Ambassadors

Hope For Health’s Ambassador program acknowledges “Influencers” in the wider community who endorse, promote and support our program.  We would like to thank our Ambassadors for their unending commitment.

Leila Gurruwiwi is a Yolngu woman originally from Galiwinku on Elcho Island in North East Arhnemland. From 18 months old, Leila grew up in Bendigo, Victoria where she did most of her schooling. Leila has been working on the Marngrook Footy Show TV Show since its inception in 2007 as a news reporter/presenter.

She has now broadened herself to guest speaking and cultural awareness talk in schools throughout Victoria and emceeing at various festivals, events and functions across Australia.

Leila has also for the past year been working as a Deadly Sista Girlz mentor through the Wirrpanda Foundation mentoring young Indigenous girls.

“Galiwinku on Elcho Island is my home and seeing the positive impact that Hope for Health has already had on the women of Galiwin’ku, including my own Mum, I am very excited wait to see what more positive changes can happen within the community, not only for Yolngu women but for the community as a whole.”

Film maker of ‘Food Matters’& ‘Hungry For Change’


Laurentine ten Bosch, filmmaker of Food Matters and Hungry For Change and founder of FMTV. Along with James Colquhoun, Laurentine founded Food Matters, giving people the tools (films, books, website, TV) to take charge of their own health. Food Matters is an internationally acclaimed widely popular documentary about the medical and healthcare industries. Their latest documentary, Hungry For Change, reveals how the diet and processed food industries are the enemies of permanent weight loss, vibrant health, and natural living. Laurentine has been following and supporting the Hope For Health project since late last year, donating her resources and time to help the ladies and the project get off the ground.

Hope For Health is a true inspiration! The more Indigenous peoples return to their traditional ways of hunting and collecting their food the more we will see disease in these communities disappear.

Educator and entrepreneur for natural personal care products

Narelle is the creator of Miessence, the world’s first certified organic skin care and personal care range. She is a passionate educator and activist for social and consumer change, speaking world- wide to business leaders, entrepreneurs, cosmetic industry professionals and government bodies.

“The health and wellbeing of indigenous Australians is a barometer of our maturity as a nation. It is an honour and a privilege to support Hope For Health in their goal to create a healing and educational retreat in Arnhem Land where the Yolngu women can transform their own health and access knowledge, skills and resources to affect real change in their communities.”

In 2010, Sinem and her partner launched Our Generation Media and released their first film, Our Generation, an independently funded grassroots exploration of the human rights violations happening in Australia towards Indigenous Australians. The film won Best Campaign Film at the London International Documentary Festival, and has created ongoing awareness and action across Australia through TV broadcast, community screenings and use in schools.

 

In 2014, during her time off as a new mother, her friend Kama Trudgen approached Sinem to help her get the Hope for Health project off the ground. For Sinem, this project ticked so many boxes. Sinem has experienced first-hand how the Indigenous quest for ‘social justice’ was often hindered by the chronic ill health so prevalent in their communities. Sinem volunteered her time for the first 7 months of the Hope For Health Project, and is now a proud member of the team, using her skills in whatever way she can to help turn this revolutionary vision into reality.

Sharers of knowledge & recipes for a nourished life

Pete and Nicola Evans are a husband and wife team who share a deep passion for seeking and sharing knowledge, culture and recipes for a nourished life. They began their journey together over 4 years ago and their combined enthusiasm to inspire and encourage others to embrace healthier life choices has become their foremost purpose.

“It is a great honour to stand side by side Kama, Dianne and the Yolngu women and everyone in the Hope For Health family on this profound journey towards the empowerment and renewed health of Indigenous Australians. It is truly vital for us all, as people of the land to unite and to appreciate and give life to our combined deepest intent – to connect through pure love, with each other and our marvellous home, glorious Mother Earth and that is exactly what Hope For Health exudes and creates.(Nic)”

“A return to our roots, to our core, to our purpose and to love is what Hope For Health stands for. I know in my heart of hearts that it’s crucial that we all join together and reconnect to all that surrounds us. For the growth and renewal of our land and it’s people we must honour those who have walked before us, the ones here today and those who are yet to come and Kama, Diane, the Yolngu women and all the Hope For Health visionaries are doing an extraordinary job at guiding us along that path. PETE”

Internationally renowned nutritionist and author

Nora is a widely recognised expert on what is popularly referred to as the ‘Paleo diet.’ She is the author of the international best-selling book, Primal Body, Primal Mind: Behind the Paleo Diet for Total Health and A Longer Life. She is also a highly successful experienced nutritional consultant, speaker and educator, widely interviewed on national and international radio, TV and film.

Among all of this, Nora maintains a private practice in Portland, Oregon as both a Board-Certified nutritional consultant and a Board-Certified clinical Neurofeedback Specialist.

“To me the success of this program has clear potential implications for many other similar communities throughout Australia. This is a labor of love and of passion for doing the right thing, in the right way, for a people group that deserves more than any other to be helped in this way.”

Interior designer with a passion for soil, farming and health


Vicki Poulter is an interior designer with a passion for soil, farming and health. Her business, Designing Women, helps create home environments which nurtures the people who live in them.

Vicki was the founding Australian Coordinator of the Weston A Price Foundation and in 2007 co-founded Nourishing Australia – a registered charity which is dedicated to inspiring people to care about nourishing our soils, plants, animal, people, communities and ultimately the planet and which runs an educational Seminar Series each year. She is also a director of Healthy Soils Australia and on the international advisory board of the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation.

She is passionate about encouraging people to care about the quality of their food, how it is produced and the farmers who produce it and about raising awareness of the benefits of traditional foods and the dangers of many modern processed foods – to people and the environment.

“I am passionate about Hope for Health! From the moment I first talked to Kama I realized that this project was a text book Weston A Price story and could not only change the lives of the people of Elcho Island but be a prototype for empowering indigenous people around the world to take responsibility for their own health. They can do this by going back to the nourishing traditional foods of their ancestors. This story needs to be told far and wide – Dr Price would be thrilled!”

International campaigner for empowering local economies


Helena is pioneer of the international “new economy” movement, she is a recipient of both the Goi Peace prize and the Right Livelihood Award, or ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’.

Helena’s seminal book, Ancient Futures, has been described as “an inspirational classic”. Together with a film of the same title, it has been translated into more than 40 languages. She is producer of the award-winning film, The Economics of Happiness, and co-author of Bringing the Food Economy Home and From the Ground Up: Rethinking Industrial Agriculture.

Helena is the founder and director of Local Futures – International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC) and The International Alliance for Localization (IAL), and a founding member of the International Commission on the Future of Food and Agriculture, the International Forum on Globalization and the Global Ecovillage Network.

Entrepreneur and Simple Nutrition Champion 

Brooke Toholka is one half of ‘Organic Sisters’ – A business that she founded with her sister, Sally four years ago to help inspire families to re-connect with the simplicity and nutritional value of real food. Brooke & Sally transitioned their own families from eating processed foods to enjoying real, simple and nutritious food and they experienced such phenomenal changes within themselves and their children that they felt they had to share this experience with others to encourage & support them in this important journey. At Organic Sisters you will find simple, nutritious family recipes, articles, inspiration and ideas on how to add real food into yours and your families life.

“Supporting these inspiring women from Galiwin’ku, Elcho Island is an honour and I am so excited to be an ambassador to a cause that is very close to my heart. Please support these women on their journey to health and vitality – what an incredible legacy they are creating for their people!”

Clara is the co-founder and executive producer of MAKEbeLIVE Productions, an artist management and producing hub, propelled by the magic of the arts. Clara manages Mama Kin (www.mamakin.com), All Our Exes Live in Texas (www.allourexesliveintexas.com) and We Two Thieves, produces work by Holly & Ado and has programmed for various national festivals including Sydney Festival and Darwin Festival.

Clara is also a journalist. She worked for The Sun-Herald and The Sydney Morning Herald as a feature writer and arts reporter and continues to freelance for various publications. Clara is also the donation development manager for The Seed.

“The Hope4Health project is by far one of the most exciting and self-sustainable ideas in indigenous health and self-generated solutions that has emerged in recent times.’
‘It is the seed of a most tangible change in an area that has seen so many failed attempts to harness such success, and I am inspired to spread its ethos of self-empowerment, health and wellness and look forward to supporting its progress.”

Energetic Mama and holistic health expert

Jessica Donovan is a woman’s holistic health expert who helps women get their sparkle back and become a more energetic, calm and joyful version of themselves. She is the founder of Energetic Mama which she created after seeing countless mums in her naturopathic clinic that were overwhelmed, exhausted and out of balance.Jessica has oodles of knowledge in women’s health which she combines with her realistic, empathetic, inspiring and down to earth approach to empower women to look after themselves and take charge of their own wellbeing.

She’s on a mission to make nutritious eating and a healthy lifestyle a no-brainer. How? By providing the tools and tricks to help women incorporate healthy habits into their daily lives. Without even thinking about it.

Hope for Health is an amazing program which supports the health of indigenous women through food education. I am so excited to endorse this program which supports my passion to empower women to look after themselves and take charge of their families wellbeing

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