The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-05-06T03:38:07Z Sonia McDonald’s New Book — ‘First Comes Courage’ Sets A Paradigm For Courage-based Leadership Driven By Bravery, Kindness, And Inclusion 2021-05-06T03:38:07Z sonia-mcdonald-s-new-book-first-comes-courage-sets-a-paradigm-for-courage-based-leadership-driven-by-bravery-kindness-and-inclusion A timely, actionable guide for leaders, teams, organisations, and anyone looking to take on a deep and abiding sense of courage — one that inspires a people-first leadership that drives meaningful impact and organisational success. A plethora of book releases serenades our online and brick-and-mortar bookstores regularly. Once in a very blue moon, there seems to be that one that ticks all the boxes for a resource of incalculable value — career advancement, personal development, and a ‘bull’s-eye’ timing given its high social relevance. “First Comes Courage”, written by Sonia McDonald, founder of LeadershipHQ and McDonald Inc. as well as one of the globe’s leading speakers on Leadership, Courage and Kindness, is just such a case.   In a world plagued with poor leadership fueled by power tussles, poor vision, a cling to popularity, and appallingly scarce levels of human empathy, and at a time where we face new realities that are bound to test leadership capabilities to its humanistic core, ‘First Comes Courage’ offers nothing but answers. In her book, Sonia chronicles inspirational stories of courage from her experience and others to empower readers with kind, courageous and inclusive leadership that helps them to win at their workplace and in life. Sonia’s watershed book is a valuable addition to her first book releases namely ‘Just Rock it!’ and ‘Leadership Attitude’, both of which are also centered around helping to build capacity for leadership in individuals, teams, and organisations. ”While researching and writing this book for many years before the COVID pandemic, I knew it would create the impactful change we need in the leadership space, and for everyone globally.” said author and founder of LeadershipHQ and McDonald Inc, Sonia McDonald, “I never anticipated the need and impact being so overwhelming. Now more than ever, we need that courage, impact, and kindness for 2021 and beyond. And that is all down to us now knowing that the secret sauce to ultimate leadership lies in courage.” From voyages of self-discovery to experiments of self-evaluation, practicable hacks for personal growth that help you find your inner courage, and everything in between, the book, featuring 15 chapters, sets out to demystify purposeful leadership using courage as an emotional conduit. Sonia also takes stock of the Courage Compass — an introspective intervention primed to help people struggling to find their inner courage by rendering insights into your belief, behaviour, and value system against the four pillars of Courage: Kindness, Purpose, Resilience, and Impact.   Whether a clarion call to a new-and-improved dimension to leadership that our global society is currently begging for or a carefully considered selection of contemporary, practicable solutions to grace you with some pep in your steps for your next courageous career move, this book is the ultimate blueprint.   Reader testimonials tell the story. Have a glimpse into what Daniel Maddison had to say “Sonia’s philosophy of leadership in her book is not just worth pondering, but also practicable. It’s remarkably easy to digest. ‘First Comes Courage’ is a wonderful blend of leadership savvy, relational insight, and a solid appreciation of a topic of global relevance in a new era. This one stays on my bookshelf as a worthy reference. Highly recommended!”   Another raving fan of Sonia’s book is Edward Bonel “Easy to read, insightful, and full of examples. Every chapter is well-crafted to provoke and inspire long-term action. It provides a stepwise approach to being a Courageous Leader. This book is very relevant in building the sort of leadership that assists in executing strategy into action. I highly recommend this book to individuals who want to become more effective in their leadership style.” An award-winning author, Sonia is renowned for a brand of inspirational leadership that beckons on leaders to set them on a path to emotional intelligence and purposeful leadership. She does this with courage, commitment, and candour. Her life and work are irrefutable proof of the impactful change leaders can drive within their communities, and globally.   To learn more about this novel-yet-inspiring take on leadership, ‘First Comes Courage’ is available on Sonia’s website, Amazon and Booktopia. To contact Sonia as a keynote speaker at your conference, workshop or event, visit:   Contact: For more information or to interview Sonia McDonald, contact: Sonia McDonald or Katie Watts 0424 447 616 | 1300 719 665   Related Links:     Agency for the Next Economy 2021-05-05T08:22:06Z agency-for-the-next-economy Underpinned by a proprietary model for predicting future human behaviour, the founders have affectionately named “BE.AP.S.” – Behavioural Economics x Applied Psych. x Strategy.   BE.AP.S. provides sustainable and socially conscious brands with a cheat sheet for the next economy. By embracing conscious consumerism, it’s flipping the agency model on its head and partnering with brand clients to navigate this new way of consumer thinking. Says Todd Sotheren (left), co-founder and creative director at Agency: “Increasingly, consumers are voting with their wallets for the World they want to live in.” Agency promises to· Create clarity for brands in an uncertain future· Align mindful purchases with your bottom line· Enable brands to be a force for positive change Says Nicholas Mason (right), co-founder and strategy director at Agency: “It’s why at Agency, we say ‘Don’t be a Can’t’. Because consumers won’t cop it any more.” BE.AP.S. modelling is available now for inherently good brands turning over between $2 – $100M. For more information on Agency, please visit Sip and paint with pride, an epic Gold Coast event not to miss 2021-05-04T03:33:15Z sip-and-paint-with-pride-an-epic-gold-coast-event-not-to-miss Clear those calendars honey, because Paint Juicy located in Burleigh Heads is opening the doors to their fierce Paint and Sip studio with a dazzling twist for Pride Festival Gold Coast over the 24th and 25th of May, 2021. What better way to begin your week than by sitting in front of a canvas, unleashing your inner Picasso, wine glass at the ready with a side of fabulously sassy drag queens by the names of Carmen Taykett and Shushu Funtanna from 6pm to 9pm? We don’t know either.  Owner of Paint Juicy, Trenton Mabbott said he is beyond excited to be bringing Paint Juicy alive alongside the LGBTIQA+ community. “We can’t wait to collaborate with the Pride Festival Gold Coast to bring awareness and support for those in the community.” Trenton Mabbott said.  Snatch up those tickets priced at only $55 to the Grand Opening event, located on the Paint Juicy website for you to book now. This is a BYO alcohol event, so make sure to bring a bottle or two and your most fabulous dancing shoes.  Don’t fret, this aint’ no two night stand - Paint Juicy will be hosting ongoing nights with cracking playlists from 80s, 90s, Britney, Kylie, Boy Bands, Disco, Rock and One Hit Wonders from now until forever. Mic drop. Purchase Tickets Here:  THE ROCK STARS WITH AUSTRALIA’S WAYNE MATTEI in YOUNG ROCK ON FOXTEL 2021-04-30T06:29:25Z the-rock-stars-with-australia-s-wayne-mattei-in-young-rock-on-foxtel THE ROCK STARS WITH AUSTRALIA’S WAYNE MATTEI Comedic TV series YOUNG ROCK starts this Sunday 3rd May at 6.30pm on Foxtel and stars actor and celebrity bodyguard Wayne Mattei as WWF wrestler Sgt. Slaughter.Already shown on prime time on NBC in America, the comedic series starts with The Rock’s 2032 Presidential bid as he looks back at the life of a young Dwayne Johnson and how he grew up to become famously known as “The Rock”. The series covers Johnson’s father, Rocky Johnson, and his career as a WWF wrestler alongside Andre The Giant, Macho Man Randy Savage and Sgt.Slaughter played by Wayne.  TO INTERVIEW WAYNE MATTEI email or call Max Markson 0412 501 601 ABOUT WAYNE MATTEI Born in Glenelg, South Australia, Wayne has had a long and dynamic career of over 30 years as a pro wrestler, champion bodybuilder and providing security to high profile clients and celebrities across the globe. In the last few years he has worked with A-list Hollywood stars that include: John Travolta, Jean Claude Van Damme, Steven Seagal and David Beckham to name a few, as well as Rock bands, Models, Athletes, corporate figures and MAFS personalities Jessika Power and Cyrell! Alongside this Mattei  has acted in several movies, television shows and commercials; “Maniac – Protector & Enforcer” – Web Series (2019), Broken Hill (2009), The Boys Are Back with Clive Owen (2009), Craziness (2015), Jesus Walks (2017), Johnny Depp’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) and most recently, Never Too Late (2020). Never Too Late saw Mattei act as the giant male nurse alongside James Cromwell, Jackie Weaver, Jack Thompson, Shane Jacobsen and Dennis Waterman. Follow Wayne on Instagram @hellsvigilante     Two Mates Tackling The Mental Health Crisis In Australia With Help From Mazda 2021-04-29T18:54:57Z two-mates-tackling-the-mental-health-crisis-in-australia-with-help-from-mazda Since 2018, co-founders of TradeMutt and former tradies, Dan Allen and Ed Ross have been on a mission to reduce the rate of suicide and start conversations about mental health amongst tradies, truckies and blue-collar workers by creating colourful and vibrant workwear. TradeMutt is also committed to providing a solution for those who are struggling with their mental health by removing barriers to assistance through their discreet and free text or call mental health support service, TIACS, which stands for This Is A Conversation Starter, a message embroidered on the back of every TradeMutt workshirt. In just under a year the service has already provided over 2000 hours of free, professional mental health support and already employs 4 full-time psychologists, with no plans to slow down anytime soon. When local, family-owned businesses Mount Gravatt Mazda and Wippells Mazda saw the impact the brand was making, they offered to come on board to help take the conversations on the road.  “Dan and Ed are such likeable characters and their shirts are almost as colourful as they are.  They are both making positive waves in the community and what better way to strengthen their message than providing moving billboards in the shape of two Mazda XTR 4x4 BT-50’s” - Julian Mason - Director, Mount Gravatt Mazda TradeMutt, which already has a cult-like following in the industry and over 42,000 tradies across Australia wearing their conversation starting workwear were ecstatic with the idea and thought that a uts wrapped in their most popular print was a perfect way to reach tradies. Samantha Bailey, Director of Bailey Print Group who supported the collaboration by overseeing the design, printing and wrapping of the utes couldn’t agree more. “Blokes and cars- it’s a part of the Australian culture and something that they openly talk about. We were convinced that by partnering with Trademutt to wrap the BT50’s in their eye catching design that we would help Ed and Dan make a real difference by creating an icebreaker for men to not only start a conversation about a car but help them open up about their mental health issues and emotions.  “We have learnt a lot from the boys working with them on this campaign and hope that the cars create real conversations that can help, save or change people and their lives.” The teams at Mount Gravatt Mazda, Wippells Mazda and TradeMutt are hoping that this collaboration will not only act as a conversation starter on the roads around Brisbane but that it will serve as a reminder to everyone that sees the cars that TIACS is a safe environment for them to seek help. Wippells Mazda Director, David Russell added, “this collaboration is very special to everyone involved and something money doesn’t buy”.  See the collaboration in action here ***ENDS*** Media Contact Daniel Allen | Co-founder | 0413 377 912 | Emanuel synagogue to host Fill the Void film screening and discussion 2021-04-28T11:39:53Z emanuel-synagogue-to-host-fill-the-void-film-screening-and-discussion-4 Emanuel Synagogue and Plus61J announce a film screening of acclaimed Israeli drama, Fill the Void, on Thursday 9 May at 7pm in Woollahra. This will be followed by a discussion of the themes of the film.   This multi award-winning 2012 film tells the story of how devout 18-year-old Israeli girl Shira Mendelman (Hadas Yaron, ‘Libby’ from Netflix hit, Shtisel) is pressured to marry the husband of her late sister.    The film’s drama lies in the conflict stemming from how Shira declaring her independence is not an option in Tel Aviv's Hasidic community, since religious law, tradition and the rabbi’s word are absolute.   Reviewed on Rotten Tomatoes, the film was described as "...graceful, complex, and beautifully layered… a sympathetic portrait of an insulated culture by exploring universal themes."   SBS described it as “a delicate romance and a complex coming-of-age tale.”   Fill The Void won 7 Israeli Academy Awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay, and Yaron was named Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival.   Following the screening, there will be a conversation with Rabbanit Judith Levitan to discuss the issues raised by the film.    Rabbanit Levitan is a lawyer with over 15 years’ experience in the field of social justice, currently at Legal Aid NSW where she uses Human Centred Design to innovate and improve legal services for disadvantaged people.    She has studied in a range of institutions for women’s higher learning including Midreshet HaRova and Nishmat.    Most recently, she received smicha from Yeshivat Maharat in New York; one of the first Orthodox women in Australia to do so.   Where: Emanuel Synagogue, 7 Ocean Street, Woollahra 2025When: Thursday 6 May 2021Times: 7pm – 9.30pm Cost: Emanuel Synagogue members $10; non-members $15   Bookings:   For more information call Marina Capponi on 0431 425 832 or email     ENDS   About Emanuel Synagogue: The largest in Australia, Emanuel Synagogue is regarded as one of Australia’s most inclusive and dynamic congregations. It is known for its commitment to social justice works (especially concerning refugees and the homeless), other matters of human rights as well as as animal rights, and environmental action. The synagogue regularly hosts cultural events including the Sydney Sacred Music Festival, Shir Madness Music Festival, Sydney Art Quartet and Australian Chamber Orchestra. See: NONTRE.CO 's PERFECT MOTHER’S DAY GIFT FOR MUM & HOME 2021-04-27T22:34:41Z nontre-co-s-perfect-mother-s-day-gift-for-mum-amp-home GIVE YOUR MUM AND HER HOME A MOTHER’S DAY GIFT! With two gorgeous gifts to choose from, have Mother’s Day sorted this year! Choose from their Pamper Box for $110 or Ultimate Gift Box for $150.   # PROVIDES THE PERFECT GIFT # MOTHER’S DAY SUNDAY 9 MAY # HIGH-GRADE PRESTIGIOUS FRAGRANCES UNIQUELY DEVELOPED BY # EXTREME SCENT LONGEVITY IN ALL PRODUCTS   With the year that we’ve had, more and more people are finding ways to enjoy themselves from the comfort of their own home and what better way to treat your mum this Mother’s Day than gifting her some naturally derived, luxurious and beautifully scented products for the home from   All their gifts are beautiful presented in their signature packaging and are a great way to introduce your Mum to their Earth-wise range of Luxury Household & Personal Care products at is a new and sophisticated range of luxury household and personal care essentials. Two years in the making, each product has been created using high end and tailored perfume scents, formulated to surround you in a world of luxurious aromas. Proudly Australian owned and operated, have captured the essence of the land and sea in their products, resulting in a collection of opulent, long lasting scents that carry through from their cleaning products to their personal care range. prides itself on offering the highest quality, premium household and personal care products by combining natural, pure and stimulating ingredients. All products are 100% cruelty free and made ethically and sustainably. also has a strong focus on the planet and giving back to Mother Nature so they have partnered with and for every Rainforest Collection product sold, a tree will be planted in bushfire affected parts of Australia.   FOR PHOTOS & INTERVIEWS email or call  Max 0412 501 601   Mother’s Day Ultimate Gift Box Our Ultimate Gift Box is a perfect introduction to our Earth-wise Luxury range of Household and Personal Care products. Included in this value packed box of goodness are the following premium products: 100% Natural Bergamot & Rosemary Hand Wash 300ml Hand Cream Duo - Lotus & Green Tea/ Bergamot & Rosemary 30ml x2 Nontre No.1 Miracle Glow Body Scrub 200ml Nontre No.1 Miracle Glow Body Milk 200ml Natural Black Lava Bath Salts, infused with Ylang Ylang 200g Pine & Sea Minerals All-Purpose Spray + Refill Concentrate 500ml / 45ml Boho Premium Ultra Concentrate Dish Soap + Refill & Bamboo Dish Brush 500ml / 1L Valued at over $179, we are offering a very special price for Mother’s Day of $150. Spoil your Mum on her special day!     IMB Bank Community Foundation opens applications for new grant funding for not-for-profits 2021-04-27T04:20:47Z imb-bank-community-foundation-opens-applications-for-new-grant-funding-for-not-for-profits Images and vision available here 27 April 2021 – To support communities challenged by the global pandemic, fires, floods and financial stress over the past 18 months, IMB Bank Community Foundation has today announced new grant funding for 2021 and invites community groups and not-for-profits to apply. The global pandemic has seen many charities and not-for-profits across Australia fight for survival, with 91% of not-for-profits[1] experiencing continued service delivery challenges. While 48% are experiencing increased demand for services[2], nearly six in 10 report a continued loss of revenue[3]. 41% report a decline in general donations[4]. With a history of supporting more than 750 community projects and donating over $10million since 1999, the IMB Bank Community Foundation recognises the critical role charities and not-for-profits play in delivering disaster relief, education, health care, sports and recreation, arts and culture, aged care, and many other services and supports for Australians. Applications are now open for 2021 IMB Bank Community Foundation grant funding and not-for-profits are encouraged to apply by June 30 via the website: Projects supported by IMB Bank Community Foundation range from larger, far-reaching initiatives - such as the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute state-wide Heart Health Tour - to smaller local projects, such as sustainable veggie gardens in bushfire-ravaged South East NSW, and inclusive netball tournaments in the Hunter region. The IMB Bank Community Foundation supports people and communities in IMB’s key markets - Sydney, the Illawarra, Hunter, South Coast, Southern Highlands and the ACT. It is focused on building strong, resilient and forward-focused communities - which is at the heart of IMB Bank’s core philosophy. “The last 12 to 18 months have been unprecedented. COVID, fires, floods...there are thousands of people and community groups out there who desperately need a helping hand right now. IMB Bank’s Community Foundation has never played a more critical role,” says Robert Ryan, IMB Bank CEO. “In 2021, we are again calling for those people, not-for-profit groups and communities that are taking action and making a real difference in their neighbourhoods and networks to come forward and apply for IMB Bank Community Foundation funding. “Anyone who is focused on improving the lives of others in their community, who has a great idea or a program already underway, should consider applying for a grant through the IMB Bank Community Foundation. If it’s a great not-for-profit idea, that helps people, we want to hear about it,” said Robert Ryan. This month, the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute Heart Health Tour will make its COVID-safe return to NSW. The Heart Health Tour has been a major initiative for the IMB Bank Community Foundation over the past 18 months, and will visit the Illawarra, Shoalhaven, South Coast, Sydney and Hunter regions. The tour is possible thanks to a $150,000 grant from the IMB Bank Community Foundation. “Thanks to the IMB Bank Community Foundation, we’ve been able to test the heart health of thousands of people,” said Jayne Baric, Strategic Partnerships Manager at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute. “As with many other not-for-profits, COVID put a stop to the Heart Health Tour last year, but now we’re happy to be back on the road again. It’s no exaggeration to say IMB’s support has literally been a life-saver.” IMB Bank Community Foundation 2021 funding applications open on 26 April 2021. Community groups should visit to apply. Applications close at the end of June. “Since 1880, IMB Bank has been strongly invested in the communities in which we operate,” said Rob Ryan. “We have enabled hundreds of local groups to access essential funds to advance and strengthen their communities. 2021 will be a new beginning for many, and IMB Bank Community Foundation is proud to be the organisation giving voice to the unsung community heroes creating a better future for others.”   ENDS   Vision: Images, B-roll and audio for the IMB Bank funded Heart Health Tour available here.   For more information, or to arrange an interview, contact Blue Planet Public Relations: Maria Crema – or +61 402 239 929 Sophie Blue - or +61 416 006 821     About the IMB Bank Community Foundation The IMB Bank Community Foundation was established in 1999 to support the communities that IMB Bank calls home. Since inception, the Foundation has supported more than 750 community projects with over $10m in donated funding. The Foundation is proud to support projects which strengthen local communities through the transfer of skills and knowledge, encouraging and supporting volunteer input, and building sustainable community assets.   [1]Reset 2020 - NATIONAL IMPACT+NEED RESEARCH STUDY, Phase 2 - September 2020 Survey Interval [2] Reset 2020 - NATIONAL IMPACT+NEED RESEARCH STUDY, Phase 2 - September 2020 Survey Interval [3] Reset 2020 - NATIONAL IMPACT+NEED RESEARCH STUDY, Phase 2 - September 2020 Survey Interval  [4] Reset 2020 - NATIONAL IMPACT+NEED RESEARCH STUDY, Phase 2 - September 2020 Survey Interval  Key Media announces paid leave for COVID-19 vaccinations 2021-04-27T03:14:03Z key-media-announces-paid-leave-for-covid-19-vaccinations St Leonards, NSW, April 27, 2021 - Global business media company Key Media announced today that to promote equitable access, it will offer all employees up to four hours paid leave to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. “We know how tough the last year has been, and like everyone around the world, we’re really keen to see the back of COVID,” said Key Media CEO Mike Shipley. “Which is why we want to make sure all our employees around the world have the opportunity to get their vaccine as soon as it becomes available where they are.” Key Media has maintained a focus on employee wellbeing throughout the pandemic, providing free access to Employee Assistance Programs as well as mental health training and support. Today's announcement follows the company’s recent introduction of paid volunteer leave, with employees entitled to one day per year to engage in social justice and community engagement activities. About Key Media Key Media is a rapidly growing business media company with offices in Sydney, Toronto, Auckland, Manila, Denver, London and Singapore, serving a range of professional services markets across the Asia-Pacific, North America and the UK. The organisation’s products operate across key business verticals including Financial Services, Legal, Education and Human Resources, bringing product providers and business communities together through print media, events and online channels. Key Media has an unquestioned reputation for delivering high-quality, timely information in whatever format best suits our customers. In twenty years, Key Media has grown from the launch publisher of a single B2B magazine to a global business media company with an ever-growing portfolio of market-leading products. Key Media prides itself on its entrepreneurial culture, creating innovative products for the industries in which we operate. Central to our business model is a truly platform-neutral approach to media communication. Whether audiences wish to communicate through the pages of a magazine, face-to-face at events, or online through the latest in cutting-edge technology, Key Media has a product to suit their needs. New program launched to help women over 55 in Brisbane facing homelessness 2021-04-27T00:23:52Z new-program-launched-to-help-women-over-55-in-brisbane-facing-homelessness The Supporting Women Over 55 project is a joint initiative between Mission Australia and Brisbane City Council which aims to connect older women who don’t have secure housing with services that offer financial, emotional and mental health support.    One in five Queenslanders experiencing homelessness are aged 55 and over, and 32,000 Queenslanders over 65 are in housing stress. This means they are low-income earners who spend more than 30 per cent of their income on housing and are therefore on the brink of homelessness. Between the 2011 and 2016 census, there was a 65 per cent increase in homelessness for older women in Queensland aged between 65 and 74.    Mission Australia’s Fiona Terry said alarmingly, the group of women targeted in this project are invisible to the sector and therefore not seeking the help they need.    “Each of these women is managing their own unique journey. Their relationship may have ended, they’re in a carer’s role, experiencing health issues or they’ve lost their job or had their hours reduced, amplified by COVID-19. Often confronted with financial stress, such as mortgage repayments or challenges with lease agreements, they’re staying with friends, family or in their cars. They may have limited superannuation, be ineligible for aged care and because of ageism, they are finding it difficult to regain employment,” Ms Terry said.    “We know many of these women are shocked to find themselves in this situation and sadly feel a great sense of shame or denial. These are women we all know – they could be your peers, grandmother, mother, sister, aunt or a friend.    “Through no fault of their own they’ve been pushed into homelessness due to challenging circumstances, many for the first time in their lives. We want to speak with these women to not only help them navigate the services and housing they might need, but to get a clearer picture of what life is like for them, so that we can offer targeted support now and in the future.”    Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said: “Collaboration is crucial in helping people escape the cycle of homelessness and with women over 55 one of the fastest-growing groups at risk, this partnership with Mission Australia is critical in supporting our most vulnerable community members.    “Through our Pathways out of Homelessness Grants, we’ve supported a diverse range of local charities, including Mission Australia’s project, to provide housing for older women to help ensure those most at-risk have a place to call home in Brisbane.”    A research component of the project is also underway to gain an understanding of the women’s experience, and to seek their feedback.     The Older Women Project is available to women living in the Brisbane City Council area aged 55 and over and will run until 2022. Those wishing to take part in the program are encouraged to contact Mission Australia’s Fiona Terry on 0418 858 818 or  MMedia enquiries: Adoni Media Gritty Brit cycling 3,000 km for mental health 2021-04-26T08:58:38Z gritty-brit-cycling-3-000-km-for-mental-health [Sydney, NSW]: James Hackney (28, UK) departed Uluru, NT on 18th April 2021 headed for Bondi Beach, NSW on a bicycle covering 2,795km of Australian terrain. Hackney is raising money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, in order to increase awareness of the lack of mental health resources available to these communities. This solo trip will require grit and determination, but is only a fraction of what those struggling with mental health face each day.   “On average Australians living in rural communities die from suicide at twice the rate of city people, yet are only able to access mental health services at a fifth of the rate of city people. This isn’t good enough.” says James Hackney. “The goal of this tour is to travel through rural communities, and bring to light the mental health issues that plague rural Australia.”   Since setting off on the 18th April 2021, James has: ·  Covered over 1,000km on bike, carrying all supplies on his person ·  Exceeded his $10,000 fundraising goal and increased the target to $20,000 in aid of the Royal Flying Doctor Service ·  Successfully raised $11,500 to date, 23rd April 2021 ·  Started conversations with inhabitants of rural towns to understand the mental health plight   James intends to end his ride at Bondi Beach on May 3rd 2021, having covered 4 states of Australia within ~15 days.   To learn more about the Ride for Rural Australia, click here. To follow the journey on Instagram, click here. To view fundraising efforts, click here.   About James: James is a 28 year old, residing in Bondi Beach, Sydney, NSW. Whilst he is fit, he has only ever cycled an isolated 200km at any one time for recreational purposes. As part of this challenge, he will be riding 160-250km per day, everyday until he reaches his home in Sydney. About The Royal Flying Doctors: The not-for-profit Royal Flying Doctor Service has been taking the finest healthcare to the furthest corners of Australia since 1928. It provides primary healthcare and 24-hour emergency cover to 90 per cent of the Australian continent, via a modern fleet of specially equipped aircraft.    Australian business shortlisted for prestigious global award 2021-04-23T03:22:05Z australian-business-shortlisted-for-prestigious-global-award Personnel Relocation is honoured to announce they have been shortlisted in the Think Global People and Relocate Awards 2021. The 2021 Think Global Awards showcase exception achievement of organisation and individual across international management and global mobility. Those companies who have used the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic to re-examine their business model or generate new products and services. During 2020 Personnel Relocations continued to reinvent despite the challenges of Covid which impacted the business significantly as global mobility ground to a halt.  Launching not only a new website but co-wrote a book, set up new processes to automate their business, overhauled their social media and launched a new, local service line INSPECT4U.  Owner and Founder of Personnel Relocations said, “Our business is focused on the best possible customer service and this recognition shows our commitment to make relocation support available to anyone.” Owner, Robyn Vogels co-wrote the book “Your DIY Move Guide to Australia”.  A book that is available on Amazon around the globe and was an Amazon #1 Top Pick and #1 Best Seller in the week of its launch.    The Think Global People and Relocate Awards is in its 14th year of operation. It attracts entries from around the world.  There are 52 shortlisted global suppliers in this year's awards, with only five in the Destination Service Provider of the Year, the category that Personnel Relocations is eligible.  “We are shortlisted against Relocation companies in Japan, New York, India and Ukraine, so besides being the only Australian company, we are the only one in the Southern Hemisphere to be shortlisted.” Said Robyn. Winners will be announced in London during a Virtual ceremony on June 11th. END CELEBRITIES FLOCK TO IRENE FALCONE's SANSDRINKS.COM.AU 's WORLDS FIRST SOBER BAR! 2021-04-22T22:49:20Z celebrities-flock-to-irene-falcome-s-sansdrinks-com-au-s-worlds-first-sober-bar CELEBRITIES FLOCK TO THE WORLDS FIRST SOBER BAR! Award winning entrepreneur Irene Falcone’s opened the world’s first SOBER bar at The Conscious Space event at The Cutaway Barangaroo in Sydney on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th March. The bar had a huge array of non-alcoholic beers, wines and spirits available to buy and try on the day along with online orders available to be made from the stand.  Celebrities attending  the launch event included: Imogen Anthony, MAFS Natasha Spencer, THE BACHELOR’S Emma Roche & Juliette Herrera , BIG BROTHER’S TIM Dormer, Honeytrap author Kanika Batra, award winning movie mogul Claire McCann and clinical neuro psychologist Dr Hannah Korrel. The sober bar sold zero alcohol wine, beer and spirits from: Lyre’s Spirits, Eden Vale, New Blood, Plus & Minus, Giesen, Strange Love mixers, Big Drop Brewing and Mornington Beer. TO INTERVIEW IRENE FALCONE email or call Max Markson 0412 501 601 Max Markson 0412501601   LUC LONGLEY – ONE NIGHT ONLY PALAIS THEATRE MELBOURNE  Saturday May 29 2021 Tickets from Ticketmaster       ON THE ROAD WITH BILL CLINTON Nelson Mandela, Kim Kardashian, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tony Blair, Al Gore, Mike Tyson, Pele and more.By Max Markson. Book available now from   Markson Sparks! Suite 411 4th Floor 410 Elizabeth St Surry Hills Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA 2010   E: M: 0412 501 601 Work: +61 2 9213 2900   Juice 1073 Farewells Chloe Maxwell 2021-04-22T06:15:15Z juice-1073-farewells-chloe-maxwell MEDIA RELEASE JUICE MEDIA LTD / JUICE 1073 Juice Media Ltd announced today the departure of Chloe Maxwell from Juice1073 and the launch of a new and exciting Brekky format. Chloe has been host of the Juice1073 breakfast program since mid-July 2019, more recently joined by Elerrina McPherson to form “Good Taste Brekky with Chloe & Elerrina”.  CEO, Ken Pridmore reported “It is with great sadness that Chloe Maxwell will be leaving us, her last day being Wednesday 28 April 2021. The charity, 4ASD Kids that Chloe co-founded with her husband Mat Rogers is expanding and demanding more attention from Chloe and with recent passing of two close relatives, she has decided to spend more time with her growing family. Chloe has been such a blessing to the Gold Coast, working with our amazing team to raise significant funds for local charities, hampers at Christmas for needy Gold Coast families and hundreds of cataract surgeries for people in the poorest countries. Together with Elerrina, they have showcased local talent and given our listeners a healthy dose of fun, laughter and a sense of belonging. We pray for Chloe and Mat that this next season may be rich and fulfilling. Chloe, the door is always open.” Elerrina will now host a new Brekky Show format with interactive talk topics, local information, music, games and competitions. Coming soon are new and exciting segments like “Fully Sickkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk Tuesday”TM, “Apprentice Chef”TM and “Thinging Thursday”TM along with regular segments like “Mental Health Monday” and “Friyay Live”TM. Juice continues its commitment to bring Good Taste Radio with a guarantee of “no awkward moments”, delivering the message of hope, positivity and inclusivity to the families of the Gold Coast. Juice Media Ltd Give2Asia Australia launches with new services to unlock overseas charitable giving 2021-04-20T16:50:53Z give2asia-australia-launches-with-new-services-to-unlock-overseas-charitable-giving MELBOURNE, Vic.—Give2Asia Australia, a new public benevolent institution, officially opened its doors today. The Melbourne-based non-profit will offer philanthropists, corporations, and foundations a trusted, tax-friendly pathway to support charitable causes across Asia. Give2Asia Australia is launching in response to the growing demand for cross-border philanthropy. Until recently, Australian philanthropists and corporations had few options for overseas giving. However, new regulations allow certain non-profits to support poverty alleviation projects around the world. “Australians are generous people, but the vast majority of our charity has been trapped within our borders,” explained Anita Toy, Chief Representative of Give2Asia Australia. “We want it to be just as easy to support your favourite cause overseas as it is here at home.” Give2Asia Australia is part of a robust cross-border philanthropy network. Over the last 20 years, USA-based Give2Asia has delivered over $450 million (AUD) in charitable grants from the USA to charities across the Asia-Pacific. Give2Asia Foundation Ltd, based in Hong Kong SAR PRC, offers similar services to donors there. Through a partnership with the King Baudouin Foundation in Brussels, Give2Asia Australia also will benefit from their philanthropy expertise in Europe and Africa. The new organisation also opens doors for Asia-based charities with supporters in Australia. By setting up an Australian Friends Fund with Give2Asia Australia, qualified overseas non-profits can raise tax-deductable donations in Australia for their poverty alleviation work. “We know that many Australians share our mission of alleviating poverty wherever it may be found in the world,” said Birger Stamperdahl, President and CEO of Give2Asia. “Give2Asia Australia will be a bridge between compassionate donors and corporations, and the overseas charities doing this important work.” By working with Give2Asia Australia, donors can safely and securely support projects in more than 20 countries across Asia while complying with local and international regulations. They also benefit from Give2Asia’s network of in-country advisors, who oversee projects to ensure funds are used effectively. Give2Asia Australia is endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as a Deductable Gift Recipient (DGR). As a result, donations greater than $2 (AUD) are tax deductable in Australia. While it’s too soon to know whether Australia will become an international giving powerhouse, early signs are encouraging. Several overseas gifts by local philanthropists and corporations are already in the works. To learn more about Give2Asia Australia or to discuss an overseas donation, visit or email About Give2Asia Australia Limited Give2Asia Australia Limited enables Australian donors to give across borders. We connect corporates, philanthropists, and foundations with locally run charities across Asia. Our mission is to alleviate poverty and strengthen communities in Asia by making international giving easier and more effective. Give2Asia Australia is a registered Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) charitable organisation based in Melbourne. Since 2001, the global Give2Asia network has facilitated more than $350 million of charitable grants across 23 countries.