Exceptional Magazine : 2016 Exceptional Magazine
Watch my video Watch my video Watch my video Watch my video Ian Carson SecondBite 39 Exceptional Australia 2016 Finalists Juliette Wright GIVIT Listed Ltd Robert de Castella AO MBE Indigenous Marathon Project and SmartStart for Kids! Lockie Cooke ICEA Foundation By the time Lockie Cooke got to university, he was already well and truly down the path of entrepreneurship. ICEA Foundation (Indigenous Communities Education and Awareness) is a youth-run not-for-profit organisation committed to reconciliation. It has 600 volunteers. Through a series of programs, ICEA Foundation brings together young Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to create positive experiences and promote cultural understanding of the shared history of Australians. Lockie is working to decrease a reliance on grants and sponsorships by evolving ICEA Foundation into a more sustainable fee-for- service organisation. He was Australia’s head delegate at the Y20 Summit in 2014. “The harder the struggle, the greater the reward” “Dream big, work hard” “There is a solution for everything! Including poverty” Social entrepreneur In the 1980s, Robert de Castella gained recognition as an Australian world champion marathon runner. Since then, he has worked tirelessly to promote children’s health and fitness, and created a culture of running in Indigenous Australia. The Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP) selects young Indigenous men and women to run the New York City Marathon and complete a Certificate III in Fitness. Graduates become inspirational leaders of change. In 1999, Robert founded SmartStart for Kids!, a health promotion charity targeting child obesity. Robert is the 1983 Australian of the Year and he was awarded Officer of the Order of Australia last year for distinguished service to the community. Juliette Wright is on a mission to alleviate the effects of poverty across Australia. Founder and CEO of GIVIT Listed Ltd (GIVIT), Juliette created the online platform in 2009 to connect those who have with those who need, and inspire an online network of givers. In 2011, when Queensland was hit by devastating floods, GIVIT became the State Government’s official website for matching donations, with 1.8 million hits, resulting in 33,500 goods matched over three weeks. Juliette’s vision, hard work and determination resulted in donations of almost 150,000 items to disadvantaged members of the Australian community, earning her the title of finalist in Australia’s Local Hero 2015. “Nothing is impossible — persistence pays” Ian Carson started collecting soup in Melbourne restaurants in 2005. Today, SecondBite rescues enough food for 14 million meals per annum. SecondBite is a not-for-profit organisation which redistributes high-quality surplus fresh food to community programs around Australia. For every million kilograms of food that SecondBite rescues, it saves 74 million litres of water and 6 million kilojoules of energy. It also prevents 6 million kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions (equating to more than 900 flights from Melbourne to Perth). SecondBite is only rescuing 2% of the $8 billion worth of food thrown away in Australia each year, says Ian. There are unlimited opportunities for growth.
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