Founded by renowned youth worker Les Twentyman, the Les Twentyman Foundation promotes the well-being of children and young people in Australia by providing services that help them build good relationships with family and friends, learn the skills they need to be successful, and reach their full potential.
The support they provide includes helping kids who are living in poverty, mental health issues, unemployment, racism, addiction and domestic violence.
We help people stay engaged in the community, building hope and ensuring that they do not end up living on the street or being involved with the youth justice system. We've been working in the sector for more than 30 years, and our history is one of helping youth and young people avoid ending up homeless, living on the streets or becoming involved with the juvenile justice system.
A child's connection and engagement is key to his or her future. For that reason, we want to see every child in our care be connected to his or her family, community and the world beyond. Our learning programs are built on that premise.
Filmed back in the '90s, this documentary short features a young 16yo boy accidentally found behind the offices in Nicholson street Footscray where Richard Tregear and Les buried 35 kids that year that had overdosed.
Now 42, that boy sent Les a message saying he is now studying Drugs & Alcohol Certificate 4 and wants to give back to the community. He also wants to thank the Les Twentyman Foundation, saying it was the foundation that saved him, in particular, outreach worker Richard Tregear that he still sees often.
The Les Twentyman Foundation is dedicated to helping and supporting “at-risk” youth. Through a variety of programs we connect with the youth of all ages and help them get back on their feet and re-connect with the community. If you're looking to help their cause, head over to their website - Les Twentyman Foundation
Here's a link to an article from 'The Age' regarding former Back To School Student, Richard Phan. It's these kinds of success stories that reiterate the importance of what they do, working alongside and believing in our young people allowing them to shine!
Another article from the Herald Sun on solutions to recruitment into gangs and anti-social behaviour.
International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender equality. It’s about working toward a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that's diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated.
Come join us at the MCG as we celebrate International Women's Day on Tuesday 8th March 2022. Hear from leading female business people while you enjoy a gourmet breakfast and networking opportunities.
Jason Akermanis has achieved things in AFL that others could only dream of. His long list of accolades include:
Jason Akermanis was more than just a great footballer.
He was an entertainer.
From his freakish skills on the field to his charismatic after game celebrations, we managed to get some time with the great man to talk about his footy life before, during and after.
Thanks for sitting down with me for a coffee and a chat! You’ve had a colourful and very successful footy career, and I guess being part of the Brisbane Premierships of 2001, 2002 & 2003 and winning the Brownlow in 2001 would be some of your unforgettable moments. What other highlights stick in your mind as your most memorable?
“Many highlights in those premierships., but no doubt for me the game against Geelong in the wet in 2005 was supreme. 35 touches 9 tackles and 5 goals including those two from the boundary in the 3rd quarter. Just the best game you could want to play.”
The ‘victory handstands’ became infamous after a Brisbane win…how did that start?
“The handstand started as a cartwheel the week after I saw Ronnie Burn from Geelong do it in 1999. The following week I was so fatigue I ended up doing a handstand. I played on Ronnie that day and we were going back and forth all day in friendly verbal judo and Ronnie and I were mates after playing the Allies game vs Victoria a few years prior.”
We’re all wise in hindsight, is there anything you have done or said in your career that you wish you could take back?
“I am sure I could do a few things better but life is never like that. I had to learn from each one of those bigger media blow ups but I had no one else to blame for them. So I am comfortable with the craziness and laugh at them whenever someone says that they had a problem with such and such. I just remind them that it their problem, not really mine”
There has been plenty written about your out-spoken manner on and off the footy field, but we don’t know much about you outside of footy. What makes Aker tick?
“I’ve been a pretty complex character in the past but in reality I am simply a man who works hard and loves his family. I like to compete and win and try to be sincere and authentic. I can be passive then aggressive, but I am getting better with tolerating shitheads, but people who waste my time are the worst.
These days I love hanging out with my family and close friends having a frothy or 4 and going to the beach. Something about water. I play golf still but don’t have the time I did before. I also play two comp games of basketball a week and have a kick of the footy with my cousin, daughter and nephew.”
I believe you grew up in Mildura, did you follow a footy team as a kid?
“I was born in Mildura yes and we all went for Richmond due to players from my club South Mildura, playing for Richmond in the Weightman’s. Flea was huge back then. But I grew up in Brisbane from age 8 and I started to love Hawthorn with Dermie running around. I loved that he drove a Ferrari such is my passion for cars with uncles and Grandfather being Na Mechanics. Once I started to train with the Bears in 1993, that was it, I was a Brisbane man, unless I was playing for another team, like when I played for the Western Bulldogs for 4 years.”
Who has been your biggest idol or influence in your life?
“Michael Jordan was my idol and my mum was very influential until she passed away in 1997. From there I would say Dr Phil Jauncey was my mentor as well as my wife who has a huge supporting influence on me since 1999.”
Is it true that you are fluent in Auslan sign language?
“I am fluent in Auslan due my wife’s parents being deaf and learning it from them and Megan. I leant Spanish when I was 25-28 and I still talk regularly in Spanish with local people here in Brisbane when I can to keep my skills up. We have visited Japan 6 times so my Japanese isn’t too bad to order things when I am there.”
Now that you having a growing family of daughters, are any of them showing promise with the footy?
“My eldest daughter is very much like me and plays Australian Rules at school. She has some work to do but she could make it if she wants to pursue it. My 3 year-old is very much in the same mould. She loves to compete. The middle one Sienna is a good golfer and really doesn’t have the body type for Australian Rules.”
You’ve told us you love golf, what other sports do you have a passion for playing or watching?
“Golf was great, I was going to Qualifying school to try to turn pro, but I don’t have a lot of time to do that at the moment. I love watching Australian Rules, USPGA, F1 and definitely Moto GP. “
Which three people would you choose to invite to a dinner party?
“Well Michael Jordan would have to be one of them. Valentino Rossi would be another. The third one well that is a tough one. Probably either Dan Ricciardo or Casey Stoner. I am mates with both of them and they are really good company. But some of my mate up here in Brisbane are just as good if not better to have a meal and beer with.”
I believe you have added a new string to your bow, getting into Real Estate, tell us a bit about that journey and how you came to be on it?
“Real Estate and Auctioneering was something I have thought about for years. Having started at Ray White was great, I’m now out running Akermanis Property which does everything in real estate. It’s a step up but I have run 6 companies since I ran my first company mowing lawns at 14. I still help run an Augmented Reality product Zukaz and the first certified crypto currency Zucoins using Splitchain instead of Blockchain, which keeps my very busy.”
And lastly, what would you like your legacy to be?
“Legacy is not worth worrying about. Everyone will have a different opinion, but Mike Sheahan said it best. He said that I was the best kick to ever play the game. I tend to agree🤣”
Thanks for your time Aker, good luck with your new venture, I am sure if you throw yourself into Real Estate like you did into your footy career, you will kick some goals!
Jason Akermanis realises there are many parallels between the sports world and the business world draws upon these similarities during his speaking performances through better teamwork, communication and leadership, and how important it is to stand up for what they believe in.
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Women's T20 cricket history has been made with our very own Sophie Devine blasting an unbeaten 108 off 38 balls to etch her name into the history books.
During a game between Wellington Blaze and the Otago Sparks, Sophie bombarded the boundary (and the crowd) with 9 fours and 9 sixes, with one 6 getting a little too close for comfort for one young girl in the stands.
As the consummate professional, Devine went out of her way after the game to check on the youngster, who was already sporting an ice pack, to join in for a selfie and some playing gear to cheer her up.
It was a nervous time before the game, as it had been almost 2 months since she played her last game.
“Whenever you have an extended break away for the game, you get nervous about ‘Can you come back into it?’ so it was nice to spend some time in the middle and get a few out of the screws.
“For me it was just about playing smart cricket”
“To know where my gaps were, trying to manipulate the field ... I felt I knew where they were trying to bowl so if I could manipulate myself around the crease, open up areas of the field so yeah, pleased with the way it went today
“I think sometimes I get a little bit carried away ... I get a bit over-eager and play some rash shots, so it was nice to stick to some decent cricket shots today and finish the job.”
The record-breaking affair wasn't without its scares when in only the first over, the 3rd umpire was unable to clearly see if Devine had been runout. Only 9 men have taken less to compile a T20 hundred in fewer balls, clearly highlighting what an accomplishment it is.
From there, both Devine and Blaze captain, Maddy Green, amassed the necessary runs off 8.4 overs, easily putting their opponents away. With four wins from five games, the defending champions are looking the goods to take out the Super Smash competition.