Come Along to Our Christmas Party


The team at Madeleine Hicks Real Estate Would like to invite you to our 5th Annual Community Christmas Party.  Everyone is welcome, we only ask that you bring along a donation for the Smith Family's Toy & Book Appeal.



What is The Smith Family’s Toy and Book Appeal?

The Smith Family’s Toy & Book Appeal is your opportunity to help bring a smile to a disadvantaged child’s face this Christmas. Sadly, thousands of Australian kids will go without receiving a gift this holiday season simply because their families can’t afford it. This year, with your help, The Smith Family aim to deliver over 60,000 new toys and 40,000 new books to children in need around Australia.

Community-Christmas-PartyOur Toy & Book appeal is part of our Christmas ‘Stocking Exchange’ which provides gifts to children in need, allowing them to feel a sense of belonging this Christmas. Your generous gifts will help them acquire the skills and knowledge they need to build a better future.

Thank you for your generosity. After all, it’s only Christmas when we share it.

The Smith Family has a long and proud association with Christmas. The organisation was founded in 1922 when five businessmen decided to deliver toys to orphans on Christmas Eve. Since then we have grown, developed and changed to meet the needs of an ever-changing society, but we still deliver toys and books to disadvantaged children at Christmas.


Donations most needed

Currently there is a significant shortage of gifts for children 9 - 12 years of age. Your donation to these age categories would be greatly appreciated.



Currently we accept new toys, books and educational items for 0 – 12 year olds.

  • All gifts received must not be wrapped
  • All toys should be no bigger than a school backpack
  • Please ensure batteries are included if they are required to operate the toy
  • Ensure you are able to deliver your donated toys and books during the specified timeframe. Toys cannot be accepted outside of these collection periods. Due to limited resources The Smith Family is unable to pick-up toys and books.


Items we don’t accept

  • Large items i.e. bikes, hula-hoops, adult cricket bats, large doll houses, ride ons, tennis set
  • Second hand or handmade toys
  • Clothes and Manchester including costumes
  • Toiletries – perfume, make-up
  • Toys that replicate weapons i.e. guns, knives
  • Religious items i.e. books, figurines
  • Calendars & diaries
  • Candles and lamps
  • Adult games or videos
  • Items used for marketing a brand or company i.e.fast food items/toys
  • Breakable items i.e. porcelain dolls / tea sets
  • Items that contain liquid
  • Food
  • CD’s and video gamesCommunity-Christmas-Party

Movember – Help Us Help Aussie Blokes

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madeleine hicks real estate movemberThe idea for Movember was born in 2003 in Melbourne, Australia. In the first-ever Movember challenge, a group of 30 Aussie friends (self-proclaimed “Mo Bros”) challenged each other to grow out their moustaches for an entire month, simply to see if they could bring the style back to popularity. Surprised by their bold moustaches’ ability to spark conversation, the founders decided to attach the challenge to a worthy yet overlooked cause: men’s health and The Movember Foundation was born.

Our fathers, partners, brothers and friends face a health crisis that isn’t being talked about. Men are dying too young. We can’t afford to stay silent.

That’s why we’re taking action.

The team at Madeleine Hicks Real Estate are joining in to raise money this year for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Donate today and we can be the difference. We can stop men dying too young.

You can donate here https://moteam.co/team-mhre?mc=1

With a target of $2000 an incentive has been put out to the local community where, Justin Hicks will shave his luscious beardJustin Hicks madeleine hicks real estate

An even larger challenge has been set with Patrick Hicks prepared to shave off his moustache if $5000 is raised.  This has been a beloved lifelong companion of Patrick and even though is starting to look a little faded is still a distinguishing mark of the man.

Remember you can donate here https://moteam.co/team-mhre?mc=1

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To kick off and celebrate the start of Movember, here are 15 fascinating facts about moustaches.


  1. The King of Hearts is the only king in a deck of cards without a mustache.

  2. The average man spends six months of his life shaving and moustache grooming (assuming he begins around 15 and lives to be around 75).

  3. In Eureka, Nevada, it is illegal for men with moustaches to kiss women.

  4. Mary Di Marco madeleine hicks real estate movemberPolice in India’s Madhya Pradesh state are sometimes paid bonuses to grow their mustaches, because they’re believed to command more respect.

  5. How’s this for moustache grooming? Noblemen in the Victorian era ate soup with special ‘moustache spoons’ equipped with small barriers to protect their moustaches, according to uselessdaily.com.

  6. In 1967, The Beatles included cardboard mustaches in their album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, because the band members were all sporting mustaches on the cover.

  7. The first historical artefact depicting a moustache dates back to 300 B.C. It shows an Iranian horseman with a thick, black moustache.

  8. A study by the University of Southern Queensland in Australia found that facial hair can protect skin and prevent skin cancer by deflecting 90 to 95 percent of harmful UV rays.

  9. Hayden Owens Madeleine hicks real estate movemberThere are between 10,000 and 20,000 hairs on a man’s face, and the average mustache has 600.

  10. According to Guinness World Records, Ram Singh Chauhan holds the record for longest moustache, spanning 14 feet long. He has been growing it since 1982, after a friend with a 7-foot-long moustache suggested it.

  11. Moustaches are capable of absorbing 20 percent of their own weight in liquid, which makes them very handy in the event of spillage.

  12. The average man will touch his ‘stache upwards of 750 times per day, averaging 31.25 times per hour.

  13. Alexander the Great made all his soldiers shave their mustaches before the battle of Ardela.

  14. The World Beard and Moustache Championships have taken place annually since 1990, and Anchorage, Alaska has sent a record number of entrants.

  15. Albert Einstein was not seen without his moustache for over 50 years.

Remember you can donate here https://moteam.co/team-mhre?mc=1

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Fighting the good fight against tooth decay

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Karuna Khatri, dental camp co-ordinator Bishnu Shrestha and Pascale Pocock at their hotel in Kathmandu before setting out on their trip.

Here at Village  Buzz we've been reporting on our community for a long time but are still constantly amazed at the interesting and valuable things that our people find to get up to.

We came across a case recently when we heard that Winsor local Pascale Pocock, a dental assistant, had just returned from Nepal. She and her employer Dr. Karuna Khatri had been on a trip to remote areas in the country to provide urgently-needed dental treatment to the villagers there.

Karuna, the owner of the Dental Pearls dental practice in Brisbane, has been traveling to underprivileged areas for the last 10 or 11 years to provide dental services to people who would otherwise have to live with the pain of a toothache.


Karuna Khatri and Pascale Pocock hard at work on a Nepalese patient.

She initially worked in India but for the last three years has spent two weeks in Nepal every year. She was accompanied by her assistant Pascale for the first time last year and the intrepid pair repeated went again in September this year.

The trips are organized by the Rotary World Community Service in Sydney and are facilitated by a Nepalese NGO which provides transport, equipment, and a local dentist to accompany them. The NGO prepares the ground by visiting the area and negotiating with village heads to obtain permission to hold clinics in local schools or sheds.

Karuna and Pascale flew into Kathmandu on their recent trip where they were teamed up with Nepalese dentist Biplop Adhikari and set out for their first clinic at a remote village. Nepal is a mountainous country and Karuna, in a masterpiece of understatement, described the roads they encountered as 'interesting'.

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Pascale Pocock gives village school children dental hygiene hints.

On arrival at a scheduled stop, the dentists set up their portable equipment and began treating patients – some of whom had walked for two days from their home villages to attend the clinic. The two dentists routinely treated up to 80 patients a day and many of these would have a number of teeth needing filling or extraction.

A Western diet and sugary drinks, in particular, have done the Nepalese no favours, said Karuna, which means their teeth are often in an appalling condition exacerbated by the fact that many have never brushed their teeth.

For this reason, education on dental hygiene is very important with patients in the queue waiting for treatment being shown videos on how to care for their teeth. Some toothbrushes were handed out along the way but Karuna and Pascale were severely limited by the amount of equipment and other gear they could carry with them.

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A village school teacher assists Pascale Pocock in providing dental hygiene hints to the children.

Karuna reflects that she has been very fortunate in her own life and that her voluntary trips over the last 11 years were a way for her to pay back and assist people less fortunate. The satisfaction of going out and helping people to live pain-free lives is huge for her and enhanced by the welcoming people and the beautiful scenery of the country.

The trips are such an overwhelmingly positive experience that one tends to get hooked, she says, so there seems to be little doubt that she and Pascale will be back in Nepal next year fighting the good fight against tooth decay.


Karuna Khatri hands over a curing light for fillings to be used by other dentists in the region.

Donations to Rotary to support the work in Nepal can be claimed as tax deductions and made at:https://donations.rawcs.com.au/Default.aspx?ProjectID=214

Thanks to Allan Jackson for another great story!


The Backyard Birdies have landed

Lisa Camilleri in action against New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games in Dehi in 2010.

The Backyard Birdies have landed

Here at Village Buzz we heard through the grapevine that professional squash player Lisa Camilleri was retiring after a long career so we popped along to have a chat about that and her future plans.

An Everton Park local, Lisa achieved a top ranking of 28th in the world after winning 21 international titles, representing Australia on a number of occasions and following the squash circuit for 11 years after turning professional at the age of 18.

She recalls being around squash courts from a very early age after her mum Pauline, a keen tennis player, decided to take it up to get indoors and out of the Queensland heat. She had her first squash lessons at the age of eight when she also won the Queensland title in her age group – a feat she was to repeat every year from then until she turned 19.

In 2001 she earned a scholarship to the Australian Institute of Sport's Brisbane's squash unit where she lived in accommodation they provided and trained for more than four hours a day as well as receiving instruction in sports nutrition and even in how to cook.

In fact, she said, the AIS provided everything that an athlete could possibly need to attain their goal including access to a sports psychologist to refine and develop the mental capacity to compete and win at elite level in their chosen sports.

After turning professional she would enter between 15 and 17 tournaments every year on the Professional Squash Association Tour and travelled for 14 years all over the world, often living out of a suitcase but sometimes staying for a time in an area such as New York, New Zealand or Malaysia which was central to a number of tournaments she wanted to enter.

Backyard Birdies Lisa Camilleri and her partner Marcus Donnelly ready to take on the sporting apparel heavyweights.

She achieved her dream of representing Australia when she competed in the Woman's World Championships in 2008 and 2010 and the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and 2014. She also won 21 PSA event titles in her career.

A foot injury in 2011 saw her return to Brisbane for surgery where she took a business course to pass the time during her recovery and this came in very handy later when launching her sporting apparel business.

After recovering she returned to training and also did a stint as a high-performance assistant with Squash Australia where she was responsible for, among other things, sourcing uniforms for the national team.

Decent green and gold uniforms proved unexpectedly difficult to obtain so the idea of designing and sourcing sporting apparel took hold in the minds of Lisa and her partner Marcus Donnelly and they began to offer custom-designed uniforms mainly to squash teams around the world.

Marcus Donnelly, left, and Lisa Camilleri, far right, with their flock of Backyard Birdies brand ambassadors.

Lisa kept in training with the aim of competing in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018 but was not selected. She is open about the fact that the news was upsetting to hear but she took the positive view that the time had come to retire, put down her competition racquet, pick up a mobile phone and diary and devote all her energies to promoting the couple's business.

Called Backyard Birdies in honour of the numerous birdies who regularly visit their backyard, the business offers a variety of off-the-shelf and custom-designed apparel for sports teams and commercial/charity organisations through their online store as well as some health products.

Lisa is thankfully not lost to the world of squash and teaches a Monday session for children at Stafford Squash Centre in Kitchener Road. She is also available on request for adults’ one-on-one lessons at the centre.


Contact Lisa


T: 0420 943 887

E: backyardbirdies@hotmail.com

W: https://www.backyardbirdies.com/



Australian Bichon Frise Rescue

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When I hear Powder and Puff all I think about is all things fluff….. well Bichon Frise doggie fluff that is. This week I want to share a local hero that I’ve discovered, Katie Heneker. Katie has an incredible passion for rescuing those Bichon Frise who wasn't fortunate to be part of loving, caring families.

Bichon Frise is a dog breed that originated from the Mediterranean Barbet, originally Barbichon, but the French shortened the name to Bichon and added the word “Frise” which means frizzy. These medium-sized dogs have a wonderfully happy, somewhat cheeky, playful nature and are really outgoing. They are cute little dogs and are great for anyone with allergies because they don’t shed. Because of this, they require more than average grooming and sadly, some owners reject them due to this. They are also popular with backyard breeders who unfortunately only see them as profit-making machines.

Thankfully there is an Australian Rescue group who work hard to rehome these poor pups.

Seeing the need for rescue funds, a lovely existing Bichon Frise owner, Katie Heneker, decided to do something.

So in May this year with only $400 in donations, she started an online store specialising in all things for smaller doggies, not just for Bichons! All profits going back to rescuing Bichon Frise and their crossbreeds in Australia. Katie started with 5 products and now stocks over 50 products. She works closely with the Australian Bichon Frise Rescue group. Keeping her dream alive also is the very generous Bichon Frise community through Facebook Australia wide. Her site now has over 650 members worldwide. Katie conducts many other fundraising activities each month with all money donated back to Australian Bichon Frise Rescue.

Katie’s vision is to be able to rescue every Bichon Frise and Bichon Frise cross that they find needing rehoming and rescuing. At the moment, they have to concentrate primarily on non-desexed females to save them from puppy farms and being over bred with no quality of life. With the online shop only being relatively new, it is not quite generating the level of profits required for rescuing all dogs just yet. However, with Katie’s vision and her passion, the future is looking a lot better for these beautiful dogs.

Donations direct to Australian Bichon Frise Rescue are soon to be tax deductible, as they are in the final stages of setting up as a not-for-profit organisation. These donations will be possible through Facebook and Paypal.

Donations can also be made to Powder and Puff via the online store, with receipts available too.

Katie has just produced the cutest of calendars for next year, and Christmas goodies for dogs are now instore and also available to be ordered. She is also giving away a dog pram in November and to enter you just need to make a donation through the Powder and Puff shop. There is also an online auction planned as well through Facebook. Stay tuned.

Katie loves the Northside and believes it’s the best place to be in Brisbane.

Don’t forget if you’re looking for a doggie present, something special or just want to help out rescue some of these cuties go to www.powderandpuffallthingsbichon.com.au
you’ll feel good too, guaranteed.


Everton Park State High School End of Term 3 Report


19 September 2017

Everton Park State High School is now quiet after a busy third term and everyone is having a well-deserved two week break. Village Buzz visited the school shortly before term finished and met with Acting Principal Peter Turner and get an update on some of the highlights of the term.
The first item of news is that Ms Sue Wallace will return as Principal in Term 4 after taking long service and study leave to complete her Masters of Education (Leadership and Management). Mr Turner will return to his former post as Deputy Principal at Wavell State High School.


Hard at work on the school’s new STEAM lab and art space.

During my tour of the school I saw that work on a brand-new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) lab and art space was well underway and expected to be completed in October. The facility includes a large area for pupils to build and program robots and another to complete and store art projects including a semi-enclosed area for painting and sculpture which will be easy to wash out if things get messy – as I am sure they will.

Also included is an area for filming video in front of a green screen which will allow pupils to add their own backgrounds to videos they make as part of their school work. One interesting provision in the new complex is an office for an artist in residence who will be on hand to mentor the pupils with their various art projects.

I also paid a brief visit to the STEM classrooms where pupils were busily engaged in learning coding and I was shown the storeroom where all components for the robotics projects are kept. There was even a radio-controlled drone which had been built by pupils. School certainly has got a lot more interesting since my time.


Other term highlights


Grade 7 EPSHS students demonstrate robot technology to visitors from junior schools in the area.

In the lead-up to the holidays, EPSHS hosted pupils from junior schools in the area at a STEM day. Current year 7 students went out of their way to introduce the subjects to the younger students. I am sure the robots would have been among the visitors’ favourites on the day.

The school’s concrete games courts had been in an atrocious state of repair with grass growing through the many cracks but these have now been resurfaced in an attractive shade of blue Synpave and are ready for competition to resume.

Hayley Schafe, Year 12, won the Zonta Pine Rivers Young Women in Public Affairs Award for 2017 and is up for consideration for the Zonta International Award.

Shaun Litte, Year 10, competed in the Australian Schools Cross Country Championships in Hobart in August and came 15th in the country.

Three new flagpoles now grace the front of the school to fly the Australian, Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander flags. The poles were purchased and installed with funds raised by the Student Representative Council.

After years of campaigning the school finally has a 40kmh traffic calming zone implemented outside in Stafford Road which will add greatly to the safety of pupils, staff and visitors to the school.


Newly resurfaced concrete playing courts at the school.


Story by Allan Jackson

Drive For Life

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About to set out for a session of driving practice are Drive For Life’s first learner driver Zavier Edwards, left, and his mentor Alex Leskiewicz.


Youth Outreach Service’s (YOS) Drive For Life program in Stafford recently hit a major milestone when it began to process in its second batch of learner drivers.

Affiliated to the Salvation Army, YOS has been serving disadvantaged young people in Brisbane for 30 years and Drive For Life is its most recent initiative. The program came into being when it was realised that one of the biggest hurdles facing the young people it serves is obtaining their driver’s licenses.

Program co-ordinator Wayne Norfold explained that even if the young people can obtain their learner's, they often do not have access to a vehicle or responsible adult to supervise them during the hundred hours of practice driving they need to complete in order to take their driving tests.

He said the YOS program includes assisting the young people to obtain their learner’s licenses, putting them with a professional driving instructor for 10 hours instruction and then providing a vehicle and volunteer mentor for an hour's driving practice each week.

Three young learner drivers had completed their 10 hours of instruction when Village Buzz visited the YOS offices in Stafford recently and the second batch was due to attend their induction briefing later that day. The first learners were beginning the 70 or so hours of practice they will need before they can go for their driving tests.

Helping young people to become safe competent drivers has many benefits both for them and for society as a whole, said Wayne. It is well-known that young drivers are more at risk of being killed or injured in accidents so programs designed to improve their skills can play a vital role in saving lives and the costs to society associated with traffic accidents.

The benefit to the youngsters themselves is also substantial and can make a major positive contribution to their prospects for finding employment and to their mental and emotional wellbeing. Many coming from disadvantaged backgrounds feel stuck and powerless and gaining their driver's licenses is a huge positive step for them.

It can give them the sense that they are actually doing something concrete to improve their situations and a sense of achievement as driving become second nature. In addition, many will not have experienced positive interactions with older people and regular contact with their mentors will be hugely beneficial as they become fully fledged members of society.

Getting a driver's license is not just about the license, said Wayne, but is also a rite of passage exposing the young people to the adult world, placing a challenge before them, helping them to overcome it and celebrating with them at the end.

One component of the program that we at Village Buzz think is pretty innovative is the requirement for all learners to give back to the community by donating at least five hours of their time. This might be in the form of taking senior citizens shopping or performing other chores to benefit the community.

There are many similar programs to Drive For Life running in other states including Victoria, in particular, where the government has seen their value and put its weight fully behind them. There are very few programs running in Queensland so far and the YOS program is a response to a great need in the community.

It is in its very early stages at the moment but the organisers have been concentrating on getting the foundations and processes right before attempting to greatly expand the operation. They currently have one vehicle under lease and are hoping in time, with support from government and community, to boost this number substantially.

At the moment, Wayne says Drive For Life’s most urgent need is for members of the public to come forward to assist with fundraising and as volunteers for the mentoring program. He hopes that the program might one day scale to the point where it can become self-sustaining.


YOS contact details:

Wayne Norfold

Community Project Worker

32-54 Hayward Street Stafford Qld 4053

0419 753 610



Story by Allan Jackson

Dylan Geary – Grow Learn Inspire

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Dylan Geary on Village BuzzHi, my name is Dylan and I am 16 years old.  I have athetoid cerebral palsy. This means that I have a brain injury that affects how I control my body, particularly my head, arms & hands, legs & feet.  I need help to do things for myself and some things have to be done for me.

I have two main challenges in life – being able to move around and communicating what I’m thinking and feeling.

I use a wheelchair most of the time & am working at using a walking frame at high school. I am also practicing using an electric wheelchair. My parents transport me in my chair to and from school, appointments & outings with friends in our van.

The biggest obstacle for me is about how other people see me – they don’t presume that I’m intelligent. Just because I don’t have speech, it doesn’t mean that I have nothing to say.

People I interact with often don’t understand that I’m using many different channels of communication to express myself. I use my voice, my face, my eyes, my actions, my head, or sometimes my whole body to let people know what I’m thinking and feeling.

My best way of talking is using a speaking machine and activating it with my eye gaze. I have to stay very still which is tricky for me. I am learning a new system of forming complex language. On the 2nd September I used this for the first time to present at the Sensitivity Unit (provides devices & equipment for adults & children to use to understand what it's like to have a disability) fundraiser, at Craigslea State School, Chermside West. You can watch my presentation here: https://www.facebook.com/GoDylanGo/posts/1574905462552851

I work really hard each week with my conductive education therapists and practice sitting and standing and walking. I am very busy and this takes a lot of effort and time. I love getting stronger and being helped to do as much for myself as possible.

I love school and this year I am in year 11. I am preparing for life when I finish school at the end of next year. I am exploring ideas, including running my own business, painting and helping out at the Sensitivity Unit, a place for education about disability and inclusion.

I want to present at events and help to educate people about disability and be a mentor for younger people living with a disability.

To enable me to continue to get around, my parents are fundraising for a new van to transport me & my wheelchair in. They hope to raise $10,000 in the next 1-12 months. To help us achieve my goal you can:-

*Join us at Riverwalk, a 5km walk for brain injury, at Orleigh Park at 10AM, finishing at 1PM at West End, Brisbane & ask friends & family to sponsor you.

*Make a donation via my every day hero page https://give.everydayhero.com/au/riverwalk-team-dylan. Any donations over $2 are tax deductible.

* Share this article with your family & friends.

I thank you all for your love & support. Please stay abreast my journey by following me on facebook at: facebook.com/godylango

Thanks to Samantha Deveson from Verve Massage for letting us know about Dylan.

A Resilient and Remarkable Woman

A Resilient and Remarkable Woman

A Resilient and Remarkable Woman

When they say you can't keep a good woman down I'm sure they're talking about my friend Trish Jackson. This remarkable woman is a mother, wife, motivational speaker, photographer and artist...and she's also a thalidomide survivor.

Trish was born during a time when thalidomide was a drug prescribed for nausea during pregnancy. As a result Trish has short arms with a few fingers on each. The effects that this awful drug has taken on her body has been immeasurable including major heart problems with her having many heart operations. She lives with constant pain because "feet weren’t meant to be hands". Imagine getting your foot up to your head many times a day to brush your hair or clean your teeth, turn taps on, drink coffee, eat, open doors etc and the ongoing pain that this would cause.

Originally born in Townsville Trish has lived on the Northside of Brisbane since she was eight years old and she considers the Prince Charles Hospital as her second home.

Trish has never considered herself as a victim but a survivor with her role models being her parents who she believes are the victims. Trish says "what my parents were put through after I was born and how they were treated just breaks my heart. There was no support back then and they didn’t get government funding to help for my health costs. The way my Dad fought for me to get into mainstream school was amazing as disabled kids did not go to mainstream schools in those days". In Townsville Trish attended Cootharinga Crippled Children's Home in Grades 1-3 and after moving to Brisbane this remarkable woman did go to mainstream school attending St Margaret's in Brisbane from Grades 3-12.

About four years ago a childhood friend of Trish, who is now a school teacher, asked her to come and speak to her students. Her childhood friend told her that whilst watching Trish grow up, achieving lots of things in her life that she noticed she had always managed everything with a smile on her face. After speaking to the class and having 75 children all trying to write with their feet Trish decided she absolutely loved it and this is what she wanted to do.

Trish has travelled to many schools and places she has spoken include Winton, Longreach, Cairns, Townsville, Toowoomba and local Brisbane areas. She has also spoken at a school in Adelaide which coincided with a medical conference that she was attending, as well as a couple of schools in western New South Wales. She has also mentored a young lad on photography. Trish does all this on a voluntary basis.

What Trish loves about public speaking is that she can do this because as a child she was extremely shy and would only ever speak to somebody if they spoke to her first. So for her to get up and speak to hundreds of kids just shows that you can achieve anything when you have a passion.

Being told that you were worthless or you don’t fit into the perfect body image, doesn’t mean that you are a nobody, with the right attitude you can achieve whatever you want. Trish does just this and there is nothing that this lady can't do or at least she gives it a go.

Her motivational talks have grown from word of mouth and her presentations have evolved with each talk and every new question.

Trish's motivation through all of this is that she wants everyone to appreciate what they have in life and not focus on what they haven’t got. For Trish that means not focusing on that she was born without any arms, also not focusing on all the negativity that she has endured throughout her entire life. It's too easy to give up and many do. Trish could have been a very negative and angry person for being born in a very confronting body because of thalidomide. Trish says that she learnt acceptance at a very early age because she realised that no matter how many times she wished had arms they were never going to grow. It never bothered her that she had no arms but it certainly bothers everybody else. Life has been tough for Trish but she views life as a rollercoaster, that she doesn't want to get off just yet.

Trish has many passions in life that she loves including fishing, gardening, photography, drawing and public speaking. She loves living on Brisbane's Northside and being close to shopping centres, parks, beaches and bushland, so there are always endless photo opportunities and that’s important to her.

Trish doesn't have much planned for the rest of the year as the beginning of this year was so busy and her body is telling her that its time to rest and recuperate. She has a few very local community groups to talk to and that will take her into the end of the year. Trish would love to do more adult talks as well as keeping up with the school talks, but it depends on how her body is feeling.

Trish's motivation is strong though and her aim is to keep talking and hopefully change people’s lives who listen to her. She also is writing a book about her life and is looking forward to having that published.

if you want to read more about her public speaking, there is feedback on there as well as photographs and a little bit more about her life.

She also have a Facebook page: Footsie Photos

and an Instagram account: footsiephoto

Another great story by Robyn Baker


Hoshindo Dojo returns to Brisbane in triumph

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Glenn Stephenson Shihan, Chief Instructor of Seiwakai Gojuryu in Australia, Malwina Martin and Rod Martin.

We reported (Refer to previous article here) recently that members of the Hoshindo karate dojo were about to head for Japan for an annual karate training camp and to be grade. After an exhausting but hugely successful trip for training and belt grading in Omagari, Akita, Japan, all members of the touring party were awarded the belts they were aiming for and the women, particular, were triumphant.


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Taking a break in training were, from left, Rod Martin, Malwina Martin, Maia Martin, Omigari locals Haruka and Kei Kato and Mia Anderson.

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Hoshindo members Janine Boothroyd, left, and Mia Anderson Martin during their trip to Japan.

Malwina Martin excelled to become one of the few women to hold 5th Dan Black belt in Gojuryu Seiwakai whilst Dr Janine Boothroyd completed the test for her 4th Dan. Both women left little to chance as they trained 5 hours each day in the heat of summertime Japan for a gruelling 6 days. Then in front of a panel of peers from around the world, both women performed their Kata under the watchful eye of Seiichi Fujiwara Shihan. After finishing the grading with ferocious kumite (sparring) both women were exultant as they passed the tests and were awarded their new grades.


Maia Martin and two young fans who are pupils in Seiichi Fujiwara Shihan’s karate school.

Also successful were Maia Martin (2nd Dan black belt) and Mia Anderson (1st Dan), who also went on to pass her 1st Dan in the All Japan Karatedo Federation (JKF) Gojukai.


Chief Instructor Rod Martin could barely contain his excitement for the girls of Hoshindo as they excelled in what was previously a Male dominated sport. Rod Shihan says he is more happy with this than passing his own 6th Dan Grading in the JKF Gojukai in Wakayama city.


Maia Martin (2nd Dan) and Luke Morrison (1st Kyu) went on to compete in the National Championships in Australia after the training in Japan and both reached the quarter finals. Dojo members are proud of their efforts are proud of their efforts.