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Letter from grade 5 & 6 students.

This is one of the letters that I have scanned that was sent to me from the year 5/6 students from St Joseph’s school in Bardon. I have removed their names and just left their initial on this photo, all these letters though will be placed in a book for me to keep forever… 💜💜

My visit to Senior Citizens in Stanthorpe, Qld

Some lovely feedback…. 💕💕💕

“Yesterday the 15th May we had the privilege of a visit from Trish at our Senior Citizens rooms here in Stanthorpe…… Listening to her story is inspirational. The obstacles both emotional and physical she has had to overcome is miraculous but with her determination not to let her ‘disability’ define who she is she inspires children and adults alike.
She is an incredible Artist, an incredible Speaker and most of all an incredible human being.
To her Mother I would like to say ‘thank you’ for raising such an incredible child who has grown up in to a warm , loving, empathetic and accepting adult……….. Trish makes the world a safer place for others with physical obstacles to overcome……… Thank you Trish and of course Trevor for your tireless work and dedication to educate children and adults alike to the constant battles and obstacles that people with disabilities face……..hopefully that education will bring change however small and that it will continue to send out positive ripple effects to everyone . An act of kindness that I know that everyone at Senior Citizens will be passing on…..bless you.” — Brenda

A little country school in NSW.

I had the pleasure of visiting and talking to a tiny country school, Mt Hunter, in NSW, it has only around 38 students. When I arrived I was greeted with a chorus of “Hello Trish” with lots of smiles beaming at me. I was then shown to one of their classrooms where in the windows hung drawings the children had drawn with their interpretations of some of my artwork. This brought me so many emotions that tears welled up in my eyes, as they say ‘imitation is the greatest form of flattery’. This is a short video of the window with all the artwork the children from prep to grade 6 did for me.

I love doing these talks and while the children get something out of listening to them and my health allows me, I will continue..

 

Lawnton State School

At Lawnton State School we dream big and have a philosophy that all our students, regardless of circumstances, are expected to aim and achieve high. Today Trish you were the epitome of grace and dignity and all things that Lawnton hold true. Our students were fascinated with your talk today and the positive way you promoted success on all levels and under all circumstances. 

Our Facebook page is buzzing with excited parents and children  sharing your journey and with one of our little year 1 students telling him mum, “see I can do it mum, Trish said there is no such word as “Can’t”   You have made such a positive impact on all our community with sharing your story.

I love how  both you and Trevor gave your time so freely to stay back with the myriad of students wanting you to draw for them and just be with you.

We have officially made you a Lawnton legend and would love to have you back to our school on our “Dream Big” afternoons where we ask or community to share stories with our students to inspire them to reach for the stars.

Thank you again, you have changed someone’s world today.

Principal, Lawnton State School

 

Good evening Trish and Trevor,

 

I just wanted to write and say a huge thank you to you both for coming to our school today and speaking with our community. Your message was so positive and powerful – and has had a big impact with our students and staff alike. At our school we are endeavouring to create leaders, and what better way to do this than to have someone who is an inspirational leader stand before our students and tell them their story of persistence, perseverance, courage and resilience. In speaking with our children today, I truly believe that you have altered the trajectory for some of our little guys in a positive and significant way… an outcome you may never get to hear about until 20 years from now – or maybe ever… but your message will resonate throughout their stories as they live their own lives and influence others in the way that you have influenced them. Just as your friend who was a teacher inspired you all those years ago by asking you to come to her school – you coming to speak at our school will no doubt have that very same impact.

 

On a personal note, meeting both you and Trevor has reaffirmed to me that there are still genuine and good people in the world, and that as a school we are not alone in trying to make tomorrow a better place for our kids. This has lifted me and has solidified my resolve that we can make a real difference in lives. Thank you.

 

Now we do things a little bit differently at our school compared to everywhere else that you might have been – and we are big believers in things happening at our school for a reason… so as we mentioned today you are now both officially adopted by our school community and are part of our Lawnton State School family. We viewed today as the start of a beautiful friendship and look forward to seeing how we will continue to cross paths along the way… this is non optional. J

 

I have included below a quick snip off our school’s Facebook page from a post that was put up earlier… Never underestimate the difference one person with a story to tell can make or where their influence might end!

 

Thank you again and we look forward to catching up again soon.

Warm regards,

Teacher, Lawnton School.

Feedback – Gold Coast school.

Feedback from a teacher at a school on the Gold Coast that I spoke at yesterday.

‘Students were mesmerised by Trish’s inspirational presentation today. Her delivery was heartfelt and authentic. She left so many messages for our young people… empathy, stop the bullying, never let anyone tell you that you can’t and to be resilient. You could hear a pin drop in the audience and numerous students thanked Trish for sharing her story and felt motivated to embrace their fears’

really can’t thank you enough for helping our young people as they face their daily challenges.

Trevor, thankyou also for being so tech savvy and being such a big part of this. 

Feedback.

Another school visit this time in the Sunshine Coast area. 172 students consisting of grades 10,11 and year 12.
From the teacher that asked me to the school..
“The students were so impressed and learnt heaps. Trish helped empower our real strugglers. What a great message”.

First talks for 2018.

This week entailed visiting two schools, one a high school the other a primary school. It is great to be back into the swing of speaking to schol children again.

 

Feedback from the Principal of the primary school I spoke at this morning:

Trish addressed 150 of our Years 4-6 students and 40 parents and staff today, as our Guest Speaker for our Student Leader Induction Ceremony. For 45 minutes, she had the entire audience enthralled. My only regret is that I didn’t include our Years 2 and 3 students in the presentation. Her life story was genuine, heartfelt and inspiring to every person in the room. Once finished, I asked the students to share one key message they gained from Trish’s presentation. Responses included: ‘Don’t let anybody tell you can’t do something’, ‘It doesn’t matter about your appearance, it’s what’s inside that counts’, ‘If you want something badly enough, you can do it’, and ‘If somebody says something mean to you, it doesn’t matter….as long as you believe in yourself’. I believe this was a life-lesson that could not have been more powerfully delivered and it will stay with our students for a very long time.

 

International Day of People with a Disability 2017

Sunday  3rd December 2017 was #IDPWD International Day of People with a Disability. I was asked to be part of iFLY Indoor Skydiving (Gold Coast, QLD) https://downunder.iflyworld.com/ifly-accessibility who are totally geared up to include people with all ranges of disability to participate. Yesterday they gave 100 disabled people to try skydiving for free..

To say it was awesome is just an understatement.. I am so glad I got to do this, I don’t get to do many sporting things … this was just incredible.. The instructors were awesome, caring and just made everyone feel at ease and made the experience so worthwhile.

ABC TV. WOMEN’S WORK

Recently the ABC TV did a stoty on my public speaking, my drawings and photography… Here are the links if you would like to have a look at them. I am just 1 of the women who the ABC are showcasing in their “womens work’ series…

 

.http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-21/trish-jackson-thalidomide-survivor-motivational-speaker/9065548

 

If you would like to see the extended version of my story, then this is the link. This longer version was shown on the ABC morning news show.

Kindergarten fun.

I spent the morning at a kindergarten with around 44 three and four year old children. What a great time we all had. I showed them some of my drawings and photography. We chatted about how I did things with no arms. I then read them a book, did puzzles, played with magnets, I was shown the hermit crabs they had. Lastly we did a music song about making pizza but we all played and used our feet to use the rhythm sticks to beat to the music. It was such great fun. The poor teacher aide kept getting cramps in her feet from holding the rhythm sticks in her toes… . this is the gift they gave me for giving up my time and visiting them.

Later that afternoon I did a radio interview about my life for a community radio station. Which was great fun   http://phoenixradi2.wixsite.com/phoenixradio

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