The Truth Is…?

First, watch this clip. Less than a minute of your time, I promise it’s worth it!

Well here is the truth… at least my opinion, anyway.

Even though he wasn’t wearing a sleeveless shirt, his arms and that abs – to die for.

Oh who am I kidding? He’s perfect.

Hamish MacDonald’s crystal blue eyes and a smile revealing his perfect pearly white teeth is just as disarming as his earnest opinion on journalism. Ah, not to mention his lovely British-Australian English accent. I can listen to him speak until the world ends… I digress.

I had a chance to ask him a question after his presentation in The Hall at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.

Me: What do you think is the biggest challenge in journalism today?

I think it’s what to do next. Your generation is shaping the everchanging media landscape and who knows what jobs will be available once you’re done here – maybe you’ll get a job that isn’t even invented yet. The challenge has always been to make something informative and appealing. But it’s always changing and you guys are in a unique position because you are organic users of technology and social media.

– Hamish MacDonald, Journalist and Host of “The Truth is…?”

His upcoming TV show on Channel 10 (Australia) is investigative journalism at its rawest form. It’s a bold take on controversial and bizarre issues that promises to make jaw-dropping revelations in an attempt to challenge the public’s perception of what is… the truth. (Whatever they think it is. Whatever you think it is)

Watch it on Monday nights at 8:30 pm.

Ready for Some Colour?

Spectators should expect to see an avalanche of colour as clouds of rainbow explosions are unleashed on participants of the 5km Swisse Color Run charity fundraiser on 2 June.

Sydney Color Run (10 February 2013) Credit: MJC Wilkie Productions
Sydney Color Run
(10 February 2013)
Credit: MJC Wilkie Productions

Inspired by the Hindu Holi Festival, participants will pass through a “colour zone” every kilometre and emerge rainbow-coloured from head to toe after being doused in about 3,000 kilograms of coloured powder.

“It’s not a contest, it’s not about the fastest time, but focussed on getting out and about and celebrating life with family and friends. It’s unique in that we attract a very broad audience – from mums with bubs in prams right through to grandparents walking it at their own pace,” Swisse Color Run National Manager Luke Hannan explained.

Paying a visit to the Gold Coast Country Club, the Color Run national tour aims to raise $1 million in charitable contributions this year.

Swisse’s charitable arm Celebrate Life Foundation selected the Ponting Foundation as its local charity partner and beneficiary for Gold Coast.

“One child dying of cancer is one too many with a young and promising life cut too short. The Ponting Foundation is dedicated to doing everything possible to help young Australians and their families beat cancer, ” said former Australian Cricket Captain and Swisse Ambassador Ricky Ponting.

Sydney Color Run (10 February 2013) Credit: MJC Wilkie Productions
Sydney Color Run
(10 February 2013)
Credit: MJC Wilkie Productions

Co-founder of the Ponting Foundation and wife to Ricky, Rianna Ponting revealed that the funds raised would support research projects on children’s health at the National Institute of Integrative Medicine (NIIM).

“The monies raised from this amazing event will be going straight into our partnership with NIIM to undertake some ground breaking research into children’s wellness so we can further reduce the number of children that die each year from cancer.”

Taking part of the race, nine members of Team Ross including Vicki Dobrunz will be walking/running/dancing in memory of her late brother and Gold Coast local Ross Hargreaves, who passed away from brain cancer two years ago.

“The Color Run would have been something he would have loved… anything zany and outrageous – he was a part of.”

To register and find out more about events in other cities, visit www.theswissecolorrun.com.au

Interested volunteers can contact Swisse at aus.volunteer@thecolorrun.com

Support participants by donating at http://www.everydayhero.com.au/event/colorrungc2013

Published on http://socialjournalism.com.au/ready-for-some-colour/

More Questions, No Answer

Recently, I watched The Deep Blue Sea, a haunting documentary that chronicles the journey of Australian barrister and human rights activist Jessie Taylor to Indonesia in an attempt to reveal the untold stories of asylum seekers.

Although the film evokes human sensibilities and without a doubt powerful, it left me feeling powerless. There is no one-off solution. There’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to refugees. Of course, there are many people who need a safe place to stay in varying degrees but who decides how many or how frequent the country should accept refugees? It’s a tough decision, I wouldn’t want to be a policy maker. If speaking from a purely humanitarian point of view, each person has the right to have a safe and secure home and it is not illegal to seek refuge in Australia. Therefore, refugees have the right to appeal to the Australian government and can be resettled here depending on their circumstances. There are a multitude of factors to consider. Exactly how many refugees per year can Australia accommodate or rather, how many asylum seekers is Australia willing to accommodate?

How much is enough? How much is enough if we’re talking about making a decision that will dictate the fate of our fellow men? How much is enough?

Being a migrant myself, I grew up listening to adults talk about corrupt government officials in a third-world country. It is no surprise that in countries such as Indonesia, the living conditions for refugees waiting for resettlement in Australia is appalling and severely dangerous for their health.

I believe there should be more discussion on how to remedy the root of this dilemma – people are not safe in their home country. Why is that? How could we change that?