Botanical Planter Screens designed by @HelenKontouris Wins Gold at the 2018 Good Design Award®

So proud of Helen Kontouris. This amazing Internationally recognised and award-winning designer is unstoppable. (check out the video here)

Helen is also an Ambassador of TLC for Kids and has very kindly donated one of these beautiful Botanic Planter Screens to be auctioned at our 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner to help raise funds for our cause. Thanks Helen!

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Objects of sculptural beauty in their own right, the Botanical Planter Screens by Helen Kontouris were inspired by visits to botanical gardens and the designer’s love of Australian native flowering plants. Intertwined with vigorous climbing plants – whether ornamental or bearing edible fruits and vegetables – these versatile screens can be used indoors and out to bring the healing power of nature into urban environments.

Unlike more complex ‘green walls’ and vertical gardens, each Botanical Planter Screen functions in the same way as a single, self-watering planter pot – keeping ongoing maintenance to a minimum.

Once swathed in greenery, the ‘Waratah’ planter screen and the delicate leaf-like forms of the ‘Wattle’, ‘Acacia’, ‘Banksia’ and ‘Lilly Pilly’ can be used in virtually limitless ways as Acoustic panels and green space dividers in open plan workspaces. Screening and directional wayfinding in restaurants, cafes and foyers. Living walls in small office spaces, apartments, courtyards and balconies. Rejuvenating and acoustic panels for hospitals and healthcare environments to aid patient recovery. Dividers for outdoor spaces. Screening for pool and outdoor entertainment areas. Concealing unsightly outlooks via the assembly of mini green walls. Create a thriving vegetable garden in a small space, using climbing plants such as passionfruit, snow peas, cucumbers and climbing tomatoes.

Unlike typical heavy screening devices, the Botanical Planter Screens create oases and rejuvenating refuges surrounded by the unobtrusive lightness of nature and replicating the serenity of a botanical garden.

Botanical Planter Screens Wins 2018 Good Design Award®

The winners of Australia’s Good Design Awards, the highest honour for design innovation in Australia, were announced at the Sydney Opera House on 17 May at the 60th Annual Good Design Awards Ceremony.

Botanical Planter Screens received a prestigious Good Design Award® Gold Winner in the Product Design category in recognition for outstanding design and innovation.

The annual Good Design Awards is Australia¹s most prestigious Awards for design and innovation with a proud history dating back to 1958. The Awards celebrate the best new products and services on the market, excellence in architectural design, digital and communication design and reward emerging areas of design including business model innovation, social impact and design entrepreneurship.

The Good Design Awards Jury commented – Surprise and delight, this product makes people smile. Generic privacy screens in office areas are generally depressing and oppressive, this product is lighthearted and whimsical in its design and super easy to move and use. Very simple and very appealing for this reason. The units are extremely well made and thought through. This is a delightful and simple system that brings the softness of nature into commercial environments.

#award #designer #unstoppable

How your donations are being eaten up by sales commissions

Actor Samuel Johnson has raised millions of dollars for cancer research but now he’s taking aim at the way charity money is collected.

We are very proud to be part of Play for Purpose which is helping to raise critically needed funds for TLC for Kids and many other worthy charities.

If you haven’t had a chance to view the story, check out the link below.

If you are keen to be part of Play for Purpose and take a chance at winning some awesome prizes, click here to enter.

Source: How your donations are being eaten up by sales commissions

#tlcforkids #playforpurpose #giving #charity

Moving video: Neil Mitchell ambushes TLC for Kids with brand new car

When 3 Point Motors joined Neil Mitchell at his TLC for Kids Family Fun Day last year, they saw charity well worth supporting.

They wanted to help more, and upon seeing the condition of the TLC for Kids transport options, they knew how to do that.

Yesterday, they teamed up with Neil Mitchell to deliver a slick new Mercedes-Benz van for the kids.

And the TLC for Kids team didn’t see it coming.

On behalf of TLC for Kids, we cannot thank everyone involved enough for this incredible act of generosity…

Check out the video –

Source: Moving video: Neil Mitchell ambushes TLC for Kids with brand new car

20 years of helping kids

This year marks twenty whole years of TLC for Kids! That’s twenty years of smiles, tears, laughter, relief, and everything else in between.

Faces may have come and gone but one thing has remained the same: our mission to put smiles back on sick kids’ faces.

Join us on June 16 at Myer Mural Hall as we reflect upon the two decades that have passed.

#tlcforkids #acausetosmile #TLC20

Well this is AWESOME!!!

Not even 24hours since our event site went live and the first tickets booked were from an amazing former TLC receipient who I had the pleasure of catching up with earlier this week. Thanks so much Casey.

Tickets on sale now!

TLC for Kids 20th Anniversary Gala Event, can’ t believe it’s been nearly 20 years, there will be a lot to celebrate on the night along with a little nostalgia and some tears, looking forward to seeing you there OR if you can donate an item for the raffle or the auction that would be much appreciated too.

Tickets available at

#thedinner #tlcforkids #20years

Finalists | The CEO Magazine

Very proud to be a finalist for The CEO Magazine Executive of the Year awards. With such an impressive line-up of finalists, I am feeling quite humbled to be included.

105 finalists in this year’s much-anticipated 2017 Executive of the Year Awards, which celebrate the success, innovation and business acumen of individuals in corporate Australia. With thousands of entries, our 10 experienced judges from a range of industries have had another mighty challenge to determine the finalists in each of the 23 categories, including the pinnacle: CEO of the Year.

More information about the Awards can be found at

Source: Finalists | The CEO Magazine

#ceo #founder #awards #CEOmagazine

2 Minutes with Tim – Senator Jane Hume (1st Interview)

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Very honoured that Senator Jane Hume dropped by to visit the TLC for Kids office and was part of my 2 Minutes With Tim series. #2MWT#tlcforkids #senator #caring

(this is the 2-minute edit, for the full interview, here’s the link –…/senator-jane-hume-interview-tim-conolan)

Australian of the Year Awards – Be Great and Nominate

One nomination is all it takes. I am a very proud recipient of an Australian of the Year Award, Local Hero, and all it took was one nomination.

If you know someone who is making a real difference in your life or in this country, jump online and nominate them for an Australian of the Year Award.

Nominations close on 6th August, so there is still time.

This is a great opportunity for everyone to acknowledge and give praise to someone they look up to and respect.

The Awards program relies on the public to submit nominations for people deserving of recognition, so have your say on who should be considered for the 2018

  • Australian of the Year,
  • Senior Australian of the Year,
  • Young Australian of the Year and
  • Australia’s Local Hero.

It only takes one nomination for someone to be in the running for the Awards, but a nomination must be formally submitted (it makes absolutely no difference if there are multiple nominations for a person – it only takes one nomination).

If you need assistance in submitting your nomination, call 1300 655 193

Source: Home – Australian of the Year Awards

#AOTY    #BeGreatandNominate    #tlcforkids    #proud

Fight Or Flight? How To Channel Your Work Anxiety Productively

It seems to be the ‘go’ word for so many people these days. I’m busy, life’s busy, everyone’s busy, it’s so busy.Great article about Work Stress and some advice, including;

Being busy also brings with it some element of stress or anxiety. Great article about Work Stress and some advice, including;

Here is a great article by Sean O’Meara  about Work Stress and some terrific tips, including;

6 Theories For Overcoming Work Anxiety

  • Don’t Calm Down
  • Curb Analysis Paralysis
  • Treat Your Productivity Like An Anxiety Barometer
  • Go Off The Grid
  • Demand Feedback
  • Remember To Go Easy On Yourself

56% of anxiety sufferers deal specifically with performance anxiety at work. Here are six proven theories to help you manage work anxiety in a productive way.

Source: Fight Or Flight? How To Channel Your Work Anxiety Productively