lives to look after me. All my children were fantastic, as were my friends.” So, how has surviving cancer changed her life I ask? “I am a very different person than before I had cancer. I was such a worrier. Now I think, so be it! If I haven’t vacuumed this week, so what! If someone says would you like to do such and such, I say YES! – I just do everything.” These days Connie is still doing her bit to help those in need. She proudly shows me a delightful box of knitted teddy bears (trauma bears) she and a team of ladies donate to the hospitals for sick children. “They put them in the ambulances or in the emergency wards to give the kiddies something to cuddle. There are some beautiful people out there.” There sure are, and Connie Riddell is one of them. september 2014

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PROFILE LET’S CHAT

WORDS KATE CLIFFORD

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR WHEN WE ALL LOOK TOWARDS THE SUMMER MONTHS AND PRAY OUR PALE AND HIBERNATED BODIES WILL MAGICALLY TRANSFORM INTO FIT AND FABULOUS, BUT UNFORTUNATELY IT’S NOT THAT EASY. TO HELP US ALL OUT, WE CATCH UP WITH FITNESS GURU NADINE SULLIVAN FOR TIPS ON OVERCOMING THE WINTER BLUES.

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here is a theory flying around at the moment; it’s about a sickness, something many of us are currently suffering from and, having been left undiagnosed for at least a month, has left us in a wee-bit of a slump. We call it SAD or seasonal affective disorder and it’s commonly brought on in winter. Some might call it the winter blues, having been hit by the colder months, and despite our most valiant efforts to stay chocolate-sober, we have succumbed to the monster of an insatiable appetite. The lack of daylight and drop in temperature has given us cabin fever and we have been left with no other choice but to either stare at the walls or consume our time by snacking on anything salty, sugary, crunchy or chewy. Don’t blame yourself. Scientists have almost diagnosed SAD as a ‘real’ disease … almost. To get to the bottom of this harsh winter-eating and exercisemotivation disaster, I have enlisted an expert for advice: Active Living personal trainer and fitness guru Nadine Sullivan. “There is a belief that we need to gain a ‘winter coat’ in order to stay warm during winter or that humans are biologically programmed to store fat during the colder months to ward off periods of food scarcity,” says Nadine. “While this may have been true for our Paleolithic ancestors, most of us aren’t faced with periods of food scarcity in modern society, so weight gain is not necessary or inevitable.” Nadine continues to say, “One of the main reasons we gain weight during winter is that we move less and couple it with ingesting heavier foods, compared to our salads and fruit-based meals we enjoy in summer. “Another reason is the cooler weather causes us to get into a hibernation zone (tired) so we become lazy with our organisational skills when meal prepping, which then causes us to get whatever we can on the run when we are hungry – normally full of high calories. “Our society also falls into the trap of giving ourselves psychological permission to gain weight during the cooler months because we are clothed more than what we are in summer.” Armed with this information, Nadine has listed her top five tips to avoiding winter weight gain.

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Find personal motivation to exercise What you need to get you up off your butt and moving is a reason that’s important to you. At first, it may be some external factors; it could be a number on the scale that you don’t like or last year’s pair of jeans don’t fit.

Set realistic goals to get fit Set weekly goals, then break the week down into days and what must be accomplished on a daily basis to reach that weekly goal. At the end of each week, take a look at how you went. If you reached your goal, celebrate!

stop thinking of it as exercise You don’t have to go to the gym to get a good workout. It’s all about moving more – however you do it.

CREATE A VISION BOARD Creating your personal collage will help you imagine the lifestyle you want to lead. When you can imagine your new lifestyle you will think about it. The law of attraction says that you draw into your life the things you think about most.

SHOUT IT FROM THE ROOF TOPS Telling everyone around you is a sneaky way to hold yourself accountable. You are going to need your friends to consider your dietary restrictions when you go out for meals so it’s best to be upfront with them! When they know, they can help. You just never know; they may jump on your (healthier) gravy train, too!

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PROFILE HOMEGROWN

WORDS KATE CLIFFORD PHOTOS CHESTERTON SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY

RAY AND MURRAY CHAMBERS HAVE DEDICATED SIX YEARS OF THEIR LIVES TO RESCUING KOALAS IN QUEENSLAND. YET DESPITE THEIR EFFORTS, THE BROTHERS FEEL THEY ARE FIGHTING A LOSING BATTLE. WE TALK TO THE MEN BEHIND SUNSHINE COAST KOALA RESCUE ABOUT WHY KOALAS HOLD SUCH A SPECIAL PLACE FOR THEM.

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hat do you think of when you hear the word koala? Aussie icon? Cuddly? Tree bear? … How about extinct? When I sat down to write this story I was torn between painting a heroic picture of two brothers’ plight to save the species in Queensland or the horrifying and real concerns of wildlife carers everywhere that in just a few years our beloved koala 'bear' may not exist here anymore. It is believed in the past 10 years, the numbers throughout the Sunshine Coast have slowly decreased, with the take over of urban sprawl and koala habitats being wiped out. How frightening is it to think there will be no koalas sitting among the tree tops in Noosa National Park? According to Ray and Murray Chambers, the last female koala native to the prominent headland section died last year. There are a rare few national icons still roaming our countryside however, tucked away in dense Hinterland bushland, away from the attack of dogs and major development. It is these dozen or so koalas that stay prevalent in the minds of the two Caloundra brothers, who are spending every last penny to save the species. Ray and Murray’s 24-hour rescue service, Sunshine Coast Koala Rescue knows no boundaries, covering the entire state. Whether it is two o'clock in 20

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the morning, flooding with rain and a thunderstorm on its way, the Chambers brothers will hit the road to rescue a sick or injured koala, even if it means driving 500 kilometres from home. The volunteer service started six years ago after a stint working at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital sparked an inner yearning, and with no 24-hour rescue service on the Sunshine Coast, Ray and Murray wanted to help. It was a tough move for the brothers though, both confessing that their introverted personalities had held them back from joining a volunteer service in the past. “We were always picking up stray and injured birds and taking them to a lady who lived around the corner from us who was a wildlife carer – Di, the bird carer is what we call her,” says Ray. “She would always say, “go and and volunteer at the wildlife hospital” but because Murray and I, we aren’t really people mixers, we don’t like to go out of our safety zone, so we would avoid it. “Despite this, we have always loved our native animals. Di kept at us for about a year, trying to get us to volunteer, and then one day she just made us an appointment, and so we had no choice.” For their ‘day job’ Murray and Ray run a panel beating garage at Moffat profilemag.com.au


Beach, Caloundra but devote their time for free to rescue koalas. As a result, it’s not just their hearts they have poured into the service, which survives on donations and the brothers' own input, but their savings as well. “We are about $150,000 in debt and it’s costing us $4,500 a month to keep the service running. That’s with major fuel bills, truck repairs, wearing out equipment and everything else,” Murray says.

I would rather die trying to save a koala than any other way.” “All our lives we have been car mad, but as more money is needed to keep the service running we have had to continue selling off our possessions. I had 15 cars in my collection before saving koalas, all different sorts of Holdens and Valiants. I am down to four … I have been selling them off just to keep the service running.” Their rescue utes, known as koala ‘ambulances’, are kitted out with everything you could possibly need to rescue a sick or injured koala, which at times entails a lot; from abseiling gear to nets, cages and cameras for documenting their furry patients, all of whom are given a name. Last year the brothers completed an arborists course, making them the only koala rescue service in Queensland qualified to climb trees to rescue the injured animals. “In the old days you had to set up traps on the bottom of trees. Now for example, instead of driving to Nanango, setting up a trap and wait for the koala to climb down, we can drive out to Nanango and take the koala straight to hospital,” says Ray. Their dedication and love for the animals is evident in everything they do. “Last night I had a call at two in the morning to help one from a dog attack, and the other day we had a sick koala in the national park in Cashmere. I had to climb the tree and get her to hospital. It was pretty dangerous because there was a storm that night, but I didn’t care. I would rather die trying to save a koala than any other way.” The brothers say the majority of koala deaths in Queensland are due to dog attacks, being hit by a car and disease, including chlamydia, conjunctivitis and cystitis. Murray says that under state law, if a female koala contracts one of these sexually transmitted diseases, she will be euthanased. “Everyone thinks they are a hardy animals, they are a native animal, they are wild animals that can handle the elements – they can’t,” Ray says. “For the past two years we have been having meetings with the deputy prime minister and the environment minister Andrew Powell to try and get the law changed. If a female koala has a reproductive disease they have to be euthanased, or the only way she can be saved is if she goes on a species management program, where they take the cysts out, which makes her non-breedable and means she can’t be released. “Also under Queensland law, if a koala is impaired they can’t go on display. So if we have a koala who has lost a limb or an eye or some injury from a car or dog attack, they can’t go on display either. They are euthanased. It’s just wrong. “This sort of law might have been ok 30 years ago, but there are now 25,000 koalas gone in two years, we are down to 2,000 left in the wild in Queensland, probably less. My estimate is 27,000 koalas in all of Australia.” The brothers are now campaigning to open a sanctuary to save their beloved koala. “In a few years time there will be none left in the wild and the only place you will see them is in a safe environment,” Murray says. “Picture going to a sanctuary, where there are no dogs killing koalas, no urban sprawl. Just trees and a clean environment for them to breed and live in peace.” It’s an ambitious plan and one Ray and Murray need your help to achieve. “At the end of the day we have to go where our heart is, and that’s saving the koala,” Murray says. To donate to Sunshine Coast Koala Rescue visit www.sckoalarescue.com.au.

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WORDS KATE CLIFFORD PHOTOS CHESTERTON SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY SHOOT STYLING HAYLEY JENKIN, WHOLEHEARTED STUDIO

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THIS YEAR, 52 LIVES WILL BE CHANGED FOR THE BETTER. THIS PERSON MAY BE SICK, INJURED OR POOR, BUT EITHER WAY A COMPLETE STRANGER WILL OFFER TO HELP AND IT ALL BEGAN WITH SUNSHINE COAST VOLUNTEER JAIME THURSTON, WHO IS WORKING HER MAGIC TO SPREAD THESE RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS.

aime Thurston is the softly spoken mother of two who likes to think of herself as ‘just like everybody else’. A former business journalist and public relations guru, turned mother and prison volunteer – a change in career that ultimately paved the path for her benevolent future on the Sunshine Coast. I first heard of Jaime and her plight to change one life a week for 52 weeks through her Facebook page on November 15, 2013. She had published a story on eight-year-old Claire Ollier from Brisbane, who had been diagnosed with an extremely aggressive brain tumour. She wrote how in the past two months, this little girl had been through seven hours of brain surgery, was having radiotherapy and chemotherapy, and how her parents were desperately trying to fundraise to take Claire to a children’s show before she passed. “When I put out the request I wasn’t sure what we would end up with, I just hoped we would have something to give this little girl at the end of the week,” Jaime says. “We discovered she loved the theatre, so we put out the request and I contacted QPAC (Queensland Performing Arts Centre) to see what they could do and within days the producer of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang donated tickets for her to attend a show. We also had Coast company Sunshine Coast Kids Wear donate a big party dress for her to wear, and UnderWater World gave them a VIP day. It was truly humbling the amount of people who put their hands up to help this little girl and her family.” The timing could not have been more perfect for Claire, who sadly died four months later at the age of nine. But it was the joy of giving her one last dream that inspired Jaime to continue spreading the goodwill, and since then, the dream and the audience has grown and grown. september 2014

“It’s a roller-coaster ride, especially at the start of each week when we talk to the people we are going to help and have to say, ‘look, just so you know, we might not be able to get anything but we will give it our best go’, and then things seem to just happen and fall into place. The generosity is incredible, and from people all around the world.” Jaime and her family, husband Piers and children Abbey and Max, moved to the Sunshine Coast from the UK in 2013. When she left England, Jaime had been working for a charity and had volunteered in a prison as a counsellor. She had longed to continue her humanitarian work back in Australia, but was waiting for the perfect opportunity when suddenly it arrived in her inbox. It was a letter from a single mother desperately asking for rugs to cover her broken floor so her three young children didn’t cut their feet. “I remember thinking, if people knew about her they would help her and I am sure there is someone out there who has rugs or whatever she needs, it’s just a matter of finding them,” she says. “The whole conversation I had with this woman got me thinking about how I could help, how I could spread the word for others to help and how there must be hundreds of people out there who need help, but perhaps don’t know how to ask. I then decided to set up 52 Lives.” From that week on, momentum for the 52 Lives Facebook page grew. Within a month, more than 1,000 people from across the world had joined the page, pledging their own networks to the cause of each stranger, every week. “To start with it was just someone within my own network, who knew somebody who knew somebody. Now we are reaching all corners of the globe,” Jaime says. “The shocking part is that at the start I was getting a few nominations a profilemagazine

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week and now, I hate doing it, but I have had to put an auto-reply saying I can’t reply to everyone personally, I only reply to the people I can help.” Newspapers and online sites around the world were picking up Jaime’s story and promoting the page, including the extremely popular Good News Network in the US, which resulted in hundreds of nominations to Jaime’s inbox. The request that sparked the huge outpour was life number 23 – a mother and son, Kerry and Kybie. “I heard about Kybie when someone posted his story on our page and started following his Facebook group, but it was only after reading another post that I realised just how much his family has been going through,” says Jamie. “Last November, Kybie was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour called a pineal germinoma. It travelled down his spine and was also causing damage to the disc behind his eyes. He had been having chemotherapy and radiation treatments at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane to try to shrink the tumour. The hope is that it becomes small enough to be operable, but he is not at that stage yet. “Kybie is being cared for solely by his mum, Kerry, who I found out was not well either. Kerry sadly also has cancer and had just had surgery to try to remove it. She had to stop working when she became ill and was on a carer’s benefit. This remarkable woman is raising Kybie on her own and supporting him through this horrible disease, all while battling cancer herself.” Jaime says they also did not have a car to travel to and from the hospital and were having to borrow from friends. So she put out the life-changing request, which was simple enough; one - a panel beater to fix the rust in Kerry’s car, two - donations to help pay for car repairs, three - a ride on a steam train, or four - a day trip … the response was phenomenal. “I had an email from a lady in Scotland, who had helped once before and she offered to buy them a car. She donated the money, it was really amazing. Luckily, my brother owns Cricks Maroochydore and he gave us a car for about $10,000, which the money went towards.” Kybie and Kerry arrived to pick up their new car at Cricks Auto Group, Maroochydore to a celebration of balloons and applause. It was the first time Jaime had come face to face with one of her 52 Lives nominees. “She walked in with her little boy, it was so beautiful, she started crying. It was really lovely to see the sheer relief and joy on her face,” says Jamie with a smile. “As soon as I saw her I started crying too … I think because I do it all online, I feel slightly removed from it, apart from getting all these lovely emails, when you actually see the person there in front of you and their reaction, it is just lovely. “The beautiful thing is someone on the other side of the world bought her that car and she just couldn’t believe it.” Again, the story went viral and was featured on radio stations and newspapers in the US and the UK, as well as at home in Australia. “Suddenly, one morning I woke up with hundreds of emails from America, with people nominating. It had been on some radio stations in America apparently and I had no idea, they had just picked up the story from this Facebook site and so I had hundreds of nominations and I had no idea where it was coming from!” Life number 28 was John and Kisha from Michigan – the first Americans helped through 52 Lives. The couple were expecting their first baby, John was living on a disability pension because of a rare genetic disease, and Kisha could not work because she was pregnant. They were about to be kicked out of their unit and were desperately trying to save money to buy a trailer to live out of. “John is a proud man. He broke down in tears when he told me how frustrated and useless he felt when he saw Kisha working so hard,” Jaime says. “I spoke to him at length, and have also been in touch with the director of a charity he has been involved with, and I truly believed this was very much a couple in need of some kindness.”

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A few days later a man on the other side of the world contacted Jaime and offered to buy the couple their trailer. “I couldn’t get hold of the couple to tell them because they only check their emails once a week when they go to the library so I have left a message to say we are buying you a trailer! “Something like that is going to change their lives.” Some of the other amazing stories include a Sunshine Coast family struggling financially in need of warm bedding and clothes, a three-year-old girl who needed an iPad to help overcome development delays, and a grandmother in South Queensland seeking food vouchers – people from all walks of life, in all situations, who have had their lives changed for the better thanks to Jaime and the generosity of people around the world. “These people who help don’t get any accolades, it’s not tax deductible, they are not going to get thanked by the person, it’s completely anonymous, and most people who offer help say they don’t want to be named. Sometimes I wish they would because I would really love to be able to thank them, and everyone always thanks me every week, but it wasn’t me who did it but I seem to get all the credit for it!” Now up to more than 100 requests a week, Jaime plans to continue her acts of kindness well past the 52 Lives, starting a new campaign in the New Year. From our first meeting until now, I have strongly believed Jaime is not “just like everybody else” as she first described herself. She is the absolute epitome of pure kindness, an absolute gem of our community.

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5 THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER SAY TO A LADY ON THE SUNNY COAST Imagine the poor old bloke I like to call my co-host BarRat. His wife had just given birth to his gorgeous daughter Harper and his on air partner announces she’s expecting. For us girls it’s a magical time. However for a man it is over 18 months of BABY HORMONES! Every man’s worst nightmare! So between us we have picked up at least 5 things you should NEVER say to a lady on the Sunny Coast whilst she’s expecting.

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It doesn’t matter what a glowing, wonderful pregnant lady names her child. YOU..LOVE..IT! Bad birth stories. I was at Loo with the View (for the 15th time that hour) and a lady asked me my due date. She then proceeded to tell me about her horror birth that happened in the back of a Silver Top Taxi. The words “Oh congratulations! Was it planned?” No-one will ever admit that your beautiful bundle of joy was conceived at $2 shot night, during O week at the Wharf Tavern

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This section of the Coast is up and coming, offering not only a friendly local atmosphere, but also a great place to sit in a café with a good book ..."

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he home of the iconic Big Pineapple, the Woombye and Palmwoods area of the Coast is visited by thousands of people each year, often the last pit stop before heading further west into the undulating fields of the lush Hinterland, including Maleny, Montville and Mapleton.

Before disappearing ‘up the mountain’ to the heart of the Coast’s arts and craft scene however, it is well worth taking a few hours out to explore this unique gateway – a space oozing with history and village charm, so long as you know where to scratch the surface. Set at the eastern foothills of the Blackall Range, the area is a rural delight. Originally a fruit growing mecca, with a particular specialism in bananas and pineapples, it has in recent times grown into quite the foodie hub with a cool alternative vibe and a stash of passionate residents basking in the good life, forging a reputation as a haven for fresh organic produce along with an eclectic café set. Shimmying through the area, there is much heritage to discover. Kolora Park on the outskirts of Palmwoods for one, is the perfect place for discovering the history of the region, with information boards and old photos scattered along the walkway for you to learn at your leisure, while the Woombye murals in the hub of the Woombye shopping arena offer a heart-touching story of its development. And it’s not just a place of retrospection either, with big plans being made for this little part of the world, including a revamp of the train station, a new shopping centre and the future development of sport and active recreation. It would be fair to say this section of the Coast is up and coming, offering not only a friendly local atmosphere, but also a great place to sit in a café with a good book as you watch the world go by.



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Just like being at your mum’s place, the Cocoa Tree Cafe is a welcoming place to walk into with a homely feel – not to mention the incredible smell of freshly baked and delicious treats. The friendly staff serve up delicious organic coffee, a range of T2, smoothies and fresh juices to accompany freshly-baked scones, big breakfasts or a fresh lunch made from locally grown produce.

An event venue with heritage charm makes the Palmwoods Memorial Hall a perfect location for weddings and functions. Don’t miss the annual Spring Fair on 13 September with market stalls, entertainment, food, and free kids activities from 12pm to 5pm. Stay on for a sausage sizzle and free family movie under the stars.

Whether it be the family staples, in need of a sweet-tooth fix or a hearty pie for lunch be sure to visit the Palmwoods Bakery. Try a range of products baked from scratch on site every night and fresh for you first thing in the morning. All the bread has no added preservatives, which is perfect for families! The team prepare a whole range of sweet treats, both small and large, and if you’re in a hurry you can grab a salad roll or pie on the go!

7 Margaret Street, Palmwoods Phone: 5478 9515

Phone: 0409 765 357 For more information visit www.palmwoodshall.org.au

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Poison Kandy Cuts n Kurls

Belle of the Woods

Step inside a little shop with lots happening in Palmwoods. House of Ayurveda is named after an ancient Indian healing system and specialises in Ayurvedic consultations, Ayurvedic treatments, acupuncture and Chinese medicine. There is a range of ethnic jewellery, herbal products and a new range of cotton clothing, including Adrift, Ruby Yaya, Mi Village and bespoke upcycled pieces projecting femininity in lace, crochet and silk. With so many options, House of Ayurveda is the place to relax and unwind, while indulging in a touch of cultural retail therapy.

Poison Kandy Cuts n Kurls is a retroinspired salon in the heart of Palmwoods, at 1a/4-6 Main Street.

Nestled in Main Street at Palmwoods is Belle of the Woods. In the original 'Old Corner Store' you'll find gorgeous country classic, vintage and retroinspired gifts and homewares with free gift wrapping! Browse our selection of beautiful kitchenware, housewares, gifts and more. Take a little time to relax with a delicious gourmet home baked treat and a fantastic coffee on our deck and watch the world pass by. Enjoy delicious coffee and gourmet treats on the garden deck. Visit Belle of the Woods for Life's Little Pleasures.

8 Main Street, Palmwoods Phone: 5457 3036 contact@houseofayurveda.com.au

Owner and manager Kat Klockner is an experienced hairdresser offering a personalised experience every time, priding her team on using the highest quality products in Australia, cruelty free and vegan. Whether you are after something funky or just the usual, give the team a call. 1a / 4-6 Main Street, Palmwoods Phone: 5478 9424

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•• A rural township near the eastern foothills of the Blackall Range, 90 kilometres north of central Brisbane and 17 kilometres inland from Mooloolaba. •• Originally known as Merriman's Flat by the Kuskopfs who were early European settlers in the area. •• Obtained its name when the railway opened in 1891 after the Piccabeen Palm groves growing in the area. •• When the railway line opened, Palmwoods became an important outlet for produce, especially citrus and strawberries. It was the first opportunity for Palmwoods growers to sell to export markets. •• In the 1930s, Palmwoods constituted one of Queensland's largest banana growing areas. •• The multimillion-dollar renovation of the historical centrally-located pub established in 1902 has assisted with the promotion of Palmwoods in the Sunshine Coast region. •• Present population is about 5,492.

•• A rural township in the eastern foothills of the Blackall Range, 95 kilometres north of Brisbane. •• Used to be called Cobb's Camp due to the fact that it was a halfway staging post between Brisbane and Gympie for the Cobb & Co coaches in the gold rush days (from 1867). •• Its name is derived from words from the local Aboriginal language, meaning either a place of the black snake (wumbai), or black myrtle (wambai) which grew in the scrub. •• Is the site of the Big Pineapple which opened in 1971, a 16-metre fiberglass structure with an internal staircase and a lookout. •• Home to one of the longest established soccer clubs on the Sunshine Coast, the Woombye Snakes. •• Present population of about 2,775.


Finding inner peace Five kilometres to the south of Palmwoods, the village of Eudlo is distinguished by a Buddhist monastic retreat, Chenrezig, which is free to visit, offering various teachings and classes and a fabulous little café.

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A visit to Palmwoods would not be complete without dining at the nostalgic Rick’s Garage, a fabulous little diner with 1950s inspired memorabilia everywhere you look. It’s like stepping into a scene from Grease or Happy Days and they are renowned for serving up the BEST burgers on the Sunshine Coast. Well worth the drive!

Family fun The Lane in Palmwoods brings fun to Friday nights and Saturday mornings with the pretty lights and aromas of fresh cooking drawing you in, with little tables scattered aplenty.

Federation Park is a local’s delight, offering a great walking/cycling track and a kid’s playground situated in the centre of a grassed area and surrounded by trees. The playground is set in a sand pit (take your sandpit toys), and has a climbing tower, swings, slides and spinning cups. It is also a great place for a picnic, with barbecue facilities and toilets nearby.


LEST WE FORGET The Woombye War Memorial is in the form of a broken column with a laurel wreath and the Australian Commonwealth Military Forces badge. A WWI and a WWII plaque sets out the names of those who died, listing a significant number for such a small community.

GET FURRY Since March 2014, the Big Pineapple has been the home of Queensland Zoo – a boutique zoo of native and exotic animals. The kids can go wild!

Art history The murals of Woombye by Brian Tisdall are well worth a look, depicting the history of the town from its days as a staging camp for the Cobb & Co coaches. The project started in 2002 with the Cobb & Co mural near the original bakery (dated 1900) and continued over the years.

Drink in the heritage The famous Palmwoods Hotel was established in 1912, as was the iconic Woombye Pub in 1900. Both offer sensational food, great entertainment and an array of beverages in a warm and friendly setting. Experience a slice of history while you dine.

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DESIGNERS BAZAAR @ HOMEGROWN When: On the first Saturday of every month from 8am Where: Homegrown Café, Main Street, Palmwoods About: Local designers with handcrafted Australian-made products come and share their talents at Homegrown Café, Main Street. Sit and have a coffee in the gorgeous back garden of Homegrown Cafe, and find some clothing, jewellery and homeware treasures.

YESTERDAY'S MARKET TODAY When: Saturday 13 September

Where: Palmwoods Memorial Hall, Corner of Main and Margaret Streets About: Skip along to this regular fundraiser in the form of a village market. Located at the hall, the market features stalls displaying the handiwork of local artisans as well as displays by community groups.

DARYL BRAITHWAITE

When: Saturday 6 September from 7:30pm Where: The Woombye Pub

About: In a distinguished career spanning more than 35 years, Daryl Braithwaite is one of Australia’s award-winning performers. His initial success as a singer came with Sherbet. Between 1971 and 1979 Sherbet produced 20 national Top 40 singles. Following the success of Sherbet, Daryl returned to the Australian music scene as a solo performer in 1988 with the release of the album ‘Edge’. Visit www.thewoombyepub.com.au

Would you like to see your local area featured in Profile magazine? Phone 54510 669.

FRESH + FABULOUS

When: Every Saturday from 6:30am to 1pm Where: The Big Pineapple

About: The Big Pineapple Market is one of the biggest all-weather markets on the Sunshine Coast. The market is best known for its huge variety of fresh and local produce, including fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, chicken, seafood and delicatessen products. The remainder of the market is used for variety and specialty goods. Eat fresh, eat local!




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here are not too many women who can claim to know the measurements of a good percentage of Sunshine Coast men! Owner of iconic clothing store Klingers @ Mooloolaba, Deborah Thomson can! Passionate about quality clothing in general, Deborah’s wealth of knowledge comes from her initial training interstate as a Fashion Design Teacher. This has allowed her to work in all facets of the fashion industry, teaching design, pattern making and clothing manufacture. This knowledge and experience enables her to buy quality clothing to suit the customers’ style and needs. I am not surprised to discover Klingers repeat customers make up 80 per cent of their clientele, many returning for the personalised, one-on-one service and their extensive range of exclusive brands including Hugo Boss, Bugatti, Brax, Ted Baker and David Smith, just to name a few. “It is all about the people really. I know so many of our customers by name. I don’t even have to ask their clothing size when they come in,” Deb smiles. “Klingers caters for a wide range of clientele, from the local customer who has been shopping at Klingers for over 30 years, to the overseas and interstate customer that we see on their annual trip to the Coast. We love seeing them when they visit the store, and it is always a privilege when their families contact us to select a garment for a special occasion or event knowing we can fulfil their requirements.” Originally located on the Mooloolaba Esplanade, Klingers has been trading for over 30 years and relocated to its unique position, tucked behind the Mooloolaba Esplanade in First Avenue six years ago. “We have a great location here,” says Deborah. “People like to get away from the hustle and bustle, relax and take their time in selecting their clothing. Our laidback atmosphere and friendly, personal service is what we pride ourselves on.” Catering for all ages, Deborah says Klingers stock is always revolving in line with current trends. They also cater for big occasions such as the Melbourne Cup, Weddings etc. “Our garments are all top quality so they stand the test of time and this is reflected in the brands the store carries. The secret is to buy quality pieces and then add to what will work with them each time you shop,” says Deborah.

The exciting addition to Klingers is that they no longer only cater for men. Deborah has introduced a beautiful range of chic women’s wear for the most discerning of clients. Labels include Lauren Vidal, Hugo Boss, Zoe Kratzmann and Durier Silk (which is exclusive to Klingers on the Sunshine Coast). “We had been asked over a long period of time if we would stock women’s clothing to reflect what we did in men’s. It really is the perfect complement to our men’s range,” says Deborah. So forget the trip to Brisbane or further afield, Klingers Clothing and Accessories has a quality range to rival any high-end city store, right here on our doorstop in beautiful Mooloolaba.


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JESSE O’NEIL IS A LESSON TO US ALL. FOR THIS YOUNG MAN, WHO MANY REGARD AS A FATHER FIGURE, KNOWS THAT BY ONLY LOOKING AFTER OURSELVES, WE ARE NOT MEETING OUR POTENTIAL. AND IT'S TIME FOR CHANGE.

t’s all about hope and purpose,” Jesse O’Neil explains, with a fire in his eyes you would expect from a bear protecting his cubs. “It’s about breaking boundaries, reaching higher and making a difference. It’s about empowerment, resilience, connection and responsibility.” And these are the moments. These are the goals, the emotions, the instigators which push us to be better, to try harder, to make tomorrow greater. We can’t help the world by being small, by keeping quiet, by looking after only ourselves. It’s imperative that we keep questioning our motives and our actions every day. Why do we do what we do? How can we make life a better place for all? It is questions like these that have Jesse O’Neil springing from his bed each morning on a mission to help others belong, be seen, feel good enough, be worthy and perhaps even be loved. One of the brightest people I have met, with an OP 1 from a regular state school and a first class honours pharmacy degree from the University of Queensland, Jesse could have done anything in life.

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With a natural academic ability paired with a soft and creamy attitude (but one with crunch), Jesse bucked the corporate machine, turning his back on a pathway of capitalistic reward to pursue an altruistic life of helping others, and I can’t help but think he is a lesson to us all. In a world where the narcissistic focus on self is becoming increasingly (and in many ways unhealthily) prevalent, Jesse is a breath of fresh air. A lone daisy in a paddock of weeds. A kind look in a room full of strangers. “Raised in Brisbane, I enjoyed a very privileged lifestyle,” explains Jesse. “Not in terms of money – we were not particularly well-off – but I was lucky enough to experience a stable and loving upbringing where laughter, joy and giving back were all very present. My parents especially modelled to us how important it was to help others, and so I always had a sense of making the world a better place for the greater good.” When it came to choosing a university degree therefore, Jesse chose pharmacy. His goal was to help people through medical research, undertaking an honours project at university in this regard investigating autoimmune disease. profilemag.com.au


However, on qualifying as a pharmacist, he found something lacking. Although he enjoyed his job to a certain point, he felt the opportunity to help others and change the horizon for many, was absent. Pharmacy was rewarding (with a rewarding pay packet to match), but also safe, with little movement for really making a difference to those less fortunate, and Jesse found himself wanting. “I soon realised that I couldn’t settle for the road that lay out ahead of me,” explains Jesse. “It wasn’t enough. There was so much I wanted to do to have a real impact on those who needed help. I wanted to give more. The more you give, the greater the reward for everyone.” Soon after registering as a pharmacist, Jesse therefore embarked on a twofold existence – locuming by day as a pharmacist and volunteering with the youth charity, Fusion, in his spare time – completing a Certificate IV in Youth and Community Work months later on a residential placement in Tasmania, and gaining his diploma shortly after. It was a pathway made for him. “I felt like I could breathe again,” smiles Jesse. “I split my time between jobbing as a pharmacist and volunteering as a youth worker, and the more involved I became with the charity, the more it blew me away.” Fusion was the perfect fit for Jesse. As a youth organisation which works to support and develop young people through the provision of practical models to inspire leadership and connectivity to a sense of real community (social media be damned), it was just the humanitarian outlet he was made for, matching his ideals and principles to a tee. “Today’s society has many problems. The internet, and in particular, social media, has had a profound effect on the way we deal with each other, talk and interact, and far from bringing us closer, it has made us more isolated than ever before. There’s a time and a place for everything of course, but nothing beats face-to-face contact. Kids used to play on the street. Parents used to help each other out. We used to interact as a community. This is becoming more and more rare nowadays. And it is having a knock-on effect. “On my first trip away with Fusion (one of their annual programs), I saw with my own eyes how lives can be changed – how attitudes can be rewritten, confidence levels heightened and those who have slipped through the system, educated. Just by showing people how. Spending time. We can create a bright future if we want to. It was a total revelation to me. This was something I thought we all should be striving for.” So when a volunteer position arose to head-up the Sunshine Coast division in 2008, Jesse was the natural choice. “Moving from Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast meant the start of a new chapter,” smiles Jesse. “Although I could not afford to give up pharmacy, I worked out the minimum I could survive on financially, and committed the rest of my time to Fusion. I had a solid base to build from (Fusion was already in existence on the Coast), but I wanted to push the program harder and higher.” And push he did. Together with a contemporary strategy, Jesse brought a new life and energy to the organisation which only a forward-thinking changemaker of his calibre could bring. He was young. He was fresh. He was to Fusion what Richard Branson is to Virgin. Optimism, determination and motivation oozed out of every pore. As a result, Fusion Sunshine Coast went from a moderately successful entity to a force to be reckoned with (now with nearly 80 volunteers), and the troubled kids of the Coast couldn’t have asked for a better ‘saviour’,

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with Jesse, only a young man in his twenties himself, revelling in each and every one of their achievements. “We now run a whole host of activities and programs, and I am beginning to see children who years ago came to us in Grade 8 becoming mentors in their own right with the program, which is amazing,” smiles Jesse. “Kids who you might have thought would never finish school have gone on to pick up their grades, complete their studies and gain apprenticeships. It makes me feel very proud of what Fusion has achieved. One of my favourite things we have recently created (with partners Buderim Lions Club and Hot FM) is the MyBus, which is a full-sized bus that has been converted into a mobile youth café. It’s rad! “Life is about chasing what is right and what is meant for you. It’s about feeling at one with your decisions and choices. Offering long-term consistent involvement in the lives of troubled young people is such a simple thing I can do. As a new father of two boys (Levi, 1, and Caleb, 3), it means even more to me to help youngsters be the best that they can be and reach their potential. I see my own children in every kid that needs Fusion’s help.” A papa bear to many youngsters across the Coast, Jesse is testament to the fact that positive change cannot happen by being a wallflower. It takes guts and risk. In Jesse’s mind, the potential to do good outweighs any notion of making money for money’s sake, or building a profile for ego’s sake. It’s about re-writing the future. It’s about changing the story. It’s about dreaming of a world that cares, that nurtures and that helps. And it’s up to us all to take the lead, with Jesse clearly showing the way.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED Below are Jesse’s top five tips to helping make the world a safer, kinder, better place to live. 1. You don’t have to spend money to change the world – you can donate time or your services or your expertise. Become an advocate for an organisation, fundraise or volunteer for a couple of hours a week or month. Imagine if every person did this, what a difference it would make. 2. Just a little is all it takes – you don’t need to quit your job, break the bank or commit to a gruelling volunteer regime to help others. 3. Shop carefully – some charities and organisations have retail stores in the form of opshops or gift shops, with all profits going directly back into their pockets. By shopping at one of these places, you are immediately helping. 4. Know that you will feel the love – it has been proven that giving back makes you happier. So give, and give some more! 5. If you are a business, partner with a charity – by partnering with a charity you can support it on its mission, knowing that your company not only exists for commercial reasons, but a philanthropic one too. FIND FUSION

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Commonly, the first question asked in regard to cosmetic injectables is, “What’s the cost per unit?” Potential consumers should instead consider exactly what drug is being injected, and what the qualifications and experience of the practitioner doing the procedure are. Injectable procedures are extremely complex and require a high degree of skill as they pose a wide range of potential risks for patients. A recent report by the Health Quality and Complaints Commission (HQCC) showed cosmetic injections to be the most frequently complained about cosmetic medical procedure in Queensland. These findings demonstrate that consumers must undertake such procedures fully informed and with an appreciation of the risks involved. Cosmetic injectables are the broad term encompassing both muscle relaxants, which smooth out wrinkles and dermal fillers, which replace lost facial volume. The word thrown about so easily is ‘botox’, which in fact, is the brand name of ‘Botulinum Toxin type A’. There is also a less expensive alternative on the market in Australia, which is commonly used. So when prices are advertised at a very low cost per unit, is it really the Allergan brand, or the cheaper alternative? Both brands are classified as schedule four drugs and in Australia, pharmaceutical classifications and TGA regulations prohibit the actual brand names of such products being used in any advertising of cosmetic injectable treatments. Such medical aesthetic procedures should be performed by highly qualified practitioners and at prices that do not compromise professional integrity and industry standards. So wherever you decide to have cosmetic injectables, firstly ask yourself these questions and what is the most important information to consider prior to your treatment. The price of your beauty should not be based on the cost per unit of product but the clinical efficacy of the drug and the expertise of the person administering it. Mediderm Medical Aesthetics 5438 8635 www.mediderm.com.au september 2014

TEETH AND GENES, HOW ARE THEY RELATED? with Simone Ricketts

The annual high profile ‘Jeans for Genes’ day last month prompted me to think … are genes really responsible for our teeth cavities and bleeding gums? A new study of identical twins has verified that genes do play a significant role in teeth and gum health. As identical twins have the same genes, researchers could directly compare twins with each other to see how similar they were in regard to numbers of cavities (leading to fillings) and bleeding gums. Genes can explain up to 70 per cent of cavities in baby teeth and almost 55 per cent in adult teeth reported researchers from the University of Helsinki, Finland. In particular, our genes can determine the strength of tooth enamel (the outer tooth layer), our own immune systems response against an attack by decay producing bacteria, and even the type of saliva we make (which in the right quantity and composition is also protective against decay). The tougher your tooth enamel the more resistant the tooth will be to decay. A healthy immune system naturally helps to fight decay and gum disease. A good quality and quantity of saliva also protects teeth. Furthermore, a 2005 study of 3065 adult twins in The Journal of Dental Research reported that genes explained up to 39 per cent of the incidence of gum disease. In addition, this study found that genes were also powerful predictors of the number of fillings a person had. For women, the number of fillings in the mouth was determined by two-thirds genetic and one-third environmental causes. However, in men it was one-half genetic and one-half environmental causes. This means that a woman with "healthy teeth" genes is likely to get less decayed teeth than a woman who has "unhealthy teeth" genes. If you have the "healthy teeth " genes you may be able to get away with more sugar in your diet than someone who has "unhealthy teeth" genes where you need to be stricter, with a no sugar diet and meticulous brushing, and flossing. Hence it is vital to remember teeth are no different to other parts of the human body, in that it is a combination of both genes and the environment that ultimately influences how healthy our teeth are to be in real life! Smile by Design 5443 2888 www.smilebydesign.net.au profilemagazine

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profile: Who was your earliest style influence? rosie: I love the elegance, grace and style of Dior Couture and how it has evolved over the years. They really know how to capture the essence of a woman’s figure. This year’s Oscars fashions were sassy! profile: What are the must haves this season? rosie: Solid blocks of colour over prints are in, especially blues – even the ponchos are back in! I remember them as a kid! The fashion of femininity has hit the shelves, so make the most of it. profile: What is the one essential item everyone must have in her wardrobe this season? rosie: It’s a wrap. Either worn as a jacket or around the shoulders – this is where the poncho steps in again … plus, wraps can be worn for any occasion. profile: Do you buy certain products in bulk? rosie: I always get my hair products and facial products in bulk, much more cost effective and when you’re on a good thing – stick to it I say. profile: An item you’ll never part with? rosie: I could never live without my jeans, whether it’s summer or winter, it’s that one item that never goes out of fashion and lasts for ages no matter how many times you wash them.

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ingerie. It is one of the best kept secrets in Australian fashion culture. Whether you wear it or not, the fact is many women tend to hide their indulgence from the world. In France, however, women wear lingerie with pride, honouring the designers who produce the exquisite silks and delicate lace garments as much as we love Gucci for their stunning handbags. During a holiday in Paris, Sunshine Coast businesswoman Rosie Chapman became fascinated with this lingerie culture, taking the opportunity to ask as many women as possible what they were wearing under their skirts! “For them it was the allure of what they were wearing underneath that was most appealing,” Rosie says. “These women felt powerful and glamorous because of the lingerie they were wearing, it was something I thought the Australian culture lacked and I wanted more women in the world to feel the way French women do.” So, in 2011, House of Lingerie was born – an online store and showroom for local women wanting to purchase high-quality French and Italian lingerie. Rosie is now the exclusive stockist of high-end designers, including Vannina Vesperini, who has a strong following with many supermodels such as Claudia Schiffer and Vanessa Paradis. Profile sits down with Rosie to get the dish on her own style influences.

profile: If you could only wear one piece of jewellery, what would that be? rosie: Pearl stud earrings, reasons being, it’s an item that never goes out of style, it compliments anything you are wearing and you can dress it up or down. Plus I have my favourite pair from my Mum. profile: If you could only wear one designer for the rest of your life, who would it be? rosie: That’s a tough one, most likely Ralph Lauren – I love it. This is a line that can be worn from casual attire right through to evening wear. I find this style an excellent cut. It’s true to shape for a woman’s figure, flattering and great colours and fabrics.

profile: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? rosie: On average 20 to 30 minutes. If I’m stepping out to a function it takes longer for the hair! Otherwise, I’m pretty quick in getting ready, I’m a bit of a tomboy at heart and growing up we always had to be fairly quick in the bathroom – I guess some habits don’t change.

profile: Any personal styling tricks? rosie: Less is best when it comes to makeup. First of all, it’s better for your skin and secondly I think men prefer it. Also massaging coconut oil in your scalp occasionally is a great way to really stimulate growth and it keeps hair healthy. It is excellent as a deep conditioning treatment. profile: What would you never wear? rosie: I’ve never been a fan of the really high heel platforms. I am already tall and I just don’t know how you can walk in them, let alone dance! If I can’t dance in a shoe I won’t buy it!

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eet Suzannah Smart, the curly-haired dietitian who hates diets. Yep, you heard it right! Suzannah’s discovery of how integral nutrition is to emotional and physical wellbeing came after a health fright in her teenage years. She made a decision to study a Bachelor of Health Science at Queensland University of Technology, majoring in nutrition and dietetics, which further fuelled her passion to help guide others towards a happier, healthier lifestyle. Her business Smart Start Dietetics, located in the heart of Mooloolaba, complements the unperturbed Coastal lifestyle we all live and love. With expertise in weight management, irritable bowel syndrome, food intolerances and diabetes, Suzannah encourages clients to enjoy all foods (yes, all foods!) in moderation. profile: How long have you been passionate about health and wellbeing? suzannah: I’ve always been obsessed with food and I grew up in a family that was very food and health oriented – so it’s always been a big part of my life. I find it fascinating how different foods have a direct impact on all aspects of our wellbeing. profile: How would you describe your approach to health? suzannah: As cliché as it sounds, “everything in moderation” pretty much sums it up for me. I make sure I’m giving my body all the nutrients it needs but enjoyment is just as important. It’s about finding that balance between looking after your body and experiencing life’s little indulgences to the fullest. profile: What tips or pointers would you give someone to assist them to become a healthier being? suzannah: Our bodies are incredibly unique, which is why it is so important to take the time to listen to them. I encourage people to get in tune with what their body is asking for – it is the most simple and effective way to sustain a healthier lifestyle. profile: In your experience, what are some of the most common factors to achieve nutritional wellbeing? suzannah: Try not to get caught up in the latest ‘fad’ foods or diets, because these change every day and lack longevity. As boring as it sounds, it just comes down to the basics! To quote Michael Pollan, “Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much.” profile: What would you say brings you the greatest sense of fulfilment in your work? suzannah: The best feeling is when my clients start seeing a positive change in their life from the things we’re working on – whether that’s self-esteem, confidence, energy or physical comfort.

crispy-skinned Atlantic salmon for dinner, with greens and a side of sweet potato mash. Of course there is a bit of chocolate after dinner too! profile: Can you share your favourite recipe with us? suzannah: I couldn’t possibly pick one! I love making my healthy banana pancakes on a Sunday morning. The recipe is on my website, www.smartstartdietetics.com profile: If you’re feeling down about something, how do you pick yourself up? suzannah: I take advantage of the beautiful scenery here on the Coast, and a walk along the beach usually does the trick. Yoga is also a great release for any stress I might be feeling – and I always feel better after spending time with friends or talking to my partner. profile: What is your big health no-no? suzannah: Diets!

profile: Have you suffered from any major health issues in your life? suzannah: When I was 16, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). It was quite a scary and confusing time as I was unsure about the profile: What does a typical day’s diet look like? impacts it would have on my future fertility levels. It was also a learning curve suzannah: For breakfast, it is porridge with some almonds, followed by a for me; I saw a dietitian for a while and he taught me the ways I could manage mid-morning snack of Greek yoghurt and berries. Lunch is a simple salad the side effects of PCOS through nutrition and exercise. with tuna and chickpeas, and some fruit for afternoon tea. I sometimes make september 2014

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Dr James Moir | Sunshine Coast Private Hospital | 5444 0799 | Oxford Close, Buderim Introduced in the early 60’s, the oral contraceptive pill was an important change for women, giving them control over their own reproductive choices for the first time. In this column, I’d like to take a look at two of contraceptions newer options.

This device has been in use for around 15 years and has proven itself as an extremely reliable contraceptive.”

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The newest of these is called Essure. It is a permanent contraception or sterilisation procedure that is appropriate for women who are certain that they want no more children. It is a small titanium and plastic micro-insert which is placed into the fallopian tubes. Over the next few weeks, a natural barrier forms around the inserts which seals the opening to the tubes, preventing sperm from reaching the eggs so that conception cannot occur. The procedure only takes about 10 minutes and involves only a simple procedure; inserting a telescope through the vagina and cervix to obtain a view of the uterus cavity. The device can be inserted through the telescope channel and placed in the openings of the tube at the top corners of the uterus cavity. It can be carried out as a hospital day procedure and most women can go home about two hours after the procedure. Three months later, a scan can confirm the placement of the inserts and

from that point on, the woman will never have to worry about contraception again. The Essure contraceptive is 99.8 per cent effective – that’s as good as possible. Essure doesn’t contain any hormones, does not change your natural cycle and requires no laparoscopic surgery. But remember, it is not reversible. Another option, which has proven increasingly popular in recent years, is an intrauterine device called Mirena. It is a small, T-shaped device about three centimetres long. Your doctor places this device in the uterus, where it releases a progesterone hormone called levonorgestrel. This protects against conception for up to five years. The Mirena IUD has the added benefit of keeping periods very light – in fact it is covered by Medicare for both contraception, and treatment of heavy periods. This device has been in use for around 15 years and has proven itself as an extremely reliable contraceptive. The Mirena IUD is actually more effective at preventing conception than a tubal ligation, otherwise known as surgical sterilisation. That’s excellent value for five years of contraception.

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Dr Morgan Webber | Wave Chiropractic | 5479 6910 | 6 Aerodrome Road, Maroochydore Have you ever noticed how some people just radiate health? You can tell just by looking whether someone is fit, strong and healthy or tired, depressed, sore and unhealthy. In working with thousands of people as a chiropractor, assessing their spine and nerve system, I have come to realise this simple truth – the structure of the body controls how it works. For instance, if the structure holding up your house were dicey would you want to live in it?

If spinal structures are out of balance then so are you!”

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It wouldn’t be very safe to perform your everyday tasks. The body is the same. If spinal structures are out of balance then so are you! Posture gives us a window into the shape of your spine and the health of the body. In fact, posture has been shown to have a huge impact on all bodily functions. Researchers have stated that posture affects and moderates every physiological function with spinal pain,

headache, mood, blood pressure, pulse and lung capacity among the most easily influenced. The strongest influences of posture are on respiration, oxygenation and sympathetic nerve system function. In simple terms, if your have poor posture your body will be working sub-optimally and you will likely be suffering. Now, let’s test your posture! Stand in front of a mirror then breathe in, breathe out, relax, let your body slump and observe your body. What happened? Did your body fold forward and move around? Yes, then your body needs some work urgently! The body should remain upright and level without any effort. Start looking good again and return to the quality of life you deserve, get your posture assessed thoroughly and get it corrected.

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WORDS JESSICA JANE SAMMUT PHOTOS REBECCA SMITH

FROM AN ORDINARY WESTERN LIFE TO ONE OF A BUDDHIST NUN, TENZIN TSEPAL IS A LESSON TO US ALL THAT FINDING OUR OWN PATH, AND NOT THAT OF OTHERS, IS THE TRUE ESSENCE OF LIFE. JESSICA JANE SAMMUT REPORTS.

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hen I met Ven. Tenzin Tsepal at the Chenrezig institute in Eudlo, I felt a veil of peace come over me. If I didn’t believe in auras, I did at that moment, for Tsepal possessed one of such impact, I felt I could almost touch it. Tranquillity, stillness and serenity engulfed me. Ordained by His Holiness The Dalai Lama in 2001, Tenzin Tsepal, a Buddhist nun, is the primary Western teacher at the Chenrezig Institute, having arrived on the Coast in 2002. Raised a Catholic in a traditional American family, Tsepal’s story is one of great change, soul-searching and transformation, and an epiphany which led her to question all that she knew. It has been a long journey for Tsepal, but one which has brought her to where she is today, and for that, she is eternally grateful. “My life as a child was very different to what it is now,” smiles Tsepal. “I was born in Oklahoma and brought up to a fairly standard Western format along with 12 years of Catholic education, but I was always a free thinker, a questioner, a searcher. When I was 16, something happened which was to change me forever – perhaps not at that exact moment, but it allowed the forks

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in the road to start to appear. I discovered Buddhist meditation. “It was totally eye-opening. I had never understood the power of the mind until that point. The difference it made to my life was overwhelming. I wanted to know more. I began to learn about the Buddhist faith and the more I uncovered, the more it resonated with me.” And so began a new love, with Tsepal immersing herself in Theravada Buddhism in her spare time as she finished school and began training in clinical and administrative healthcare at university, moving to Seattle and joining a Dharma group in the process. But as is often the pathway of discovery, Tsepal was soon to shift her focus, albeit only a smidge. “After following Theravada Buddhism for 10 years, I met Ven. Thubten Chodron who introduced me for the first time to Mahayana Buddhism – another school of thought in the Buddhist tradition – and I couldn’t get enough. Its devotion to compassion enveloped me and cemented my connection to the faith. As a result, I jumped at a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go on a pilgrimage to India.” And that she did, with Tsepal flying thousand of kilometres to India to

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•• Buddhism is a religion to about 300 million people around the world. The word comes from 'budhi', 'to awaken'. It has its origins about 2,500 years ago when Siddhartha Gotama, known as the Buddha, was himself awakened (enlightened) at the age of 35. •• Theravada is the name for the school of Buddhism. It is the oldest surviving branch of Buddhism. •• Dharma simply means the collective teachings of the Buddha. •• Karma refers to one's intention or motivation while doing an action.

accompany Thubten Chodron on a life changing five-week trip in order to walk in the footsteps of the historical Buddha and attend the annual spring teachings with the Dalai Lama. It was a pivotal moment. “I had met the Dalai Lama in Seattle in 1989 and found him mesmerising,” says Tsepal. “So it was with great anticipation that I would come into contact with more of his works. As part of the pilgrimage, I went to Bodh Gaya, the place where Buddha is said to have achieved Enlightenment, and also Dharamsala where the Dalai Lama was teaching. The trip was immense.” Like two energies coming into sync, Tsepal began to eat, breathe and sleep Buddhism, giving herself to her faith as it simultaneously welcomed her with open arms, much like the combining of colours to produce a new and vibrant hue. So it wasn’t long before Tsepal felt ready to get away again – on a trip which was to change the rules of the game once more. “In 1998, I went on a three-month Vajrasattva Purification retreat (purifies Karma) in Canada, and on returning home to the US afterwards, something inside of me had shifted. I felt so strongly about the Buddhist way of life that I realised it was time to explore whether ordination was for me. So, I took myself away to India for two years, living among a sea of red robes in Dharmasala. I wanted to know if a monastic path was to be my destiny. And the exploration achieved its purpose. For when it came time to submit the request, I knew what I had to do. I had to ordain.” On making the decision, Tsepal joined 13 other Westerners and 90 young Tibetan monks for the ordination ceremony at His Holiness’ temple. “I was keen to start the process. Half my life was over and I didn’t want to waste another moment,” explains Tsepal. “After two years there and a great deal of study, I was finally ordained in Dharamsala by the Dalai Lama. It has been the highlight of my life. I was on the path I was meant for, and this was as it should be.” Looking at Tsepal, she has a warmth in her eyes that speaks only of september 2014

fulfilment, and I wonder if this is what true contentment looks like. With listening, reflecting and meditating three of her core pillars in her approach to life, I find myself drawn to Tsepal’s sense of calm, her sense of acceptance and her sense of mindfulness – her aura working its magic on my psyche without resistance. “It’s all about Karma,” Tsepal smiles. “If you plant a positive seed, you get a positive result. There is much focus on what we feed our bodies at the moment, but what we must also remember is our mental diet. What are we feeding our minds all day long? See the possibilities, cultivate those positive ideas, nourish your dreams, and they will be true.” profilemagazine

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profile: Belle, tell me about being an interior stylist? belle: I have been an interior stylist / decorator going on 18 years now. Design is everywhere; in your home, in the food that you eat, in your surroundings and the way that you think.

BELLE HEMMING

profile: Why did you get into the role? belle: I started as a homewares visual merchandiser in Sydney and progressed into designing spaces. I then set up a business with my talented partner Andrew Hemming Specialist Upholsterer and created Spaceplanners (www. spaceplanners.com.au) and our online shop (www.peonihome.com.au). Spaceplanners has been running for approximately six years while Peoni Home is less than two years old. We hope to have a physical shop in the very near future. profile: How would you describe your design style? belle & andy: Modern, eclectic, with a dash of boho.

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eoni Home is the brainchild of dynamic husband and wife duo Andy and Belle Hemming. Andy, with more than 20 years experience as a specialist upholsterer, has a passion for fine fabrics and antique furniture, while Belle is a dedicated and colourful interior stylist and decorator of 18 years. After both having made successful careers in Sydney, Andy and Belle decided to pack up and move to the Sunshine Coast, before relocating to Melbourne. Belle says Peoni Home was created so that others from across the globe could access and share their passion for beautiful things and afford designer luxuries that in the past, could only be purchased through employing an interior designer. Profile chats to the charismatic duo about their latest projects and what’s hot in interior design right now.

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profile: What inspires you? belle & andy: Nature, good living, fabrics, food, and people with passion who follow their dreams. profile: How do you create ‘ homey’ interiors? belle: People don’t want sterile anymore, they want a homey, comfy feel. There is so much going on in the world and in our lives. At the end of the day, it is so important we come home to a space we love … it’s our sanctuary! To do this, you should choose the perfect furniture for the home. You may also choose objects that are of resonance and history. It might be a piece that has some special meaning to you or is recycled, something that was made a long time ago but is a beautiful piece in its own right. profile: What makes a good interior design? belle: Design doesn’t have to matchy-matchy. Often mixing design styles is more relaxed and personality-filled. There is no reason you can’t mix vintage with contemporary and country with industrial. profilemag.com.au


profile: What is making a comeback? belle: Metallics have made a comeback in a big way; in furniture, paints and fabrics as some opt for the luxe look in their home. The warm tones of copper are also back on trend. profile: What is upcycling? belle: Whether you’re conscious of it or not, you’re embracing sustainable living by bringing recycled and upcycled furniture into your home. Old but robust pieces are being reincarnated, re-upholstered, re-polished or painted to give them new life. Reclaimed wood is getting another lifecycle as floorboards and cabinetry. Also, green living and bringing the outdoors in will continue to be of high importance, as the boundaries between indoor and outdoor are disappearing. The trend of having pot plants indoors will continue to grow. profile: Any advice for someone starting out? belle: Follow your dreams, study hard and get as much experience in your industry as possible. Also look at getting yourself a mentor in the industry you want to get into. andy: Take risks, you have only one life so start following your dreams. profile: What is your design philosophy or motto? belle: Your space should be a natural progression of your soul. andy: Do not have anything in your home you don’t love. profile: What is the most important lesson you have learned about business? andy: Never ever give up, trust your intuition and remember knowledge is power.

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Evangeline Cachinero is an artist whose life experience is clearly defined within the artworks she creates. Born in Wollongong, she moved to Spain at the age of four, where she spent several years soaking up the colourful and passionate influences of its vibrant culture. At 11 years of age, she moved to Reno in the US for 10 years before returning to Queensland. Evangeline says, “I’m sure that my work is inspired by my upbringing in all kinds of ways. The Spanish culture is very appreciative and encouraging of all kinds of arts. They are proud of their artists and of individual artistry, and this feeling is deeply ingrained in me. American culture is very encouraging of talent and instilling a drive to 'go out and get it.” Evangeline is one of a new wave of artists who have embraced digital mediums to create, while still remaining true to her love in oils and acrylics as mediums. She says, “Painting is my passion and vocation, but I have many methods of working that help me to arrive at a painting including drawing, digital art, video, writing and gif animation. I can't always get into the studio to paint, but I can make work on my tablet anytime. Having an accessible medium is great for 'catching' ideas before they scurry away.”

“For the last few years I have been working with glitch aesthetics, making expressive paintings with a digital influence. However lately I find that I'm veering back towards figurative work. My new paintings are about the allegory of new religion and people sort of losing themselves in the search for enlightenment. I decided to start working more subconsciously and allow themes to naturally creep through instead of forcing concepts, and I found that this is the stuff that's coming out.” It is her characteristic persuasion in challenging and innovating her own methodology of creating that led to an invitation by the Immanuel Arts Festival to be their resident artist in 2012. Her insight is much sought after, with guest speaking engagements, media commentary and featured articles written about her. Her work can be seen at the Neo Gallery in Coolum, her Brisbane studio and is in private collections across Australia, the US and Spain. I ask her what the future holds for her and she replies, “To keep working hard at what I do. I hope to have more solo shows with large scale works where I can make the best paintings that my space, talents and experience allow.” One thing for sure, this pioneering artist will keep challenging herself and the art scene with inspired creations.

Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art 2014 When: Until 13 September The annual Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art recognises and promotes excellence in senior visual arts education throughout Queensland’s state and non-state schools. Held in conjunction with the Queensland Department of Education, Training and Employment, the exhibition showcases the best of the region’s senior high school art work. Grainy songs: biomorphic furniture and votive works by Ross Annels When: From 18 September to 1 November Furniture and wood artist, Ross Annels work is a combination of functional furniture and traditional craft skills. Inspired by the forms and sounds surrounding his rural studio environment. This is the first opportunity Sunshine Coast Gallery has had to exhibit his beautiful work.

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his month is all about shining the spotlight on the wonderful volunteers we have here on the Sunshine Coast. To celebrate these inspirational locals and acknowledge the wonderful and invaluable work they do, we have dedicated this month’s Ladies at Lunch to discovering a little more about five of the Coast’s not-for-profit organisations and the wonderful women behind them, each of whom play a pivotal role in making a positive difference to the lives of everyday people. I had the pleasure of chatting with this bunch of savvy women over a delicious lunch at the beautiful Brightwater Hotel recently and came away feeling humbled and reminded of the innate good in people and the importance of these special souls in our community.

is suicide. We have one of the highest suicide rates in Australia on the Sunshine Coast and five out of six are men.

Sue Frost is the passionate force behind the Women’s Lifestyle Expo and more recently Inspire Connect – a not-for-profit community initiative dedicated to building a stronger community on the Coast. Mother of two grown daughters and grandmother to three precious grandchildren, Sue has dedicated her life to helping others feel more connected and less alone and vulnerable in their community.

profile: Karen, tell us a little about what Hear and Say is all about? karen: Hear and Say offers a programme which teaches hearing-impaired kids how to speak using technology such as cochlear implants. Basically we give kids from six weeks of age the gift of sound. Through the programme we have had a 100 per cent success rate, with every child going into mainstream school. We are instrumental in helping them interpret the sounds and translate that into language.

profile: Sue, tell us a little more about the work you do with Inspire Connect? sue: We have come to realise there is a real lack of connectivity in the community and it can cause depression and loneliness. Although there are a lot of networking groups on the Coast, Women Connect is just about having a cup of coffee in a relaxed setting and connecting with other women. The Family Connect is a family picnic we hold each month where hundreds of families come together to meet new people and have fun. It has been a resounding success. We also have Shed Happens at Maleny – it’s a space for men to get together and just connect. profile: What are some of the biggest problems you see facing the community? sue: There are so many things – loneliness, abuse, illness … a big issue people don’t know a lot about september 2014

profile: What is the inspiration behind what you do Sue? sue: Sometimes you have a passion within you don’t know about until you do something about it. I used to work with young women and babies and I have a heart for community. There are people in our own backyard who need help. Karen Von Homeyer is regional development and fundraising coordinator with Hear and Say Sunshine Coast. A mother of three young girls, she is passionate about opening up the world of sound to non-hearing individuals.

profile: What is the most rewarding part of your job? karen: I love what I do. To go through the process with a parent from the diagnosis of their child’s hearing impairment to when they realise all is going to be ok is so rewarding. It’s giving back control to the family so they are not so dependant on anyone else. If we are able to give parents confidence and convince them their child will be ok, it gives them real hope for the future. Allana Birmingham has more reason than most to be so passionate about her charity of choice – Alopecia Awareness – her beautiful six-year-old daughter Ella was diagnosed with the condition when she was just 10-months-old.

profile: Can you explain what alopecia is? allana: Alopecia is an autoimmune condition where your immune system attacks your hair follicles causing your hair to fall out. There are different categories – you can lose patches of hair or experience complete hair loss or complete body hair loss. profile: It must have been a very difficult time for yourself and your family when Ella was diagnosed? allana: It really was. We were devastated. I am a nurse and I fix things and it was so hard in the beginning because this was something I couldn’t fix. I guess at the beginning I had lots of fears and worries for Ella, all of which have been unfounded. When Ella was diagnosed, the Charlotte Foundation was a great support to me. A husband and wife team started the foundation when their daughter Charlotte was diagnosed with alopecia and they left the doctor not knowing what to do or who to contact. It took me a few months to call them but when I did they were such an enormous support to me. Variety Queensland took over the charity last year. profile: How does Variety help? allana: Variety educates people and creates awareness of the condition. They also collect the wig donations and sell them to wig manufacturers who then make the wigs. Variety fund these human hair suction wigs, which range from $3,500 to $5,000 – Ella’s was $4,300. They are custom-made to measure. Ella could go skydiving with it on and it wouldn’t fall off! We will spend around $30,000 on wigs for Ella before she turns 15 as your head grows a lot as a child. The hair actually wears out too. Ella’s wig has been sent to New Zealand to be implanted with new hair. profile: How can people help? allana: You can donate your hair to your hairdresser (ask if they are involved in the programme). It needs to be at least 30 centimetres long and uncoloured. I supported Ella when she was diagnosed by growing my hair for more than three years and donating it. It was a great feeling. Monetary donations are profilemagazine

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fantastic and very welcomed by Variety but the hair is the most important thing, without it we can’t make the wigs. Tracy Bell-Henselin is one strong woman. Working at the coalface of the people trafficking industry in Thailand and Cambodia, the message she shares is hard-hitting and confronting, but one that needs to be shared. A mother of three grown children and grandmother to three boys, Tracy is passionate about helping locals in need. profile: Tracy tell us about the work of Destiny Rescue? tracy: Destiny Rescue is a not-for-profit organisation who rescue young girls and children out of brothels overseas and in Australia. It was started by a Queensland boy, Tony Kerwin. He and his wife went on a trip to Thailand in 1999 and as fate would have it they took a wrong turn down a back street and saw children being abused. It affected Tony so much he couldn’t sleep when he arrived back in Australia. That is just his heart. He sold everything he had and went to Thailand, just feeding the hungry and getting people off the streets. Three other families have now also given up their lives and moved to Thailand to rescue children from sex slavery. profile: What is your involvement with Destiny Rescue Tracy? tracy: My job is quite diverse. I travel a lot overseas to Thailand and Cambodia. I have a child protection background so I work in the rehabilitation centre. We have 2000 children in care in total. The rescue teams go out night after night rescuing young children. Their wives are amazing, strong women. They work in the training and rehab programme and also help with the young mothers and their babies. Our aim is to charge the people responsible for child prostitution and get the brothels closed down. It is a $32 billion dollar a year industry. 74

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profile: As a mother and grandmother, how do you cope with seeing such atrocities? tracy: I have a strong protective heart and I have a heart for injustice. I have also always had a heart for community and women. You have a lot of young people on the streets here with nowhere to turn. I would love to start a halfway house on the Coast. Lenore Su is a Nambour mother of three, whose kind heart and empathic nature has seen her and her partner Steve Moody open their boxing club and their hearts to the troubled youth of Nambour, becoming a place of sanctity and respite for all who need it. profile: Lenore tell me about how this all began? lenore: Well, essentially we are a boxing club, but we have found an increasing number of the kids coming to us for help and support. Many of these children come from broken homes and really have nowhere else to turn. We can’t do much financially for them but a lot of the time they need to have somewhere to go, it’s an escape for them. They just need someone to believe in them. They don’t come across as wanting help as they are the aggressive kids ... you would walk past them on the street but when you actually start talking to them you realise how talented they are and that is being wasted. profile: You are obviously making a real difference in young peoples lives just by being there then? lenore: Boxing is a discipline. It’s a controlled environment too. A lot of the kids have had a rough upbringing but at least we can channel them in the right way. It’s physically exhausting too and it keeps them off the streets and gives them confidence. Steve is good at teaching them they don’t need to fight, it’s ok to walk away. He is a good role model and mentor.

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We couldn’t have picked a better day for our ladies at lunch at the beautiful Brightwater Hotel in Mountain Creek. This was the first time I had dined at the upmarket venue overlooking the peaceful lake – the expansive windows taking full advantage of the serene surrounds. Boasting a spacious, classy interior, the Brightwater Hotel offers modern Australian cuisine, serving the freshest locallysourced seafood and top grade steak. The lunch time menu offers a selection of mouthwatering dishes to cater for all appetites. From fresh salads, juicy burgers and pizza to delicious pasta dishes and prime grade rump steak. It was a tough choice between the grilled Atlantic salmon, pumpkin and feta lasagna with toasted almond pesto or the roast breast of chicken, saute kipflers, broccoli and mushroom sauce, but I couldn’t go past the Asian fried noodle salad, with crispy, crumbed chicken, roast garlic and chilli aioli – bursting with colour and flavour, it really hit the spot and the servings were very generous. Other popular choices on the menu included chicken carbonara linguine with white wine and garlic cream sauce and the roasted butternut pumpkin marinated beetroot, French bean and Persian feta salad. Make sure you leave room for dessert! The double chocolate and pecan brownie served with vanilla bean ice cream is to die for! Perhaps the most impressive of the desserts during our lunchtime visit was the Brightwater bombe alaska shortbread, with a biscuit base, vanilla ice cream and a malteser centre covered in freshly toasted meringue – very decadent. The Brightwater Hotel is a great spot to catch up with friends over lunch, or for a night out with the family, there is something to suit everyone. I will definitely be back with the kiddies! 15 Freshwater Street, Mountain Creek Phone: 5493 9440 profilemag.com.au



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unch is more a matter of time and convenience these days; we always seem to be on the hunt for a quicker, healthier option to fill our bellies! Jodie Huitema had a stroke of genius when developing her business, Jar Salads earlier this year, constructing the perfect, healthy lunch in a glass jar, which can be picked up and taken back to work – all you need to do is turn it up side down and pop it on a plate, voila! Jodie Huitema has spent a lifetime battling with health matters. She had weight issues, always felt sick, was bloated and lethargic. It wasn’t the life for a chef, who had moved to the Sunshine Coast in search of a better way of living. Jodie found the answers she had been searching for after visiting a naturopath, who discovered she had a sensitivity to certain foods, including wheat, most dairy, preservatives, vinegars, additives, yeast – the list goes on! “After cutting out those foods I felt fantastic!” Jodie says. “My partner Jimmy (being very supportive) joined me in the switch of diet and felt better than ever.” “Being intolerant to almost everything makes it hard for me to grab food on the run, and we wanted to create a business that supplied healthy fast meals on the run for everybody, so we got stuck into creating something that was gluten free, dairy free, yeast free, preservative free, and also working on a few nut free options.” The result was the super trendy Jar Salads by Live Forever Superstall, made from the freshest, local, fresh produce, including vegetables, nuts, seeds and spices. The salads are layered, with the sauce / dressing at the bottom and the dry ingredients making its way to the top to help retain freshness. They also cater for most dietary requirements by leaving out gluten, wheat, dairy, meat / fish, preservatives, additives and refined sugars. “We are continuously making the Jar Salads every day because of the high turnover,” Jodie smiles. “We notice a lot of people find them an easy lunch option for work, in fact some customers buy a few at a time for their colleagues at the office. Others buy them as they are passing through because they have tried them before or have heard about them from a friend.” Jodie makes the salads every day for purchase at Grub Organics (20c Timari St, Pacific Paradise), and says it has been a dream come true. “My partner and I always had a dream of owning our own business in the health food industry. I had met Nikki Brown (owner of Grub Organics) from previous work experience. Nikki contacted me with the idea of a salad-in-a-jar asking us if we wanted to be involved,” Jodie says.

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ne of the many exciting prospects about experimenting with food and wine pairings is not only getting it right with a perfect match and finding gustatory ‘zen’, but also getting it not so right as well. It’s a great sign on your pathway to a better understanding of wine when you take a step back for a moment and actually take a look at the particular food and wine pairing that you have selected and ask yourself: • Are the flavours of my red wine overpowering the richness of the food? • Is the acidity in my white wine cutting through the oils from my fish? • Why do some cheeses seem to be much stronger in flavour than my dessert wine?

Here is some more classic food and wine pairings that are definitely worth exploring: • Semillon – light to medium-bodied dry white that has nuances of fresh cut grass and lemon rind, lightly toasted almonds with river stone minerality on the finish. Will show you great cleansing acidity, which acts as an aperitif style, matching beautifully with grilled Hervey Bay scallops and wasabi, any cream-based pasta courses and perfect for fish and chips at the beach. • Sauternes or Barsac – deep golden yellow in colour with classic hints of ripe, shaved mandarin and orange rind, freshly jarred marmalade and honeysuckle. The native home of noble rot or botrytis affected grapes are the towns of Sauternes and Barsac of Bordeaux in France. The remarkable balance of sweetness and fresh acidity in these wines must be experienced with a simple slice of blue cheese and a small handful of dried moscatel grapes. Truly memorable.

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• Sangiovese – ruby red in colour and light to medium-bodied that can show an array of savoury notes ranging from dusty maraschino cherries to hints of pecorino cheese and cured meats. The most widely planted and generally the predominant grape in most red wines of Tuscany in Italy. Arguably one of the best wines for antipastos, pizza and barbecued meats. A fantastic wine for midday drinking and for those stepping into reds for the first time. Wine Discovery Workshops are held every month with Steve Street at Dan Murphy’s Kawana store.

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here is nothing more thrilling than sitting down to a Japanese dinner and watching the chef carve up a culinary storm right before your eyes. At Cherry Blossom Tree in Mooloolaba, you can watch experienced head chef Jeff Leon in action as he leads a team of sushi champions to dish up the most mouth-watering Japanese cuisines right in front of you. Jeff has been cooking in Queensland for more than 22 years. Starting his apprenticeship in Brisbane, he worked at an Italian restaurant before finishing the final three years of his qualification under a French chef. From there, Jeff went on to learn a variety of culinary skins in hotels throughout Brisbane and Cairns, before he was employed as a head chef at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. “I was working for the NBC media company for the Olympics in both the triathlon and homebush section, which is where the main media centre was held,” he said. “It was a 24-hour operation as there were many satellite kitchens catering for each event. It was always busy and was a real eye-opener. I had to work hard, but it was worth it for the experience.” After a stint working in Sydney, Jeff was employed as a chef at the then Hyatt Regency Coolum and officially made the move to the Sunshine Coast in 2002. His experience in the kitchen was quickly acknowledged and he was soon enlisted by The Spirit House at Yandina, where he worked for four years. After almost 10 years working with Italian, French, Australian and Thai cuisine, Jeff made the decision to add another culinary skill to his already impressive resume, taking a job at Noosa’s Japanese restaurant Wasabi. “I worked at Wasabi for almost four years and loved it. I enjoy cooking Japanese food a lot more because just the ingredients and techniques are so unique,” he said. “The way Japanese treat the food is a lot more pure, a lot simpler and a lot more natural as well. There is never too many overpowering sauces of fiddly plating preparation. It is always quick and neat.” Once again, Jeff’s talents in the kitchen were being recognised and he was offered a job to work in one of the most internationally-recognised restaurants in Singapore last year. But the call of the ocean and the laid-back lifestyle of the Sunshine Coast soon weighed on Jeff and after a few months he returned, taking the position of head chef at newly opened Japanese restaurant, Cherry Blossom Tree. “I really enjoy it here because we are so close to the Mooloolaba Wharf and have a great relationship with the local fisherman, who we purchase most of our fresh fish from, including Mooloolaba king prawns, tuna and swordfish,” he said. “We change the menu to suit the climate and take influences from all over Japan, depending on what the weather is doing.” So if you are ever in Mooloolaba and looking for a delicious family dinner for the whole family, drop in and see Jeff and his team of chefs and let them dice up a delicious meal you won’t forget. profilemag.com.au


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Sushi Wave More than just amazingly fresh sushi, Sushi Wave serves up a delicious range of authentic Japanese hot dishes made to order by Japanese chefs. Local owner and head chef Kazuto (Kaz) Yuki recently launched his new menu to the delight of locals. The latest arrival is the Bento plate, a popular Japanese set lunch. Choose from house-made gyoza (pork dumplings), crispy panko crumbed prawns, tender Australian calamari or succulent soy / garlic chicken served with steamed rice, miso soup and a fresh Asian salad. Another newcomer making big waves is the free-range pork belly don (pictured) – succulent thin slices of pork pan-fried. Firm favourites remain teriyaki chicken don (now gluten free), Japanese curry and soba noodle soup. Fresh salads, sashimi and hand-rolled sushi are a popular healthy choice, perfect for the warmer weather. Responding to the changing needs of the community, Sushi Wave has switched to using gluten free soy sauce in the kitchen and offers an extensive range of gluten free options. All our meat is free-range, and brown rice sushi is available. Located in a vibrant courtyard you can choose to dine in BYO or take-away and enjoy your sushi down on the beach! Open seven days. Sunday to Thursday 11-4pm and Friday and Saturday 11-8pm. Heron Street, Peregian Beach www.sushiwave.com.au Phone: 5471 3199

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Since 1909, the Noosa Country Show at the beautifully located Pomona Showground in the Noosa hinterland, has been producing the best array of food, wine and entertainment a country show can offer. With fresh fruit and vegetables, cooking demonstrations and much more by the region’s best chefs, it is a foodie event not to be missed from 12 to 13 September. www.noosashowsociety.org.au

Pirramimma Wine Dinner and Lunch South Australian winemaker Mark Conroy from Pirramimma Wines in McLaren Vale is coming to Sirocco Noosa this month for a wine dinner with a difference on Thursday, 11 September. Sirocco Noosa’s new winter menu includes new additions for breakfast, lunch and dinner, such as pan-fried sweet potato gnocchi with blue cheese cream sauce, golden needle mushrooms, crispy sage and toasted pine nuts; and aromatic lamb tagine, steamed couscous, eggplant pickle, harissa yoghurt, baharat spice. 2/257 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville Phone: 5455 6688

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Noosa Farmers Market Long before many of us are out of bed on a Sunday morning, there’s a buzz of activity at Weyba Road, Noosaville, where local farmers, growers and producers are busily setting up their stalls in preparation for the weekly Noosa Farmers Market. Shane Stanley founded the markets in 2002 and has generated about $50 million to the region and the rural sector. The treasure trove is jam packed with the finest and freshest produce, offering organic and conventional fruits and vegetables, sourdough breads, cheeses, local seafood, jams, chutneys and much more. AFL Grounds, Weyba Road, Noosaville Every Sunday, 7am to 12pm

The Pastry Chef Bakery Cafe The Pastry Chef Bakery Cafe offers a large selection of pastries in Alexandra Headland to tempt your taste buds. The variety of pastries are made with the freshest ingredients and baked daily, right before your eyes. They taste delicious and look equally as enticing – be sure to try the moccapan coffee too! Drop by The Pastry Chef Bakery Cafe today to sample some of the tasty treats, pick up freshly-baked bread or speak to one of their friendly staff about your next event. You will be delighted by the mouth-watering selection of cakes and pastries. Open 7 days a week. Shop 105-106 Seaforth, 98-110 Alexandra Parade Phone: 5479 4090

GOURMET Cracked Pepper Uninterrupted views of the breathtaking Mooloolaba beach front, a glass of crisp summer wine or a refreshing draught beer straight from the tap, is there any better way to spend your time on the Sunshine Coast than at Cracked Pepper? Perfectly located in the heart of Mooloolaba on the corner of The Esplanade and Venning Street, under Mantra Mooloolaba Beach Resort, Cracked Pepper is the perfect spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner, to indulge in a bounty of fresh produce and an extensive internationally-inspired menu. Whether you’re out with a group of girls, catching up with the lads for lunch or a romantic dinner for two, there is something for everyone to eat, drink and enjoy. Celebrating their 13th year in business in October and being the proud winners of more than 14 accolades, including multiple awards for best restaurant, Cracked Pepper is seriously worth a repeat visit. Open seven days, 6.30am until late. Phone: 5452 6700 www.crackedpeppermooloolaba.com.au /crackedpeppermooloolaba

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What started as a simple passion for eating and cooking clean nutritious food with family and friends for 24-year-old local Cassie Macdonald has now become a business. With two best-selling recipe books called Clean Indulgence (the first and second edition) and a website, thousands of loyal fans now share her recipes. Cassie recreates people’s favourite recipes using natural, preservative-free ingredients, with no added sugar or salt – and her creations taste just as delicious. This delicious, high-protein ice-cream cake is from Cassie’s second edition of Clean Indulgence. Packed with lots of new tips and easy-to-follow recipes, it is perfect for those who want to prepare healthy, delicious meals for themselves and their family without the fuss.

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Place protein powder, cottage cheese and coconut milk into a blender and process.

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Add raspberries and use a spoon to combine, pour into 6 silicon moulds and place in the freezer for one to two hours.

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½ cup of light coconut milk 4 tbsp of raspberries (for topping)

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When I first gave up alcohol, it was really challenging going out sober and socialising … I had to re-learn those skills in a way.”

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CHRIS RAINE WAS NOT AN ALCOHOLIC, HE WAS JUST ANOTHER NUMBER IN THE STARTLING STATISTICS OF BINGEDRINKERS, UNTIL HE TOOK A DIFFERENT KIND OF SHOT TO TURN HIS LIFE AROUND. ANNA RAWLINGS CHATS WITH THE INSPIRING CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF HELLO SUNDAY MORNING TO FIND OUT HOW HE DID IT.

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he day of my interview with 27-year-old Chris Raine dawns bright and sunny. It’s somewhat symbolic, considering the Sunshine Coast local turned international social entrepreneur began his online media juggernaut thanks to the charm of a beautiful Sunday morning. Our interview is scheduled through Skype as Chris is currently part-way through a year of study at the University of Oxford in England. He is completing the traditional Masters of Business programme at the business school, as part of the School Centre for Social Entrepreneurship. It’s the latest in one of many doors opened for Chris since his decision to change his approach to binge-drinking five years ago and start Hello Sunday Morning – a programme that encourages participants to undertake the unique challenge of abstaining from alcohol, any time between three months to a year, and concentrate on improving their financial situations, career, university studies, health, fitness and relationships. More than 20,000 people have participated in the initiative since the launch in 2010, with about 52 per cent from Australia, and the remaining from New Zealand, the UK and USA. “I think there’s a core point for change,” Chris says of the obsession and long-term relationships that binge drinkers have with alcohol. “Our focus is really on helping everyday people make the right choices around alcohol … secondarily we build a community around them.” “It is for people who have woken up with hangovers and want to experience life a bit differently.” For Chris, this happened at the age of 22. During childhood, there was no influence of any behavioural problems or abuse with alcohol in his family. His parents, who were doctors, moved to Caloundra when Chris was young. Later, they both went on to remarry, giving Chris a large combined family of 13 siblings. His very first taste of alcohol was at just 10 years of age when Chris admits to “getting drunk” at his father’s wedding. The second time was when Chris was 13 and in Year 8. By the time Chris was 17, he was a regular drinker and his alcohol habits were only heightened when he left for a 12-month exchange trip to South America. Chris candidly admits that he fell into a cycle of serious binge drinking quite early on. “From the age of about 17 through to about 20 I was a little bit lost in life … I didn’t really know if I even wanted to finish school.” Despite the confusion, Chris continued to excel in his career, graduating high school before commencing a Bachelor of Arts and Business degree at the University of the Sunshine Coast and working as a marketing manager at a local nightclub. This was followed by an internship in advertising as a junior creative for an agency in Brisbane, a glossy role that saw Chris relocate to an inner-city apartment. Before long, he was even more integrated into the “party-hard” socialising scene and binge drinking had also come along for the ride. Chris admits drinking was a way he could deal with his fluctuating and, not always positive, emotions. “I was depressed, drinking heaps and drinking often,” he shares. Finally in 2009, after another morning of chasing away a hangover, and

while ironically working on a generic anti-drinking campaign with the advertising agency, something shifted. “I got to a point when I was 22, and wanted to know what life was like without the hangover,” Chris says. “Something changed and I started to believe in myself a little bit more.” What followed not only changed Chris’s life, but has transformed the lives of thousands around the world. “I did an experiment where I didn’t drink for a year and wrote a weekly blog about what was going on, the challenges I faced and the experiences I went through in that time,” shares Chris. It was a far cry from the lifestyle he used to be paid to promote. The weekly blog he penned on a Sunday in the absence of the usual headpounding hangover chronicled his firsthand experiences transitioning to a world without alcohol. “When I first gave up alcohol, it was really challenging going out sober and socialising … I had to re-learn those skills in a way,” Chris reflects. “You kind of learn that it is okay and you can have fun and dance and meet these people – and do it sober.” Chris’s blog was engaging, funny and transparent, and began to resonate with those around him. “The blog got picked up by media in the first three months. About halfway through some of my friends said they would like to do something similar, and join the blogging as a way of staying accountable,” Chris says. During that first year, Chris saved $12,000 and shaped his future on being social in sobriety as he officially launched Hello Sunday Morning. Now, in the space of just a few short years, he has been awarded the University of Sunshine Coast 2011 Outstanding Alumni, secured grants and funding from the Australian Centre for Social Innovation, Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation and Brisbane City Council, awarded the Excellence in Services for Young People at the 2011 National Drug and Alcohol awards, recognised by Triple J’s Top 25 under 25 for innovative and inspiring talent, is on the board for the Foundation for Young Australian’s Youth Advisory Board, and was awarded the National Finalist Young Australian of the Year 2012 for his work as an anti-binge drinking campaigner. Now Chris has even more ambitious plans for Hello Sunday Morning. “Because it is online and across a wide section of the community, we are really ambitious in our goals. Our goal is to be a better service and help governments implement change.” He is philosophical about the changes he is making in the world. “I don’t think we are there yet but there is a growing consciousness.” He has hopes for Hello Sunday Morning to reach 50,000 members by the end of the year, and during his time in the UK, will be intently studying how to transform the social enterprise structure of Hello Sunday Morning into a business model. Chris is also still an active participant in his program. “I do it three months per year – each one is different, because at different stages of life we drink for different reasons,” he shares. And at this stage of his life, Chris should be toasting his success. Cheers to that.

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If there is one suburb on the Sunshine Coast that is fast gaining attention as ‘the one to watch’, it is the beautiful village of Cooroy. Located just 25 kilometres inland of Noosa, Cooroy is a growing rural residential area with hundreds of homesteads dotted along the rolling countryside. The majority of properties in Cooroy are low-set brick homes, with some newer homes being built. In recent times, properties fetching in excess of $700,000 are three to five bedroom homes on acreage. Home to one of the Sunshine Coasts creative arts centres, the Butter Factory Arts Centre, the quaint village also has a hospital, high school, shopping centre, hotel, RSL club, bowls club, golf club, showground, sporting fields, post office and a range of speciality shops, cafes and restaurants. The Noosa Botanical Gardens are situated on Lake MacDonald just outside the town and several of Noosa’s walking trails are accessible from Cooroy. Increasingly popular among families who are seeking the close proximity to the white sandy beaches and amenities of Noosa with the luxury of acreage living in a quiet, picturesque town, Cooroy offers the best of both

worlds. Named after the Aboriginal word Coorooey, meaning possum, the area was explored by timber-cutters as early as 1863.

Increasingly popular among families who are seeking the close proximity to the white sandy beaches and amenities of Noosa ...” Cooroy railway station was opened in 1891. It’s main industry developed from timber, having two operating sawmills, into dairy farms and fruit growing. In 1915, a butter factory opened, adding to the town’s economy. With an increasing number of people seeking a ‘tree-change’ away from the hustle and bustle yet still within reach of Noosa and the Sunshine Coast business centre, it’s no doubt this little village is growing in popularity.

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WORDS TONIA ZEMEK PHOTOS CHESTERTON SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY

EARLIER THIS YEAR, CHERYL HARRIS RETURNED TO HER HOMELAND OF SOUTH AFRICA TO HELP UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN LIVING WITH AIDS. THEN IT WAS BACK TO HER DAY JOB, MANAGING VOLUNTEERING SUNSHINE COAST. THIS IS A LADY WHO TRULY UNDERSTANDS THE POWER OF ONE, AS TONIA ZEMEK DISCOVERS.

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think we’ve got to learn in life not to judge people,” Cheryl Harris says. “We need to be more tolerant and try to be more caring and aware. You don’t know what’s happening in a person’s life so just by being pleasant and giving them a smile, it can make a huge difference to somebody’s day.” If she sounds philosophical perhaps it’s because she understands the type of dark days a stranger could be facing. A mother of two, Cheryl was tragically widowed in her early 30s. “I’ve always been very grateful to my mother for teaching me to never become a victim; to rise above everything and that’s what I’ve always tried to do in my life.” After her husband passed, Cheryl admits her faith was the life raft that kept her from sinking. Meanwhile, she was a motivated mother wanting to nurture her daughter and son as they navigated their own grief. Even before she experienced this unimaginable loss, it seems empathy was etched on Cheryl’s DNA. In her early 20s, she volunteered at a service for young people living with disabilities. She remembers sketching for the children and the big impact of such seemingly small gestures. “Their faces would light up with joy and I could see how much it meant to them,” she remembers. “I’ve always had a passion to help others,” she says. “It was instilled in us as children.” According to Cheryl, there’s truth in the old adage that in giving we receive. “Volunteering teaches you respect for others. You learn that not everyone is as fortunate as what you may be and therefore it gives you empathy to deal with people from different walks of life and different cultures.” She’s quick to acknowledge the variety of forms volunteering can take; from mums helping out at the school tuckshop, to someone popping next door to give a meal to an elderly neighbour. In her role as Manager of Volunteering Sunshine Coast (VSC), Cheryl has witnessed first hand how both volunteers, and recipients of their services, benefit from the experience of really engaging with the community. VSC connects volunteers with more than 100 nongovernment organisations. The volunteering roles VSC promote cover a cross section of the community from environmental and arts groups, through to animal welfare, administration and hospital helpers and so much more! “It’s a two way street for the organisation you’re volunteering for and the satisfaction you’re going to get from being involved,” Cheryl says. Her position at VSC is one of many caring community roles to be found on Cheryl’s resume. When her second husband Ken was diagnosed with kidney disease in the late 90s, Cheryl quickly realised there was very little support

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for patients and families facing similar challenges on the Sunshine Coast. She co-founded the Kidney Support Network and rallied assistance from volunteers eager to establish a transport service to help dialysis patients commute to and from hospital appointments. The network also opened two op shops to help raise vital funding for Coast-based resources and support for kidney patients. An avalanche of accolades followed when Cheryl was awarded Citizen of the Year from the Maroochy Shire Council in 2007. Then, in 2009, she took out an Angel Carer’s Award courtesy of Kidney Health Australia. “I was very honoured and humbled to receive those awards but it was a team effort,” Cheryl says. “I was only really the vessel, if I can put it that way.” She goes on to praise her helpers back then and now. Cheryl admits that many of these hard working individuals really are the Coast’s unsung heroes. “Volunteers are an amazing group of people who put so much into the community and really don’t get enough recognition,” she admits. “Most of them are very modest about what they do.” Cheryl herself is the model of modesty and it takes some cajoling for her to open up about a tenacious trip she took to South Africa in March of this year. Thanks to the generousity of locals back home, Cheryl and her friends managed to raise enough money to fill a 40-square-foot container with clothing and schooling supplies to be shipped to underprivileged children living with AIDS in a South African region known as Welkom. When she met the children and gifted them with toy koalas, hats and a myriad of educational resources, their gratitude was overwhelming. “Their faces lit up like candles,” she recalls. “We were all in tears that day seeing the wonder in their faces at what they’d received. It was an amazing experience.” That joyous exchange is not unfamiliar to Cheryl. Earlier in her career, she worked as a diversional therapist, facilitating leisure and recreational programs for Sunshine Coast seniors. She arranged everything from craft days to themed events, all of which proved to be very popular. She fondly recalls the day she arranged an Egyptian inspired event. Cheryl dressed as Queen Cleopatra for the festivities. “I wore gold eyelashes and a huge snake head-dress,” she says. Next, Murphy’s Law stepped in. Her car broke down en route to the event. As she pulled over to the side of the road, Cleopatra certainly got some surprised looks from passing motorists. Then, out of nowhere, two kind strangers stopped to offer her a jump-start. Call it what you will – serendipity or coincidence – volunteers are drawn to Cheryl, the “Queen of Volunteering”. Long may she reign. profilemag.com.au


PROFILE BRIEFCASE

THE SUNSHINE COAST IS FULL OF TALENTED PEOPLE – EACH ISSUE WE SHOWCASE TWO SUCCESSFUL LOCALS DOING GREAT THINGS IN THEIR FIELD. WORDS KATE CLIFFORD

“My main focus is to capture genuine laughter, tears and personalities.”

“I loved the idea of working in fashion week and fashion shows" JOSH WALKER

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hen Rebecca Smith was handed her first camera in primary school it sparked a passion for photography which is now seeing her fly to all corners of Australia capturing couple’s special moments. Beccy, as she is known, grew up in the Sunshine Coast beachside suburb of Bokarina. A family girl at heart, she spent most of her childhood and early teens indulging in arts and crafts, taking her camera everywhere there was the potential for the perfect shot. “I have always been a family girl who loves the ocean and anything crafty,” says Beccy. “After school I decided to go and study photography as a part of my design degree at university. It wasn’t however, until I completed my degree and set off on a world adventure that I really immersed myself into everything photography.” Travelling around Europe, Beccy took the opportunity to capture people “in a more natural and candid state”, creating beautiful images of her travels. Friends and family started noticing Beccy’s talents from photographs posted on her social media page and she was soon recruited to take pictures at weddings and events. “It all snowballed from there really, people saw I offered something different from the norm and it resonated with them,” says Beccy. “I specialise in artistic and candid wedding films and photography. Most people know me for my wedding films, my main focus when behind the camera is to capture genuine laughter, tears and personalities.” At just 22, Beccy is now travelling Australia with her wedding photography business BXCSMXTH Photography; she is also a freelance photographer for Profile magazine. “My job has lead me to wonderful places, amazing people and enriching experiences. I feel so lucky because I can honestly say I have my dream job, which I think is pretty cool!” she says. “I am hoping that this is the start of many more adventures and that I can continue to explore this magical land doing what I love most.”

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rom the age of 17, listening to his sister boast about styling hair for fashion shows, Josh Walker knew he was destined to work in the hairdressing industry. Growing up in the north island of New Zealand, Josh and his family moved to the Sunshine Coast when he was a teenager and immediately settled in to the laid back lifestyle on offer. In fact, it was during a leisurely afternoon at Sunshine Plaza, Maroochydore in 2006 that Josh’s ambitions to start a career as a hairdresser came to fruition. “My sister had started her apprenticeship but she never finished it. She used to come home and have all these cool things to talk about,” says Josh. “She had such a creative job and would talk about all the shows she had been to and I thought, you know what, I am going to do this! “I remember there was a sign for a first-year apprentice in a salon window at Sunshine Plaza, I walked in and enquired about it, the guy said ‘come in and have a trial’ and that was it, my fate was sealed.” Josh started the four-year apprenticeship the next week but managed to complete his training in just two years when the qualification was switched to be competency-based. Determined to make his mark, Josh admits he didn’t spend much time sweeping floors or washing hair as most first-year apprentices do, but instead worked extra hard to make his way to the top. With a skill for styling, Josh was quickly swooped up by companies to create hair masterpieces for their fashion shows and events. “I loved the idea of working at Fashion Week and fashion shows and was lucky enough to be working in a salon that was heavily involved in that,” he says. “We worked with Chanel with their Paris show in Brisbane and during Fashion Week in Sydney and Melbourne. I also worked on Katy Perry’s California Dreams tour, styling for the dancers and the models who would walk around the shows with massive cupcakes on their heads.” As the newest male stylist for Maroochydore’s House of George, Josh is broadening his talents in the salon and beyond, now offering his skills to Sunshine Coast brides. “Weddings are something the team at House of George will soon become known for. We have a very talented team and the salon is an incredible environment for any bride-to-be.”

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fter Karen Guerin’s husband untimely death at just 47-yearsof-age, she felt a huge loss. The couple had run a business together in New Zealand, which Karen couldn’t continue on her own. After much soul searching, she decided to return to her long-held passion of health and fitness. Practicing yoga regularly helped Karen cope with the grieving process, prompting her to qualify as a personal trainer, finding her niche in holistic programs. Karen also started teaching pilates, which led to a love affair with the mind / body practice. Re-married and finally in a happy place, Karen moved to the Sunshine Coast, where she now runs her own successful business, My Soul Studio at Mountain Creek. Life changing milestone 1: Unexpected loss My first husband and I owned and managed a distribution franchise for Griffins Foods Ltd in Auckland between 1990 and 2000. We grew the business substantially by over 50 per cent in the first year and won several awards for top sales. In 1993, I fell pregnant with my first daughter, Kimberley, after a family visit to the UK. On arrival back in New Zealand I went into early labour and Kimberley was born three months early. Tragically she died after only 18 hours in this world. I blamed myself for working such long hours. I went on to have two beautiful children, Katy-lea, 19, and Cameron, 17. My views on the work / life balance had totally changed during this time but my husband did not share my views. In 1999 my father became suddenly ill and I was unable to return to the UK as we were in the process of moving house. Ten days later he was dead and I was on a plane back to England. My father’s death was the catalyst for me to leave my marriage. I wasn’t happy and my father dying so suddenly made me realise how little time we have on this planet Life changing milestone 2: Love and tragic loss I remarried to Graeme in 2002. We had six children between us and money was tight, but we were strong and believed we could do anything and we did!

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In the five years we were together we ran a tiling business, built three spec houses, and sold them. I designed and marketed a very successful upmarket children’s swimwear business Gekko Swimwear, which we distributed throughout New Zealand, including all the large department stores in Auckland and Christchurch. In the summer of 2005, while we were holidaying, Graeme suffered a stroke. He died suddenly and very traumatically after a series of strokes and ultimately a brain haemorrhage. We had been married for 18 months and my world fell apart. After Graeme’s death my heart was no longer in either business and so, in my early 40s, I retrained in my other passion – health and fitness. After qualifying as a personal trainer, I felt myself drawn to the more holistic programs and began teaching Body Balance and was approached to teach pilates. After training in Wellington I opened my own studio, which I have now run successfully for three years. Through this time my interest heightened in the mind / body connection. Life changing milestone 3: A fresh start I remarried to Patrick in 2008, and in 2011, we sold our house and decided to move to Australia for a fresh start. It was a difficult transition with two teenagers and not knowing anyone. On arrival in Australia, Patrick secured a job in the mines and I began the process of resettling. I opened My Soul Studio two years ago. I knew that the business in New Zealand had been successful because of the personalised service I had delivered and the amazing results I had achieved with clients, allowing them to self-manage their chronic back pain and other injuries. I also wanted to introduce more of the mind / body aspect to my clients and began teaching meditation and offering reiki healing. Meditation is something I am very excited about. I feel it’s like the missing link to people finding their authentic true self. Since opening the studio I have not only received many accolades from my clients, but also referrals from osteopaths and chiropractors who recommend the studio. People tell me they feel comfortable and relaxed in the studio rather than a gym environment.

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WORDS ANNA RAWLINGS

THE BEACHES, HILLS, ROCKS, MOUNTAINS, RUNNING PATHS AND NATURAL LOCATIONS OF THE SUNSHINE COAST MAKE FOR A VIRTUAL FITNESS PLAYGROUND! SWAP THE AIR-CONDITIONED GYM AND SWEATY SPIN CLASS FOR FRESH COASTAL AIR AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS … YOUR BODY AND MIND WILL THANK YOU FOR IT!

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CLIMB MOUNT COOLUM The ultimate full-body workout! The climb is easy enough for the whole family to join in, with just enough effort required to feel like you are getting some quality exercise in. Rocky stairs have been carefully carved into the face of the mountain, nestled under the rich greenery of the mountain foliage – making for a beautiful climb! Upon arrival at the peak, the view from the top is worth the effort! TIP: Make sure you wear sturdy shoes to navigate the rocks, and pack plenty of water.

RUN ALONG MOOLOOLABA The gentle winding paths along Mooloolaba are an ideal setting for a gentle jog or clocking up some serious running miles. Run to the sound of the waves in the bay – the incredible ocean scenery is a welcome distraction when pounding the pavement and beats the usual treadmill and television screen! Visit one of the many healthy cafes on The Esplanade afterwards for a green smoothie or juice. TIP: To break up your run, use the light posts dotted along the path as markers for short sprints.

PUMP AN OUTDOOR WORKOUT Swap the packed, airless gym for the outdoor exercise parks. Try the south side of Alexandra Headland, The Spit at Mooloolaba and Kawana, to name a few. With wooden benches, vault bars, chin-up bars and more, you are guaranteed to fit a gym workout in without the membership fees! TIP: It’s a good idea to take a towel to safely use the equipment.

SPRINT ON MAROOCHYDORE BEACH Swap the treadmill for a beach sprint! Maroochydore beach is relatively quiet compared to its southern neighbours and the long stretch of sand is perfect for beach sprints. Dig in with your toes and kick up your heels to get your heart rate pumping. Worked up a sweat? Cool off with a splash in the ocean afterwards. Perfection! TIP: Use driftwood to mark out your sprint course!

WORK OUT AT POINT CARTWRIGHT The sloping grass ascent to the lighthouse at Point Cartwright is uber popular with locals who are drawn to the natural location. Use the hill’s incline for sprints and lunges, bring along some hand weights for an outdoor toning session or pack a yoga mat and rejuvenate as you stretch into a pose with the sparkling ocean. TIP: Time your workout for sunrise or sunset for a truly breathtaking view that is sure to motivate you.

TACKLE THE LARA DRIVE STAIRS AT BUDERIM This is a killer workout that will leave your legs with that ‘jelly’ effect – but oh-so-good for bikini season! Popular with local football players in training, cardio junkies and athletes, this infamous set of stairs is shaded by the leafy green foliage of Buderim Mountain, meaning you can tackle its peak from sunrise to sunset. It’s central location means easy accessibility, but there are no facilities so make sure you take your own water! TIP: Start with five repetitions for beginners, and for a challenge aim to increase your circuit by at least one lap every time you go!

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What you can win! We have two double VIP celebration passes to be won! Valued at $135 each, these VIP passes include: •• Show entry •• Exclusive Access to the VIP Lounge •• Beverage and canapes •• Reserved Priority Seating in the Good Food Theatre •• A limited edition reusable coffee cup •• A Maggie Beer gift bag The Good Food and Wine Show is coming to Brisbane for a mecca of food, wine, taste-testing, famed chef appearances, masterclasses and more over a three-day weekend! Celebrate and enjoy this culinary fusion of tastes, sights, scents and sounds from around the nation from 17 to 19 October at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Widely heralded as the weekend Brisbane turns into the ‘centre of the food and wine universe’, the show will feature hundreds of local and international exhibitors, boasting sweet and savoury delights to tempt every taste bud. Famed chefs and restaurateurs will be on hand to lead speciality master classes, while the many producers and exhibitors are ready to interact and provide the secrets to their sumptuous success as you taste-test their delicious produce. Foodies to wine lovers, coffee addicts to cheese enthusiasts and sweet tooths will delight in the array of food, wine, cheese, desserts and delicious produce available. Simply have your taste buds, toothpicks and glasses at the ready!

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And 10 runners-up will also WIN! We have 10 double passes to giveaway valued at $52 each for entry into the show. Terms and conditions: •• The VIP double passes are for entry on Saturday 18 October only •• The double passes are for entry once only on any day of the event.

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Attractions include: •• Riedel Wine Theatre, complete with the attendance of famed sommeliers •• Grazing Garden with food trucks and international street food for a truly amazing menu •• Chef appearances at LifeStyle FOOD Chef’s Table •• Chef-run masterclasses including a dessert masterclass with Adriano Zumbo •• Australia’s finest dairy produce at the cheese alley •• Cheese pairing at a cheese masterclass •• Tour the food and wine regions of Australia from the Yarra Valley to Barossa and McLaren Vale •• Riedel A+ Australian Wine bar featuring wines from around the nation.

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GENEVIEVE FRICKER

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Get your laughing pants ready for Genevieve Fricker as she tours the Sunshine Coast this month. The witty 24-year-old is a Sydney-based comedian and writer, not to mention a classically-trained musician, and is making a name for herself by swearing and singing weird songs on stage. She was a national finalist in the 2011 Triple J Raw Comedy competition and performs regularly in the Australian comedy festival circuit. Catch Genevieve when she arrives on the Coast for the Sydney Comedy Roadshow tour at the Nambour Civic Center on Friday, 12 September.

My hidden talent is … I’m very good at picking smells, which is kind of a curse depending on the company I’m with ...

I grew up in … the bush, between the north shore and the northern beaches of Sydney. It was a childhood full of snakes, lorikeets, bushfires, and day trips into the shops to have a coffee.

When I was growing up I wanted to be … a translator for the United Nations, but a teacher told me I’d have to write lots of essays if I wanted to do that, so I gave up on that dream pretty quickly.

The first thing I do when I wake up is … check the drool situation!

My all-time favourite movie is … difficult to choose, although I have a soft spot for Golden Age films, like Singing In The Rain, or anything with Humphrey Bogart in it. I love that those worlds are all created by someone’s hand – all the backgrounds were hand-painted, the music all played by orchestras, the costumes painstakingly handmade.

I am at my happiest when … I have a great book (usually something by Junot Diaz), some snacks and a sunny spot to sit. When I am not working I am … feeling guilty about not working, then feeling guilty about feeling guilty, then napping. The best meal I have had was at … BLACK by ezard. A seven-course whiskey degustation. The most decadent thing I’ve ever done, and the worst hangover I’ve ever had, but totally worth it. When I go on holiday I like to … eat all the local delicacies, walk everywhere and get lost, and talk to everyone I encounter, whether they want to or not. Most people don’t know that I … am a classically-trained double bassist. I studied with Maxim Bibeau from the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and Alex Henery of the Sydney Symphony, and toured with orchestras throughout Europe.

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I couldn’t live without … music. If I don’t have my finelycurated playlist in the background during the day, or at least one instrument within reach at all times, I get really, really, grumpy. My most annoying habit is … getting a little too excited with the caps lock button. I JUST LOVE BEING EXPRESSIVE IN TEXT! My hidden talent is … I’m very good at picking smells, which is kind of a curse depending on the company I’m with, but came in handy when I used to work the perfume counter at David Jones. Best nose in the business!

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