Get your runners ready as this weekend (Dec 11th & 12th) sees the return of the highly anticipated Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival!
Summer is almost upon us, and despite international borders reopening (*ahem sort of/don’t hold your breath) I think many of us are still planning to adventure closer to home this year. If, like me, you’re hanging out for an adventure within Australia, this is the book for boundless inspiration. It’s an Aladdin’s cave of experiences, insider travel tips and dog friendly fun, and is full to bursting with possibly the greatest photography of our beautiful country I have ever seen. If you’ve ever wondered what it may be like to hit the open road and really explore what Australia has to offer here is your inspiration. As you turn each and every page, you could almost be there inside Meredith & Sean’s bright yellow combi, patting Bandit the pup; the warm, salty wind blowing in your hair! Yes, it’s that good!
This great Aussie road trip took Mez, Sean and Bandit across four states, one territory and over
22,400 kilometres. They drove over dirt roads, down four-wheel drive tracks, onto ferries and
boats, to the edges of cliffs, across beaches and up mountains. They ventured through dust
storms and croc-infested waters, over red dirt, into some of the most ancient lands on Earth,
and along some of the most isolated roads in the world. All in their trusty vintage 1975 kombi,
Meredith’s camera at the ready and with a true sense of wanderlust to fuel their journey.
As a photographer, Mez knew this once-in-a-lifetime adventure would offer her the
opportunity to capture Australia in her own unique way, particularly after the dramatic
changes to our landscape since the devastating bushfires, and boy did she do this.. with a cherry on top!
When it comes to travel, Meredith is full of encouragement and enthusiasm.
‘It took guts to head out across this great big country in an old yellow kombi. I hope every
page gives you a little more of the confidence and comfort you need to set out on your own
adventure. If we can do it in a 1975 kombi you can do it too!’
One of my favourite things about this book is the oodles of great tips this awesome team share so that you and I can explore to the fullest when we dust off our suitcases. From dog-friendly highlights (yay) and the best camping spots, to locating the tastiest cheap eats and the finest coffee, this is just as much a travel guide as it is an insanely beautiful coffee table book to share with the fam. After our trip to Kangaroo Island earlier in the year (best holiday ever) the children were thrilled to the little yellow combi getting on the ferry & hitting up all the sites we’d loved too.
Around Australia At 80ks provides all the inspiration you need to get out on the road!
If you’re looking to elevate your next road trip or you know someone who’d love to live this adventure, you’ve got to get this book. I’ve had a copy for a couple of weeks and have picked it up over and over again, diving into a new landscape every time. Whether you’re ready to hit the road, or you’re happy to live vicariously through Mez’s adventure, this is the road trip that keeps on giving. Enjoy xx
About the author
Around Australia at 80ks
Two humans, one dog and a bright yellow kombi
on the road trip of a lifetime
WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY MEREDITH SCHOFIELD
Honestly, school holiday fatigue is kicking in. I know it’s only week 3 but the struggle is real. Christmas is over, the presents are rapidly sinking to the bottom of the toy box, and we are inching toward unacceptable levels of screen time whilst mama works!
Thankfully Acro Kids have come to the rescue with their exceedingly good holiday program at their incredible new venue, and as I type, the freshly showered children are curled up on the sofa, well and truly exhausted! #Thankyou
Develop your child’s acrobatics and parkour skills, fitness, coordination, stability, strength and confidence!
Acro Kids offer fun, energetic, non-competitive, recreational gymnastics and parkour programs designed for children aged 1 all the way to teenagers (school holiday program is from aged 3.5), from beginner to advanced.
My children haven’t done anything like this before. Acro Kids has been their first foray into parkour and gymnastics, and from their very first class, they were hooked. Both are buzzing when I pick them up, and are tripping over each other to show me their newly learnt skills and tricks, which today included nailing a walkover and perfecting their flips and aerials. All these newly accomplished skills are honed by the gentle and supportive guidance of the fabulous coaches & Mr.D.
The pride, the sense of achievement and the desire to improve are what makes Acro Kids one of the best activity programs available for youngsters – Liv Wilson
If you’re looking for a fantastic way to get your children active this summer, and into the new school year, you must must must check out Acro Kids! Trust me, you’ll have all the feels when you pick up your hot, sweaty, proudly cartwheeling children!!
All the info
My children are 8 (boy) and 12 (girl) and both love these classes equally.
Mornington & Mordialloc
Let the Acro Kids team entertain your kids at their Acro and Parkour/Ninja workshops and full day holiday programs these holidays!
2 hr Workshops – $30 per child
The popular Acro, Parkour and Acro/Ninja workshops are designed by qualified and experienced Gymnastics coaches for children aged 3.5 – 16 yrs of all levels of ability from beginner to advanced. Children will learn and practice gymnastics and parkour fundamentals including tumbling, cartwheels, handstands, walkovers, flips, aerials and much more! Circuit style program with fun games!
Parkour workshops include super fun obstacle courses where the aim is to use both mind and body to run, climb, jump and vault from one station to the next.
Full Day Holiday Program – $85 per child
A combination of the Acro Kids popular acro and parkour/ninja workshops in an epic all day program. Designed for school aged children of all levels of ability and experience. Children will learn gymnastics and parkour fundamentals including tumbling, flips, aerials, cartwheels, handstands, barrel and commando rolls, fence jumps and much more!
The program will run from 8.30am-3pm. We have extended care available until 5pm for an additional $20 per child. Children staying for extended care will have afternoon tea, supervised free play and a movie to keep them entertained!
Places are limited so avoid disappointment – BOOK HERE (link to https://www.acrokids.com.au/school-holiday-program/ )
All of ACRO KIDS qualified coaches have Working with Children checks and First Aid training. Parents can drop off and pick up. There will be 1 trainer to 9 children ratio during the acro and parkour activities. Children will need to bring snacks, lunch, a water bottle and lots of energy!
Read Acro Kids Covid Safe Plan here.
When your kids drive you bongo, find the funny
I am so excited to share a really special brand with you! As soon as I heard about the amazing work Beebee+Bongo are doing to support women and families in Cambodia, I just knew I had to tell you about it. Beebee+Bongo is a new brand of eco-friendly toys that celebrates the ups and downs of parenting, while creating employment for women in Cambodia.
Just as Monika, founder of Beebee + Bongo said in the video, parenting struggles are universal. *Don’t we know it! Wherever you go, whoever you talk to, no matter the cultural differences or socio-economic status, children everywhere push our buttons, embarrass us, keep us up at night, and generally drive us all crazy!
Monika and the Cambodia Knits Organization (CKO), agree that being able to laugh at the situations our kids get us into —and ourselves—is key to surviving parenthood:
“We believe a healthy dose of humour is essential for parents. Your kids can drive you mad and there will be colossal disasters from time to time, but the best thing to do is take it in your stride and laugh.” – Monika
Beebee + Bongo toys are designed with these parenting moments in mind. Each toy in the Sleepy Snoogus line-up for example, has its own unique sleep profile that parents and kids can relate to, including Sabay the Pig who has to wake up every two hours to eat. All of these wonderful, carefully created creatures are designed to remind parents that they aren’t alone in these struggles.
The truly wonderful thing about this story is that Beebee + Bongo and the Cambodia Knits Organization support parents locally in Cambodia by providing much sought after employment. Starting from January 1st 2021, Beebee + Bongo will become the primary purchaser of Cambodia Knits Organization products, all of which are eco-friendly, hand-made, and provide women with home-based employment that most importantly is fairly paid.
“COVID-19 has wiped out 97% of tourism in Siem Reap, home to the World Heritage Angkor Wat Temples, and with it, tens of thousands of jobs. We decided to fight back—and fight harder than before—to ensure that we can keep these women employed, and employ even more.” Monika
The company estimates that for every $1300 in sales, CKO can employ another knitter. The Kickstarter campaign launched on November 24th will enable them to expand their product line and message to families around the world.
“These are products made for parents, by parents, that you can feel good about having in your home.”
These gorgeous toys from Beebee+Bongo are not only fun for the children who play with them, they’re a friendly reminder to all of us that parenting isn’t about doing it perfectly, it’s about doing it with love and a sense of humor. A great reminder for all of us, especially this year!! Please do some research, find out more about the wonderful work of Cambodia Knits, and think about gifting a donation in support of this wonderful brand.
Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give – Unknown
All the info
You can read more about the producers here
Support this wonderful work for as little as $5 a month now on Kickstarter! Visit Kickstarter and help keep all the knitters knitting through the Covid-19 Crisis.
If you would like to talk to someone about making a donation, please email Monika using the link below.
With so much going on in our little people’s worlds at the moment, there was no better time for this fabulous little book to hit our mailbox. Emotions have been running away with us over the past 10 months, (thanks lockdown) and honestly, I’m not sure any of us really took enough time to sit down and talk about how or why we were really feeling the way we were feeling.
Love Your Brain, written by none other than Chaos to Calm legend Chrissie Davies, is a brightly coloured, fun and interactive book that takes the readers on a journey of discovery. Discovery of our emotions, the way our brain works, how we can look after our brains and what we can do when big feelings take over our bodies. *Not just for kids hey. We all need a read!
Love Your Brain is the perfect brain bible, fun fact checker and most importantly, go to guide for parents and children to turn to in order to understand their behaviour more positively, and discover how to become brain builders, together.
“When we truly understand that children don’t see the world in the same way as adults, and we teach them how to keep their brains happy and healthy, we understand that this is really the most important parenting tool we will ever need” Chrissie Davies
As a busy mama to an even busier 8 and 12 year old, we can easily forget to stop and be kind to ourselves. Emotions can run high in our house, however, Love Your Brain’s enchanting narrator ‘Little Brainiac’ gave us all a gentle reminder to stop, calm down and love our brains so that they can love us back. I delighted in the calming nature of this read, and we all appreciated the emphasis on everyone’s brain being unique. I particularly loved being able to confirm to my children that “Yes, it’s ok to feel like that”, put a name to the emotion and reiterate how important it is that we are healthy & sleep well. *Thank you Chrissie!
“I created this book specifically for you to use with kids to help them understand the importance of learning about their brains, and it is my goal to hear the words “love your brain” in every family & classroom worldwide. I also hope that this book is used as a tool for teaching children about inclusion, neurodiversity and embracing our differences.” – Chrissie Davies
Love Your Brain emphasises the naming of emotions, and most importantly, how to manage them. This is a huge thing for our little ones. It’s incredibly hard for our children to open up about how they feel if they don’t really have a name for that ‘knotted feeling in their tummy’. Monty loved the idea that his brain is a computer and we spent ages chatting about his ‘amazing super computer brain’.
This is going to be an “always on the table” book in our house. One that we can dip in and out of whenever we need the reassurance, the guidance or the gentle reminder to feed our brains and give them a break every now and again.
If you have children, this is a book that will keep on giving. It is the perfect way to teach your little one about their emotions and about keeping their brain as healthy as can be! Gift this book this Christmas, and think of it as one of the greatest investments you’ll make in your child’s future.
Love Your Brain
Written by Chrissie Davies and Illustrated by Lou Pennisi
We were gifted this book, however, as always, these words are my own and honest opinion xx
Truthfully, if you asked me to describe my skin tone, Miss Piggy comes to mind! I’m pink! Not pretty pink, just piggy pink! You’ll often hear me describe myself as an English Rose as I cower in my tent on the beach so not a bit of sun can reach by body, but in all honesty, I just don’t like the pasty white, almost blue when I’m cold, or tomato red when I’m hot, and I go out of my way to cover it up with the old “faux glow” fake tans whenever possible.
When I discovered the gorgeous Kiss Ready and tried the lip balm, I was sold! Whatever Louella makes, I’m all over it. As I’ve got older I have tried to stick to natural skincare and Kiss Ready ticks that box and more. Made in small batches, using Australian grown, cold pressed chia oil for the insane amount of goodness inside, these products sound too good to be true right? All this goodness and Louella who is the beauty behind the biz is just glorious, making Kiss Ready a no brainer for all beauty lovers wanting to make the right choices about their skincare.
Everyday luxury with small batch and nourishing natural skincare
Our range of Australian handmade, no nasties and cruelty-free artisanal skincare is enriched with Australian grown and cold pressed Chia seed oil – Louella Owner of Kiss Ready Skin
So, little old me, writing about skincare, well isn’t that a turn up for the books.
Whilst I am now very “into” skincare, I haven’t always been so careful to use the best ingredients. I grew into my skin in the usual way! I was always a chubby little thing growing up, with plump little cheeks. At about 12 I was using any chemical I could find to burn off spots, throughout my late teens and early twenties I pretty much used Vodka Redbull to hydrate and then I had kids… hence I am paying for it now!
What I particularly love about Kiss Ready, aside from the fact that the products give me gorgeous silky, glowing skin, is that Louella makes all the products by hand and fills them with love with every turn of her hands. Using packaging made mostly from glass and recycled or recyclable materials to leave as little footprint on Mother Earth as possible means so much to me. I want great quality products, but most of all I want to know that they have been lovingly made, using natural ingredients and they will leave as little impact on the planet as possible.
Rich in Omega 3 and 6, exceptionally high in vitamins and minerals, a natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, discover how chia-enriched skincare can benefit the skin and bring unexpected luxury to self care.
Liv’s Favourite 3 Products ***I love them all BTW
This Light Chia Face Oil is soothing and seriously hydrating, plus it smells divine. I wear this under make up and it doesn’t feel oily at all. If my skin is feeling like it needs a boost at night time, I stick a little on before I go to bed and know that whilst I’m dreaming, it’s working it’s magic. Good Morning Goddess!! $40
I am so in love with this sparkly, heavenly creation, that takes me straight from pork sausage to Bondi Babe! No streaks, no fake tan stench, just sparkly goddess bronze in a couple of drops! I use this as a bronzer on my face (over or under makeup), on my arms, legs and décolletage. Anything that’s showing gets a hit of gold, and I then spend the day strutting around like a friggin’ super model! Just watch me! BUY THIS GLOWING DAWN BODY OIL! $48
I am no stranger to the ‘Puffy Eye’ and this Bright Eyes Eye Cream has been a game changer for me. I pop this on before bed, and lay in all it’s plant based glory as the tired lines and puff fade away. Like seriously, why would you not?? Nourishing, hydrating and a total winner for tired mamas! Price -$40
So there it is!
I have only touched on the surface of Kiss Ready, there are so many wonderful products and even a Self Care Box that you can subscribe to so that you can enjoy a range of goodies from Louella’s collection.
If you love your skin, if you want to treat your body and your mind to some really good, natural skincare (*yes you do) give yourself a big hug and choose Kiss Ready!
I was gifted products from Kiss Ready for a review, however, I have used them before, and will be using them again. The words in this article are my own & honest opinion as always. Pricing is correct on publishing, but may be subject to change.
Glowing skin is always in!
I’ve got to admit, Whiskey tasting has never really been at the top of my list of “fun things to do”. Despite being married to an avid Whiskey fan, and being taken round umpteen Scottish distilleries (Yes he even proposed in Scotland) I have never really liked the taste or understood the enjoyment of kicking back after a long day with a glass of Whiskey. Well, that was until now!
Introducing Barley & Malt
Enhancing your Whiskey experience is what Barley & Malt owner Tan lives for. Through his cleverly designed tasting kits, Tan wants everyone to enjoy, appreciate and share Whiskey together whilst learning to understand all the intricate flavours and textures that come with this world famous spirit. Whether you’re a fully fledged Whiskey aficionado or a total novice like myself, Barley & Malt’s insanely good taster kits will teach you the pro ways to taste so that you can really enjoy the good stuff and wow your mates next time a bottle of Whiskey pops up at a dinner party!
The perfect gift for Whiskey lovers & Whiskey virgins this Christmas.
Barley & Malt has something really special available in time for Christmas this year. They have put together the most glorious Whiskey tasting packs which I know are just going to fly off the shelves. Gifting one of these packs is not only a great way to support a local business, it’s also a unique gift & experience for the receiver.
We are all about creating great moments and amazing experiences, no matter if you are new to whisky or seasoned enthusiasts – Tan Tran
These beautifully packaged tasting kits are a one of a kind gift for someone special to enjoy, and they’re really fun to share with friends. The pack includes four 60ml bottles of whiskies and expert tasting notes with a section for you to input your thoughts too. We loved sharing this with friends last night. We were a mix of connoisseurs and novices, and we all enjoyed getting our noses in there and really appreciating those flavours. Tan’s expert notes are well written making them easy to understand and follow. We particularly liked Tan’s top tips on how to taste test like an expert which enabled us to feel like slick, adept tasters by the end of the evening. *Did you know coffee refreshes your taste buds so that you’re ready for the next taste?
Currently Barley & Malt are offering four pack options in time for Christmas which include, selected American Whiskey, Japanese Whiskies, Scotch Malts , and Whiskies of the World. If you want to wow someone this Christmas with the most wonderful gift & experience, get your order in asap as there is limited stock available.
If you know someone who would love one of these, please order online today to avoid missing out. You can find out more about these wonderful Whiskey Tasting Packs by heading to Barley & Malt online, or checking out their Facebook & Instagram .
We were kindly gifted our Whiskey Tasting Pack (Whiskies of the World) however, as always, the words are my own opinion! Trust me, I’ve been converted! “Pass me the Whiskey!”
What Whiskey will not cure, there is no cure for – Unknown
Oh wow Melbourne! How many million years has it been since we were allowed to roam the city streets, pick up glorious cups of much needed coffee from the laneways, and visit all the fabulous corners of this city we call home? It feels like forever doesn’t it? However long it’s really been, it’s been far too long and I know lots of us are crying out for some city time. Well, it looks like we may not have to wait much longer, and I have a feeling I’ve found just what you and the kids need to give you all those Melbourne city vibes!
Unique & unforgettable experiences
Just to remind you why our city is so magnificent, Melbourne Marriott Hotel have come up with a glorious city glamping experience for you to enjoy with your family. Imagine their little faces when they see this pre Christmas treat. Awwwww!
When you book this long awaited escape, your 5-star room, which comes with a private courtyard, will feature a glamping teepee for the kids plus all the necessities such as sleeping bags, pillows and outdoor chairs.
The kids get to enjoy a fun night under the stars whilst mama & papa get to snooze in the comfort of a dreamy Marriott bed! We have totally earned this after the year we’ve had! I can picture myself there now. Hotel beds are just the best aren’t they? An added bonus with this package is you get a late check-out up to 1pm, so there’s plenty of time for a lazy brekkie, a little walk and even more fun time in the teepee for the kids whilst you kick back with the paper!
Private courtyard with Tepee tent
Large double bed
Range of custom cushions and blankets
Sleeping bags for 2 children
Fire pit with fairy lights
Individual courtyard mood lighting
Relaxation camp chairs for parents
Picnic table and chairs
Selection of games and board games
Family Picnic Hampers are also available to order to have in the courtyard or take to the park.
For reservations or enquiries: Email: email@example.com
Tel: (+61) 3 9662 3900
To book your family’s once in a lifetime adventure under the city stars click here!
About the Melbourne Marriot Hotel
Discover 5-star amenities and an enviable city center location at the wonderful Melbourne Marriott Hotel. Situated downtown, this contemporary hotel is just a short walk away from theatres, shopping, parks, attractions and restaurants. Unwind in stylish, spacious accommodation, featuring plush bedding and complimentary Wi-Fi – many rooms with stunning Melbourne city views. For relaxation, the Marriot offers a fantastic fitness center with an indoor pool and high-tech gym. Grab cocktails in the Elements Lounge and Bar or indulge in modern Australian cuisine at the hotel’s on-site restaurant. The Melbourne Marriot has an ideal downtown location, exploring top attractions with your family couldn’t be easier.
If people slept outside under the stars each night, I bet they’d live a lot differently – Unknown
I’d love to know if you book this adventure, so keep me posted xx Liv
Sometimes you purchase something and it’s as if the stars align, the angels sing, and everything is right with the world. This was how it was with my first soiree into the gorgeous world of Bimby + Roy. It’s no secret I am a keen lifetime member of the ’round bottom society’ which makes buying intimates as glorious as these, tricky. However, slipping my derrière into the sensationally soft set from Bimby + Roy was a dream come true for this thick thighed, peachy bottomed mama! Soft, stretchy & wireless comfort in glorious designs is just what the sisterhood need isn’t it?
Borne from the dreams of two sisters who lived their childhood years in the Fiji Islands, Bimby + Roy just oozes love. The name stems from the birthplaces of their children, the logo is written in their fathers handwriting and the garments are ethically made in Fiji in the first solar powered facility in region.
Bimby + Roy are all about comfort and versatility, and the beautiful (and fast drying) material means you get to decide whether you wear your intimates’ in bed, in the water or as your daily underwear. IMHO they’re too splendid to hide under your clothes!
Designed in Australia, all the delightful patterns are sublimated on Bimby + Roy’s material, which is one of the most environmentally friendly printing processes. The paper used during the process is frequently donated to Fiji recycling plants, pushing Bimby + Roy to the top of my list. In February 2019, with the help of the Australian Government, Bimby + Roy’s manufacturer opened a child care centre attached to the manufacturing facility. Fees are subsidised by the employer which allows mothers and fathers to have their children close by during working hours. How incredible is that!! There really is no need to head anywhere else for your intimates, as Bimby + Roy tick all the boxes!
Gorgeous on, steeped in kindness and great for the planet, these are intimates you need in your life! Liv xx
It will come as no surprise, we are quite frankly, sick to the back teeth of remote learning. Motivation has well and truly run for the hills, and this mama is about to follow!! I have been endlessly googling ways to get my littlest dude interested in something…anything!!
Then this arrived!
If you’re not familiar with Osmo (*where have you been?) then let me share this fabulous creation that turns your kids iPad into all sorts of incredible interactive learning experiences! Think super fun games and treble it! Whether your little one is a music lover, a budding coder, or aspiring mathematician, Osmo has all the right games to inspire, engage and excite your child.
Transforming how children learn
Osmo is leading the way when it comes to actively engaging children in the learning process, and we were so excited to receive their brand new Coding Starter Kit. In no time at all a little someone got straight to it.
One of the greatest things about Osmo is the ease of setting it up. I always dread that box opening, the thick instruction manual and the kids tearing things apart, all whilst I struggle to undo the packaging properly. Osmo is none of that. It’s so easy to get unpacked, set up and learning in a very short space of time!
Osmo brings back the essence of play and encourages core life skills; creative thinking and social interaction by creating an open environment for kids to problem solve, gain positive feedback and interact with one another. Osmo can be played by the whole family, anywhere, and on any surface and instinctively brings people together, as the first truly multi-generational connected gaming device with STEM learning at its core – Osmo
Monty has been learning coding at school for a little while, however this was another level. He’s a hands on kinda guy and loved being able to move the pieces on the table to create game play on the screen, and moved quickly from basic concepts up through the Coding Jam (intermediate) and on to the Coding Duo advanced puzzles. Watching him nail his coding techniques through a fun adventure was so great. The characters are cute, the sound effects are fun, and it’s by far the greatest tool kit we have in our house to keep him entertained, engaged and even more crucially, learning.
If your kids would love to learn to code, I can’t think of a better way to teach them. The joy and excitement, along with the sense of achievement this coding kit brings to our house is wonderful. We have loved playing together as a family, taking turns, and also leaving Monty to navigate his own way through. It’s really no wonder Osmo have won so many awards!
You can buy the Osmo Coding Starter kit online at Osmo or you can head to Amazon Australia . If you’re in the UK you can find Osmo on Amazon UK. You can also follow this link to find a list of other Australian stockists.
RRP $179.00 – Suitable for ages 5-10
If you’d like to see what else Osmo have for your children, follow the links below and immerse yourself in a fabulous world of learning that I know your kids are going to LOVE!
We were kindly gifted the Osmo coding starter kit, however, as always this is my honest review in my own words xx Liv
Play is our brain’s favourite way of learning – Diane Ackerman – Contemporary American Author
It’s not often that I am truly moved at the creation of an online platform, however when I came across Crisis Heroes, I really was blown away. I immediately contacted Mark, one of the founders, and asked for an interview, to help spread the word! Turns out I couldn’t have waited for a better time to post this interview, as Melburnians face an extended stage 4 lock-down. I’m thrilled to share this superb community with you, and hope that you’ll get signed up and offer your hand to someone in need. I signed up a couple of weeks ago and was blown away when reading all the offers of help, so I hope you read this and feel empowered to do the same.
Mark Acheson – Crisis Heroes
Hi Mark! I’d love you to tell us a little bit about yourself and the team behind Crisis Heroes.
I’m a journalist, come marketer, come stranded Melburnian! I moved here two months ago from Tasmania to be closer to my other Crisis Heroes co founders Matthew Platts and Nicolas Hoban. Matt is our software engineer and Nic our designer and legal expert, being a former lawyer!
When and how did the light bulb moment come about? Have you always been a helpful soul?
The light bulb moment came when Matt and I were forced to cut our American travels short in March this year and come back to Australia to self-isolate. I was actually on my way to work and live in the UK, a lifelong ambition of mine. I could have chosen to bury myself in my Xbox, but instead Matt and I came up with the idea of Crisis Heroes. We had our friends and family to rally around us while we self isolated, but we thought, what about those without these networks? This is where Crisis Heroes was born, to help people who are feeling isolated or are struggling in light of Covid.
I’ve always tried to look out for the interest of others. I think we can make the world a happier place if we have one another’s backs. Life is hard enough as it is, without having people doing the wrong thing – Mark Acheson
What is the main aim of Crisis Heroes and what would you say to encourage people to get signed up?
The main aim of Crisis Heroes is to empower everyday individuals to request or lend a hand. We did a quick market analysis and couldn’t find a free platform for trading goods and services. To anyone sitting on the fence as to seeking help, I say this; chances are you’ve supported someone in a time of need or difficulty, and you didn’t judge them for it. Reverse that sentiment. Never be too proud to reach out for help. There are hundreds of people waiting on Crisis Heroes to give you a hand, be it a friendly chat or running errands.
Loneliness is a huge issue for many people during the pandemic, was this something you had in mind when coming up with the idea? Do you think Crisis Heroes is helping ease loneliness for people?
Yes, yes it was. Originally the platform was designed for people to run errands or trade services, but we then saw the need to implement a chat function. This chat function has seen the biggest uptake on our platform. It goes to show, along with national statistics, that people are struggling with the Covid-19 restrictions and the impacts of isolation.
I know that Crisis Heroes has hit a few countries already, but what are the long term plans for spreading the love even further? How will this look post pandemic?
It doesn’t stop here post pandemic. We want to see Crisis Heroes reach every corner of the globe and help as many people as possible. What is great to see is the sense of fulfilment a person gets when they help someone else on our platform. They’ve perhaps never had a platform or the resources to help someone before. When they do, they feel overwhelmed with happiness. Not to forget the person who has received help. We had one woman in Melbourne say that she connected with a kind stranger on Crisis Heroes and their conversations were the reason she got out of bed of a morning. That’s huge!
I’ve signed up Mark, and I was amazed at all the wonderful offers of help and support! It really does make your heart feel full. How does it feel to have created this wonderful community?
I feel very humbled to be in a position to help others. This wouldn’t have been possible without my amazing co-founders and the support of my friends and family. I just choose to keep this simple mantra: do good.
If you’re a kind soul and would like to sign up and offer your support to someone doing it tough right now, head to Crisis Heroes You can also follow the Crisis Heroes journey on their socials (handles below). Whether it’s offering to walk the dog, grab essentials or just be available for a much needed chat, you can utilise this platform to make someones day and perhaps save someones life!