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Contiki Celebrates Young Aussie Changemakers With Five Local “35 Under 35” Nominees

June 6, 2019 Tour Operator No Comments Email Email

Our planet is changing at an alarming rate. Recent studies have shown the polar ice caps are melting at a rate far faster than originally believed, whilst every year new animals are added to the endangered species list. Every single day marks a new opportunity for change, and every single person can be a vehicle of that change. With Contiki’s second annual 35 under 35 awards, we’re celebrating people who live with hope, who understand the impacts of human action and who work tirelessly towards actionable change for people, the planet and wildlife.

Katrina Barry, MD – Contiki commented: A sense of purpose is central to the belief system of today’s youthIt’s our youth who have the optimistic and innovative spirit to make true change in our worldOur mission with six-two’s 35 under 35 is to showcase the incredible individuals leading the charge in their respective fields and use their stories to further inspire our younger generations.”

35 Under 35 is an annual awards program with a mission to uncover and celebrate the unsung young people pioneering change in the world – and to ultimately crown one as Contiki’s new Sustainability Ambassador. Nominations were crowd sourced globally and the final list for this year’s awards has been determined by Seth Maxwell, CEO of thirst.  These 5 young Australian’s have made the final list with the overall winner to be determined by public vote. Voting for a young Australian that’s making an impact in the world, will contribute to the success of a cause you care about and ultimately, give the winner a strong platform to advocate for changeVotes can be cast at six-two.

Lisa Patulny, Call Time on Melanoma

Lisa co-founded Call Time On Melanoma (CTOM). A not-for-profit initiative for smart women, CTOM exists to educate on melanoma, while tackling barriers to sun safety that are specific to Millennials and Gen Z-ers (like suntanning culture and sunscreen compliance). Ultimately, their mission is to reframe sun safety as self-care.

Jacob Pearce, Pearcey’s Pledge

Jacob initiated a movement called ‘Pearcey’s Pledge’, after surviving a fall from a 22-storey building, in growing awareness around youth mental health and suicide. In partnership with ‘AliveIamAlive’ he recently completed a 375km walk from the Murray River to Melbourne, raising almost $100k in the process.

Lottie Dalziel, Banish

Lottie launched her zero-waste brand Banish to give Australians the tools and know how to reduce their plastic footprint and make a difference through education and using locally sourced plastic free products.

Rikki Gibley, Wave After Wave Handplanes

Rikki’s handplanes initiative thinks the solution to the plastics crisis is in our hands. Created using 100% post-consumer plastics with 1/3 coming from Australian beaches and 2/3 coming from Australian domestic recycling bins, his company creates handplanes that enhance the bodysurfing experience by providing lift and control.

Madeleine Bell, Take 3 for the Sea

Through education that inspires participation, Take 3 for the Sea are building a global movement of people who are connected to the planet and committed to doing their part to clean our oceans. Madeleine is the Communications Manager at the organisation, assisting in spreading the core messages of the company.

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