The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-06-15T01:02:39Z BONDI RESCUE's 'LIFEGUARD MAXI’ STRESSES THE IMPORTANCE OF KNOWING DRS ABCD FOLLOWING FOOTBALLER ERIKSEN'S COLLAPSE 2021-06-15T01:02:39Z bondi-rescues-lifeguard-maxi-stresses-the-importance-of-knowing-drs-abcd-following-footballer-eriksens-collapse Bondi Rescue’s Lifeguard Maxi, Trent Maxwell has stressed the importance of knowing what to do in the event of an emergency following Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen's collapse during his side’s European Championship match with Finland at the weekend.The incident serves as an important reminder for both children and adults to know how to respond in the case of an emergency using the DRS ABCD method. “D is for danger, R is for response, S means send for help, A means check airways, B means check they’re breathing, C is for CPR and D is use defibrillators if needed,” said Maxi.Maxi and his Live Learn Survive social enterprise partner, Leigh Mason travel the country, and the world, visiting schools, libraries, swim and surf clubs presenting their education program teaching both children and adults about fire and water safety, and vital life skills."I awoke to a message at Facebook on Sunday morning from a parent in the United Kingdom who said their daughter asked if medics did DRS ABCD on Denmark's Erikson, and proceeded to rattle off what DRS ABCD stands for!" said Leigh."The parent said her daughter had learnt about DRS ABCD from book number three in the ‘Maxi the Lifeguard’ series.“Our Live Learn Survive books, presentations and tools are proven to be working effectively, with some kids knowing more than their parents when it comes to remembering the CPR steps.”Denmark footballer, Christian Erikson is recovering in hospital after being resuscitated by CPR at the Euro 2020 soccer championship.“We are relieved to hear Christian Eriksen is in hospital recovering after a successful resuscitation from the medics and his team,” said Maxi.“Educating kids in an undaunting format is my passion, this is why Leigh and I created the books and Live Learn Survive,” said Maxi.More information about Live Learn Survive can be found at: https://www.lifeguardmaxi.com.au- ENDS – Further information:Australia’s favourite lifeguard and firefighter, Trent ‘Maxi’ Maxwell of Bondi Rescue fame has launched a world-first global online community platform to teach kids vital surf, water and fire safety, rescue and life skills.Maxi’s Rescue Squad is the brainchild of Maxi and his business partner, Leigh Mason who met in 2014, and founded social enterprise, Live Learn Survive in 2018 after discovering a mutual passion for water safety education and the desire “to give every child and young adult, no matter their location or background, the opportunity to learn key lifesaving skills”.The pair were further prompted to take action after learning that, in 2014, the World Health Organisation commissioned a global report, its first ever dedicated to Drowning, which advised, that other than installing barriers or keeping children away from water, the leading point of action is, to teach water safety to school-aged children.Drowning is a global epidemic with 42 people drowning globally every hour of every day. In Australia, drownings have increased by 10% in the last year (Drowning Report of 2019, Royal Life Saving).In the 18 months prior to Covid, Maxi & Leigh presented to over 11,000 children, in four countries across 30 cities working with over 50 schools, libraries, lifesaving clubs and children’s groups in their mission to educate future generations about water and fire safety, as well as integral life skills.A highlight of their work to date was the Burnie & Penguin Surf Lifesaving Club receiving the Innovation of the Year Award by Surf Life Saving Tasmania for the Beach Safety Awareness project the duo ran with them.“A Royal Life Saving report found that less than 9% of children in Australia are learning a rescue skill - we aim to change that,” said Maxi.Covid was not enough to slow down the tireless duo, who used the pandemic lockdowns and travel restrictions as an opportunity to take their educational program online, as well as producing literature for younger kids, after having released the award winning Maxi the Lifeguard fictional, children’s book series for children aged 8-12 in 2018.The Maxi’s Rescue Squad online community is a safe, moderated space where parents can trust their kids will be in good hands for less than the cost of a cup of coffee each week.“Maxi’s Rescue Squad is a global online community designed for kids 5 years and older, so they can learn alongside their parents,” said Maxi.“The community is accessed by an app, not a browser, so parents can be assured their kids are safe.”Maxi or ‘Lifeguard Maxi’, as he is more commonly known, has been an Australian household name since his debut as a young 16-year-old trainee lifeguard, with his 14-year career well-documented on the award-winning TV series, Bondi Rescue, airing in over 100 countries globally.In 2016, ‘Maxi’ became a firefighter for New South Wales Fire and Rescue and in 2018, he became a qualified Rescue Operator as part of the Heavy Rescue team based at the City of Sydney Fire Station.This unique career combination, coupled with his down-to-earth and affable nature has positioned ‘Maxi' as a much-needed young, positive, male role model – a responsibility he has embraced with open arms."In a society that is screaming out for young, positive, male role models, ‘Maxi’ is a breath of fresh air and is totally committed to playing his part in shaping the young minds of our future generations, not only about surf, water and fire safety but also really important life skills that they may not be taught at school,” said Leigh.No stranger to the water herself, as a teenager, Leigh volunteered as a qualified student swimming teacher alongside her mother, Gillian, who had a career as a professional pool lifeguard and swimming teacher in Nottingham, England. Today, Leigh runs the day-to-day management of Live Learn Survive.The first of the Maxi’s Beach Rescue series of children’s picture books is available to purchase now: https://www.lifeguardmaxi.com.au/shop/Maxis-Beach-Rescue-p309320870More information regarding Maxi’s Rescue Squad can be found at www.maxisrescuesquad.com.au. Social Media Channels:Facebook Page: Lifeguardmaxi: https://www.facebook.com/lifeguardmaxi and Live Learn Survive: https://www.facebook.com/livelearnsurviveauInstagram: @lifeguardmaxi and @livelearnsurviveauTwitter: @lifeguardmaxi and @livelearnsurvivWebsite: http://www.lifeguardmaxi.com.au and www.maxisrescuesquad.com.auImages of the Trent 'Maxi' Maxwell and Leigh Mason and the artwork of their new children's picture book, Maxi's Beach Rescue can be found here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/19q9ACV_RbFVGNyUEJ-e-vme69KAN0efD?usp=sharingFor more information, or for interview/photo requests with Trent ‘Maxi’ Maxwell and/or Leigh Mason, please contact:Joanne RahnDirectorzanthii communicationsPhone: 0402 148 334Email: joanne@zanthii.comFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/ Real estate agent from new industry disruptor wipes out competition in Rate My Agent Awards 2021-05-13T03:55:33Z real-estate-agent-from-new-industry-disruptor-wipes-out-competition-in-rate-my-agent-awards A Gladstone real estate sales professional from fledgling industry disruptor, One Percent Property Sales has been recognised as a Top 3 agent of the area in the Rate My Agent Agency of the Year Awards.In true David vs Goliath fashion, Stuart Grayer has beaten out long-established, large national franchised offices with scores of staff by delivering top-class service and value as a single agent, backed by the One Percent Property Sales brand.The awards recognise exceptional customer service offered by Australia and New Zealand's top real estate agents, based on home buyer, seller and landlord satisfaction."Rate My Agent is utilised by 80% of real estate agents in Australia, and the Agency of the Year Awards is an honest metric reflecting Stuart's dedication, integrity and commitment to his clients as a leading real estate sales professional," said One Percent Property Sales Director, Aaron Lau.Mr Grayer credits his success to a combination of local knowledge, exceptional value for money, and One Percent Property Sales' innovative brand ideas designed to reduce consumer time and spending.Established 12 months ago by three former Purple Bricks’ principals, One Percent Property Sales has enjoyed intense growth, dominating the Queensland market to become the State's number one value-based real estate brand.“Being a percentage-based commission means that our agents are incentivised to get the best price for our vendors every time,” said Mr Lau."The One Percent Property Sales business model ensures everyone is a winner, with agents receiving fair remuneration, and vendors paying less than half the industry-standard commission.”The company’s innovation with time efficiency is also another highly-competitive factor - its Instant Estimate algorithm technology can output a 15-page, detailed appraisal of a home, and provide a snapshot of what’s happening in surrounding areas.“Of course, this is a computer-generated report powered by an algorithm, so it won't always be perfect, but it’s certainly a great tool none-the-less for those who might not want the hassle of having an agent in their home," said Mr Lau.One Percent Property Sales is currently operating throughout South-East Queensland and experiencing major growth in Brisbane, Toowoomba, Gladstone, Ipswich, Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Townsville, Cairns and on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.“We are actively seeking sales agent representation in these areas to keep up with vendor demand,” said Mr Lau.More information can be found at https://www.onepercent.com.au or www.facebook.com/onepercentpropertysales.- ends -For more information, or interview/vision/photo requests, please contact:Joanne RahnDirectorzanthii communicationsPhone: 0402 148 334Email: joanne@zanthii.comFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/zanthiiau Dramatic new theatre production to highlight missing persons epidemic in Australia 2021-05-13T03:06:57Z dramatic-new-theatre-production-to-highlight-missing-persons-epidemic-in-australia Groundbreaking Gold Coast theatre company, Wild Dreamer Productions has risen from the ashes of Covid by re-launching its highly-anticipated new original stage show, VOID.The dramatic two-person production was set to make its world-premiere on the Gold Coast just weeks prior to the Covid lockdown in March last year.Starring Wild Dreamer Productions’ founder and creative director, Aarti Bajaj, VOID aims to highlight the impact of missing persons on families, relationships and society as a whole.Ms Bajaj, who was honoured with a Cultural Achievement Award at the City of Gold Coast 2020 Australia Day Awards, said the show‘s message had touched her when she first read the script.“What really attracted me to the show is that it’s needed in society,” she said.“It’s about a missing child. A daughter goes missing on her fourth birthday and now we go forward to her 18th birthday, with everything that’s happened in the last 14 years.“It’s about how that one incident has affected (the parent’s) entire lives, their family, their relationships.”VOID has been written and will be directed by former Bond University professor Chamkaur Gill, and will also star actor and barrister, Lance Jones in the role of the father.“All any parent wants is nothing but the best for their child. To grow up joyous, to grow happy, to grow filled with the best parts of life. And for two parents, that was exactly how things were, until one unforgiving afternoon at the local park changed everything. Their beautiful and bright daughter, abducted in broad daylight,” said Mr Gill.“Fourteen years have passed, but a parent never gives up hope. Never on their own children. Longing once again to see their beloved, this is a story of how a helpless mother and father grapple with one of the most heartbreaking situations any parent could face. The void created by the loss of their child.”The production is being proudly hosted by HOTA (Home of the Arts), and is also a recipient of Regional Arts Development funding.The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and the City of Gold Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland."Wild Dreamer Productions as a company has displayed incredible strength and resilience post Covid, and I am so proud to be one of the few CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse) creative directors in Queensland to helm an inclusive and diversity-driven production company committed to presenting CALD stories to the mainstream in Australia," said Ms Bajaj.VOID is a far cry from Ms Bajaj’s previous production, the dance spectacular MEERA, which debuted to a full-house of 1,100 attendees at Home of the Arts in 2018, followed by a six-date New Zealand tour in 2019.VOID will play three shows on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of June, 2021 at 6pm at HOTA (Home of the Arts) at Bundall on the Gold Coast. Tickets start from $22 each and can be purchased at https://hota.com.au/theatre/void.More information about Wild Dreamer Productions and VOID can be found at the website: https://wilddreamerproductions.com/void/ and Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WildDreamerProductions.-ends-For more information or interview requests, please contact:Joanne RahnDirectorzanthii communicationsPhone: 0402 148 334Email: joanne@zanthii.comFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/zanthiiau Australia's Artist To The Stars' launches online auction of original art created for Hollywood's elite 2021-04-24T02:25:05Z australias-artist-to-the-stars-launches-online-auction-of-original-art-created-for-hollywoods-elite-1 'Australia's artist to the stars', Tracie Eaton has launched a first-time online auction for the 15 original artworks created for Hollywood's elite.The internationally-renowned modern Australian abstract artist has created original prestige art for Hollywood's biggest movie stars for three consecutive years, following exclusive commission for inclusion in The Academy Awards' nominee gift bags.The online auction will offer art lovers worldwide a first-time opportunity to snap up these rare pieces of original investment art - something usually reserved only for VIP invited guests attending a black-tie gala event held annually in Queensland.Hollywood royalty including Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Charlize Theron and Renee Zellweger, but to name a few, are all proud owners of exquisite and inspired artwork created by Tracie Eaton."The Academy Awards' nominees receive fine art reproductions which have been hand-embellished by me, and sealed with a resin finish," said Ms Eaton.With a career spanning 14 years, the Gold Coast-based creative has become synonymous for her signature bold and individualistic use of colour and texture.Amid the lingering concerns Covid has left on events, Eaton’s online auction is one way the celebrated artist has pivoted and adapted amidst the global health crisis.“We all must work together as a global community to help support the rejuvenation of what has been destroyed," said Ms Eaton."Many people all over the creative world have a stake in rebuilding a thriving community that can flourish with colour once again."EVENT DETAILSPre-bidding opens on Monday, 26 April with live-bidding commenting Saturday, 1 May at 7:30 PM AEST.To register as a bidder, please visit: www.auctionexchange.nextlot.com/public/user/new- ends -For more information or interview requests, please contact:Joanne RahnDirectorzanthii communicationsPhone: 0402 148 334Email: joanne@zanthii.comFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/zanthiiau Groundbreaking diversity-driven photographic studio celebrates milestone after a year like no other 2021-03-23T03:03:07Z groundbreaking-diversity-driven-photographic-studio-celebrates-milestone-after-a-year-like-no-other A groundbreaking Australian photography company committed to diversity and breaking industry stereotypes has thrived amidst the Covid pandemic.Founded in Sydney in 2007 by renowned advertising photographer, North Sullivan, The Photo Studio opened the doors of its first Queensland retro warehouse studio in West End just two days prior to Australia's Covid lockdown.However, the collective of photographers, make-up artists, producers and stylists pushed on through a year like no other, staying true to their core belief that high-end fashion photography shouldn’t be exclusive to high-end fashion models.“Our passion and the very core of what we do is to empower people and help them to see the best in themselves through the art and experience of fashion photography, blurring the line between editorial fashion photography and personal portraiture,” said The Photo Studio founder, North Sullivan.“Our studios offer everyone from aspiring models to personal clients, through to families and even corporate clients, a fashion photography studio experience, and the chance to step out of their comfort zones and spend a day enjoying the team’s creative energy and collaborating to receive an authentic studio experience for the day.“Everybody deserves to have beautiful photographs of themselves that they absolutely love.”Catering to both modelling and personal clients, The Photo Studio is committed to embracing diversity and creating a safe and welcoming space for everyone, as the industry is often perceived to cast a shadow over anyone straying from the stereotypical model mould. “Aspiring models come to the studio with the purpose of developing a professional modelling portfolio and profile, alongside any creative shots that they want to get out of the shoot,” said The Photo Studio founder, North Sullivan.“They are often people who have no experience in modelling, and who probably have never had a photo shoot before.“One of the core messages that we create for modelling clients is to fight fashion stereotypes and inspire inclusivity in the industry. It’s what sets us apart from our competitors.”Following the last year of global health crisis, The Photo Studio is hosting a celebration of epic proportions later this month to commemorate its Brisbane studio’s first year of operations.Invited guests will be treated to the full The Photo Studio experience, drinks and canapes, with make-up touch ups on the night, their very own TPS spritz, pop-up studios offering mini photo shoots and a live performances including celebrated Brisbane DJ, Mum Genes."We didn’t get a chance to celebrate our opening in 2020 so we’re planning a night of entertainment. Guests need only bring their best mood and get photo shoot ready,” said The Photo Studio Brisbane’s Studio Manager, Baju Holloway.“The world's largest and most exciting fashion portrait studio isn't in New York, London or Sydney, it is in Brisbane!”The Photo Studio has three studios in Australia - Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.Go behind the lens and discover more about The Photo Studio online:Website - https://thephotostudio.com.auInstagram - https://www.instagram.com/thephotostudioaustraliaFacebook - https://www.facebook.com/ThePhotoStudioAustraliaYoutube - https://www.youtube.com/user/thephotostudiosydney- ends -For more information, or interview/photo requests, please contact:Joanne Rahn Director zanthii communications Phone: 0402 148 334 Email: joanne@zanthii.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/zanthiiau New property sales start-up overtakes competition to become Queensland’s largest value-based real estate agency 2021-03-18T02:57:16Z new-property-sales-start-up-overtakes-competition-to-become-queenslands-largest-value-based-real-estate-agency A game-changing new concept in property sales has emerged as the largest value-based real estate agency in Queensland, despite launching only 12 months ago amidst the Covid pandemic.The brainchild of three former Purple Bricks’ principals, One Percent Property Sales boasts twice the agents and more than five times the listings of its nearest competitor, with the company’s experienced agents having collectively sold thousands of homes and saved millions of dollars in commission for their clients .“In comparison to our direct competitors, being fixed-fee or similar value-based offerings, the real difference of the One Percent Property Sales model is in the simplicity of our offering,” said One Percent Property Sales director, Aaron Lau.“Being a percentage-based commission means that our agents are incentivised to get the best price for our vendors every time.”Further, One Percent Property Sales agents receive 100% of the commission paid by vendors which equates to around the same as what a traditional agent charging 2.5% earns, once franchise fees and marketing has been paid for, and half of their income has been shared with the office principal.“The One Percent Property Sales business model ensures everyone is a winner with agents receiving fair remuneration and vendors paying less than half the industry-standard commission.”Another factor integral to the success of One Percent Property Sales is the company’s adoption of revolutionary new technology designed specifically for the real estate industry.“As is always the case, a lot of focus is given to the Sydney and Melbourne property markets,” said Mr Lau.“However, broadly everyone is curious about the market in these post/mid/wherever-we-are pandemic times. “A great resource for this is our unique Instant Estimate tool, which can be accessed at the One Percent Property Sales website, which we have built in partnership with Pricefinder (owned by Domain) that can deliver a 15-page detailed report on the value of most homes and what's important and happening in that particular local marketplace. “Of course, this is a computer-generated report powered by an algorithm, so it won't always be perfect, but it’s certainly a great tool none-the-less for those who might not want the hassle of having an agent in their home.”One Percent Property Sales is currently operating throughout South-East Queensland and experiencing major growth in Brisbane, Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Townsville, Cairns and on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.“We are actively seeking sales agent representation in these areas to keep up with vendor demand,” said Mr Lau.More information can be found at https://www.onepercent.com.au or www.facebook.com/onepercentpropertysales.- ends -For more information, or interview/photo requests, please contact:Joanne Rahn Director zanthii communications Phone: 0402 148 334 Email: joanne@zanthii.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/zanthiiau Friends With Dignity Little Friends Scholarship Round 8 Results Announcement 2021-03-15T05:09:52Z friends-with-dignity-little-friends-scholarship-round-8-results-announcement // FRIENDS WITH DIGNITY LITTLE FRIENDS SCHOLARSHIP ROUND 8 RESULTS ANNOUNCEMENT ///The Friends With Dignity Little Friends Scholarship Panel met recently to review and decide on the recipients of Round 8 of its bi-annual Little Friends Scholarship Program.The nationwide domestic and family violence support charity recognised as The Australian Charity of the Year 2018, received a program record of 275 scholarship applications from children all over the country, and is pleased to announce that the organisation has been able to award 135 scholarships at a value of $53,764.34 to the most deserving of children who have been through such extreme trauma, at such a young age.Through the Australian-first scholarship program, Friends With Dignity is helping children by funding the purchase of laptops and tablets, swimming lessons, equine therapy for children with mental health issues and PTSD, school camp fees, new school uniforms for children who have moved time and time again fleeing from their perpetrator, and enabling kids to pursue their passion in music, dance, drama and sport.Friends With Dignity wishes to thank its esteemed panel members: Mr Ed Harwood - Port of Brisbane, Ms Trisha Harris - James Frizelle Foundation, Ms Toni Riordan - St Aidan’s Anglican Girls School, Ms Rachel McVinish - Jeunesse Kids Australasia, Mr Darrell Whitford, Ms Julia McKenna and Ms Jaqui Brosnan - Friends With Dignity, who had the difficult task of ultimately choosing the successful recipients.If you would like to support Round 9 of the Friends With Dignity Little Friends Scholarship Program, with applications opening in August 2021, please visit https://www.mycause.com.au/page/179288/little-friends-scholarship-community-fundFor more information, or interview/photo requests, please contact:Joanne Rahn Director zanthii communications Phone: 0402 148 334 Email: joanne@zanthii.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/zanthiiau Two of the Gold Coast’s most prolific artists join forces to celebrate diversity at Cavill Lane's 'Arts in the Alley' 2021-03-15T00:10:22Z two-of-the-gold-coasts-most-prolific-artists-join-forces-to-celebrate-diversity-at-cavill-lanes-arts-in-the-alley Two of the Gold Coast's most prolific artists have joined forces on a mission to celebrate diversity, and showcase the region’s finest artistic talent.Visual artist, Tracie Eaton and performing artist, Aarti Bajaj will be collaborating to present an experience like no other, demonstrating both visual arts and performing arts to the public on Wednesday, 17th of March, 2021 between 6-8pm at the Gold Coast's brand new arts festival, ‘Arts in the Alley’ presented by Cavill Lane Surfers Paradise.Inspired by this year’s International Women’s Day theme, ‘Choose To Challenge’, the creative pair have come together to create a truly unique experience depicting the contrast between what is perceived and seen visually versus what is within us all.“Through the art of bodypainting and dance, we will be highlighting the cracks, the fears and the challenges we all face as part of the human experience,” said Ms Eaton.“Our project aims to represent the fact that whilst we may all experience success, we still all have moments of doubt.”‘Arts in the Alley’ is the first step by Cavill Lane Surfers Paradise toward its vision of positioning itself as an artistic hub on the Gold Coast.“Cavill Lane Surfers Paradise is excited to set the stage for local arts, culture and entertainment right in the heart of the city through our debut arts festival, ‘Arts in the Alley’,” said Cavill Lane Surfers Paradise Marketing & Events Manager, Carleen Janlewicz.“We realise the importance of supporting our locals, businesses and visitors in our diverse precinct and aim to foster the Gold Coast creative industry.”It was this vision and commitment to pull together artists of all descriptions that motivated both Ms Eaton and Ms Bajaj to accept the invitation to perform as special VIP guests at the festival.“I am a big advocate of diversity in the arts, as is Aarti, so we were both impressed by the steps being taken by Cavill Lane Surfers Paradise to position itself as the Gold Coast’s ‘hub of the arts”,” said Ms Eaton.Ms Eaton, otherwise known as “Australia’s Artist to the Stars”, is in the midst of creating exquisite and inspired original prestige artwork for Hollywood’s Elite, following exclusive commission for inclusion in giftbags celebrating 2021 Academy Awards’ nominees, for the third consecutive year. Ms Eaton has created bespoke artwork for stars such as Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks and Renee Zellweger - but to name a few.A medical sonographer by trade, Ms Bajaj holds a bachelor’s degree in Indian classical dance – Bharatnatyam and is the creative director of both 9Expressions School of Performing Arts on the Gold Coast, and Wild Dreamer Productions Australia, a groundbreaking production house aiming to bring voluminous new stories to life, whilst also creating a platform to give different artists the opportunity where they don’t need a profile to share their talent."The primary vision and ethos of Wild Dreamer Productions is to bring local talent together wherever the production goes," said Ms Bajaj.“I am tremendously passionate about the arts sector, especially that of the Gold Coast arts community, and I’m determined to see it come back to life after the COVID-19 pandemic put a hold on all public performances, displays and shows.”Ms Bajaj’s newest production is VOID, a dramatic two-person musical theatre which will play three shows at HOTA on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of June, 2021, with tickets being released to the public for purchase on the 19th of March, 2021.‘Arts in the Alley’ presented by Cavill Lane Surfers Paradise is a free, all ages, arts festival for the entire community to enjoy running from Friday, 12th of March through to Saturday, 20th of March, 2021./// MEDIA CALL ///Tracie Eaton and Aarti Bajaj’s exclusive performance at the festival will take place on Wednesday, 17th of March, 2021 between 6-8pm at Cavill Lane Surfers Paradise (located under the Hilton Surfers Paradise) with a media call at 1pm on Tuesday, 16th of March, 2021 (photo opportunities available from 11:30am on request). Both Tracie Eaton and Aarti Bajaj will be present along with local muralist, James Smalls who will be creating a mural on a large wall on the Orchid Avenue side of the laneway.Please contact Joanne Rahn at zanthii communications to request any further information, photo/interview requests with Tracie Eaton and Aarti Bajaj, or to confirm your attendance at the media call and/or performance.Joanne RahnDirectorzanthii communicationsPhone: 0402 148 334Email: joanne@zanthii.comFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/zanthiiau Australian-first scholarships to support DV affected kids 2021-01-19T00:57:22Z australian-first-scholarships-to-support-dv-affected-kids Research by the Childhood Domestic Violence Association has found that exposure to domestic violence has a huge impact on children, potentially leading to short- and long-term negative mental, behavioural, and social effects.Further, children who witness physical, emotional or verbal domestic violence growing up are twice as likely to abuse drugs, and six times more likely to die by suicide.Australian Charity of the Year 2018, Friends With Dignity will soon launch the eighth round of its Little Friends Scholarship program, an Australian-first initiative established in 2017 awarding bi-annual monetary scholarships to children throughout Australia who have faced, or are facing, domestic or family violence.The educational and extra-curricular scholarships help to cover a variety of expenses from helping kids attend camp and after-school activities with their peers, to providing uniforms.The first seven rounds of the program have seen a total of 347 Little Friend Scholarships awarded to children aged between 5-18 years of age nationally since its launch in 2017, totalling $149,460, with a minimum of 40 scholarships on offer in round eight.“Two scholarships are guaranteed to be awarded per State or Territory, with the remaining balance being awarded on an 'as needs basis'”, said Friends With Dignity Director and Chief Financial Officer, Julia McKenna."We established the Little Friends Scholarship program to ensure all children who are facing or have faced domestic violence have the ability to normalise their lives.""The scholarships are designed to help young domestic violence survivors re-build their confidence by finding something they are good at, and ensuring their education continues."This initiative is needed now more than ever due to the nature of the lockdown and confinement of Covid, with demand for electronic devices at an all-time high."The not-for-profit organisation responded to requests from the community to contribute to their Little Friends Scholarship program by launching the Little Friends Scholarship Community Fund in round three, allowing the general public to also help children in need."Donations to the Little Friends Scholarship Community Fund can be large or small. All funds received will be pooled together in $500 amounts (the size of a scholarship), and all donations over $2 are tax-deductible."Normally, all Friends With Dignity programs are on a referral basis from organisations and refuges, however, the Friends With Dignity Little Friends Scholarship program affords parents the opportunity to submit an application personally.“The Little Friends Scholarship program gives parents the opportunity to tell their children's stories, and how the scholarship will improve their lives,” said Ms McKenna.“The application still needs to be co-signed by a support worker, GP, school principal, school counsellor, or the like.“Many of the children that have historically applied for a scholarship are suffering from significant trauma. Some even with PTSD, which we would equate to that suffered by our servicemen and women returning from a war zone.”Friends with Dignity is appealing to the corporate sector, charity groups, philanthropists and the community at large to throw their support behind its Little Friends Scholarship Program.The national not-for-profit organisation is interested in more corporates coming on board to help these young victims, to ensure every child has the ability to further their education and/or build their confidence through sport or the arts."We have recently been overwhelmed by the financial support of the Scholarship Program from Jeunesse Kids as founding corporate partner, James Frizelle Foundation, doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation, CCI Giving and the K & J Prendiville Foundation," said Ms McKenna."The continuing support of St Aidan’s Anglican Girls School, Community Groups and the general public via the Little Friends Community Fund, will see many more children be able to further their education and participate in activities with their friends, that they would not be able to pursue due to the financial hardships brought on by domestic violence.“We are especially hoping to attract corporate support in other States now that we can demonstrate that each State will be awarded a minimum of two scholarships, so children in their own backyard will benefit.“The need within our communities is so large - the more assistance we can receive in raising funds, the more children can be assisted and know an entire community is behind them and wanting only the best for them."Round eight applications open on the 25th January 2021 and close on the 26th February 2021. To apply for the Little Friends Scholarship Program, the online application can be found at:: https://www.friendswithdignity.org.au/little-friends-scholarship. The Little Friends Scholarship Community Fund website can be found at MyCause: https://www.mycause.com.au/page/179288/little-friends-scholarship-community-fund.-ends-For more information or interview requests, please contact:Joanne RahnDirectorzanthii communicationsPhone: 0402 148 334Email: joanne@zanthii.comFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/zanthiiau Friends With Dignity's Back to School Drive returns amidst heightened DV rates due to COVID-19 2020-12-23T01:58:04Z friends-with-dignitys-back-to-school-drive-returns-amidst-heightened-dv-rates-due-to-covid-19-1 Australian domestic and family violence support charity, Friends With Dignity aims to provide school supplies to hundreds of children living in refuge as part of its annual Back To School Drive.While the rush of back-to-school shopping is often dreaded by many, this annual drive is a gift for the thousands of families who face hardship as a result of domestic violence.Every day, domestic violence forces hundreds of people to flee their homes and leave everything behind – apart from the hope of a safer and brighter future.Friends With Dignity believes all children deserve to live safely and be guaranteed a new beginning.“Leaving behind your home, school, friends and family to escape the ravages of domestic violence, drastically affects the confidence of young people,” said Friends With Dignity Community Engagements Co-ordinator, Catherine Woodbine.“Starting the new school year is hard enough for all children, but starting at a new school, not knowing anyone and not having the essentials that every other child has, can be all too much to handle.”One in five children witness and/or experience violence at home, and the assistance provided by charities such as Friends with Dignity gives children the opportunity to ease into new schools following family upheaval.“We are aiming to provide over 500 backpacks nationally to children who have faced the trauma of domestic violence, and had to leave their much-loved belongings behind," said Ms Woodbine.Friends With Dignity National Community Engagements Manager, Rosemary Macchiavelli said the need for these school supplies extends throughout the year with children living in refuges required to enrol at their nearest school but often having nothing to take to class due to their unstable living circumstances and lack of resources.“Going to school can be frightening for so many children. You don’t want children to stand out for the wrong reasons and if they come to school without a backpack or any belongings, then they do stand out as the child with nothing,” said Ms Macchiavelli."This initiative is needed now more than ever due to the increased incidences of domestic and family violence as a direct result of Covid, with demand for assistance at an all-time high."Something as simple as a pencil case or a lunch box can go so far to supporting the most vulnerable members of our community, and help promote learning and stability for these children.“We are looking for people to donate new or excellent condition backpacks, we ask that drink bottles, lunch boxes, colouring pencils, lead pencils, erasers, glue sticks and exercise books are new."Donations are being accepted at various approved drop-off locations in Newcastle, Perth, Brisbane and on the Gold Coast from the 28th of December, 2020 to the 14th of January, 2021.A full list of donation drop-off locations can be found at: https://www.friendswithdignity.org.au/back-to-school-drive.- ends -For interview/photo requests or to request a detailed 14-page Fact Sheet about Friends With Dignity, please contact::Joanne RahnDirectorzanthii communicationsPhone: 0402 148 334Email: joanne@zanthii.comFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/zanthiiau Celebrity Designer To Lend Star Power To New Sydney Building Company Launch Event 2020-12-03T00:16:53Z celebrity-designer-to-lend-star-power-to-new-sydney-building-company-launch-event-2 International celebrity fashion designer, Chico Estiva will lend his star power to the launch event of powerhouse Sydney real estate company, QFirst Investment Group's new building arm, QFirst Homes.The hotly-anticipated major event to be held at The Royal Randwick in Sydney on Sunday, 6th of December, 2020 at 5pm, is the brainchild of Marites Novis, who is both the executive producer of Sydney-based MFN Productions and CEO/Founder of QFirst Investment Group, and promises to "celebrate the fusion of design intertwining excellence in home architecture with high end couture fashion".Keeping in line with its growth strategy, the company is launching QFirst Homes, a complete all-in-one design and building service to simplify the process for its clients.“We intend to continue working alongside our very valued land and property development partners, but we are now also going to be able to guide our clients from land purchase right through to the finished product with a quality design and building service,” said Ms Novis.“Now is the perfect time for property buyers to buy or build their new dream home with the Federal Government’s HomeBuilder grant providing individuals and couples with $25,000 towards building or buying a new home that they will own and occupy.”The QFirst Build launch event will feature the Australian debut of Chico Estiva's most recent collection, as well as creations from world-renowned avant garde designer, Rocky Gathercole and local Sydney-based emerging designers, Marky Dong and Clapetra. Marites Novis and Chico Estiva are Filipino born, and proud to celebrate their heritage and achievements around the world.“Chico and I have become good friends, and now we are hand-in-hand in producing fashion shows that not only showcase incredible couture fashion designs but also wave the flag of the Philippines worldwide,” said Mrs Novis.“As a fellow Filipino, I couldn’t help but feel proud of his collections being recognised worldwide. So, with utter determination to help extend his international reach, I invited Chico to debut his collection as part of the QFirst Build launch event,” said Mrs Novis.Mrs Novis, who was recently named the Business Person of the Year and her business, QFirst Property Investment Group as the Outstanding Real Estate Agency at this year’s Local Business Awards, is urging the community to brush off their glad rags and join the celebration.“I can’t stress enough how thrilled I am for guests to witness these stunning collections. After a very uncertain year for us all, I can’t contain my excitement for this event,” said Mrs Novis.“QFirst Homes Launch Fashion 2020 promises to be an exciting fusion of property. lifestyle and fashion with incredible incentives from QFirst Homes offered to new home builders on the evening."Tickets to QFirst Homes Launch Fashion 2020 are $150 each and include a delicious two-course sit-down meal with beverage package, as well as a world-class fashion showcase, presented by MFN Productions. VIP tickets are $200 and include glamorous stage-side seating.Tickets can be purchased at https://bit.ly/3oWG7dS.For more information, please visit: https://QFirstinvest.com.au or Shop 1035A, Westpoint Blacktown, 17 Patrick Street, Blacktown or phone: 0468 614 427 or 0423 978 467.- ends -Marites Novis is available for interview via live-cross or in studio from Sydney, as well as phone/email interviews.Emerging Sydney based designers Marky Dong of Marky Atelier and Clapetra are also available for photo/interview opportunities.For more information and/or photo/interview requests, please contact:Joanne RahnDirectorzanthii communicationsPhone: 0402 148 334Email: joanne@zanthii.comFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/zanthiiau Celebrity Designer To Lend Star Power To New Sydney Building Company Launch Event 2020-11-25T03:40:51Z celebrity-designer-to-lend-star-power-to-new-sydney-building-company-launch-event International celebrity fashion designer, Chico Estiva will lend his star power to the launch event of powerhouse Sydney real estate company, QFirst Investment Group's new building arm, QFirst Homes.The hotly-anticipated major event to be held at The Royal Randwick in Sydney on Sunday, 6th of December, 2020 at 5pm, is the brainchild of Marites Novis, who is both the executive producer of Sydney-based MFN Productions and CEO/Founder of QFirst Investment Group, and promises to "celebrate the fusion of design intertwining excellence in home architecture with high end couture fashion".Keeping in line with its growth strategy, the company is launching QFirst Homes, a complete all-in-one design and building service to simplify the process for its clients.“We intend to continue working alongside our very valued land and property development partners, but we are now also going to be able to guide our clients from land purchase right through to the finished product with a quality design and building service,” said Ms Novis.“Now is the perfect time for property buyers to buy or build their new dream home with the Federal Government’s HomeBuilder grant providing individuals and couples with $25,000 towards building or buying a new home that they will own and occupy.”The QFirst Build launch event will feature the Australian debut of Chico Estiva's most recent collection, as well as creations from world-renowned avant garde designer, Rocky Gathercole and local Sydney-based emerging designers, Marky Dong and Clapetra. Marites Novis and Chico Estiva are Filipino born, and proud to celebrate their heritage and achievements around the world.“Chico and I have become good friends, and now we are hand-in-hand in producing fashion shows that not only showcase incredible couture fashion designs but also wave the flag of the Philippines worldwide,” said Mrs Novis.“As a fellow Filipino, I couldn’t help but feel proud of his collections being recognised worldwide. So, with utter determination to help extend his international reach, I invited Chico to debut his collection as part of the QFirst Build launch event,” said Mrs Novis.Mrs Novis, who was recently named the Business Person of the Year and her business, QFirst Property Investment Group as the Outstanding Real Estate Agency at this year’s Local Business Awards, is urging the community to brush off their glad rags and join the celebration.“I can’t stress enough how thrilled I am for guests to witness these stunning collections. After a very uncertain year for us all, I can’t contain my excitement for this event,” said Mrs Novis.“QFirst Homes Launch Fashion 2020 promises to be an exciting fusion of property. lifestyle and fashion with incredible incentives from QFirst Homes offered to new home builders on the evening."Tickets to QFirst Homes Launch Fashion 2020 are $150 each and include a delicious two-course sit-down meal with beverage package, as well as a world-class fashion showcase, presented by MFN Productions. VIP tickets are $200 and include glamorous stage-side seating.Tickets can be purchased at https://bit.ly/3oWG7dS.For more information, please visit: https://QFirstinvest.com.au or Shop 1035A, Westpoint Blacktown, 17 Patrick Street, Blacktown or phone: 0468 614 427 or 0423 978 467.- ends -Marites Novis is available for interview via live-cross or in studio from Sydney, as well as phone/email interviews.Emerging Sydney based designers Marky Dong of Marky Atelier and Clapetra are also available for photo/interview opportunities.For more information and/or photo/interview requests, please contact:Joanne RahnDirectorzanthii communicationsPhone: 0402 148 334Email: joanne@zanthii.comFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/zanthiiau Australian Beauty Queen Fights to Raise Awareness for Rohingya Refugees 2020-10-07T02:56:31Z australian-beauty-queen-fights-to-raise-awareness-for-rohingya-refugees Australia's first Rohingya beauty queen, Pan Sandar Myint is advocating for hundreds of Rohingya refugees, who have arrived in Indonesia after six months at sea.A wooden boat carrying 297 Rohingya refugees, including 14 children, was spotted several miles off the coast of Lhokseumawe city on Sumatra's northern coast by local fishermen in early September.The refugees set sail from southern Bangladesh at the end of March or early April, bound for Malaysia, but were turned back by both Malaysian and Thai authorities because of coronavirus restrictions.There are fears the refugees may have been held hostage at sea for a period by traffickers demanding money before allowing them to disembark.The Rohingya have for years been fleeing persecution in Myanmar for other south-east Asian nations.Ms Australia World Universal 2020 national finalist, Ms Myint recently signed on as the ambassador for the Australian Burmese Rohingya Organisation (ABRO), and intends to use her beauty pageant platform to advocate for what has been declared by the United Nations as "one of the most persecuted minorities in the world".“Most people assume that beauty pageants only promote physical beauty, which is not the reality; beauty pageants aim to promote the beauty of emotional intelligence and to savour humanitarian values in modern society,” said Ms Myint.During the COVID-19 lockdown, Ms Myint has kept active with many opportunities through her pageantry platform aside from her ambassadorship for non-profit firms (ABRO & Humanity) including becoming a translator and language reviewer for Polaron European Language Services.With the Ms Australia World Universal crowning event postponed until March 2021, Ms Myint has also been productive by launching her own You Tube web series entitled “Empower Success”, which aims to promote human rights issues and female empowerment.“Empower Success Media is my own female empowerment web series on You Tube where I present on such topics as Cyberbullying and The Art of Make up & Confidence,” said Ms Myint.“The Covid-19 pandemic has taught me that humanitarian efforts are of utmost importance. This is the perfect time for us all to change our actions to moral and ethical ones to save our beautiful world.”- ends -For more information or interview requests, please contact:Joanne RahnDirectorzanthii communicationsPhone: 0402 148 334Email: joanne@zanthii.comFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/zanthiiau Leading Gold Coast Small Business Advocate Takes Steps To Fight Economic Crisis 2020-10-02T05:31:17Z leading-gold-coast-small-business-advocate-takes-steps-to-fight-economic-crisis One of the Gold Coast’s most prolific small business advocates believes she has the solution to repair the economy in the wake of the Coronavirus crisis.Paula Brand, founder and chief executive officer of Small Business Expos, says the way forward is for businesses and the unemployed to reconnect and network.Ms Brand has spent the past six years connecting 20,0000 businesses to generate $20 million by running expos in partnership with 60 sponsors.“Once COVID hit in March my industry was decimated and I was upset and angry and under a lot of stress, as were hundreds of small businesses across the Gold Coast,” said Ms Brand.To that end, Ms Brand is hosting the Recovery Gold Coast Business and Jobs Expo on October 15 at the Carrara Indoor Sports Complex.Ms Brand is urging the Gold Coast business community to unite and fight the economic crisis together by supporting the COVID-safe event which will feature 175 stands, workshops to help get people off JobKeeper and JobSeeker, and information and training sessions similar to ones offered by council.“There is a huge demographic on the Gold Coast that is unemployed seeking work. Particularly at risk are micro operations, women over 45, and also the 20-30 age group,” said Ms Brand“It is time for all of us to reconnect on the Gold Coast, particularly the invisible ones who don’t have a shopfront and rely on networking and face-to-face sales to do trading.“Business industry groups are working together to put on the expos and our campaign is about connecting with confidence.“The bottom line is if you need more customers or are looking for employment support and different options for your next career step, this is the place to be.”The Recovery Gold Coast Business and Jobs Expo is one of four Ms Brand is hosting across southeast Queensland.“We have never stopped believing in delivering the four upcoming Business and Jobs Expos this year on the Gold Coast, Moreton Bay, Brisbane and Redlands and Logan,” said Ms Brand.“It was through sheer grit that this expo is going to run as 95% of expos across Australia have been cancelled.“We have also just launched GC Connected Market every Tuesday in Broadbeach Waters which is a way to connect and network for the sector.“Businesses are sick of being virtual, particularly the invisible businesses such as home-based, mobile, online, micro which makes up 25 per cent of our small business community.”The Recovery Gold Coast Business and Jobs Expo will be held at the Carrara Indoor Sports Centre, on Thursday 15 October between 10am and 4pm.Due to COVID-19, attendees must be registered prior to arrival. There will be no entry tickets available at the events, with the entrance fee being a gold coin donation upon entry: https://goldcoastbusinessandjobsexpo.eventbrite.com.au.Potential exhibitors are being urged to act quickly with only a handful of part-funded expo stands still available. More information can be found at: www.smallbusinessexpos.com.au.- ends -For more information or for interview/photo requests, please contact:Joanne RahnDirectorzanthii communicationsPhone: 0402 148 334Email: joanne@zanthii.comFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/zanthiiaMORE INFORMATIONARE YOU ON JOB KEEPER or JOB SEEKER?Do you need more local business sales leads?This is the Gold Coast’s biggest local business networking eventLet's work together and reconnect businesses and unemployed for networking.Let’s fight this economic crisis together so that our local businesses keep their doors OPEN.Connecting with confidence for information - inspiration - employment + more local sales on the Gold CoastBring your business cards and let’s fight this economic crisis togetherWe need more business and people need jobs !Gold Coast Business and Jobs ExpoProudly sponsored by QoinThursday 15 October, 10am to 4pmCarrara Indoor Sports Centre, 10am to 4pmTICKETSGold coin donation on entryhttps://goldcoastbusinessandjobsexpo.eventbrite.com.auEXHIBITOnly 8 part funded expo stands are now available and then we are FULL.www.smallbusinessexpos.com.au✅FREE Voice to Your Business Speaker Program - showcasing local businesses✅FREE TINAx Talks Panel Sessions - smashing out information + inspiration for Women in Business✅FREE Jobs Workshops✅FREE Head Shot Hub Photos for your social media + resume✅FREE Mentor Hub by the Queensland Office of Small Business✅Food Trucks and Live Entertainment✅175 Expo stands to connect and see if and how you can do business together✅Find out about the hottest way to trade products + services by Qoin✅ YES COVID SAFE21 local business industry groups and sponsors are working together to host this event.The expo is a managed business event and we are using the safevisit.com.au track and trace and following the Covid 19 under 500 event plan.Gold Coast -15 OctoberMoreton Bay Region - 29 OctoberBrisbane - 11 NovemberRedlands and Logan - 19 NovemberTICKETS are now OPENhttps://www.facebook.com/smallbusinessexpoaustralia/videos/602755880427925/If you need more customers or are looking for employment support and different options for your next career step, this is the place to be:Reach 700 exhibitors and 6000 local business professionals3 Speaker programs at each expoGet a new head shot photo for FREELive entertainment and Food TrucksGrab a FREE massage to nurture yourselfSupport local businesses which is so critical to do so now.Reconnecting + Regenerating NEW sales leads with local businesses and new employment opportunities.The only Business and Jobs Expo program to run this year.These are indoor retail marketplaces as per Qld Health guidelines.Please note due to COVID-19, you must be registered to attend the expos - before you arrive. There will be no entry tickets available at the events.These are COVID Safe events, so please remember to keep yourself and others safe by maintaining social distance and following the instructions of our expo team.Over 550 businesses have booked stands already EXHIBIT WITH USPART FUNDED EXPO STANDS - be quick to book www.smallbusinessexpos.com.auREGISTER TODAY - https://www.smallbusinessexpos.com.au/ticketingRecovery Gold Coast Business and Jobs ExpoWORKSHOP PROGRAM In the Speaker Area - 10.30am to 12noonTopic: Why Your Business Should Employ a TraineeLena Southwood - Sponsored by Blue Print Career DevelopmentWhat is on the job training and how does it work?How to fill a Traineeship vacancy?What are School-based Traineeships?Commonwealth incentives and funded trainingHow to equip staff with employability skills for the futureTopic: Employment Strategies with Co-VID-19 LensLesh Prasad - Sponsored by HELP Employment and TrainingCo-VID 19 impact towards the Employment marketWhat is the Employment market like today?What does job-keeper & Job-seeker mean for you?How do I attract good staff?Topic: Supporting Small Business Through Recovery Brett Haagsma - Sponsored by Queensland Office of Small BusinessSupport for workers and jobseekers in COVID-19Queensland Government support for your small businessAdvice, support and training for businesses during COVID-19Topic: “Get that Job”Alec Betham Sponsored by ETC Ltd “How to get your name above everyone elsePreparing for the interview, taking away the nerves.A good understanding of the job description and matching current and transferable skills.Making sure you are memorableFollowing UpTopic : “Getting Hired in 2020”Sally Watson - Sponsored by Sally Watson, Career CoachTips on standing out from the crowdJob search strategiesNew world vs old world hiringThe importance of crafting your value statementHandling setbacks & rejectionTopic: Employment Solutions for Small BusinessesSue Burns & Danny Delaney - Sponsored by EPIC Assist People with disability and mental health conditions are willing and able to work. They usually only want part time hours, suitable for small businesses.There are many benefits a person with disability/mental health condition can bring to the workplace. Unique perspectives, loyalty and increasing your business’ reputation are some of the few.Inclusive workplaces are beneficial for all- employee, employer and the community.EPIC Assist walks beside businesses/employers every step of the recruitment journey, from presenting job ready candidates, to regular visits once employment has commenced.Wage subsidies and ongoing support are some of the benefits of hiring a person with disability/mental health condition.Recovery Gold Coast Business and Jobs ExpoVOICE TO YOUR BUSINESS WORKSHOP PROGRAMIn the Speaker’s Area – 12.30 to 2pmTopic : Team Building and Development Boosts RecoveryDawn Jarvis - Sponsored by People & OD PartnersThe greatest business asset you have to ensure your recovery and sustainability is you and your team.People make a business, and great customer experience is based on how valued and engaged your employees feel.Understand the 7 essentials for team and business health and recovery.Take our 28 question health check and discover the areas to celebrate and the areas to work on.Find out how to plan your own development as a business leader and the development of a strong STELLAR TEAM to escalate recovery.Hear about the power of coaching and mentoring and why it is essential to focus on your development as a business leader.Time spent refuelling, time spent on you provides reflection, focus and clarity to drive your business to recovery and beyond.Topic: COVID-19 Crisis & Recovery: Key Website Tactics to Focus OnPeter Baldwin - Sponsored by Small Business Solutions - TAFEWhat your key customer’s need changes are with Covid-19How to deliver better web offers, services and packagesThe exact steps how to provide good website contentLearn the Future for Voice Search, Artificial Intelligence and ChatbotsHow to pull it together so you have clarity & are in absolute management control of your websiteTopic: Teaching English as a Second Language. Heather Wright – Sponsored by AIT TesolLiving the DreamHow to teach English online from Australia to ESL students overseas.How to teach English in the ESL classroom in Australia or overseas.How to integrate activity-based methodology while teaching the essential English skills.How to create a fun learning environmentTopic: Energy Aligned Woman - Align yourself + attract more opportunities in 2020Heidi Goodman - Sponsored by Minds ConnectHow to Find your Flow and stop strugglingThe secret to increased sales in 2020Effective tools to align your Energy in your businessWays to become a magnet to your clientsHow to make 2020 your best year in businessTopic: Why Policies & Procedures are Critical for your Business CuccessGreg Arnold - Sponsored by Team Accelerate Why policies and procedures are an essential part of your businessHow policies and procedures affect your businesses compliance with laws, guidance for decision-making, and streamlining internal processesWhat your staff need to know about your businesses policies and procedures and the importance of following them.When implementation is more than just a matter of arbitrarily forcing employees to do things they don’t want to do.Recovery Gold Coast Business and Jobs ExpoTINA X TALKSIn the Speaker’s Area - 2.30pmHow to make sales when under pressure?How to convert from conversation to sale?What sales system works now?Sharon Davies, Founder and CEO of Sales 2 Success Pty LtdSharon is an expert in the field of sales, sales management and training sales team. Sharon has over 28 years selling experiences covering all areas of new business, business development and strategic selling.What part of business should I focus on first to systemise?What are some time saving tools?Where are businesses really lacking? Pip Meecham, Founder of ProjectBoxPip is excited to lead a company that uses innovative systems to achieve big goals, and limitless dreams. A systems consultant who is fuelled with ambition, She is on a dedicated mission to bring a systemised approach to your business operations while reducing costs, improving efficiencies, and achieving your business goals in less time than you can say ‘coffee fix’.What is the best strategy for business now?What are most businesses doing wrong with their marketing?Where should business be investing time and money with marketing?Leanne Cohens, Owner of Marketing LeapA passionate and knowledgeable speaker on Marketing, Digital Strategies and all things Google, she comes armed with over 25 years of Marketing experience. Leanne teaches that while the Business platforms we use in this digital and social age rapidly change, the basic tenets of marketing don’t. If people don’t know what you do or how you add value to their lives, they simply won’t do business with you. Now, as a certified Google Specialist, she teaches and mentors business owners on Google and Digital success Post-COVID. Take advantage of her 25+ years of marketing and let’s talk Google & Digital Success!How do I deal with money stress?What are the best opportunities for finance right now?What should I be doing now as a business owner to ensure the financial stability of my business? Natasha Neary, Financial Wellbeing GroupNatasha was the Head of Sales for one of Australia’s largest mortgage lenders where she managed a sales team and built referral relationships to help and grow other small/med business. She now has her own finance brokerage with a team of brokers who specialise in helping small business be financially sustainable.Events? Marketing attendance and engagement, Zoom vs Real?Leigh MoanaLeigh Moana is a Sales Strategist, Coach and Trainer. She specialises in helping established Queensland business owners increase their sales, improve their processes and increase their profits.Leigh is a Sales and Marketing professional with over 20 years experience. During her time in business, Leigh has observed that most businesses are not reaching their sales potential. They are lacking a Sales Strategy and missing opportunities, their conversion rates are lower than they should be, and their lack of processes are costing them sales.PROUDLY SPONSORED BYQoinBartercard South Gold CoastRed Energy PromotionsSplitChekOutsource Safety Australia4Business GroupHelp Employment and TrainingGriffith UniversityOptus Business Centre Gold CoastGrow Advisory GroupBendigo Bank Paradise PointETC LtdBforB NetworkingAdMarketing AustraliaBNI Gold Coast and Tweed Shire RegionRotaryOutsourced HR SolutionFemale EntrepreneursThe Audacious AgencySouthport Chamber of CommerceThe Gold Coast Innovation Hub Groundbreaking female real estate entrepreneur named Business Person of the Year 2020-09-24T21:04:53Z groundbreaking-female-real-estate-entrepreneur-named-business-person-of-the-year Sydney-based entrepreneur Marites Idea Novis has been named the Business Person of the Year and her business, Qfirst Property Investment Group as the Outstanding Real Estate Agency in this year’s Local Business Awards.The Local Business Awards acknowledge outstanding local businesses and their people who go above and beyond.Finalists are selected based on the number of nominations they receive from the public, and are judged based on a two stage process of an anonymous visit by a judge, and information provided by the business including business history, marketing, staff training, business and environmental sustainability, successes during the past 12 months, support to the community and business plans for the future.Anonymous judges visit the business premises of each finalist and evaluate them based on their ability to deliver on the fundamental principles of quality customer service.The principles of quality customer service include, but are not limited to, customer service, range and/or presentation of products/services, value for money and the overall business presentation, including the online presence of the company and the online experience provided to the customer.“It is hard to put this feeling into words. Nevertheless, I am very honored to receive these two awards as recognition of my hard work work and that of the entire Qfirst Property Investment Group team,” said Qfirst Property Investment Group founder and director, Marites Idea Novis.“Being acknowledged as Blacktown's Business Person of the Year and Outstanding Real Estate Agency still feels surreal.”The game-changing real estate business, geared specifically toward first-home buyers and investors, is part of the new breed of real estate agencies specialising in promoting, prospecting, listing, marketing and selling pre-developed projects, finished properties, and project developments.Established in 2017, Qfirst Property Investment Group has gone from strength-to-strength after director and founder, Marites Novis identified a gap in the market.“I’ve found that in my many years of experience in the real estate industry, most first-home buyers and investors are overwhelmed when it comes to entering the property market,” said Ms Novis. “I established Qfirst Property Investment Group with the sole purpose of guiding and advising first-home buyers and investors on everything they need to know to reach their financial goals through property investment.Qfirst Property Investment Group has been unstoppable since its foundation, remaining on top of its game by achieving record sales year on year.“We are real estate professionals who are dedicated to helping first-home buyers and property investors purchase off-the-plan residential real estate in Sydney,” said Ms Novis.“We provide our clients with excellent options of developed residences, offering them first-class service and making it possible and affordable for them to secure their dream homes and sound investments.” At the age of 29, having founded the family-owned Philippines-based company, Quezon First Engineering in July 2000, Ms Novis built a solid reputation for her expert management.She knew she had a lot more to offer the property industry, so along with her engineer husband, Gerard and three children, decided to relocate from the Philippines to Sydney in 2007, pouring her passion and skills in to Qfirst Property Investment Group, which she established in October, 2017. The passion-driven business woman now hosts seminars specifically aimed at helping first-home buyers and investors to better understand the ins and outs of the property market. “I would describe Qfirst Property Investment Group as the new frontier of the real estate industry,” said Ms Novis. “I enjoy a lot of things that come with doing my job, but one thing I love doing the most is getting to know the families I’m working with and guiding them into a profitable investment.” For more information, please visit: https://qfirstinvest.com.au- ends -For more information, or interview/photo requests, please contact:Joanne RahnDirectorzanthii communicationsPhone: 0402 148 334Email: joanne@zanthii.comFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/zanthiiau