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Stories of care that inspire us

We created The Panadol Care Collective to champion exceptional Australians. The kind of people who go to great lengths to make a positive difference in their communities.

Meet some extraordinary Australians.

We asked Australians across the country to send in their nominations, and were overwhelmed by so many heartwarming responses. We gave away a total of $100,000 worth of care packages to 55 amazing nominees, representing diverse stories of care. From youth mentoring, to celebrating people with different abilities - here are some of the most inspiring stories we received.

Rachael Clancy

Rachael goes above and beyond to provide foster children across Australia with a sense of belonging and self-worth. Beginning six years ago in her living room, the Hope In A Suitcase organisation provides children entering the foster care system with a suitcase full of belongings that they can call their own. The impact of Rachael’s work continues to benefit children and communities across Australia.

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Sarah Ward

Sarah began The Misfit Project ten years ago and has dedicated her life to building a safe place for creativity and confidence to thrive. The Misfit Project is an after school performing arts program coordinated by Sarah and her team of Misfits, providing countless students in her community mentoring and educational programs, and the opportunity to express themselves.

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Sabeel Burgess

Sabeel has dedicated her life to helping others, providing support services and programs to survivors of domestic violence. Sabeel began the Open Haven charity in Brisbane six years ago, providing women with restoration plans and emotional and practical support, helping to ensure survivors can find employment, health and legal support, and a community of belonging.

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Margie Cerato

Margie has spent every day for the past nine years providing a supportive, inclusive environment for children and adults with special needs and disabilities. Margie founded Celebrating Abilities in 2012, delivering unique and joyful experiences for people living with disabilities through wellness programs, exercise and rehabilitation that truly celebrates everyone’s abilities.

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Margaret Haumono

Margaret has worked tirelessly, six days a week for the past six years, mentoring and empowering future generations of kids within the Redfern community. Margaret and Solomon Haumono started Redfern Youth Connect in 2015, providing tailored educational and mentoring programs that have helped countless kids in their community to become confident, bright-minded individuals.

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…and many more amazing Aussies all over the country championing care in their communities

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More stories from our Care Collective

Jo and the Batlow bushfires

Jo and the Batlow bushfires

Jo (nominated by Jude Bolton) worked tirelessly to support her community, organising food, clothing, and shelter for people who’d lost everything in the 2020 bushfires.

Watch Jo’s story

Candace and the Bowarring Mentor Program

Candace and the Bowarring Mentor Program

Candace (nominated by Sabrina Frederick), drives three hours every weekend to conduct her own mentoring programme to help support and educate young indigenous women.

Watch Candace’s story

Bob and 40 years of kids' rugby

Bob and 40 years of kids’ rugby

Bob (nominated by Shannan Ponton) has been a volunteer rugby coach for more than 40 years, making a positive difference to the lives of thousands of Aussie kids.

Watch Bob's story

What pains Aussies most?

Aussies have trusted us to support them for over 60 years, so we’re not strangers to this country’s pain points! But 2020 was an unprecedented year – we wanted to learn more about its impact and see how we could help deliver meaningful care for people.

In our 2021 Care Study, we spoke to 1,500 Australians and uncovered truly inspiring results- take a look.

1 in 3 aussies suffering pain image icon

1 out of 3 Australians are suffering from more physical pain than ever before.

68% of aussies want to make more time for themselves image icon

68% want to make more time for themselves and their self-care.

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1 in 5 are acting as carer for others, with 1 in 2 providing care daily.

Learn more about what Aussies had to say

Read the full report

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