Meet Susan. At fifteen years old, Susan was on a fishing trip with her parents and brother when their boat suddenly sank. After four hours of struggling through darkness and rough sea, Susan eventually made it to shore-- but her family did not. Such trauma took its toll on Susan, leading her down a path of self-destruction. Becoming a mother at 20, Susan’s life continued to test her, having to face domestic violence, single motherhood and cancer. In the years following, Susan started the healing process and used motorbike riding to do so. Whilst writing her book “The Girl Who Lived”, she rode her motorbike throughout South East Asia, immersing herself in the diverse cultures and learning more about herself along the way. Susan now puts her energy into WOW Motorcycle Tours, an organisation she started with her son that runs motorbike tours across Victoria, Australia. Susan encourages women to rediscover themselves and build confidence with just two wheels and an open road. In January 2017 Susan will be facing her fear of swimming, and taking part in the Lorne Pier to Pub-- hoping to raise $100,000 for the McAuley Community Services for Women. Despite trauma and grief, Susan continues to face life head-on and inspires countless others along the way. She is a Strong Woman.
Meet Stacey. Growing up without her mother, Stacey was brought up in a housing commission, was a victim of child sexual abuse and ended up living in a shed at age 13. At 15 years old, she was pregnant and by 19 she was a mother of two - and homeless. By the time she was 21, Stacey had had three children but was in a toxic relationship, a victim of domestic violence. Now 36 years old, Stacey has five children and is supported by her loving partner. She is an author, an international speaker and CEO of Brand Print Australia. More recently, she has become the official Ambassador for the Lighthouse Foundation and Brave Hearts Inc., which led to her being nominated for the 2012 Pride of Australia Award. She is a Strong Woman.
Meet Kylie. In 2009 at nearly 25 years of age, Kylie set a goal for herself to become a millionaire by age 30. She wrote a blog post about 1001 ways to make money, and was then approached by Wiley Publishing Australia about writing a book-- which she did! The book was titled "365 Ways to Make Money"; from there Kylie started public speaking and freelance writing. All was looking positive, however in 2012 Kylie was domestically abused, raped and robbed which resulted in her being homeless with her two young daughters. Despite this harsh new reality, within a matter of weeks Kylie managed to escape and move to Canberra; re-establishing herself and her young family. Kylie overcame these experiences which she believes have shaped her into the woman she is today. A 2015 Young Australian of the Year award finalist, Kylie is now a CEO of a social media company, owning multiple websites, providing blog sponsorship and social media strategies. Kylie is using her experience to help others and inspire men and women to turn their lives around. She also raises awareness and money for victims of domestic violence and homelessness. Kylie’s favourite saying is "I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become" by Carl Jung. Kylie is a Strong Woman.
Meet Tanya. A trained nurse who grew up in Fiji, Tanya first visited Cambodia in 2007 where she left a portion of her heart. After several mission trips to Cambodia, Tanya's mission vision was born in the form of Restore One Charity. "The word RESTORE is a perfect description for what is achieved in the broken communities of Cambodia and Myanmar." Tanya and her team at Restore One are supporting one village to not simply build a school and leave; they are working with the people to ensure every area of their village is developing. The school they have opened gives children an education for hope and freedom. By building up and educating the youth they are able to set them on a path where they can find a good job. Opening in November 2014, the school has 200 students with another classroom for educating the 10 deaf students of the village also being developed. In the community, villagers are educated about domestic violence and hygiene. They have also opened Restore one Cafe in downtown Phnom Penh which helps support the village's efforts. A visitors and training centre is also a place where locals can work or be trained to develop skills to enhance their village.
Tanya loves what she does and beams with delight when asked about her project. Being only two years old, it's still new, but Restore One is already changing lives! Tanya encourages everyone to do something that excites you. Restore One is something that is empowering and changing lives, one person at a time. She is excited and passionate about this project. She is a Strong Woman.