The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-06-11T06:29:04Z Melbourne Couple Support Locals With Free Pastries During Lockdown 2021-06-11T06:29:04Z melbourne-couple-support-locals-with-free-pastries-during-lockdown-1 MELBOURNE, VIC, AUSTRALIA, June 11, 2021.  Melbourne Couple, Albert and Alice Tran delivered French-inspired pastries by Laurent Bakery to struggling Melbourne COVID lockdown residents as part of their community initiative with their start up company ONYA Thanks!.Co-Founder, Alice Tran, said the philanthropic initiative was grounded in the company’s core values to support and give back to the community.Ms Baruah from Cocoa Oven received a free pastry box and said “I’ve been feeling a bit anxious over the last few days, I know doughnuts won’t solve world issues but sometimes all you need is a simple gesture of kindness to help you keep going.”Ms Tran said “We put a call-out through our social channels for people to nominate others doing it tough during the lockdown, and started gifting surprise boxes of six mixed Laurent Bakery doughnuts,”“Our company is currently in its pre-launch phase, but the situation was deserving of our support and we wanted to lift spirits with some incredible pastry treats free of charge during lockdown”ONYA Thanks! was created by husband-and-wife duo, Albert and Alice Tran, after organising gift deliveries during lockdown but left feeling disappointed when required to ask the gift recipient their address, ruining the surprise.Ms Tran said ONYA Thanks! provided a solution to the problem of self-disclosure when trying to gift a surprise package to a family member, friend or colleague.“ONYA Thanks! is provided the recipient’s name and contact number, and arranges delivery on behalf of the sender, which retains the all-important element of surprise,” added Ms Tran.“We also create a trusted privacy barrier where a recipient may be hesitant to disclose their personal address to a sender, and instead feel comfortable doing so with ONYA Thanks! as a reputable service.“Our concept was originally designed for corporate gift-giving situations where many people are now working from home or remotely, so it’s not as simple as just sending a gift to an office address anymore.“But it works in any situation where the sender doesn’t have the receiver’s address, so gifting for a birthday, anniversary, engagement, baby announcement, or any other occasion can be done without giving away the surprise of where the gift is coming from.”As well as partnering with Laurent Bakery, ONYA Thanks! has also recently secured Brown Brothers’ Brown & Co. vegan-friendly rosé to its gift range.To find out more about ONYA Thanks!, search @onya.thanks on Facebook or Instagram. 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If there is one thing that COVID has shined a light upon is that leaders and organisations who lead with kindness, courage and inclusiveness are the ones who will stand out during this pandemic. This is why she and her team have created the Global Outstanding Leadership Awards to champion this leadership for our generations of today and tomorrow. We are championing the change we want to see.   Leaders who selflessly lead with authenticity, compassion and impact due credit has never been more needful at a time like this. The prestigious Outstanding Leadership Awards celebrates the enormous contributions of five-star leaders who serve with courage, kindness, and inclusivity.   An ivy league of brands harnessing their shared vision have spectacularly combined to showcase a befitting recognition of stellar leadership under the auspices of LeadershipHQ. In the wake of an era that has been fraught with disruptive change and challenges, demonstrating the need for, and acknowledgement of courageous, kind, and inclusive leadership should be everyone's cup of tea. The Outstanding Leadership Awards 2022 comes as a timely, well-deserved recognition in this wise.   The second instalment of the internationally acclaimed awards, this platform is primed to reward the exploits of a few distinguished individuals and teams who have demonstrated their ilk in leadership. A swathe of visionary brands featuring Central Queensland University, Kay by Design, McDonald Inc., Specialists in Communications, Veriskills/QTAC and Digital 8 have all lent their voice to the global recognition of a bunch of courageous, inclusive and authentic leaders.   "Nothing quite celebrates the virtue of people-first leadership, and the truth in 'rising by lifting others' more than the Outstanding Leadership Awards. Our motivation for this initiative is to reward leaders that lead with courage, kindness, and deep consideration for diversity and inclusion," said CEO of LeadershipHQ, McDonald Inc., and renowned leadership advisor, Sonia McDonald. "Throughout the corporate world, media, and political space, there is an urgent void that only this kind of positive change in leadership can fill. I'm uber-excited about the prospects of our partners jointly showcasing and creating leaders of today and tomorrow who espouse this type of leadership yet again."   Leaders do not exist in a vacuum. They express their leadership capacity flowing from a set of prevailing sectors, circumstances, cultural influences, backgrounds, and enabling environments. This reality finds expression in the proliferation of categories of leadership to be awarded in this event namely (and in no particular order):   ·      Start-Up Leader ·      Women in Construction Student ·      Student Leader ·      Women In STEM ·      SME Business Leader ·      Community Leader ·      Public Sector Leader ·      Future Leader ·      Indigenous Leader ·      Team Leader of the Year ·      Courageous Leader of the Year ·      Courageous Team – Public Sector ·      CEO- Large ·      CEO- Medium ·      Courageous Team – Community ·      Courageous Team – Corporate   The selected nominees will not just epitomise all the key criteria for their nominated category but demonstrate in all walks that they are leaders par excellence.     For this prestigious event, the distinguished panel of expert judges boast an array of exquisite leaders like David Thodey, Nyunggai Warren Mundine, Andrew Leakey, and a host of other similarly amazing leaders who have made efforts and set examples for the adoption of people-first, courageous leadership across the Globe.   Sonia added "We, along with our partners are being part of the conversation around a movement of positive change across the globe that will set the paradigm for kind, courageous and inclusive leadership. This bodes well for our prospects of having an even better quality of leadership - and leaders - now, and beyond."   If you know a Courageous Leader or Team, then have them recognised for their courageous Leadership by nominating them. Nominations will close on 31st January 2022!   Individuals and organisations interested in partnering with LeadershipHQ on this exciting journey should contact them here: https://www.outstandingleadershipawards.com.au/contact/   Find out more about the Awards:   To find out more about the Outstanding Leadership Awards 2022, to support the awards and to nominate a leader, visit https://www.outstandingleadershipawards.com.au/awards-2021-2/   Contact: For more information or to interview Sonia McDonald, contact: Sonia McDonald or Katie Watts 0424 447 616 | 1300 719 665 sonia@leadershiphq.com.au     EnviroForce Provides Asbestos Testing Services Throughout Australia 2021-06-09T06:28:16Z enviroforce-provides-asbestos-testing-services-throughout-australia EnviroForce is an environmental testing and consulting group that performs asbestos testing and asbestos inspection services in Australia. Our team includes scientists and consultants who are asbestos inspection experts. 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If it’s a great not-for-profit idea, that helps people, we want to hear about it.” - Robert Ryan, IMB Bank CEO Images and vision available here 9 June 2021 – More demand and not enough money to go around. It’s the challenge that many not-for-profits and grassroots community groups have faced since the global pandemic hit Australian shores. In a silver lining for the charitable sector, extra funding is available from the IMB Bank Community Foundation. Not-for-profits, charities and grassroots community groups are encouraged to submit their cause or project for funding consideration by June 30 via IMB’s website: imb.com.au/community. “The last 12 to 18 months have been unprecedented with fires, floods and of course the global pandemic...now more than ever our community groups could use a helping hand. That’s where we hope IMB Bank’s Community Foundation can play a key role,” says Robert Ryan, IMB Bank CEO. “We’ve heard a lot about ‘resilience’ over the past 12 to 18 months, but it’s hard to be resilient in the face of COVID or a natural disaster unless you’ve got financial support. IMB Bank Community Foundation is here to offer that helping hand, and to build stronger, more empowered communities,” continued Mr Ryan. The Foundation has a history of supporting more than 750 community projects that deliver essential disaster relief, education, health care, sports and recreation, arts and culture, aged care, and many other services to Australians in city, regional and disadvantaged communities. “We are again calling for those people and groups, taking action and making a real difference in their neighbourhoods and networks, to come forward and apply for IMB Bank Community Foundation funding.” Following the global pandemic, almost half of charities, not-for-profits and social enterprises reported an increase in demand for their services. [1] While around 1 in 4 charities depend on giving and philanthropy for 50% or more of their total revenue,[2] in the midst of the global pandemic, 31% of social purpose organisations had not received government support. Smaller organisations and those in regional and rural areas were also less likely to have access to or receive government assistance[3]. COVID-19 has also impacted the giving behaviour of Australians, with one in four givers expected to decrease their giving this year.[4] This comes as just over a quarter (26%) of social purpose organisations report a decline in philanthropic grants and funding. To combat these statistics, the IMB Bank Community Foundation’s grant funding program aims to offer the financial boost that many of the teams and volunteers on the front-line need to continue supporting people in their local communities. “Since 1880, IMB Bank has been strongly invested in the communities in which we operate. We have enabled hundreds of local groups to access essential funds to advance and strengthen their communities. We encourage all not-for-profits to apply for funding this year by June 30,” said Mr Ryan. 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 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, Canberra and Melbourne. It is focused on building strong, resilient and forward-focused communities - which is at the heart of IMB Bank’s core philosophy. IMB Bank Community Foundation 2021 funding applications close on 30 June 2021. Community groups should visit https://www.imb.com.au/community to apply. ENDS For more information, or to arrange an interview, contact Blue Planet Public Relations:   Maria Crema – maria.crema@blueplanetpr.com.au or +61 402 239 929 Sophie Blue - sophie.blue@blueplanetpr.com.au 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] https://www.philanthropy.org.au/tools-resources/fast-facts-and-stats/ [3] Reset 2020 - NATIONAL IMPACT+NEED RESEARCH STUDY, Phase 2 - September 2020 Survey Interval [4] https://mccrindle.com.au/insights/blog/the-impact-of-covid-19-on-giving/   Bravery, Kindness, and Inclusion the focus of new Leadership book — ‘First Comes Courage’ 2021-06-06T21:12:30Z bravery-kindness-and-inclusion-the-focus-of-new-leadership-book-first-comes-courage Bravery, Kindness, and Inclusion the focus of new Leadership book —‘First Comes Courage’   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: https://soniamcdonald.com.au/contact/   Contact: For more information or to interview Sonia McDonald, contact: Sonia McDonald or Katie Watts 0424 447 616 | 1300 719 665   Related Links: https://soniamcdonald.com.au/ https://www.leadershiphq.com.au https://www.mcdonaldinc.com.au/ Free French Pastries for Melbourne COVID lockdown Sufferers 2021-06-06T03:56:29Z free-french-pastries-for-melbourne-covid-lockdown-sufferers Melbourne, Australia, June 6, 2021: Melbourne start-up company, ONYA Thanks!, is delivering French-inspired pastries by Laurent Bakery to struggling Melbourne COVID lockdown residents as part of their pre-launch initiative. Co-Founder, Alice Tran, said the philanthropic initiative was grounded in the company’s core values to support and give back to the community.  “We put a call-out through our social channels for people to nominate others doing it tough during the lockdown, and started gifting surprise boxes of six mixed Laurent Bakery doughnuts,” added Ms Tran.  “Our company is currently in its pre-launch phase, but the situation was deserving of our support and we wanted to lift spirits with some incredible pastry treats free of charge. “We are running this promotion until the lockdown ends and we hope to bring a smile to the faces of many more Melbourne residents before then.” ONYA Thanks! was created by husband-and-wife duo, Albert and Alice Tran, after organising gift deliveries during lockdown but left feeling disappointed when required to ask the gift recipient their address, ruining the surprise.  Ms Tran said ONYA Thanks! provided a solution to the problem of self-disclosure when trying to gift a surprise package to a family member, friend or colleague.   “ONYA Thanks! is provided the recipient’s name and contact number, and arranges delivery on behalf of the sender, which retains the all-important element of surprise,” added Ms Tran. “We also create a trusted privacy barrier where a recipient may be hesitant to disclose their personal address to a sender, and instead feel comfortable doing so with ONYA Thanks! as a reputable service.  “Our concept was originally designed for corporate gift-giving situations where many people are now working from home or remotely, so it’s not as simple as just sending a gift to an office address anymore. “But it works in any situation where the sender doesn’t have the receiver’s address, so gifting for a birthday, anniversary, engagement, baby announcement, or any other occasion can be done without giving away the surprise of where the gift is coming from.”  As well as partnering with Laurent Bakery, ONYA Thanks! has also recently secured Brown Brothers’ Brown & Co. vegan-friendly rosé to its gift range. To find out more about ONYA Thanks!, search @onya.thanks on Facebook or Instagram. The ONYA Thanks! website will go live in July.  -ENDS- About ONYA Thanks!: ONYA Thanks! was created by Melbourne couple Albert and Alice Tran. The company’s unique delivery model helps retain the element of gift-giving surprise by facilitating its gift box delivery on behalf of the sender. Gift boxes are filled with a range of local Australian products including wine and pastries. ONYA Thanks! is derived from the colloquial term good on ya, thanks! in a nod to good old fashioned Australian dialect. Currently servicing the metro Melbourne area, the company has planned expansion into Sydney and Brisbane over the next 18 months.  Greek Heritage shines through George Sourrys' new novel! 2021-06-05T10:32:00Z greek-heritage-shines-through-george-sourrys-new-novel George Sourrys has just published his new novel The Synchronicity of Ulysses. Read his account on how his Greek Heritage shone through in his writing: "I am half Greek in heritage, with my ancestors from my father’s side coming from the island of Kythera. As a child I wasn’t necessarily spreading the word of this. I didn’t understand the true significance of it. It was as I became older and learnt about the history of Greece that I became to realise how much I resonate with the culture. To me, one of the most magical periods of human civilisation was The Golden Age of Greece. The incredible advancements that were made in this period continue to astound me. They philosophised that the earth was a sphere, that everything was made of atoms and that creatures underwent evolution, thousands of years before these scientific truths were proven. I have always felt that if I were back in these times, I would want to be a philosopher, searching for wisdom such as Socrates, Aristotle and Plato. In my early twenties, I read a novel called The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield. It was unlike the novels I had read previously. It was visionary fiction – a genre where the story is not only written to entertain, but also to impart deep wisdom. I thought, how great it would be to write a novel like this, one with great wisdom. Perhaps I could discover philosophical secrets that one day could be proven by science in the distant future, just like the Ancient Greeks. And put this all into a book, an entertaining story. It was a grand goal, but of course, I had to discover the wisdom to share first. This journey took the course of almost two decades. I read everything I could about almost every subject – philosophy, the sciences and religion. I did a bachelor of psychological science. I took notes of every great thought, every idea I encountered. I read other great books in the visionary fiction genre such as The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho. And I travelled the world, particularly Greece, looking for wisdom. All with the vision to share a novel with the world, one filled with insights. Over time, deep philosophical theories developed. And eventually, I had uncovered all the wisdom I needed and I was ready to share it with the world. And that’s when the journey of writing it began. Unplanned, as I wrote it, I discovered that my Greek heritage was powerfully finding its way onto the pages. The story follows a character called Ulysses. Ulysses, like the ancient Greek philosophers, is on a quest to discover the universal truths. And finally, he discovers what he has been searching for - A Theory of everything. However, there are unexpected side effects of this discovery – he becomes suddenly becomes psychic and these newfound powers attract the attention of The Shadows, a sinister dynasty that secretly controls the world and wishes to hide this enlightened theory from mankind. Rescued from The Shadows by a secret society called Geno, Ulysses learns that Geno also holds this theory of everything and have done so since both the secret society and theory was first created in the Golden Age of Ancient Greece. Thrusted from his normal life, Ulysses embarks on an adventure like the original Ulysses (Odysseus) in Homer’s The Odyssey. He travels to the secret society’s base in the thick rainforest. Here, at the steps of an Ancient Grecian pavilion, he is taught the societies philosophical secrets. He learns mindset principles that will help him to live the life of his dreams. And most importantly to him, how to control his newfound powers. And this where the true adventure begins…" The Synchronicity of Ulysses is available in good book stores and online, such as Amazon.     New book on social justice by Dr Joan Beckwith exposes and challenges abuses of structural power 2021-06-04T02:02:17Z new-book-on-social-justice-by-dr-joan-beckwith-exposes-and-challenges-abuses-of-structural-power Melbourne’s long winter lockdown in 2020 proved fruitful for Dr Joan Beckwith, enabling her to write and publish her latest book, Social Justice Is For Everyone, an Invitation in Essays to Join a Conversation.A decades-long advocate of social justice, former academic Dr Beckwith has also been a psychologist-practitioner in health, mental health, university and refugee settings. This proud and officially retired ‘feminist psychologist’ is currently working with two Melbourne councils on reconciliation plans and is donating $10 from every book sold to the Wurundjeri Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Council.Dr Beckwith’s 300-page book comprises 41 essays that develop the idea that every issue of social justice is part of the issue of social equity, highlighting the intersections between, for example, race, gender, sexuality, disability, age, refugee status, health and mental health, economic inequality and access to education. “Promoting social justice is, the argument develops, all about unpacking power,” she says. “Hierarchical power relations between social groups are the meta-issue. Social justice work is about exposing and challenging abuses, subverting and redistributing structural power.“Social justice work celebrates diversity, respects difference, forges connections across issues and groups and amplifies marginalised voices.“The book is designed to open up conversations rather than prescribing a particular opinion and is a valuable resource for people who want to review their engagement with social issues and consider alternative but well researched issues along the way,” she said.Chapters come under 10 broad topics including:* Racism* Gender and sexuality* Disability policy–refugee policy* Worker abuse* Children* Older generations* Health and mental health* Economic injustice* EducationSocial Justice Is For Everyone is aimed at anyone with any level of interest in any dimension of social justice and their intersections. It draws on academic theory and Dr Beckwith’s professional background, but the writing style is conversational and broadly accessible.Ms Colleen Turner, a fellow and former director of social issues at the Australian Psychological Society, said, “Dr Joan Beckwith’s analysis is based on the impact of real power differentials and focusses on how to even them for the benefit of everyone. She places the least powerful at the centre of her analysis reversing the usual privileging. The book uses examples that are clear, compelling and concrete.” Dr Lorraine Jessie Harrison, a social worker with experience in working with carers, elder abuse, and sexual assault, said, “Dr Joan Beckwith’s book has a rich variety of chapters on many areas of social justice including racism, gender and sexuality, disability, worker abuse, children, ageism, mental health, economic injustice and education. It is an exemplary piece of work bringing together an edited collection of well researched essays.”Published by Busybird Publishing, the book is available from online retailers as a paperback (various prices from $28.60-$38.26 inc P&P) and Kindle eBook from Amazon for $7.33. It is also available from the author at joan.beckwith@outlook.com in return for a donation to the Wurundjeri Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Council. Further details can be found at https://2020socialjustice.com/The first chapter is available free from: https://2020socialjustice.com/social-justice-for-all/EndsAbout the author:Dr Joan Beckwith’s career commenced as a Registered Psychologist in 1987 and continued to 2010. She has a BA with Majors in Psychology and Media Studies (Swinburne), an MA Preliminary (Psychology) (Melbourne University) an MA (Coursework, Women’s Studies) (Latrobe University) a Graduate Diploma in Education (Tertiary) and a PhD (Psychology) (Melbourne University). Dr Beckwith is now retired as a professional psychologist, but continues to draw on her background and experience in her writing and activism.“Feminism and psychology have an uneasy relationship, and the tension has shaped the way I have worked as an academic, a counsellor in a university, a practitioner in community-based mental health and drug services, and with people seeking asylum in unwelcoming times.“The day one of my feminist mentors introduced me to a colleague as a ‘feminist psychologist' was a landmark, even though many mainstream psychologists (as well as many feminists) would see such a description as an oxymoron.“Feminist theory started me thinking about relationships of power wherever they occur, given that gender intersects with other key dimensions (including race, class, and sexuality, for example) which in turn intersect with each other. Relationships of power underlie issues of social justice so that these, in turn, also form an intersecting web.“Social justice has provided the unifying theme across the personal, professional and political domains of my life. I have worked towards it in theory and practice with students, clients and colleagues, as well as closer to home. I have marched and rallied, signed petitions and collected signatures, lobbied, produced papers and given presentations.”Dr Joan Beckwithhttps://2020socialjustice.com/Reviews:“This book is an invaluable opportunity to sit down with a knowledgeable writer and esteemed psychologist in the field of social justice. Dr Beckwith offers a gentle challenge to the way one perceives a wide-ranging set of social justice issues, turning them over and viewing them from new angles. She exemplifies the curiosity and empathy that is pivotal to productive engagement with social justice concerns. No matter what stage of awareness about matters of social justice one has reached, we all have a lot to learn from this book.”Sam Stevens (they/them) (Poet; Editor at Busybird Publishing; Associate Editor at The Suburban Review; BA in Literature and Creative Writing from Melbourne University)“It’s a book that will have a big impact on readers because it raises issues about which we should all be concerned. The writing style is engaging, provocative, but non-judgmental to promote thoughtfulness and hopefully social change.”Dr Christine Baxter (two decades of teaching and research in disability studies at Deakin University)“Dr Joan Beckwith’s book has a rich variety of chapters on many areas of social justice including racism, gender and sexuality, disability, worker abuse, children, ageism, mental health, economic injustice and education. It is an exemplary piece of work bringing together an edited collection of well researched essays. I have found chapters informative, incisive and easily readable. I congratulate Joan on this excellent book and many, many years fighting and writing about social justice for all.”Dr Lorraine Jessie Harrison (Social Worker with experience in working with carers, elder abuse, and sexual assault)More reviews in media release.Media enquiries:Issued on behalf of Dr Joan Beckwith by WMC Public Relations Pty Ltd.To request a copy of the book (please specify printed copy or PDF), high-res photos or an interview with Joan Beckwith, please contact Wendy McWilliams on 03 9803 2588 / 0421 364 665. RewardOps and Flybuys launch partnership to transform Flybuys’ Rewards Store 2021-06-02T21:01:34Z rewardops-and-flybuys-launch-partnership-to-transform-flybuys-rewards-store Sydney, AUSTRALIA - June 3, 2021 - RewardOps, a trailblazing engagement commerce platform headquartered in Canada with a rapidly growing presence in Australia, today announces its partnership with Flybuys following the recent revamp of Flybuys’ Rewards Store, integrating the RewardOps platform. This partnership will enable the country’s leading loyalty program to offer an enhanced member experience and drive improved value for customers.  For the last two years, Flybuys has been on a digital transformation journey, moving its core services to the cloud. This partnership furthers that effort by moving to RewardOps’ cloud-based API platform. By leveraging RewardOps to seamlessly power its redemption capabilities, Flybuys can now better engage its more than 8 million members with more than 1,000 reward choices. Through one simple integration with RewardOps, Flybuys will save time on program administration and curation, streamline the supplier onboarding process, and open up a number of new features that will improve the member experience when redeeming.  “Flybuys is delighted to partner with RewardsOps, and we are pleased to have recently launched our revamped Flybuys Rewards Store making it easier for our members to redeem rewards and save on their everyday shopping,” said Flybuys Chief Executive Officer, John Merakovsky. “RewardOps is proud to partner with Flybuys to help them reimagine their customer experience. We are excited to continue growing this partnership to deliver unique rewards experiences that will further enhance their member engagement,” said Azim Esmail, CEO and Founder of RewardOps. “This partnership marks our commitment to the investment and hyper-growth we have planned within the ANZ region.” The focus of this partnership for the future will be on improving the member experience through personalisation and enabling Flybuys to provide segmented promotions to members. About RewardOps RewardOps is an engagement commerce platform creating positive disruption in the rewards space. RewardOps’ cloud-hosted infrastructure, SaaS approach and agile methodology sets it apart from other companies in the loyalty industry. Using RewardOps’ API-based software, forward-thinking companies in the loyalty industry can easily build, track and streamline their rewards programs. With one simple integration, RewardOps’ partners can access millions of products from a continuously growing marketplace of exciting reward suppliers for new and deepening levels of engagement. For more information, please visit: www.rewardops.com.  Follow RewardOps on Twitter or LinkedIn.   About Flybuys Established in 1994, Flybuys is Australia’s most popular loyalty program, helping Australians to enjoy a wide range of rewards and benefits when they shop. Flybuys is committed to serving its more than 8 million active members with new and exciting ways to engage with the program. Flybuys points can be collected across 23 participating brands making up 25% of Australian retail sales including Coles, Kmart, Target, Catch.com.au and Optus. Flybuys also allows members to collect points via its financial, insurance and travel services partners. Flybuys is a joint venture between Wesfarmers and Coles. For more information, visit flybuys.com.au.   Media Contacts: RewardOps media enquiries: Kendall Travierso, RewardOps media@rewardops.com +61 400 814 425   Flybuys media enquiries: Claire Raimondo, Attention+Influence flybuys@attentionandinfluence.com.au +61 403 524 260 IMB Bank Community Foundation funding welcomes environmental causes 2021-06-02T18:53:57Z imb-bank-community-foundation-funding-welcomes-environmental-causes Images and vision available here In the lead up to World Environment Day (5 June), the IMB Bank Community Foundation is encouraging all green-minded groups to apply for grant funding to help shape the sustainable future of the country. Australians are more environmentally engaged than ever before, with 78% young people concerned or extremely concerned about climate change.[1] 67% believe that Australia is not doing enough to reduce carbon emissions.[2] IMB Bank Community Foundation grant funding is open for projects with ambitious goals of tackling climate change, through to localised causes that address waste management, land regeneration and sustainable practices. “This year, 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,” says Robert Ryan, IMB Bank CEO. Since 1999, the IMB Bank Community Foundation has supported a variety of environmentally focussed initiatives. Funding has helped local communities rebuild after natural disasters. Solar energy programs, community gardens and environmentally focussed youth programs have also benefited from funding. Environmental projects funded by IMB Bank Community Foundation include: ●       OzGreen’s YOUth LEADing the World - A transformative sustainability leadership program run in the Illawarra and Canberra that enables young people to actively participate in creating fairer, more sustainable futures. ●       Clean Energy for Eternity – Solar power for communities in South East NSW. ●       Revesby South Public School – Sustainable vegetable garden with chicken coop, worm farm and beehives for children in south-west Sydney. ●       Nowra East Public School - Development of a permanent Learning Seating Circle for students and community members in NSW’s Shoalhaven region. ●       Our Community Project Incorporated – Funding to create 4,000 square metres of an urban farm in Wollongong NSW as a new area for food growing.  ●       SAGE - Providing free vegetable beds to those affected by the bushfires in South East NSW. ●       Southern Highlands Botanical Garden - Supporting the propagation and protection of endemic and rare plant species to develop the gardens. ●       Tuggeranong Uniting Church – Supporting garden activities at the Erindale Neighbourhood Garden in the ACT. ●       Tuross Community Garden Inc. - Education and installation of a new roof-on-the-ground water system for the Tuross Community Garden in South Coast NSW. ●       Vinnies Bushfire Relief Fund - Rebuilding areas around NSW’s South Coast impacted by bushfires. The IMB Bank Community Foundation supports people and communities in IMB’s key markets - Sydney, the Illawarra, Hunter, South Coast, Southern Highlands, the ACT and Melbourne. It is focused on building strong, resilient and forward-focused communities - which is at the heart of IMB Bank’s core philosophy. IMB Bank Community Foundation 2021 funding applications close on 30 June 2021. Community groups should visit https://www.imb.com.au/community to apply. ENDS For more information, or to arrange an interview, contact Blue Planet Public Relations: Maria Crema – maria.crema@blueplanetpr.com.au or +61 402 239 929 Sophie Blue - sophie.blue@blueplanetpr.com.au 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] https://www.redcross.org.au/getmedia/73ebf89a-dabb-46f8-a782-26cbb038735e/youth-survey-report-2020-07-28-0-6_3.pdf.aspx [2] https://www.redcross.org.au/getmedia/73ebf89a-dabb-46f8-a782-26cbb038735e/youth-survey-report-2020-07-28-0-6_3.pdf.aspx Removing the Label with Special Needs Children 2021-06-01T03:15:36Z removing-the-label-with-special-needs-children Those who are diagnosed with autism can often experience social, communicational and behavioural challenges throughout their lives, and so too do their family members [1]. But when a Gold Coast mother of two’s, first born child was diagnosed with ASD, Lilly Faith was relieved. “Receiving a diagnosis meant that we could create early intervention techniques, which have been a saving grace for our family,” Lilly says, “Though there is still a stigma surrounding Autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities.” Feeling the need to break down the stereotypes around children with disabilities , Lilly wrote about her family’s journey in her upcoming memoir and resource manual, Set Free Autism and ADHD.  Using her own experiences to fuel the story, Lilly pulled heavily from qualified professionals and incorporated the practical, logical, and theory based information she found helpful in her family’s journey. With an aim to reach both educators, teachers, parents, and caregivers, Lilly hopes to inspire a shift in thinking around neurodiversity, especially in schools. “There will be an impact on mindset, there will be a shift, and there will be a new awakening,” Lilly says. Lilly hopes that parents who read her book will be able to understand the need to equip educators with the tools to provide for a rich developmental childhood. “Early intervention is imperative for children to thrive as adults. Recognising the signs, and having the tools to help is one of the best ways we can help our children to be successful everyday.” If you would like to find out more about Lilly and her family’s journey, you can find her at  https://www.lillyfaithparenting.com.au Lilly will be launching her book at NDIS on June 10, Little Souls ABA on June 11, and book signing at Mount Nathan Winery on June 13. 1. Hart, Chloe (2021) ‘Autism made me successful’: Olympic rower Chris Morgan shows strength in neurodiversity. ABC. Available at:https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-29/chris-morgan-autism-struggle-olympics-rowing-neurodiversity/100103374 [Accessed 24 May. 2021] New Aussie dance music website ‘The DJ Revolution’ officially launches 2021-05-30T23:38:44Z new-aussie-dance-music-website-the-dj-revolution-officially-launches After a ‘soft launch’ on social media last month, Sydney-based news service and dance music blog, The DJ Revolution, has announced its official launch today. Having been three years in the making up until this point, their vision is to become one of the leading online resources for dance music enthusiasts & DJs – not just in Australia, but also across Europe. ‘’We’re really excited to have finally pushed out to market’’, The Founder said in a statement. ‘’Since I moved to Australia from the UK back in 2010, I’ve always thought that dance music websites – decent ones at least – were very thin on the ground here. I really think we can help put Australia back on the dance music map with what we’re trying to do – and create a really cool service that’ll eventually compete with the big boys overseas!’’ ‘’As well as Australia, we also cover news stories and music festivals in the UK & Europe. Right now, especially, there’s only so much to cover here in terms of dance & electronic music events - but that’s slowly changing!’’ ‘’Even with the Covid situation, the electronic dance music scene is still a massive market here’’, he went on to say.   If you’re into dance & electronic music - or if you’re a DJ of some sort - check The DJ Revolution’s new website here. Official promo/launch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fUpZk5edz8   About The DJ Revolution Based out of Sydney, The DJ Revolution is essentially a network of established DJs, producers and dance music enthusiasts. Focussing on the more underground side of dance & electronic music, they produce industry news pieces, festival updates and feature articles. They also provide various free resources for DJs. In their own words: ‘’What we wanted to do was create an online resource that the dance community could be proud of; not just for your average raver and partygoer but also for those with a passion for DJing.’’ Reconciliation It’s more than a word. We are ready to take action. Are you? 2021-05-27T05:01:09Z reconciliation-it-s-more-than-a-word-we-are-ready-to-take-action-are-you Reconciliation NSW have been promoting, educating, and calling out for Reconciliation for 24 years. Australians are well and truly ready to embrace reconciliation and to Learn, Act and Share knowledge and values that address racism, truth telling, equity and equality, institutional integrity and unity. This year during National Reconciliation Week May 27– June 3, we are asking all Australians to take action that proves how ready we are! How? 1.       Learn what Country you are on, and the stories of that place. Knowing the history of where you live allows you to understand, relate and respect the traditional custodians and to be connected to a time and story beyond a mere 250 years of colonisation.   2.       Take action by signing the Uluru Statement from the Heart canvas and write to your local MP to let them know that First Nations People must have a voice and that voice needs to be embedded in the Constitution. Reconciliation NSW Indigenous Co-Chair, Joshua M. Gilbert, a Worimi man, says: “The 2021 State of Reconciliation Barometer (from Reconciliation Australia) indicates that over 95% of the general population believe it is important for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to have a say in matters that affect them. The Uluru Statement from The Heart is seeking to achieve this through Voice, Treaty, Truth.”   3.       Share your support for First Nations people and issues on social media, in education, at home, buy books, support Aboriginal controlled organisations, challenge racism, show your support visibly. Reconciliation NSW non-Indigenous Co-chair, Annie Tennant says: “A reconciled Australia offers everyone the opportunity to celebrate the oldest living culture in the world, and the world expects, and deserves no less.” Reconciliation NSW Says: Learn, Act, Share to create a proud Australian identity! We are thankful to the Fred Hollows Foundation for partnering with Reconciliation NSW to develop these three Learn Act Share Factsheets: Factsheet for Everyone                   Factsheet for the Workplace           Factsheet for Schools