Here I share my favourite feature stories written for The Examiner Newspapers in Western Australia, where I get the opportunity to meet some inspirational and beautiful people in the state. I hope you find inspiration in them too (*If you’re having trouble viewing the articles, please connect w/ me on Twitter or Facebook and let me know).
Everyone can find the time to help others (click here)
8 August 2012
After the death of her mother five years ago, Fern Demeo found comfort in volunteering her time to worthy causes as a way of dealing with grief. She honed in on her love of elephants and travelled overseas to help abused animals.
I travelled to Australia’s capital, Canberra, to see a Shakespearean stage performance like no other featuring the talented Michael Hurst in his first solo performance outside of New Zealand. I sat down with him for a chat.
Travelling the globe and breaking a world record turned into a mixed adventure of elation and heartache for three young Aussies. I caught up with Jamie Kenyon to find out about his quad bike quest and how he overcome a tragedy.
Spurred by the experience of watching a child perish because of diarrhoea, Pat Farmer set out on an epic ultra-marathon to raise money for the Red Cross’s running water projects. I caught up with him while he was in Perth to launch his book.
The ageing face significant losses of friends, family, memories and sometimes their homes. Becoming an aged care facility resident may also mean they are forced to give up their beloved pets. I explore the happy wonders of pet therapy.
Some people are happy to plod along and do the daily routine but others, like Peter Warren, think outside the box and put the health of others ahead of themselves. I met the man behind WA’s Leprosy Mission to find where his passion stems from.
Many find that mothers staying at home and fathers working long hours to bring home the bacon works for them but thousands of women go back to work only months after birth. I discovered the importance of a balanced partnership for parents.
When it comes to the issues of men’s depression and suicide it’s still an incredibly taboo topic that many are too frightened to talk about. I delved into the world of the depression gender gap and suicide prevention to find out why there is still a sensitivity.
Know your body and save your life (click here)
16 February 2012
I met an ovarian cancer survivor who with support and sheer determination beat the horrid disease. June Sell talked about her challenges and the life changing moments that defined her as a person and not just another statistic on Australian charts.
Jog your way back into your summer gear (click here)
15 December 2011
Everyone knows there are benefits to fitness but if you haven’t considered running before, now’s the time. I spoke to a marathon runner and a marathon club president to get in the know about running and how to keep the motivation.
Bradley’s red passion for Aussie animals (click here)
1 December 2011
There’s a wildlife display man roaming the Perth Hills, teaching children the importance of keeping Australian animals safe. I met Bradley Holland to find out what it was about wildlife and education that saw two passions collide to create Ranger Red.
Disease robs mother of her quality of life (click here)
16 November 2011
We take for granted the use of our lungs but a small number of West Australians suffer from a lung disease that requires oxygen 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I met a woman who lives with the angst of not knowing how long she has left.
From Kelmscott to Everest, that’s life for Mark (click here)
20 October 2011
Mark Sheen has seen the world – he stood at the top of it in 2007 when he reached the summit of Mount Everest and became the second West Australian to do so. In this two page interview, I explore mountaineering and what it takes to reach your dreams.
Every day thousands of families across Western Australia live the fly-in, fly-out lifestyle. More people are joining the community every day so I decided it was about time to meet another couple who completely understood my lifestyle.
Dingo puppies are the last of their line (click here)
8 September 2011
In the hills of Perth, there is a rare breed of dingo slowly recovering from near extinction thanks to hard work from a conservationist. In early September, I discovered the passion of one man and his family to bring back the bogong – 2 pages.
Australian scientists have played a significant role in one of the largest human genetic studies ever undertaken to determine the cause of multiple sclerosis. I looked into what new research means for MS sufferers and their families.