SKIPPING FOR KANE

What an incredible display of Gold Coast community spirit we witnessed this morning at Evandale Park! Galey from the 90.9 Sea FM team skipped for hours to raise much needed funds for the Bennett family! Tragically Kane Bennett was struck by lightning and today over $10,000 was raised for his beautiful wife and 2 young children! To donate call 131216 #SkippingForKane #GaleyToTheRescue #SeafmGoldCoast

 

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ECO EVOLUTION

Often fueled by marketing, societies unhealthy obsession and pursuit of materialistic goods has proven environmentally detrimental and unsustainable. It would appear there is sufficiency in the world for man’s need, but not for man’s compulsive greed. Society has slowly escalated in its violence, from singular trees, to the environment, to our fellow man. Whilst there are several inspiring individuals and organisations passionate in their quest to protect the environment; I feel it is important to relay my personal concern in current global consumption trends. The future holds extraordinary and unprecedented challenges for both the environment and society, as demand for resources exceeds supply. Global hyper-consumption and environmentally unaware consumers shorten product life span, as people rapidly replace material possessions. While in many ways consumerism has become a defining characteristic of modern societies; sustainability has moved higher up political agendas globally.

GREEN MOVEMENT:

In recent years, there has been a substantial increase in the awareness and concern for environmental sustainability, particularly on a corporate level. According to Forrester Research titled Environmental And Social Responsibility In Consumer Product Strategies, ‘84 % of organisations have environmentally conscious or socially responsible products in development or in the marketplace’. As with most markets, it is the consumer who has governed this shift in mentality. Millions of consumers worldwide were touched by best-selling, thought provoking books: The green consumer and 50 Simple things you can do to save the earth by the 20th anniversary of Earth Day. Consumers are beginning to lean towards products and companies that assure they are doing their utmost to prevent, minimise and control their contribution to our ecological footprint. Dianna Berde Nieto suggests in her book The long journey to sustainability starts with a single step that societies sustainability awareness has finally reached a tipping point. Staying ahead of environmental regulation, lower operation costs, innovation opportunity, differentiation and an improved workforce who reflect company mission statement are all benefits for business embracing the green movement. With few risks associated, green marketing is gradually recognized as a logical path for businesses to pursue.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

A challenge of green marketing professionals is to foster environmental awareness and passion in consumers for green products. Confusion amongst consumers on the topic of green marketing is a significant barrier to the successful adoption of green products. Therefore, social and economic systems underpin businesses ability to innovate, create and maintain sustainable solutions. Consumer beliefs, values and willingness to support the green movement establish the foundation for business to strive and adhere to Corporate Social Responsibility and ethical production. So try your best to support brands which promote environmentally sustainable practices and be mindful of your own consumption habits. Together we can create a more sustainable society, prolong the longevity and prosperity of earth and all its creatures.

CAUSE TO CRUISE

Last Saturday was the Goldcoast’s first Salsa Cruise in support of Guide Dogs Queensland.

Can you imagine being without sight for a day, unable to see loved ones, the sky or a smile from a stranger?

Thousands of Australians face this reality everyday.

Fortunately Guide Dogs Queensland are leading the way in fundraising for those in need of man’s best friend, the seeing eye dog.

It takes time, a whole lot of love and $30,000 to train and place a guide dog.

In fact it takes a whole community to raise a guide dog.

Without government support this charity was overjoyed to be selected as the beneficiary of the event.

The lively atmosphere was so inviting.

Learning to Salsa was an exciting challenge for me as I regretfully have never learnt to dance and have the coordination and rhythm of a hippo in ugg boots.

Luckily there was plenty of patient experienced guests and it wasn’t long before I was enjoying the blissful Latin American melodies and lively atmosphere.

The people were so present and not a mobile phone in site.. until a special Salsa performance.

It was so refreshing to meet such warm people who just want to dance!

BMW CHARITY BALL

Frosted with delicate decorations, the RACV Royal Pines Resort was transformed into a winter wonderland for the 14th annual Bruce Lynton Charity Ball. Glamorous guests gathered for a night of entertainment and to raise much needed funds for local charity. Live music, fireworks, a silent auction and bumper car rides were among the evening entertainment highlights; oh and a BMW overflowing with donuts… what more could you ask for? Ocean Road TV covered all of the action catching up with Channel 9 News Reporters Bruce Page and Melissa Downes, who were Master of Ceremonies for the night. Meeting the passionate volunteers who made the event such a fantastic success was wonderful. I was overwhelmed by the generous donations, fantastic sense of community spirit and look forward to attending next year. For footage visit my youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/1portialarge/videos

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NEON RUN GOLDCOAST

My first presenting gig for Ocean Road TV certainly set the standard high. The Neon was a 5km night time spectacular decked out with popular DJ’s, LED robots and thousands of excited runners.