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Global Sisters: The Game Changers

It’s not every day you get an invitation to spend an afternoon with twenty entrepreneurs from Global Sisters. It was an opportunity we couldn’t resist!

For those of you that aren’t familiar with Global Sisters, they enable women to be financially independent, to run the businesses they have always dreamed to run, to be proud and to always stand tall.

We took deep dive into what made these inspiring women who they are and they showcased that they were a force to reckoned with. They didn’t take “NO” for an answer,  they survived in the face of adversity and persevered to become mind-blowing entrepreneurs.

Many laughs were shared and the occasional tear when we heard of their unique stories that helped craft the businesses they ran today. From picking up gum nuts with their grandkids to cooking traditional Cambodian food to help feed children at an underprivileged school, there were some truly heart-wrenching moments.

We were incredibly humbled to help guide these sisters on their next business adventure. If we are honest, we learnt more from them than they learnt from us and we walked away with so much strength that we can now apply that to our everyday jobs by asking ourselves…  “What would our Sisters do?”

– Heather Jarvis

Patchewollock, Fintan Magee
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ART-stralia Day

Being your average shut-in, it takes something special to get me off the couch for a long weekend. What better way to escape the mundanity of trawling Netflix and celebrate Australia Day by taking a roadtrip to the middle of this beautiful country of ours to see some amazing art.

So I headed to Victoria’s Wild West where artists have been utilising the decommissioned grain silos that are dotted across the plains of the Wimmera region. Beginning in the small town of Brim, the idea to paint massive murals on these remarkable structures was conceived by a group of its residents and brought to fruition by street (and silo) artist Guido van Helten.

Brim, Guido van Helten
Brim, Guido van Helten

With huge success in Brim the trail has expanded into what is now Australia’s largest outdoor gallery – stretching 200km with a total of 6 installations from street artists Fintan Magee, Rone, Adnate, Kaff-eine and Julia Volchkova.

Lascelles, Rone
Lascelles, Rone
Lascelles, Rone
Lascelles, Rone
Sheep Hills, Adnate
Sheep Hills, Adnate
Rosebery, Kaff-eine
Rosebery, Kaff-eine
Rupanyup, Julia Volchkova
Rupanyup, Julia Volchkova

Something even grander than these works is how they serve to revitalise the small towns they live in. Once slowly deteriorating towns are now seeing a relative beehive of activity and providing a new sense of hope for the people that live there. If there’s something to take away from this experience, it is that art does have the ability to change lives for the better in a meaningful way.