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Aboriginal minister leads a group of people in a peaceful protest march in Brisbane 1970
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Book Launch: Yalanya
Don Brady (Kawanji) was a prominent Aboriginal leader in Queensland through the 1960s and 1970s. He was a descendant of the Gu Gu Yalanji people from the Cape York region. He was a foundation member of the Brisbane Tribal Council and actively involved in the campaign to abolish the Aborigines and Torres Strait Islander Act. Don was instrumental in the establishment of the Aboriginal Legal Aid Service in Queensland and active in the revival of dance in eastern Australia with the Yelanji dance group.
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Orange Sky Chairs set up in front of Laundry Vans with people sitting and chatting
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Game Changers with Orange Sky Australia

Wed 6 Mar · 6–7:15pm

Join Lucas Patchett OAM and Nic Marchesi OAM from Orange Sky Australia as they share their experiences and achievements since founding their social enterprise. What started as an idea to improve hygiene standards and restore dignity to people doing it tough has evolved into something much bigger and more powerful. Hear from the co-founders about why innovation, change, sustainability, collaborative partnerships, and resilient revenue are integral to affecting positive social impact. About the speakers Lucas Patchett OAM is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Orange Sky - the world's first free mobile laundry and shower service for people experiencing homelessness. Lucas plays a critical role in all areas of Orange Sky from the strategic direction to managing key relationships with our supporters. Nicholas Marchesi OAM is the Co-Founder and Chief Delta Officer (CDO) of Orange Sky. As CDO Nic plays a key role in ensuring that innovation is at the forefront of our evolution, leads our technical function, is a key player in our supporter strategy and plays a critical role in managing our strategic direction as a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Ideas can come from anywhere; for us, the key to moving forward is how to take it from an idea into action and give it the time and space to grow and mature to drive impact. Lucas Patchett About the facilitator Dr Ruth Knight has over 25 years of experience on the topics of nonprofit leadership, social enterprise and evaluation and is deeply committed to conversations that build more connected and thriving workplaces and communities. Due to her work reducing homelessness and creating social change Ruth has been selected to receive a number of industry awards as well as the Centenary Medal “For distinguished services to the community”. Accessibility If you require accessible seating options please call 3842 9318 or email slqevents@slq.qld.gov.au Auslan interpretation has been planned for this event. About Game Changers Game Changers brings innovation leaders from business, technology, and creative industries to share their insights with aspiring Queensland entrepreneurs. This is your chance to ask how entrepreneurs and business leaders build companies, reinvent themselves, inspire teams, and envision success. Game Changers is a Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame initiative presented by State Library of Queensland and QUT. The talk will be live streamed and you can join the conversation online using #qblhof @slqld @QUT. Book for the livestream here. Alternatively, you can ask questions via slido.com - use the code #qblhof This Game Changers event is part of the program of events for State Library’s new exhibition Purpose Built that explores how architecture shapes community. Subscribe to be the first to know about our program of events. Disclaimer: The views expressed by the speaker are their own and the promotion of products/services is not endorsed by State Library.
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