The kindness of strangers by Katie Wilkinson

This week’s blog takes a new direction, for one week only. Katie Wilkinson is one of our team at Liquid Ideas and a couple of weeks back she told us about her dad and what he was going through and how a bone marrow donor had been found in Germany for a lifesaving transplant. Katie’s old man Peter is a top bloke, a former legendary producer at 60 Minutes and owner of the Wilkinson Group, a top shelf PR business who we have worked with over the years – Pete has now sold his business to his staff to fight this disease.  It’s a bit sad that now mates recommend their daughters for jobs with me, but I guess I have to get used to that – and I’m bloody glad Pete recommended Katie. His daughter is doing him really proud as she starts out in the world of PR. As a father of a daughter I know how proud he is of her.

This is Katie’s story, a small tribute to the anonymous young German who just might have saved her dad’s life.

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Losers are winners part 2

Not many of you, I am guessing, are on the receiving end of Hamish Jones’ excellent media releases on behalf of Golf Australia, alerting us avid readers to the results of the Australian Ladies Senior Open or how the new handicap system is setting the golf club world on fire … Captivating stuff.

This morning Hamish excelled, and I don’t think he even realised it. In my mind he might have “buried the lead” but this is a top yarn for golfers and non-golfers alike. Read on.

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Losers are winners

Sometimes you come to a topic for a blog in an entirely unexpected way. This morning’s comes via a ski fall, the leadership debate and the new-look Wallabies. They are all linked, trust me.

Let’s start with the ski fall. I took my kids skiing for the first time at the weekend (sheesh that’s an expensive pastime, I swear I’ve never done anything where the money just literally keeps falling from your pockets). Anyway I was doing what all parents would while taking my daughter and a friend down one of their first real slopes. Teaching them a life lesson, without even knowing it.

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The day I killed a political party

The idea for the23million came pretty suddenly into the heads of a few like-minded individuals in March this year – like so many things in life, it seemed like a pretty good idea at the time.

Had I known once we registered as a political party and announced we would set sail for the Senate, that I would receive upwards of 100 phone calls and emails from every political party (save for the BIG TWO) offering to do deals for preferences I might have thought twice. What started out as an ideal, an alternative to the status quo, quickly turned into EXACTLY what we wanted fixed. Horse trading, compromising, back and forthing took place between a whole bunch of small parties trying their best but with no realistic chance of gaining representation in the People’s House. It was a punish.

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Give now. Be selfish.

Philanthropy.

It’s a funny but very beautiful word. By definition, it means something along the lines of love for humanity. In essence, it’s as much about what giving does for the beneficiary as well as the benefactor.

Australia is a rich and pretty generous country. Many will say we don’t give enough international aid, some will say we don’t help our own sick, indigenous or struggling families, some will say we do as much as we can. But I reckon we can do more and I reckon the best way to do more is to focus not so much on what philanthropy does for the beneficiaries – to me that seems pretty self-evident – but what it can do for the benefactors. By benefactor I don’t mean a rich banker who donates $5 million to a university or art gallery, I mean you and me – average people who have the chance, the opportunity to love humanity a little more and feel uplifted by taking a little time, maybe spending a little money to help our fellow humans.

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