30 Days of Fighting Cancer

Name: Adam Keam Occupation: Chief Financial Officer How we met: Adam and I went to school together. Well, kind of. He actually went to a different school but took a couple of subjects at my school so in our final year we ended up in the same English class. Prior to that I had known him only vaguely as the guy who dated Lisa a girl I worked with at McDonald’s and who would come through drive-thru every other day with a car load of friends and... Read More

30 Days of Building a Car

Name: Bart Koopman Occupation: Engineering Student Website:  http://mijnimp.fl79.nl  How we met: Bart is the eldest son of Sjaak and Lia Koopman whose cheese farm I worked on in Holland as part of my 30 Days adventure.  I had a wonderful time with the Koopman’s talking, laughing and making loads of Edam cheese. While I was eating my weight in cheese, Bart had a project of his own going on. He was restoring a car from scratch and filming... Read More

30 Days Learning to Walk

Name: Teagan Glenane Occupation: Photographer W: childrenfirstfoundation.com How we met: Teags and I worked together at Fairfax in Melbourne. She was the cadet photographer in our newsroom and one of the most loved members of staff because of her willing to help others and do everything with a smile on her face. The media world can often be all-encompassing and what I admired about Teagan was that she always seemed to have really good perspective... Read More

30 Days of Directing a Short Film

Maida, left, with script editor Truls and production assistant Ada Name: Maida Hals Occupation: Videographer How we met: Maida gave me my first job in Norway. I was a lighting technician on her film. It was a rather strange decision on her part given I had zero experience in lighting but she was desperate. Her original choice had been injured just hours before shooting commenced and I got a call up. Maida and her colleagues were one of my first introductions... Read More

30 Days of Becoming an Uncle

Name: Dave Dellar Occupation: TV Producer How we met: In the immortal words of Britney Spears, “There’s only two types of people in the world. The ones that entertain, and the ones that observe.” David Joseph Dellar is certainly one of the former. Dave and I used to live together and despite him being a cool urban hipster and me being, well, anything but, we managed to bond over a mutual love of sitting on our balcony overlooking... Read More

30 Days of Shaving Your Head

Lucinda after shaving her head! Name: Lucinda Harper Occupation: Physiotherapist How we met: Lucinda and I went to primary school together. We used to get up to all kinds of mischief, a lot of which we reminisced about recently when we caught up for the first time in SEVENTEEN years! It was a long time between drinks but boy did we giggle. All these years she’d kept letters I used to write to her about boys we liked and who was kissing who at... Read More

30 Days Getting to School

Elizabeth, right, taking the Roma kids from Fushë Kosovë to school. Name: Elizabeth Gowing Occupation: NGO founder and teacher Website: theideaspartnership.org How we met: I met Elizabeth in Kosovo earlier this year when I volunteered for The Ideas Partnership (TIP), an NGO she and her partner Rob founded with their friend Ardian Arifaj.  TIP implements grass roots education, environmental and community support projects for the Roma, Ashkali... Read More

30 Days Getting Used to the News

Name: Dan and Allison Podlich Occupation: Helicopter pilot and Massage Therapist How we met: Dan and Allison are Couch Surfing friends who kindly let me crash in their spare room in East Tennessee in the lead up to Christmas last year. While I was there the three of us competed in the Santa Hustle, a running event where the entire field dresses up like Father Christmas.  It was hilarious. Take a look at how we went here. Meet Dan and Allison: Our... Read More

30 Days of Boudoir

Name: Frances Matteck Occupation: Boudoir photographer W: everywomanboudoir.com/ How we met: Frances is the girlfriend of Dallas’ premier social media guru Neil Lemons, whose couch I’ve stayed on a couple of times in Texas. We met over one of the most amazing barbecue meals I’ve ever had at Lockhart’s Smokehouse in Dallas. Frances has won awards as a photojournalist and writer for The Collegian, Tarrant County College’s award-winning... Read More

30 Days Talking to Animals

Picture taken by Glenn Daniels of the Wyndham Leader. Name: Jessamy Alexander Occupation: Vet How we met: Jess is the ex-girlfriend of a friend of mine but long after they called it a day, we have remained friends. She’s done all sorts of interesting stuff like working on a Rabies control program in India for Vets Beyond Borders and is currently a Registrar of Small Animal General Practice at the University of Melbourne Veterinary Hospital,... Read More