Cub petting, Volunteerism & Conservation

This is a “need to know” list sourced from bloodlions.org about cub petting, volunteering and conservation. Very few, if any of the private lion farms and predator breeding facilities in South Africa can be regarded as genuine conservation undertakings as they do not work in conjunction with recognised lion ecologists and scientists or any of the global predator … More Cub petting, Volunteerism & Conservation

The Good, Bad and Ugly Lists For Volunteering Places in Africa

I’ve come across a comprehensive list on Facebook page Volunteers in Africa Beware, that recommends good places to volunteer, bad ones to avoid, and ugly ones to completely steer clear of. This was found through research and I have not contributed to this list, I am merely sending the message along. THE UPDATED LIST (as of 24/10/2015) OF … More The Good, Bad and Ugly Lists For Volunteering Places in Africa

Why Chan and Sukumaran should have been given life, instead of death.

Imagine being woken in the middle of the night and forcibly marched out of your room. You’re blindfold, pushed up against a cold wall, and asked if you want to stand or sit. Someone marks a spot on your shirt, just above your heart with a marker. There’s so much commotion, your heart is racing … More Why Chan and Sukumaran should have been given life, instead of death.

Intrepid UOW students get their hands dirty for the environment

A group of UOW students is taking weeding the garden to a new level. The team members are getting their hands dirty and helping local volunteers regenerate a section of Collins Creek, Woonona. The creek’s bank is overrun with weeds that are smothering native shrubs and trees. Local volunteers are hoping to restore the creek’s … More Intrepid UOW students get their hands dirty for the environment

Brothers of Sudan

I walk to meet Dimas and Anismis Bakini and instantly notice their clothes. They are wearing nicely pressed pants and clean, buttoned up shirts. They know I’m interviewing them, so I can imagine they thought it would be gracious to dress smart. They have always been so polite. Dimas 21, and Anismis 19, arrived with … More Brothers of Sudan

“What’s Hidden”

I am fascinated by personal, untold stories. It is one of the driving forces of why I want to be a journalist. I have always had a passion for Africa and the people that inhabit such a breathtaking but devastating continent. I am passionate about African culture, music, food, traditions but primarily the horrifying conflict … More “What’s Hidden”

Newtown

An elderly gentleman driving his gopher down King St. blaring Elvis Presley’s ‘Jailhouse Rock’ causes Chrissy Dernee to smile to herself as she crosses the road, heading towards the markets on a bustling Saturday morning. It is these little quirks that make Newtown, well, so Newtown. The weird and the wonderful of Newtown form a … More Newtown

A Reflection

“When people tell you a story, it’s like they’re singing you a song. Every voice has its own musicality, its own tone and timbre. And even just a little half-sentence fragment can go in through your ear and tell you something profound about a person’s soul.” (Aaron Henkin)  The weird and wonderful sounds of Newtown … More A Reflection