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Kate

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Meet Kate. Originally from Adelaide, South Australia, and now living in Melbourne, Kate is a self-confessed bibliophile - a person who collects or has a great love of books. After completing a Bachelor Degree in Marketing and Communication, Kate found she wanted more from her career. She sought a way to combine her love for writing, editing and social media with her life-long obsession with books and reading. Voila! Kate created Lillytales; a book review micro-blog on Instagram. 
These days Lillytales is much more than an Instagram page; Lillytales is a website, YouTube channel and bookish merchandise brand. Kate and her fiancé Simone are the owners of an online shop, Nook & Burrow, which is a creative collective of handmade bookish homewares and accessories. Kate now splits her time between working as a publishing assistant, studying a Masters in Publishing and Communication and working to grow Nook & Burrow, and all of this stems from her love of literature. With Lillytales, Kate enjoys connecting with bookish folk from around the world and feels extremely lucky to have customers and friends who buy Lillytales handmade wooden bookmarks from all corners of the globe including Sweden, The Middle East, The US, The UK, Singapore, Germany and of course in her home country of Australia. Most of all, Kate hopes to create excitement and passion around books and reading and aims to inspire followers of her blog to pick up a book, hear a story from a voice they wouldn't usually come across and enjoy all the benefits of fantastic literature. She is a Strong Woman.


 

Meg

Meet Meg. I thought it fitting to introduce this Strong Woman on Mother's Day, because this is my mother. Raising five children is no easy feat, but doing so as a single mum can be intense. As a small child I remember her resilience and grit as she worked multiple jobs to send us to a private school. Always putting her children first, Meg's heart is constantly invested in the happiness of others- this passion overflowing into her work as a carer in a nursing home. Despite raising five children on her own, mental illness crept in and Meg never seemed to recognise her own strength. I couldn't wrap my head around such a remarkable woman being so unaware of her worth and phenomenal contribution to the people around her. A mother and carer to her core, Meg is my original Strong Woman.

Rowena

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Meet Rowena. A teacher since 2011 at Kempsey High School and also fitness enthusiast, Rowena noticed a void in programs in her community that girls could call uniquely their own. Passionate about creating a space for these girls, Rowena decided to start up Strong Girl Fitness: an inclusive program specifically for girls. This program includes training such as running, gymnastics and calisthenics through to weightlifting and power lifting. There is also a strong focus on positive body image, building community and creating a healthy lifestyle. Rowena set the motto as Strength, Courage, Choices, because if girls have strength then they will have the courage to make good choices. Throughout this program the students who have attended have gained confidence, health, increased school attendance and have gone on to achieve sporting and academic accomplishments. Since starting the program three years ago, Rowena has encouraged and empowered dozens of girls and in 2015 won Australian Women's Weekly, Woman of the Future award. She is a Strong Woman.

Aaliyah

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Meet Aaliyah. When she was 7 years old, Aaliyah’s 16-year-old brother was shot dead, rocking her and her family’s world. In 2014 her 20-year-old brother and her cousin were both killed within a week of each other- both a result of gun violence. These horrific events sparked a sense of injustice in Aaliyah’s heart, inspiring her to create The ASW Foundation. Her work within this foundation includes coordinating and running community events and talking to students at local schools, raising awareness about the seriousness of gun violence. The ASW Foundation also provides two college-bound senior students from her local high school with a scholarship- with entrants writing about their views on gun violence and how they could reduce the local youth violence. At just 15 years old, Aaliyah’s passion for change is strong, and she is willing to do everything in her power to make an impact in her local community. She is a Strong Woman. 

Stacey

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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.

Christie

Meet Christie. Building resilience from a young age, Christie had to adjust to frequent changes in her life, hopping from country to country as her parents were missionaries. Now with a family of 4 children of her own, she juggles a household and volunteers at her local church. Despite having two Bachelors Degrees in Science and Education, her children are her life and she is taking time off to raise them. Christie believes one of the greatest gifts a parent can give their children is siblings, so her and her husband live to provide their children with a beautiful childhood filled with memories. She is a Strong Woman.

Uwa

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Meet Uwa. At 25 years old, Uwa is living with a disease called 'Sickle Cell'. Although she's had it most of her life, around 7 years ago Uwa's health declined, leaving her to face some serious health issues. Uwa has had to learn how to juggle her health, balancing treatment appointments with her dreams she has for her life. One struggle that comes from this disease is weightgain. Being able to eat anything she wanted during her childhood and adolescence, this weight gain shocked Uwa, causing a feeling of disappointment. Recognising the areas in which she needs to improve, Uwa works out regularly and is a frequent visitor at the local gym. However just as she gets into a proper exercise routine, Uwa's symptoms will flare up and her plans have to be put on hold while she regains energy to simply live. A positive woman, Uwa keeps persevering. A creative by nature, she endeavours to succeed in music and the arts and although her pace is slow, her passion is great! She is a Strong Woman.

Hannah

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Meet Hannah. Hannah is the mother of Jude Sullivan Peters. Jude has Rhizomelic Chondrodysplasia Punctata, a rare form of Dwarfism. He is known across the globe as the Brave Little Warrior, for his fighting spirit! Though they did not expect him to make it past infancy, he recently celebrated his one year birthday and is fighting like a champ. Where does the brave little warrior get his drive, determination, and warrior spirit? Hannah! She is only 23 years of age and if you spend a day with her, you would see that she is the closest thing to a real life superwomen. Her days start early and end late. Between daily feedings, breathing treatments, doctor visits, being a wife, and waving the flag for a RCDP cure- Hannah defines the word strength. Please fight with her and baby Jude!

Elizabeth

Meet Elizabeth. At 25 years old, she has enough charisma and enthusiam to fill a room. However battling Cystic Fibrosis, Elizabeth faces a daily battle, having to jump health hurdles that try and take hold of her life. While married, she underwent IVF for 16 months in the hope to start a family; this was unsuccessful. Unfortunately this process made her very sick and put a lot of strain on her family, resulting in the ending of her marriage. More recently Elizabeth has found out she needs to have a full hysterectomy to prevent cancer. Despite her circumstances, Elizabeth works at a local gym and maintains a regular life. Some days are better than others, but Elizabeth remains positive and motivated. She also publishes her journey on her Facebook Page to provide people with an insight into a life with CF. Elizabeth doesn't let CF define her, knowing no different she refuses to let it defeat her. She is a Strong Woman.

Linda

Meet Linda. Having worked as a personal trainer for the past 8 years, Linda has always been fit and motivated. Tragically, on 15 February 2014, Linda was involved in a horrific accident which led to the amputation of her right leg. Her left leg was also broken in several places, with plates, pins and rods used to repair the damage. Linda spent 3 weeks in hospital, everyday gaining strength. She then spent 3 weeks in rehab adjusting to the changes in her life. In August, just 6 months after the accident, Linda started work back at the gym; defying all odds! Today you can find Linda instructing several classes a week and motivating members at Fit life Health Club. With a phenomenal amount of determination and positivity, Linda is an inspiration to so many. She is a Strong Woman.