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Hooray for business hub in Echuca Moama!

posted on: March 15, 2018
in: Our blog

Shout-out today for the newly established Incubate208 Business Hub Pilot Program at the Bendigo TAFE Echuca campus.

This joint venture between Campaspe Shire Council, Committee for Echuca Moama (C4EM), Bendigo TAFE and Murray River Council aims to determine the demand for a permanent co-working space in our riverside community.

As freelance writers who work from home, we were super excited to hear about this FREE hot-desk office space, established for satellite-workers, start-ups, entrepreneurs, working-from-home professionals (that’s us) and transitioning students.

The Incubate208 program is great news for Echuca Moama, as it acknowledges the maturing of the traditional business model and the readiness of our community to jump on board the growing movement for co-working and collaboration.

This movement is well established overseas and in our major cities and has gradually stretched to regional areas in recent years.

A recent Knight Frank (August 2017) report stated co-working spaces across Australia grew by 62 per cent in the 12 months prior and that Melbourne has the highest volume of co-working spaces in the country.

Figures in the report indicated co-working spaces had increased by almost 300% since 2013, with Melbourne accounting for nearly 50 per cent of sites across Australia, followed by Sydney (38%), Adelaide (5.38%), Brisbane (3.51%), Perth (3.49%) and Canberra (0.35%).

The report also explained with millennials set to flood workspaces over the next five years, the co-working trend is expected to continue, and with the increasing nomadic nature of business and our geographical location to Melbourne, Echuca Moama is perfectly positioned to benefit.

Whether it’s new business, travelling workers or start-ups, Incubate208 aims to cater for all business models and is keen to establish the demand and all associated requirements.

Campaspe Shire Economic Development Officer Astrid O’Farrell explained how co-working helps individuals working from home, who might be new to town, meet like-minded people and establish face-to-face networks.

“We are hoping this pilot program will give us a clear indication of the ongoing demand for a co-working space and allow us to gain additional, ongoing funding,” Astrid said.

The Incubate208 program aims to cater for everyone and offers all the usual trimmings of your regular co-working space, as well as weekly educational and networking forums delivered by industry experts.

The hub, located on Hare Street, offers FREE WiFi, a dedicated office space with access to power (extension cords available) and tea and coffee making facilities.

As a shared space consideration for others in the room is required when taking calls, listening to media and meeting with people.

Hours are currently Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9am-5pm and Fridays 9am-4.30pm and the three-month trial is set to end on May 31.

Those involved in the establishment and day-to-day running of the hub are encouraging the local business community to get behind this pilot program and make use of the facilities to ensure its future.

Regular Incubate208 participant and previously home-based civil engineer Paul Chinnock said the benefits of co-working include removing the isolation of working from home.

“As we live 10 minutes out of town, I could go days without leaving the front gate,” Paul said.

“Having a shared office space allows me to separate my work from home life and also provides some social interaction,” he said.

Paul echoed Astrid’s call to action to the local business community to support the hub and help establish a case for a more permanent model here in Echuca Moama.

I am planning to use the hub on a Friday morning to get out of my home office (and chat to someone other than my dog) and interact with like-minded individuals, and plan to make the most of the weekly educational and networking sessions starting tomorrow with a Small Business Victoria session on Turning Ideas into a Business.

It has been almost seven years since we established our home based business and we are fully aware that despite the many benefits of working from home, there is also much to gain from establishing new networks and expanding on the collaborative nature of our freelance work by getting out and about and connecting with others. And our very own co-working space here in Echuca Moama is the perfect place to foster new networks!

Maybe we’ll see you down there!

Christy ~ The Splendid Word 

#spreadingthegoodstuff #wordsforgood #coworking #collaboration #businesshub #freelancelife #echuca #moama #community

For more information or to register your interest in the Incubate208 Business Hub Pilot Program visit and follow the links.

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3 New Instagram Tools You’re Gonna Love….

posted on: March 9, 2018
in: Our blog


We’re changing things up a bit today with a tech post – #spreadingthegoodstuff for some recent changes to Instagram that we’re loving and which will hopefully make life a lot easier for those of you out there playing in the social media space. And let’s face it, these days that’s pretty much everyone in business – or at least it should be.


Firstly let’s talk Auto Publishing.


This week Later released an exciting new feature allowing users to auto publish – which means you can now schedule posts directly to Instagram – no notifications required!


This is a game changer for businesses managing their own socials, and for people like us who do it for them, because it means we no longer have to interrupt our work rhythm to post to Instagram. We can simply schedule the posts and let Later do the rest!


It’s available now on Later’s free plan, and you’ll need an Instagram business profile to access the new feature. And just so you know, while this feature is pretty awesome, at this stage you can only schedule single photo posts.


Story Highlights


Now this feature was introduced a couple of months ago, but lots of people are still catching up.


Instagram now lets you highlight your favorite stories permanently on your profile. With stories highlights you can group old stories together in a new section that sits below your Instagram bio.


All you need to do is tap the ‘new’ button in this area of your profile, choose a story from the archive, select a cover for the highlight, and name it. When you’re finished, the highlight will appear as a circle on your profile and will play as its own story when someone visits your profile and taps it. And best of all, instead of disappearing after 24 hours, highlights remain on your profile until you choose to remove them, and you can have as many as you like!


Hashtag follow tool


Again, this was a tool introduced in recent months, but if you haven’t heard about it, it’s worth doing your research.


Instagram now allows users to follow not just people and business accounts, but also specific topics, no matter who posted the photo. The hashtag follow option allows users to get photos into their feed not because of who shared them, but because of that hashtag.


You can follow a hashtag by searching for the tag and then accessing the page full of all the tagged posts. At the top of that collection of posts, there’s a follow button you can click on.


You won’t see every single post with the tag (thankfully), as the Instagram algorithms will come into play, but posts with the most interactions using that hashtag, will be most likely to show up in your feeds.


This new feature has the potential to help business pages with a public account grow, because if you’re using the right hashtags, your photos might just start getting a larger reach beyond just your own followers.


Our Top Tip


If you’ve been following us for a while now, you’ll know our number one rule when it comes to communicating with your clients is to be positive! Anytime you’re posting content across any of your social platforms remember to be kind and to use your words for good.

Happy posting crew.


X Lee


Why great quality Social Media content is so important…

posted on: March 1, 2018
in: Our blog

We’ve worked with some amazing local businesses and events these past months to help craft words and strategies for social media campaigns.

As journalists who used to spend our days banging out media releases to all and sundry, we now spend a lot of our content writing hours on social media posts and blogs for the online word – where pretty much everyone is hanging out.

We love crafting words of all varieties and particularly enjoy helping those who are too busy working in their business, or running an event, to plan, schedule and craft content for social media.

Through The Splendid Word social pages, side projects such as #loveEM and Girls Night Out and client pages including The Southern 80, Echuca Moama Tourism and Rich River Rod and Custom Group we love connecting with audiences and sharing stories… it’s what we do best.

We do not claim to be experts in the technical side of social media (the rapid and daily pace of change across social media is too fast for a boutique business such as ours) but we can claim to write killer content that connects and gains traction in the ‘busy’ and overcrowded social space.

We have always believed well-written content that engages and connects our audience is a winner online (and offline for that matter) and it’s awesome that Facebook and Google are now recognising ‘community driven’ content as more important than key words and fancy buttons and graphics.

In announcing additional changes to its pesky algorithm earlier this year, Facebook declared it would focus on content that engages with its audience and creates ‘positive sentiment’ and would push content that sparks conversation and ‘meaningful interactions’ to the top of our news feeds.

Here at the Splendid Word it’s our job to cut through the crap and jargon and write meaningful content that we know your audience will engage with and we know the best place to start is with great quality, helpful and interesting stories.

As qualified ‘storytellers’ we are equipped to help your business extract these stories for your social media channels and we can assist you in a variety of ways – one size does not fit all.

Many of our clients have realised they need to have a social media presence, but have been too busy working in their business to stop and take the time to plan, create and deliver great quality content on a regular basis.

We know from firsthand experience how difficult (and a little overwhelming) it can be to play in the social space, so drop us a line today if you’re keen to start of refine your social media offerings.

See you all over on the socials!



#thesplendidword #wordsforgood #storytellers #socialmedia #contentisking #facebook #algorithm #getsocial


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Could Echuca Moama be next to go ‘Slow’?

posted on: February 22, 2018
in: Our blog

slow city

If you’re someone who enjoys the simple, yet good things in life, you might be familiar with the term ‘slow cities’.


It’s a relatively new concept here in Australia, but it’s big internationally, and applies to more than 80,000 towns in 100 countries around the world.


Slow cities are towns that encourage diversity, support local culture and traditions,  value a sustainable environment, healthy living and locally grown produce.


They have their origins in the Cittaslow movement (translated as ‘slow city’) which started in Italy in 1986, and is embodied by a logo of a snail carrying a modern-day city on its back.


The slow city label, and lifestyle, is not about opposing progress or technology, but about pausing to reflect on what’s special in your community, celebrating the characteristics that make it unique, preserving local traditions, and working together to plan for a sustainable future.


Put simply, slow cities are towns where traditions and conventional ways of doing things are valued, and where people choose consciously to embrace a more mindful and connected way of life.


In case you haven’t noticed, the slow-movement has been infiltrating our pretty little stretch of the Murray here at Echuca Moama for quite some time now.


The Plastic Bag Free Echuca Moama (PBFEM) movement (led by Campaspe Shire Environmental Projects Officer Samantha Ferrier) has gained real traction and enjoyed huge community support for its Boomerang Bags Project.


Our home-grown Flavours of Echuca Moama Festival featuring 100% locally grown, made and produced food and wine, embraces all things ‘slow’ and is a beautiful celebration of the ‘makers’ in our community and our unique way of life.


We have a growing number of ‘slow-focused’ businesses setting up shop in EM specialising in organic foods and products, and more and more existing businesses are changing the way they operate to place a greater emphasis on sustainability. We’ve also seen the establishment of grassroots food cooperatives in recent times, geared towards buying bulk, locally produced organic and natural products to reduce the food miles.


On top of all this, we’ve developed a flourishing reputation as a hot-spot for op shops. So much so, in fact, that Echuca Moama Tourism and Community Living Respite Services have recently developed a new tourism flyer establishing an op shop trail in EM, mapping out each of the stores and what they offer. This sensational initiative celebrates and recognises the positive environmental impacts op shops and reusing pre-loved items has for our community.


All this, we think, leads beautifully in to a broader conversation about the slow movement, and how we could be adding further value to our duo of towns by embracing all that it represents.


And it’s planted a seed that we think needs watering……


Australia has three official slow cities – Katoomba (NSW), Yea (Victoria) and Goolwa (South Australia).


Why not make Echuca Moama the fourth?


We fit the population requirement – towns must have a permanent population under 50,000.


Next we’d need to complete an official accreditation process, including a 50-point checklist relating to environment, infrastructure, quality of urban fabric, local produce and products, hospitality, awareness and education.


It would take some work no doubt, but EM already ticks so many boxes. And just imagine the positive spin-offs for tourism…..


We’re keen to do some more digging around this idea, and to speak with people who could help make it happen. Let us know if you think it has merit – and if you, or someone you know can help!


And in the meantime, if you’d like to learn more about slow living and the slow movement, there’s a stack of information out there on social media, podcasts and websites. We highly recommend you check out the Slow Home Podcast, and Granny Skills as a starting point!


Stay tuned for more slow….


X Lee.

Catching our breath…

posted on: February 15, 2018
in: Our blog

Inspirational blind water skiers Ben Pettingill and Luke Johnson at this year’ Southern 80

Phew… we’re still catching our breath here after an epic couple of months managing the social media pages for Echuca Moama’s Southern 80 (S80) – the world’s biggest ski race!

It is the second year we’ve taken on this 10-week social media campaign and it’s been an extremely rewarding, albeit pretty intense, experience.

The S80 Facebook page alone has more than 38,000 followers and it’s been awesome to work with such huge numbers on a daily basis and manage the constant engagement that comes with it.

For anyone playing in the social media space (which is just about everyone these days) you would know that active engagement on your social pages is just as important as posting and it’s the liking, responding and inviting you do that nurtures and grows your audience.

Live video and stories (on both FB and Instagram) was a huge growth area for S80 this year and we know it’s where a large portion of the online social audience is now hanging out.

We also know it’s the human-interest stories at an event like S80 that attracts the most likes, comments and shares.

As well as the fast boats and record times, it’s the stories of families, friends and brave individuals conquering their fears and pushing themselves to achieve something amazing that resonates the most.

Running with the adrenaline of an event like S80 is full-on and we had a thrilling roller-coaster ride covering all the action, however meeting the people involved and sharing their stories was the highlight for us.

Stories of long-time ski racing families; grandparents towing their grandkids; and three generations involved in the one team, are commonplace at the S80, and for us as storytellers it’s what makes the event.

Stories of bravery and incredible physical challenge stand out and it’s hard to go past the story of Ben Pettingill.

On the weekend Ben made S80 history by becoming the first legally blind skier to complete the full 80km course and it was truly amazing to witness this inspirational achievement! At last year’s event Ben competed in the 20km disability class and inspired youngster Luke Johnson (who is also legally blind) to take on the same challenge in 2018. We caught up with the boys and their support teams on the weekend and it was such a thrill sharing the joy and elation with them.

Ben and Luke’s stories are just a snapshot of the many we unearthed and made working on the Southern 80 project so rewarding.

Yes, there is some negative press associated with S80 and unfortunately there has been tragedy in recent years, however when you look past the headlines there is a close-knit ski racing community, made up of hundreds of volunteers, families and friends, who just love being involved with this grassroots, community-driven event.

It’s been an absolute pleasure to share the stories of the Southern 80 – an event that injects almost $20 million into the Echuca Moama economy – and we look forward to working with the Moama Water Sports Cub again in the future.

But for now we will turn our attention to Echuca’s stunning Aquatic Reserve and welcome an absolute bevy of musical talent to our riverside community for the annual Riverboats Music Festival.

Make sure you check out the event program, in which we were lucky enough to interview and write about just a few of the stellar acts coming for this year’s event.

We’ll be seeing you there….

Christy and Leonie xo

#southern80 #riverboatsfestival #community #spreadingthegoodstuff


When the shadows are gone…….

posted on: February 1, 2018
in: Our blog

I’ve been struggling to find words to express the thoughts that have been swirling around my head these past 24 hours as I’ve mentally prepared to send my last-born off into the school yard.


Outwardly I’m excited, because he’s excited. I’m happy, because he’s happy. And I’m ready, because he’s SO ready.


But, on the inside I’m a little heavy-hearted. Okay maybe more than a little.


Because for 10 years, I’ve had a shadow.


First it was just one shadow, and boy did that take some adjusting to. But then it grew to two, and then three, and it was as if they had always been there. They gave my life extraordinary meaning and purpose, and made me feel worthy, brave and strong.


During some moments in that decade though, I admit that I wished I could shake them. Just for a day, an hour, even a minute. Just to have a second on my own, where those little tailgaters weren’t wholly dependent on me for absolutely everything.


But for the most part, those shadows were the greatest blessing in my life. They were part of me, and my identity had become tightly wrapped up in them.


Those precious little shadows followed me everywhere, looked up to me for guidance and reassurance, and despite all my failings, loved me unconditionally with every inch of their souls.


They taught me deep lessons about myself that I couldn’t possibly have learned on my own. Things like patience, selflessness, vulnerability, forgiveness, progress over perfection, and the art of spinning plates (constantly spinning those plates).


One by one though, gradually my shadows began to disappear into the school yard. And while there was a small sense of loss with each one, there was an overwhelming feeling of excitement and pride as they began to spread their wings. And there was relief too, as the relentless nature of mothering young babies and toddlers began to ease.


But today, the last of my shadows is gone.


In the blink of an eye, he’s off like the others to discover the big wide world on his own.


And I know that come tomorrow, my shadow-less figure will be the new norm for me. It’ll be like the time before never existed and I’ll hit a happy new stride. Because that’s life.

And that’s precisely why I’m feeling a little lost in this moment – because it all passes by so quickly.


I know there’s nothing unique or special about my story. It’s part of the memoir of every mother before me who has walked this path, and is walking this path with me today.


And when I put it into perspective it really isn’t a big deal.


Except that it is. Today, it is.


So, if you, like me, have just hugged your baby tight and walked bravely out of the classroom without that adored little shadow in tow, I’m walking beside you. Not behind you like they were, but beside you all the way.


Fly high today little Geddy. I’m gonna miss you.


x Lee.

Making Diversity The New Norm

posted on: December 8, 2017
in: Our blog

A huge thank you to our #spreadingthegoodstuff community for joining us last night for episode 4 of our live conversation series at Junction Moama.


These live events are a deep passion of ours, not only because they indulge our love for spreading positivity through good news stories, but above all because the extraordinary people we interview on the Q&A couch change us, and our audience, from the inside out.


And last night was absolutely no exception.


Three years ago, aged 19, Jason Clymo became paralysed from the waist down after a fall during a night out with university mates.


In adjusting to the enormous changes and his new ‘life with wheels’ Jason shared how ‘mental is everything’ and his family and friends have been instrumental in supporting his recovery and emotional strength.


He is on a crusade to make diversity the new ‘normal’ and for people of all minority groups to be featured in mainstream media and in advertising campaigns.


His work with Wink Models has given him an important platform to spread his message and he won’t rest until he activates real change.


Jason’s end game is for everyone to feel loved, included and celebrated. He wants to empower people to stand up and play a role – to take notice of the poor representation of people living with a disability in the media, and across all sectors, and to demand equality and inclusion for all.


“My number one goal is not to walk again,” says Jason. “My priority is to be healthy and happy and to ensure that everyone is loved and celebrated. I’d rather have the disability and have this outlook (being aware of the need for diversity) than be ignorant.”


Take a peek at this short clip from last night to hear this extraordinary young man in full flight about the role we can all play in making diversity the new norm.


Jason, thank you for sharing your beautiful mind with us – for cracking yourself wide open, for your honesty, optimism, strength and vulnerability. We know you are destined to take your important story to a global audience, and we’re behind you all the way in spreading your message as far and wide as possible.


Lee & Christy



Let’s Pop & Pour

posted on: November 23, 2017
in: Our blog


Hats off to the hard working crew over at EM Events on the eve of their inaugural Perricoota Pop & Pour Festival.


There is such a playful buzz in the air for this brand new homegrown event and we can’t wait to pop the cork with the crowds on the festival trail tomorrow.


The mercury is set for a balmy 31 degrees, the wine will be flowing and live tunes will be swelling out across the grapevines. It’ll be a happy chance to stoke the bonds of friendship with mates – old and new.


Our duo of towns is well-known for its thriving festivals scene – in fact it’s one of the features we love most about life here on the mighty Murray. Not only do we have boundless opportunities for amazing events, live music, bars, wineries, and eateries, but it’s all set against a backdrop of one of Australia’s prettiest, and most tranquil, natural landscapes.


Travel anywhere across this wide, brown, open land and you’ll be hard pressed to find a place quite like our EM. She radiates the most perfect vibe of urban chic and country hospitality.


If this fast-paced, technologically-wired world we live in has caused you to lose sight of Echuca Moama’s beauty, and you need reminding of all the wonder we have here on our doorstep, we suggest you get along to Pop & Pour this weekend and take a fresh-eyed look. Because seriously, the magic is everywhere.


See you there folks!


X Lee.


Spreading the Good Stuff for The Kyabram Gift…

posted on: November 18, 2017
in: Our blog

If you have ever doubted the power of community spirit then meet Liz Dillon. She’ll challenge anyone who doesn’t believe country towns are the heart and soul of our country, and it’s not hard to understand why.

In her small community of Kyabram and the surrounding districts, Liz and her army of volunteers, have raised almost a quarter of a million dollars to help families in the local area directly impacted by cancer.

Liz is the epitome of community spirit: kind, passionate and generous, and has a ‘can do’ attitude. She has built a career teaching vocals and performing arts to kids at Dillmac Entertainment and after years fundraising for Redkite, a national charity providing support to children with cancer, she realised there were people within her own community battling cancer and in need of financial and emotional support.

“One year we handed over a cheque to Redkite for $84,000 and I suddenly thought: wouldn’t it be better if the money could stay in the town?” Liz said.

Coinciding with the sudden loss of her father-in-law to cancer, she decided it was time to take action, and with the support of her husband Max McKenzie and colleague Andrew Moore, the Kyabram Gift was born.

Six years later, The Gift is a fully incorporated, tax-deductible fund with a board and subcommittee of 14 members and countless volunteers who generously donate their time to assist at key events. Through unwavering community support The Gift raises approximately $150,000 annually, and has now raised in excess of $450,000 since its inception.


The Gift board represents a wide sector of the community and is made up of business owners; parents; youths; professionals; doctors and nurses; people who have had cancer or lost loved ones to cancer; people who are new to the area; and life-long locals. And all are united in the purpose to lighten the load of others.

This inspiring organisation’s winning formula for fundraising includes set events throughout the year that encourage involvement from the entire community, not only to raise money but to increase awareness of early cancer detection and provide fun and connection for people in an otherwise dark time.

The highlight on The Gift social calendar is the annual Gala Ball. More than 350 people attended this year’s event in November, and it has become so popular there is now a ballot for tickets! Eight people also volunteered to lose their locks for the cause and ran their own fundraising campaign throughout the year. Combined with the proceeds from ticket sales and auctions on the night a staggering $60,000 was raised.

The ever popular, Monster Town Garage Sale encourages people to host a site at their house and sell unwanted good with all proceeds going to The Gift. This year’s Monster Garage Sale will be held in Kyabram on December 3, so why not go for a Sunday drive, see what goodies you can find and help support this worthy cause.

Other key events include the Purple Weekend and Purple Sporting Weekend, where local schools, workplaces, businesses, shopping precincts and sporting clubs in the district are encouraged to decorate their premises, wear purple and raise money anyway they can.

To maintain momentum, The Gift is constantly looking for new ways to fundraise and also uses movie nights, Easter raffles and other minor events throughout the year to ensure there is always money in the bank for emergencies and to help those who really need it – when they need it.

“The community has really embraced The Gift and we now service a population of approximately 22,000 including Kyabram, Tongala, Girgarre, Stanhope, Undera, Rushworth, Merrigum and Lancaster,” Liz said.

“We have developed a fantastic working relationship with Kyabram District Health, its team of amazing district nurses and the local counseling services to try and capture all those who need our support,” she said.

People can be referred to the service or an application form is available to anyone who wishes to apply directly for funds. Elected members of the board then decide who receives the gifts based on individual needs.

The gifts are always given in the form of a voucher, product or payment of a utility or other bill. Cash is never handed to any recipient and names of recipients are kept confidential.

To date, The Gift has supported more than 100 families providing items such as:

  • grocery vouchers
  • fuel vouchers
  • holiday vouchers
  • utility bills
  • specialty bras for breast cancer patients
  • school fees
  • funeral expenses
  • rent and mortgage payments
  • vouchers for Christmas gifts
  • medical expenses
  • counseling services
  • mechanic bills

“With the support of some great local tradies and businesses who have given their support and volunteered their time for free, we have even renovated a bathroom and built and furnished a granny flat to provide safe and comfortable spaces for families with members undergoing treatment.”

Not only does The Gift provide financial and emotional support but it also provides hope.

“We all know the pain and suffering a cancer diagnosis can bring to a family so we try not to focus on what it takes from people but rather what it can give,” Liz said.

‘We wish we didn’t have to help anyone else but there are still so many positives you can take away from the experience – the kindness and generosity of people, new friendships and learnings about yourself and others,” she said.

Sometimes just knowing that someone else cares can be the greatest gift of all.

For more information about The Gift or to offer your support, visit the website at or email or contact 0455 535 247.



#spreadingthegoodstuff #thekyabramgift #supportingfamilieswithcancer #thepowerofcommunity

Jason Clymo joins us for Spreading the Good Stuff – Episode 4: My Life with Wheels

posted on: November 13, 2017
in: Our blog

We’re excited to announce the fourth episode in our live Spreading the Good Stuff series, with the remarkable Jason Clymo in conversation at Junction Moama on Thursday December 7.

At age 19, a fall during a night out with university mates caused Jason to break his back, suffer a spinal cord injury and become paralysed from the waist down.

This was a devastating blow for Jason, in his second year of medicine at Monash University, and any plans he had for his future were instantly derailed.

However, fast-forward to 2017 and surprisingly Jason’s focus is not fixed on regaining the life he had prior to his accident or in search of a miracle cure for paraplegia.

Remarkably, this young man is focused on what he can do to support other people living with disability to live a full and ‘inclusive’ life.

Jason’s number one goal is for inclusion for all and he has a strong belief that everyone deserves to feel loved and celebrated – regardless of their ability.

This personal mission has taken Jason on a journey of discovery and down the path of a modelling career, which is quickly becoming much more than a hobby.

So far this year Jason has found himself featured in a four-page photographic spread in the Herald Sun’s Stellar Magazine, in a national advertising campaign for fashion label Target and featured on award-winning, nightly news show The Project.

Not to mention landing a contract with highly respected, national modelling agency WINK Models, where he has been hailed as the next ‘big thing’ for diversity in the modelling industry.
We featured Jason on our Spreading the Good Stuff blog in February when WINK described him as ‘a guy who has turned a negative into a positive by becoming an advocate for diversity’ and it’s no surprise others are taking notice, both here and overseas.

Jason’s star is well and truly on the rise and as the bookings and marketing officer for the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre, he is currently juggling his day job with life and modelling work, including his runway debut in October at FashionAble, an event by Queensland disability support provider Multicap.

He is also an inclusion ambassador with both internationally recognised Models of Diversity and Starting with Julius – both striving for diversity in the modelling industry. And this serendipitous chain of events has not only allowed Jason to carve out a modelling career of his own but created a greater awareness of the lack of representation of disabled people in the media and in advertising campaigns.

Altering society’s perception about modelling for marketing and advertising is what motivates Jason to get out of bed in the morning, despite the daily physical challenges of life in a wheel chair.

From the early days following his accident he has chosen to focus on the positive and surround himself with people who help support him and his passionate cause.

We first met Jason at our first Spreading the Good Stuff live conversation episode with Katrina Myers in June 2016 where he explained he was drawn to the event because of our positive approach and purpose to spread the good news.

Jason believes we all make a choice every day about how we approach life and its many challenges and we can’t wait to share more about how he manages to stay so focused and driven by his goals when he joins us on December 7.

Join us at Junction for a remarkable evening of illuminating conversation with Jason Clymo My Life With Wheels and book your tickets today for our final event of 2017.

Tickets are $30, strictly limited and must be purchased prior to the event day. Included in your ticket price is a complimentary glass of sparkling wine, and nibbles.

Tickets and further details available here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Christy and Lee


*Image courtesy of H Stewart for Stella Magazine


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