The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2013-11-20T13:41:24Z Leadership Matters 2013-11-20T13:41:24Z leadership-matters-2 Andrew Forrest, the mining magnate from Western Australia, Alan Carpenter, the former Western Australian Premier and myself spoke to a small group of resource executives in Perth last week.Andrew is very passionate man (you don't get to be the wealthiest man in Australia without passion) but what I didn't know about him was the passion that he has for indigenous Australians and their needs. He talked to the mining executives about how they can help by employing them and then mentoring them once they were in the job. He talked about taking the indigenous Australians from "Welfare to Well Being", It was this statement that made me sit up.I was listening with intent up to that point and then I grabbed onto that statement and thought about our kids in Thailand. I thought that our kids aren't starting from a point of "Welfare" because there isn't such a program in place. We are infact their first and only source of income.After Andrew finished speaking it was my turn to speak with the group and about three quarters of the way through my presentation I told Andrew and the other delegates how we at Hands had gone into the resource industry as well, by purchasing 14,000 rubber plants. He saw the funny side of it and probably doesn't consider us a real threat! But I guess a man who's personal wealth was reported in The Australian on Friday the 21st of November, to have gone from $13 Billion to $1 Billion can either laugh or cry, really he can dowhatever he wants!What is important for us though at Hands, is committing long term to the projects we have in place and at no time previously has it been more important, because what is happening in Thailand now is that we are seeing what I call the second wave of victims. And for these kids there is no welfare system to rely upon.So what is this second wave of victims all about? After the tsunami there were foreign aid agencies and NGO's who came into Thailand and provided assistance in many different forms. Some of it was once off and some of it was ongoing.Let me tell you about one such program though that wasn't sustained and the impact it has had. After the tsunami there were 2000 children in the Khao Lak region who were left without one or both of their parents. Some of these kids were placed with local Thai families. The trouble was many of the Thai's in this region had lost their source of income and therefore could not afford to feed and house these kids. Not to fear, the NGO's and aid agencies made a commitment that if they took in the kids they would fund them.Well guess what has happened? A couple of years on and this funding no longer exists. So what does this mean? There is now a second wave of victims who previously thought they had a home, but for the second time in their short lives they are finding themselves without a home once again. Why? Because the families who took them in on the provision of aid are no longer able to care for them since the aid has dried up.Having been in the charity space now for a couple of years and viewing things very differently since I have been, I see it is a lot whole easier to raise money for kids standing in front of a ruined building in the aftermath of a crisis than it is almost four years on.But you know what, the needs of the kids aren't overcome just because we forget. Their parents haven't come back - they are dead, very few of them have permanent homes and their life struggles really have just begun. Is the picture for them so much rosier now than it was almost four years ago? I don't think so.So our commitment to these kids is to be there long term. It is to ensure they have the start in life every child deserves. We are going to fund their early years of development, we are going to see that they turn up to school in uniforms just like the rest of the kids and we are going to ensure that their choices around further education are not restricted because of a lack of funding.There are plenty of people in the marketplace right now who are way better qualified than I am to comment on the current financial situation. Ralph Norris the CEO of CBA, described the situation the other night as a "financial tsunami" after hearing me speak and tied the lessons that we learnt back to what is facing those in the financial sector right now.Listening to either Andrew Forrest or Ralph Norris speak and then reflect on the story I shared, it is evident that what is required either in times of crisis or long term sustainable growth is a committed leadership team who understand that long term sustainable growth is just that, long term! A long term commitment is part of leadership matters. Hands Across the Water helps kids in Yasothon 2013-11-20T13:31:39Z hands-across-the-water-helps-kids-in-yasothon Yasothon kids get a facelift Well it wasn't actually the kids who got the facelift but very little else remained untouched after the Hands Across the Water team left Yasothon, Thailand following the renovation project. In November 2010, 63 volunteers from five different countries headed up to the Hands orphanage at Yasothon to bring some joy to the lives of the kids. The unexpected outcome for those who attended was just how much they took out of the project themselves. The old kitchen which consisted of three free standing gas burners was replaced with a commercial kitchen which would rival many a restaurant. The old beds which were broken down and offered very little in the way of comfort were replaced with new beds and mattresses and of course every corner of the inside of the building was given a lick of paint to freshen the place up. Each of the team got to spend some quality time with the kids and their work was repaid in spades through the smiles of the kids. It melted many a heart of the workers who travelled to help out.A team from Hands Across the Water is heading back in 2011 for a specific project of implementing a water strategy that will deal with the problems come the dry season and then in November of 2011, after the wet season passes a larger group will return and freshen up the outside of the buildings and continue with their work. Volunteers with and without a specific trade or skill in this area are most welcome to join the Hands tours. If you would like to be part of one of the future projects sendTHE TEAMan email. www.handsacrossthewater.com.auLooking for a corporate keynote speaker for your next event?Peter Baines is an international keynote speaker whoshares his lessons on leadership, change management and corporate social responsibility.Peternow provides a rare insight into the lessons learnt from challenges faced in his career as a police officer and forensic investigator. Peter has a strong focus on developing sustainable leadership and provides information and training through keynote speaking, leadership training and business consulting.www.peterbaines.com.au Big or Little, just have some 2013-11-20T13:27:49Z big-or-little-just-have-some “The Voice” comes to Manila, well that was certainly what it felt like.  I spoke at a Humanitarian Leaders Symposium before 1000 delegates from 46 different countries and then sat as a judge on a panel to decide which syndicate of the seven finalists would win and take a cash prize and 12 month mentoring program away.  The finalists were selected from 50 comprehensive submissions that had been made addressing real need across different areas of the globe.  Many of the projects were related to improving education and literacy, ending unemployment within slum areas and creating sustainable business activities within impoverished communities.  There was also an outstanding project that aims to address the needs of thousands of refugees flooding into Malaysia.  The projects stretched from Kashmir to Africa, from India to Cambodia and Vietnam to Nepal.    Although the judges chair’s weren’t spinning it was only because we didn’t have a fancy red button, not because the projects didn’t warrant it.  For me there were two stand out presentations and they both concerned providing skills to two different groups.  One was an unemployed group in India and the second were for a group in Cambodia who through a lack of English language skills were missing out on the commercial returns that flowed into their community through foreign tourism.   The five remaining syndicate groups fell short in both mine and the other judges opinions for a number of reasons but the main two were lack of clarity around the problem and the proposed recourse to address it; and/or the groups were seeking to bring about change on a MASSIVE scale that would make a small country proud if they achieved it.   The context of the advice that I was providing to those with the desire to “end poverty and unemployment” was to start with something which was perhaps a little clearer defined and perhaps a little less audacious.  My experience has certainly been it is great to get some early wins on the board to demonstrate to your supporters that you’re making progress and in fact you ‘re winning, than trying to achieve the whole thing at once.   But as I sat listening to the presentations I was asking myself was this the right advice?  The doubt came from the previous week, with two different clients I had heard them refer to achieving their BHAG - Big Hairy Audacious Goal. I settled on the point that the difference was for the syndicates standing on stage in the Philippines asking the audience of 1000 and the panel of four judges in front of them to believe their project was not only achievable but highly deliverable.  They made their pitch without the history of past achievements.  The difference for the clients who were challenging their teams to set their BHAG was that they had runs on the board, they had achieved and therefore had process and procedures in place.   I walked away from the Symposium inspired by the generation of socialpreneurs and their vision for the future, but also convinced of the need to some times start small and get some wins on the board and focus on becoming really really good at one thing before seeking to tackle all of the world’s problems. But then I guess it doesn't really matter if they're big or little, just as long as you have something you're getting out of bed each day trying to achieve.  Leadership Matters 2013-11-20T13:24:50Z leadership-matters The events in the Philippines are a shocking reminder to us all of the power of nature and the disaster that can follow.  The images coming out of the country are all too similar to those that I witnessed on the ground following the devastating effects of the Boxing Day tsunami in Thailand and indeed the tsunami in Japan in 2011.  The total destruction of the infrastructure and the desperation of the survivors who find themselves surrounded by the decomposing bodies of their families, neighbours and members of their community is evidence of the need that now exists within this country.   I was speaking at a Humanitarian Conference hosted in Manila only recently and in part it was looking at providing help to those in need.  Now it is that very country who is calling on the international community to step forward and provide the urgent assistance that is required. Naval ships from the US and the UK, are now arriving into the area of devastation bringing with them thousands of personnel who will soon have boots on the ground.  The Australian and New Zealand Government have also deployed military aircraft loaded with aid supplies.  Along with that there is the financial commitment by the various governments of tens of millions of dollars in aid that will flow into the country.  As always the distribution of the aid to those most deserving will be a challenge and indeed a balancing act.  Moving just as quickly, but with perhaps less resources, are the large international aid agencies and charities from across the globe.  They will provide much needed and indeed life saving resources and personnel on the ground to the thousands of people left homeless, sick, injured and hungry.   What we know from our experience in past crisis and disaster situations is that many organisations operating in the charity sector will be responding and asking for your dollars in the early days.  Many will use those funds prudently and bring comfort, support and essential life saving food and water to those in need. What we also know from past experience is that the devastation to the communities, the families and all involved will not be over when most of us forget.  The impact for those poor souls who have had almost everything they know torn away from them will last for years after the event.  The children who now find themselves without parents, the elderly who now find themselves without children to care for them, don’t get over this within weeks, months or years.  For the children who have lost their parents, the never get over it.  They will learn to live with their new found situation, they will indeed smile and sing again but they never forget. The challenge for everyone now reaching out with aid or wanting to support is to not forget the children, the elderly and the members of the community of this stricken area who can’t fend for themselves when all others move on.  There is absolutely the need for immediate action, but equally there is a need for the long term commitment.  The children we support who lost their parents in the boxing day tsunami haven’t come back and of course they never will.  Their needs have changed, but they haven’t gone away and neither have we. PS.  I have had many phone calls and emails over the last number of days asking for my personal assistance, that of Hands and equally as many offering your time and indeed money should we step into this environment.  The offers or assistance are greatly appreciated and show the true character of many of our supporters.  The charter of Hands is not one that takes on the emergency response to provide aid in such circumstances.  That is not our strength and we will leave that to the large NGO’s who have the capacity and expertise.  If there is a compelling need and indeed an opportunity for Hands to provide the type of assistance we have done in the past, we will consider those requests as we do with all other requests for help.  Hands Across The Kitchen 2013-04-30T11:44:27Z hands-across-the-kitchen Hands Across the Kitchen is a cookbook filled with childhood recipes from 51 top chefs and stunning photography of leading Sydney photographer Will Horner. This is the next recipe book to get into your collection with stories of childhood memories and the foods that the memories are made of. A staggering 11,000 copies have already been sold with massive support from many wonderful people. The launch of Hands Across the Kitchen was held at Hugos’ bar in Kings Cross with over 240 people turning up to support this great event. Peter Baines started Hands Across the Water after experiencing the devastating effects of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami. Hands Across the Water was established to help the children who were orphaned from the tragic event. The charity now provides not only accommodation but a safe home and an education for these children and it continues to grow with more orphanages opening Purchasing the book will assist Hands Across the Water to continue to offer support for the children as every cent goes towards the work they are doing the lives they are improving. Focus Creative have worked with Hands Across the Water to create this recipe book which also includes photos of the chefs in their childhood. PURCHASE HANDS ACROSS THE KITCHEN Listen to Peter Baines being interviewed by Carol Duncan, ABC at the book launch.After The Wave – 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami and of course you can read more about Peter on his website www.peterbaines.com.au and also www.handsacrossthewater.com.au A Tsunami of Care 2013-04-30T11:41:55Z a-tsunami-of-care-1 Peter Baines, founder of charity Hands Across The Water helped identify thousands of bodies after the Boxing Day Tsunami. For him, the joy of caring for children at risk in Thailand without expectation of return, is one of his key motivations.Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/executive-style/strive/a-tsunami-of-care-20130426-2ijs8.html#ixzz2RwgeVtLFJoin Peter and Hands Across the Water for the Annual Night of Inspiration at the Hilton Hotel Sydney > Saturday 18th May 2013 Another Ride....Another Success 2012-03-10T09:30:22Z another-ride-another-success Having an experience leads you closer to engagement. Never has this been more true than last week in Thailand. Following a conference in Phuket 60 delegates stayed on and Peter Baines led them to a part of Thailand that is close to his heart. They headed up to the Baan Tharn Namchai orphanage (www.handsacrossthewater.com) where they would spend the next three days immersed in the orphanage and the lives of the kids and wonderful staff.The first night the Australian delegates were entertained and fed by the kids and staff, with traditional Thai dancing and some non-traditional be bop dancing by the kids. The thing that immediately struck most the of the delegates upon arrival was how happy the kids were and the positive energy that flowed from the entire place. The first night at the orphanage was spent with half the team bunking down on the floor in the cultural centre at the back of the orphanage, whilst the other half decided the comfort of a bed at our newly constructed community centre was in order for them.The 5am wake up call, was less of a call and more of the sound of laughter, the kids from the orphanage finding it quite funny that this group of foreigners had decided to sleep on the floor in their cultural centre. After a shared breakfast the kids headed to school and the adults, well they headed to the rubber plantation for a day of hard work.There wasn't too many of the group of entrepreneurs whose normal daily life involved swinging a slasher clearing weeds from a rubber plantation or building a reinforcing wall under a bridge, but that's what most did. Most but not all. A delegation of the Australian group was dispatched to the local markets to secure enough supplies to cook dinner for our hosts. It was time for the Australians to cook and perform for the kids.Waiting till last in line Peter enjoyed his sweet potato and fried onions which was all that remained of the dinner. The Australians had underestimated the eating power of these kids. Many of them might be tiny, but they can put away the food. The evening's entertainment was filled with jousting song and dance routines between the kids and staff from Baan Tharn Namchai and the Australian group. The overwhelming winner was the kids.Having invested a large part of the last seven years working for or in Thailand, Peter truly gets the wonderful learnings that come from surrounding yourself with the positive nature of the kids and the perspective they bring to one's life. Therefore it wasn't so much a feeling of surprise but one of confirmation for what Peter believed in when the delegates talked about "experiences they could never have imagined", or "I now realise what is important in life" and "my life has irreversibly changed by this experience".Peter talks about these learnings and experiences in his keynote presentations, but when its experienced first hand, the engagement goes to levels not previously known. Hands Across The Water - Peter Baines 2011-09-07T13:08:33Z hands-across-the-water-peter-baines Peter Baines started his career as a police officer in the streets of Cabramatta in the early nineties. Becoming a specialist in forensic crime scene investigations he was called upon to bring his skills to the Bali bombings in 2002.But it was the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami that forever changed the direction of his life. Helping the people of Thailand identify their dead, he met the countless children who had been left behind, orphaned, with nowhere to go. With a colleague he decided to do something, and set about creating the charity Hands Across the Water, building an orphanage and raising funds to support and educate the children.This is Peter's story about how one knockabout Aussie bloke can change the lives of thousands by offering a hand.FOR YOUR AUTOGRAPHED COPY...Email support@peterbaines.com.au for your autographed copy and it will sent out to you for a total cost of $35.00 inc GST and postage. Find A Reason To Say Yes 2011-05-17T11:32:56Z find-a-reason-to-say-yes It's only two months since the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan on the 11th of March. As quick as that wall of advancing water came and swept away entire communities it disappeared, and so to it seems to be any knowledge we have of those left behind and their ongoing struggles. We can measure a disaster in the number of lives lost, or property value which has been destroyed but an equally significant measure; particularly from a disaster recovery point of view is the number of survivors who require assistance or some type of immediate and longer term intervention. How many schools, hospitals and homes have been destroyed and how many people are now without homes and families are all significant measures. The reports that I have received from the Miyagi prefecture, Sendai and Fukushima area is that the humanitarian crisis is far worse than what is reported and in spite of the strength of the Japanese economy, many victims will suffer long after the event if history repeats experiences from other disasters in the country. What the scope might be for Hand Across the Water to assist in the area, I don’t know. That is in part why I am heading to Japan in a few weeks time. To remain in Australia and with the passing of time, the events of the 11th of March will slip further from my thoughts. Without going to visit the devastated regions I will remain ignorant of those who remain in desperate need and ignorant of the scale of loss and destruction. I could choose to make excuses as to why I shouldn’t go or why Hands should not get involved. I could choose to point out that Japan has the third strongest economy in the world and suggest it is up to other people to assist. I could also suggest that our work is in Thailand alone. But for the work of the Hands Across the Water team and the many hundreds of supporters, the lives of children at Baan Tharn Namchai would be significantly different today. It's not an exaggeration to say that there are children living at Home Hug in Yasothon, who would not be alive today, but for the presence of Hands Across the Water. There are many reasons not to go to Japan and get involved in any recovery work over there. There is a question as to who is responsible for assisting the Japanese? Does Hands have the capacity to entertain taking on a new project of similar scale and amongst similar destruction as we did in 2005? What about from a personal capacity point of view, is there room for something else? There are countless reasons and excuses no to do it. There will always be many reasons why we can't or shouldn't do something, without even really exploring the opportunity. However, by going and exploring and gaining a better understanding of the needs that exist right now in Japan, there is a chance that we can make a difference to the lives of some kids who find themselves in the similar position to those living at Baan Tharn Namchai who in 2004, experienced a frighteningly similar occurrence. That opportunity seems reason enough to go and get a better understanding of the situation. Sometimes it's about finding a reason to say Yes. Opportunity to be part of a Journey of Change The Journey of Change is a unique leadership development program focusing on self discovery and personal transformation. It’s held over four days and the next program will be run in August of 2011, where else, but Thailand of course. The program will focus on discovery, on learning and their will be food for your soul. There is little space in today’s competitive global market for ineffectiveness in senior managers. To maximise the talent that exists within your organisation we should focus on transforming self knowledge into effective leadership. The Journey of Change will lead you into that transformational change. To can learn more about the logistics, investment required to be part of the program by downloading the full brochure. International Keynote Speaker 2011-04-09T12:27:03Z international-keynote-speaker Leaders, in times of crisis are defined by their actions and reactions and by their ability to make decisions without deliberation - to act with confidence but without recklessness. The amazing thing about working in disasters is that True Leaders are identified. Without the constraints of an organisation chart or imposed management structure, true leaders rise. How many true leaders lie dormant in your organisation just waiting for the opportunity to rise? What if we gave them that opportunity? Peter Baines is an international keynote speaker who will capture the full attention of his audience as he shares his stories and experience. Peter was part of the leadership team that responded to Bali after the bombings in 2002 and was called upon in 2005 to lead national and international teams in response to the Boxing Day Tsunami. Peter headed up multiple rotations into Thailand leading international teams in the identification process of those who died. All the time his leadership theories were tested in this trying environment.Peter has recently been engaged to work in the Middle East, by the government of Saudi Arabia, to assist them in building their leadership and crisis management capacity. As a former Detective Inspector of Operations within the Forensic Services Group of the NSW Police, Peter offers a rare insight into what it takes to lead powerfully, with integrity and compassion, in the most extraordinary of circumstances.You don’t lead international teams through one of the world’s biggest natural disasters and not have stories to tell. More importantly,the topics and leadership issuesPeter covers, carry relevance across all industries and he has made an impact with everyone he has worked with.From the big four banks in Australia to the leading pharmaceutical company in Spain whichever his audience his messages will not be forgotten quickly. Here is what they have to say: I was watching the audience whilst listening and you certainly struck a chord with everyone. On both occasions that I have heard you speak the absolute silence in the room is something that is quite amazing with such a large audience.National Australia Bank, March 2011 Peter recently delivered his 'Leadership Matters' Keynote for our Senior Leaders and extended it into a follow up workshop. As the organiser of the event it was fantastic to look around the room and see the genuine engagement on their faces, and watch as they absorbed his truly compelling messages. The feedback we have received has been excellent, both on Peter's amazing content but also on his thoroughly engaging and captivating presentation style. He truly challenged us to think differently about Value-Based Leadership and what impact and personal contribution our Senior Leaders really want to make.St George Bank, Sydney 2010 After having just heard Peter Baines speak, what I have got to offer you is of no value at all and pails into insignificance having heard his story.Stephen Lundin 2011, author of Fish and International speaker From the moment I spoke to Peter over the phone to when I said good bye to him after the event it has been an absolute pleasure. I provided Peter with my theme, outcome and ideas of what I wanted from the conference and therefore from his speech. Peter exceeded all expectations.The content of his speech and his actual journey resinated with my and so many of my people. Being in travel the majority of people had been to the places around the world that Peter was talking about therefore felt some emotional connection to the situation and environment that Peter was faced with. Peter is an exceptionally strong courageous man that the entire audience had a lot of respect for. Peter joined us in costume for our Bollywood Dinner where many of my people were able to ask questions and find out more of Peter's journey and future projects. I would highly recommend Peter as your guest speaker in the future. Thank you Peter for sharing your story with us.NORTH STAR NSW, FLIGHT CENTRE LIMITED, March 2011 Inspiration comes in many forms sometimes in nature, sometimes in human form and your presentation combines the power of both. For me, it highlighted that human decency shines through in the end and that the little things we forget more often means the most. I did actually run straight out of the presentation and told my partner I love her, as I now do at every chance I get. I have been a leader on the sporting field and off it but now I realise what true leadership is all about. I carry your message with me to spread it freely and do hope one day that I am fortunate to cross your path again. I am certain your charity will benefit directly from me and can only say thank you to you and your family for all the work you do and sacrifices you make (and continue to make). Thank you.Authorised Representative.AXA FINANCIAL PLANNING, April 2010 To read more testimonials from the audience where Peter has presented his keynote visit http://www.peterbaines.com.au/testimonials.asp Hands Across the Water agrees to assess the devastation in Japan 2011-04-08T11:25:32Z hands-across-the-water-agrees-to-assess-the-devastation-in-japan-1 Peter Baines, international keynote speaker and founder of boutique charity Hands Across The Water, has agreed to travel to the Miyagi prefecture and Sendai in Japan. On his journey Peter will assess the possibility of his charity, Hands Across the Water, assisting in the humanitarian crisis that has fallen upon this area. It has been reported to Peter from those on the ground in Japan that the full extent of the humanitarian disaster has not been completely covered in the media. In the coming weeks Peter will travel to Japan with local partners to further assess the local needs and assess if there is any capacity for either Peter Hands Across the Water to assist.Peter worked for 22 years with the NSW Police leading teams in response to acts of terrorism and natural disasters. As part of the leadership team that responded after the bombings in Bali Peter was called upon in 2005 to lead national and international teams in response to the Boxing Day Tsunami. All the time his leadership theories were tested in this trying environment. More recently Peter has been engaged in the Middles East, by the government of Saudi Arabia, to assist them in building their leadership and crisis management capacity.Peter spends his time helping businesses build effective Sustainable Leadership programs through the unique mix of his leadership and corporate social responsibility initiatives. His Corporate Social Responsibility platforms create goodwill, staff engagement and sustainable change. He also continues to lead the Hands Across the Water team in supporting their orphanages and the beautiful children of Thailand. As a keynote speaker, Peter has a diverse client base across many sectors including the leading financial institutions of Australia such as Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, NAB, and St George Bank. He has worked with education providers across each of the Australian states, both government and private and has spent time advising many large corporate organisations both on a national and international level. If you are interested in booking Peter to present at your next event enquire online. For more information about Peter and Hands Across the Water visit the website www.handsacrossthewater.com.au or www.peterbaines.com.au World Health Organisation Centre partners with Hands Across The Water 2011-04-08T10:30:08Z world-health-organisation-centre-partners-with-hands-across-the-water Peter Baines, international keynote speaker and founder of Hands Across the Water is proud to announce that the World Health Organisation Centre has agreed to partner with Hands Across the Water for Capacity Building in HIV/AIDS care, treatment and support. A meeting between Peter Baines and Professor Julian Gold, Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre, will see the two organisations lead a project in the Yasothon area in Thailand. Together they will build capacity within the community around education and improvement of health services delivery. The main focus is to improve the life expectancy of the children suffering from HIV and remove the stigma within the community of those affected. In the coming months the team made of representatives from the WHO Collaborating Centre and Hands Across the Water will travel to Thailand to begin work in the HIV/AIDS affected area of Yasothon. Peter Baines continues to deliver when it comes to caring for the children in Thailand who were left behind after the devastating 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami. As a forensic investigator Peter has led both national and international teams in times of crisis following events such as the tsunami, the Waterfall train disaster and the Bali bombings. The Boxing Day Tsunami claimed an estimated 250,000 people with many children left with nothing. As part of an Australian response to provide disaster victim identification experts, Peter led international teams through the recovery and identification. Peter committed then and there to change the lives of the affected children. After the commencement of Hands Across The Water in 2005 the first orphanage opened in Baan Tharn Namchai, Phuket in August 2006. Since this time a second orphanage has opened, a rubber plantation has been established and the construction of a community centre is well under way. Hands Across the Water now moves help north to Yasothon, 530km north east of Bangkok. Most of the kids who live at the Suthasinee Foundation in the town of Yasothon are either HIV infected or come from a family that is too ill to care for them because their parents suffer from HIV or have died from an associated illness. The founder of the orphanage, in what is a cruel turn of fate, is battling pancreatic cancer and is quite ill. We have committed to helping these kids on their journey, one which presents many different challenges to the other kids we support at Baan Tharn Namchai . Peter Baines continues his commitment to ensure that 100% of donations are used to directly benefit the children within these orphanages. Peter is a keynote speaker with clients across Australia and the world. Peter’s keynote topics include corporate leadership, change management, corporate social responsibility and continuing business post crisis. In the face of disaster Peter remains focused on providing long-term change for these beautiful children of Thailand. If you are interested and wish to support Hands Across the Water please visit the website www.handsacrossthewater.com.au. If you have an event that requires an inspirational keynote speaker then complete a booking enquiry online or visit www.peterbaines.com.au Charity Dinner at Luna Park 2011-04-06T11:01:41Z charity-dinner-at-luna-park A NIGHT OF INSPIRATION*THURSDAY 19 MAY 7pm @ LUNA PARK Join Peter Baines, International Keynote Speaker and Founder of Hands Across The Water forA Night of Inspiration. Enjoy a night out at Sydney's famous Luna Park where everyone goes....just for fun. You will enjoy a three course meal, with beer, wine and soft drinks and entertainment including guest speakers Mia Freedman, Peter Baines and Khun Rotjana.The speakers will share their inspirational stories of achievement, dedication and commitment. Creating sustainable leadership became a passion of Peter Baines’ after witnessing the devastating effects of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami. He was deeply touched by the number of children left orphaned by the disaster and was inspired to set up an organisation that could make a significant difference in the lives of these children. In late 2005,Hands Across the Waterwas formed to raise funds for, and awareness of, the children of Thailand who were left orphaned. Hands Across the Water is one of Australia’s fastest growing boutique charities supporting the beautiful children of Thailand who want so little but need so much.The charity is absolutely committed to ensuring the every cent donated is used to enhance the lives of the children.Not one cent of donor’s money goes to the administration or fundraising of Hands Across the Water. For more information about this inspirational event visit the Hands website or reserve your ticket online at http://www.handsacrossthewateraustralia.evolveshop.com.au/ www.peterbaines.com.au www.handsacrossthewater.com.au Looking for development with a difference? 2011-03-28T22:44:45Z looking-for-development-with-a-difference Take the journey of self discovery and personal transformation with Peter Baines and Nicole Perry. Peter is an international keynote speaker and leadership expert with experience leading international teams intoIndonesia and Thailand following actsofterrorism and the worst that nature has to offer. Nicole has a passion for change management with over 15 years working with corporate organisations such as Westpac, IAG, Swiss Re and NSW Government.You can join Peter Baines and Nicole Perryin Thailand forthis hands-on experience over four daysfromThursday 18 August 2011 to Monday 22 August 2011. Maximise success through transforming self-knowledge into effective leadership of yourself and others. If you are aspiring to become tomorrow's influential thought leader take this opportunity to explore your own leadership style and understand what works and what doesn't and more importantly what you can do about it. Staying in five star accommodation in one of the world's most striking locations you will grow, learn and discover what it takes to be a true leader.Visit the site for more information about The Journey of Changeor contactKerry Welch to secure your spot: support@peterbaines.com.au or phone 0406 426 069. Bike Rides Raise over $525,000 2011-03-27T09:22:07Z bike-rides-raise-over-525-000 In January 2011 a group of 52 riders from three countries rode 800kms from Bangkok down to Khao Lak in the annual Hands Across the Water bike ride. Due to popular demand two rides were held this year with the first group arriving on the 13th of January andthe second group arriving on the 26th of January. This year provided a new element to the ride as the group rode through pouring rain for a number of days. Both groups were joined by Thai riders from the orphanage as they made their way from Bankok to Khao Lak, a distance of 800kms over eight days. On the first ride Khun Thew from Yasothon was joined by two staff and on the second ride two of the staff from Baan Tharn Namchai orphanage. Their presence was a constant reminder as to why they were riding and who benefits from the hard work. Children from the orphanage joined the riders as the final magic kilometres were travelled. The best way of describing the ride is to say that it is "an experience that has to be experienced"to understand what it is all about. After the success of this years rides which raised over $500,000 AUD, there will of course be another opportunity in 2012 to join Hands Across the Water in Thailand to do it all again. Peter Baines along with Hands Across the Water have decided to include a new ride in the new year. Starting North East from Udon Thani, down along the Mekong River, arriving eight days and 800kms later at the HATW orphanage at Yasathon. A new challenge for riders as they will follow the Mekong River with Laos on one side and Thailand on the other.For more information about the new ride or the tradition ride from Bangkok to Khao Lak emailteam@handsacrossthewater.org.au.To read more about Peter and his charity Hands Across The Water go to www.handsacrossthewater.com.au or www.peterbaines.com.auPeter Baines is one of Australia’s leadership experts having road tested leadership the hard way. Peter spent 22 years with the NSW Police leading teams in response to acts of terrorism and natural disasters on a scale not previously seen.Peter was part of the leadership team that responded to Bali after the bombings in 2002 and was called upon in 2005 to lead national and international teams in response to the Boxing Day Tsunami. Peter headed up multiple rotations into Thailand leading international teams in the identification process of those who died. All the time his leadership theories were tested in this trying environment.Peter has recently been engaged to work in the Middle East, by the government of Saudi Arabia, to assist them in building their leadership and crisis management capacity.If you are looking for a keynote speaker who will inspire and motivate with stories that will make the audience laugh and cry then contact Peter to discuss your next event.