Inspirational People


You have the time to make your dreams happen and do what gives you personal fulfilment. Make retirement the time of your life.
Do the course you’ve always wanted to do, plan that holiday, travel Australia, take up a sport, join an exercise class, help others by volunteering, open a little business – the world is your oyster.
Don’t leave fulfilling your dreams until it is too late by going through life saying “One day, I am going to .. when I get that …. I will do it” and then put it all in the too hard basket.
When you feel really motivated to do something, begin to make plans. Don’t let your emotional baggage, relatives, need to have a spotless house, a super tidy garden, or your financial circumstances hold you back – where there is a will, there’s a way. Life is not a dress rehearsal!

Inspirational people can motivate others to follow their dreams and aspirations. What they have in common the determination to make their dream come true.

From retirement village to screen career
A retirement village “escapee”, who had never acted in her life, has proved age is no barrier to learning new tricks after she turned $1 drama class lessons from a City of Sydney’s seniors’ program into a blossoming acting career. More

Authors at Any Age
‘A Long Long Look Back’
Authors at Any Age was dreamed up by 13 UnitingCare residents at Starrett Lodge many of whom have a diagnosis of dementia and depression but wish to be involved in social activities to enhance their lives.

Thou didst let fall, by Tony Albert.
An Aboriginal artist whose family has over 80-years of combined military service will create a public artwork for Hyde Park, Sydney to honour the sacrifices and bravery of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women.
Born in 1901. Jane Gray is Australian’s oldest woman!

Love, family, community and music help Jane to reach her 112th birthday!

Heather Lee Gets Real|
Heather Lee, an 86-year-old world champion race walker, was winner of the walking event in the the 41st Australian Masters Athletics Track and Field Championships held recently in Canberra.

Spirituality of Art

At age 81, when most artists have hung up their paint brushes, John Bartlett staged an very successful exhibition with the central theme of Sacred Places

A man, two legs and a pair of running shoes

Australian Pole-to-Pole runner Pat Farmer has achieved what no man has ever done before, and run from the North to the South Pole.
On Sunday February 19 2012 at approximately 1pm local time (3am, 20 February AEST), Pat finally completed his run.


Lorrae’s Honey

A passion for the “forgotten diggers” that has been stirring Lorrae Desmond’s heartstrings ever since the Vietnam War


Paris J’taime at 89 years!

Joyce, age 89, was in a nursing home having given up her dream to travel. One event turned it all around…



A brilliant career

People in the workforce over the so called “retirement age” are proving time and time again that age is no deterent in the workplace. At 80 years old, Kevin Laidlaw still puts in a solid 38 hour week as a steel reinforcement scheduler for ARC – The Australian Reinforcing Company – in Melbourne.


70-year-old Jeff walks 5,000kms

Jeff Johnson’s mission to raise funds and awareness for NETS the Newborn & Pediatric Emergency Transport Service – by walking across Australia from East to West drew to a close on Sunday, October 2 2011 at 12 noon as he took his final step at Steep Point in Western Australia.
Jeff set out from Australia’s most easterly point, Byron Bay on Sunday April 24 2011 on an epic walk to Steep Point in Western Australia. It has taken 167 days to complete the 5,000km journey and along the way he has passed through over 200 towns.
Seventy years old, Jeff has completed his walk; but that was only one part of his mission – he still needs to raise $80,000 for NETS.
“I hope that everyone can support us in our quest to raise $80,000 towards the cost of a new ambulance. No matter how big or small any donation helps us meet that goal,” Jeff said.


“When you put me into the ground and spread the dust, I’d be far more rested to know that my cause for being here was to fund the arts rather than making frocks.” – Philanthropist and clothing designer/manufacturer, Peter Weiss, AM.

Honda Heroes

The Honda Foundation’s ‘Honda Heroes’ loan vehicle program supports charitable organisations through a fleet of loan vehicles, assisting them with activities for the disadvantaged, disabled or those suffering from illness.
The Honda Foundation aims to provide assistance to local communities and foster goodwill among Honda Australia, Honda Motor Vehicle Dealers and the public. It draws funding from Honda Dealers and Honda Australia who donate $15 ($5 and $10 respectively) for every Honda car sold.
Since its establishment in 1992, the Honda Foundation has made donations of over $8.1 million, supporting 40 registered Australian charities each year.