• You’re a hero to us

    We popped into Little Things Coffee – Social enterprise cafe and coffee roaster and saw Kayla sitting alone, working hard. We were curious, so we asked if we could chat for minute. Kayla what makes a hero? “I think someone who lives or acts for the benefit of others” Would you consider yourself a hero? …

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  • We can change the world with kindness

    “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank The brokenness of humanity cries out to us in the news. We hear stories about suffering and extreme poverty, homelessness, human slavery, the clothing on our shelves manufactured by workers experiencing unfathomable violence; continents in …

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  • The reality for women is… so what would you do about it?

    In October 2016, the then-first lady of America Michelle Obama delivered a compelling speech at New Hampshire. In that speech, she boldly addressed and challenged the ‘hurtful, hateful language about women’ shamelessly used in the opposition’s presidential election campaigns. For those who have not heard her speech before, spoiler alert ahead. Here’s an excerpt of …

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  • Showing human kindness to Melbourne’s homeless

    In February this year I read a story in the Good Weekend about Melbourne dentist Michelle Condello and her friendship with Ty, a homeless man she noticed one day in Russell Street on her way to the gym. It was June 2015, cold and wet and she stopped to pat his dog and have a …

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  • Education is Changing the Face of Villages

    The sweet and sticky fragrance of the flower necklaces hanging around our necks was as overpowering as the tropical summer heat inside the tin and concrete schoolhouse. They were given as a sign of honor for us as guests who had come to visit two primary schools in a rural village area. Because children in …

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  • When the world is too large to love.

    I have a declaration to make. I have less than 600 facebook friends and about 360 phone contacts. That’s how large (or small) my social circle is. I have a confession to make. Although I haven’t done the math, I’m quite certain that I actively maintain friendships with less than 20% of them (I’m being …

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  • Small steps make a big difference.

    I don’t have a great memory (ask my family, friends and colleagues!) but I do remember seeing one of those World Vision ads on the TV when I was a primary-aged child and feeling a sense of compassion and justice stir within me. In high school I started researching and delving deeper into issues around …

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  • Now and not yet

    This is Derek, owner of Now and Not Yet cafe Derek, what do you think it takes to be a hero? “The little stuff is the hero stuff!! Being fully present in the moment and making a difference doing small things now is what makes a difference in the future”. Derek employs people who have …

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  • Child slavery is a flaw in humanity

    Three years ago, I became aware of the alarming and confronting issue of modern day slavery, particularly involving children. I researched and learned just how widespread this problem is and how easily vulnerable children can become victims of this horror. Their poverty-stricken families, lured by money and the promise of a better life, sell them …

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  • Kindergarten of Hope

    Two hours South of Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh, lies the poverty-stricken province of Kampong Speu. Here, a partner organisation of Ordinary Heroes, OM MTI, runs a kindergarten for children. It provides valuable early childhood education for children who otherwise would have no access to education. As well as this, it allows mothers to earn wages …

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