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Australian Geographic Society 2019 Awards

The annual Australian Geographic Society Awards took place in Sydney on Friday 1 November in celebration of the country's leaders in adventure and conservation. Renowned international explorer Victor Vescovo inspired guests with his tales of diving to the depths of the world's five oceans before the 2019 award-winners were announced.

 

Momentum2 managed the publicity of the awards for the sixth year in a row which resulted in national coverage across the country including The Daily Telegraph, ABC TV News, TODAY Show, 2GB, Radio National, The Daily Edition and many more. 

 

For a full list of this year's winners click here.

2019 Partnerships for Better Health International Symposium

Maridulu Budyari Gumal - The Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research & Enterprise (SPHERE) will host the 2019 Partnerships for Better Health International Symposium on 29-30 August 2019 in Sydney. National and international health leaders will be at the event to share their research and to demonstrate the benefits for the Australian healthcare system.

The conference will involve many different components focusing on various issues. Key highlights:

  • A new evidence and film-based method known as ‘brokered dialogue’, which looks at controversial health and social issues such as addiction and mental health. This is a strategy for promoting respectful interactions with those who have different or opposing views.

  • 'The Hive' - an immersive art installation to communicate complex societal ideas such as mental health, addiction and the wellbeing of children from refugee backgrounds

All members of the public are welcome to attend the informative two day conference. To register and purchase tickets, visit https://www.healthpartnerships.net.au/registration/ or for the complete list of International and local speakers visit https://www.healthpartnerships.net.au/speakers/

Australia's largest lightweight solar panel installation

On Wednesday 14th August, the Australian National Maritime Museum officially announced the installation of lightweight solar panels on the roof of Wharf 7. The innovative technology 'eArche' was developed by the 'Sun King' Dr Shi Zhengrong, CEO of Sunman Co Ltd.

 

The eArche solar panels are glass-free, aesthetic and 70 per cent lighter than standard solar panels, enabling them to be fitted on diverse building structures. eArche is the only lightweight solar panel with an accreditation from the Clean Energy Council. It is expected that the technology will reduce Museum's electricity bill by a quarter.

 

Dr Shi was present at the launch and stated that solar energy would soon become "like Wi-Fi or optical fibre" which consumers expect in virtually all buildings and even boats and caravans. The eArche project would not have been possible without the assistance of The Southern Cross Renewable Energy Fund, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and Energus, a subsidiary of Sunman.

 

The launch was very successful - clear skies offered guests a scenic view of the solar panels and Darling Harbour and was attended by many energy and environment industry representatives. 

International exchange at Momentum2

Two weeks ago, we said farewell to our American intern Carmen. Carmen was working with us as part of an exchange program between M2 and her college Clemson University. Although we only spent a few weeks together, we were able to learn a lot from each other. We enjoyed hosting her and we wish her well for her future studies and career. 

International Particle Accelerator Conference 2019

Momentum2 was engaged by ANSTO to support the IPAC Local Organising Committee with targeted earned media outreach and social media content in the lead up to and throughout the 10th Annual International Particle Accelerator Conference in Melbourne in May 2019.

 

We developed a targeted media and social media strategy that was pre-approved by the committee. Throughout the conference M2 recorded significant sessions and speakers and live tweeted and engaged with the accelerator science community online.

 

Throughout the week-long conference more than 33,000 engagements were generated (likes, re-tweets, replies, mentions), with a total engagement rate of 2.2%. Additionally, stories were secured with ABC Radio Melbourne’s Evenings with David Astle with an interview with Dr Susie Sheehy, and a story in Xinhua News.

Moriarty Foundation partners with Bridging the Gap Foundation for key projects in 2019

It's been a busy year for the Moriarty Foundation, which announced partnerships with the Bridging the Gap Foundation’s HealthLAB for key projects in 2019. Earlier this month Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP announced funding to support the Indi Kindi’s continuing operations in Borroloola and Robinson River, NT. HealthLAB will run its mobile pop-up experience for kids under five and their families in these communities.

 

The Moriarty Foundation’s Indi Kindi program supports young First Australian children’s health and wellbeing by focusing on their strengths to improve their social, literacy and numeracy skills and help them better prepare for school. The program has reached 78 per cent of all children living in Borroloola and Robinson River.

 

This funding from the Australian Government was in addition to the $2.7M jointly received by both the Moriarty Foundation and Bridging the Gap Foundation. This funding will go towards supporting the partnership between John Moriarty Football and HealthLAB to deliver football and HealthLAB in six communities in the Northern Territory to encourage healthier lifestyles through better nutrition and physical activity. This was announced back in March 2019.

Collette's ‘Iconic Israel’ tour adds exclusive inclusions for 2020

New additions have been added to Collette's 'Iconic Israel' tour itinerary, allowing guests to fully immerse themselves in the country's distinctive history, unique culture and exceptional culinary flavours.

 

The tour will continue to explore some of the most significant sights of the ancient world including Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jerusalem, the Dead Sea and the ruins of Jericho. The new inclusions have been added to provide guests with a more in-depth experience, with a particular focus on more traditional meals and exclusive access to a greater range of cultural sites. One of these includes The Golan Heights, which was formerly an exclusion zone.

 

From 1 May 2020, other new additions in the new look Iconic Israel tour will include:

  • A home-hosted dinner in Jerusalem with an Orthodox Jewish family

  • A private tour of the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, followed by a Collette-exclusive meeting with a Holocaust survivor

  • A new add-on option in Jerusalem, in the form of a guided walking tour which explores the city's blend of history and modern life and its current political climate

$6.57 MILLION TO KICK GOALS FOR YOUTH AND DIABETES HEALTH

On Friday 15th March 2019, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP, Minister for Indigenous Health announced $6.57 million in funding for programs to support our National Indigenous Preventive Health and Educational Program (NIPHEP). The NIPHEP is a new partnership between Menzies School of Health Research and John Moriarty Football. 

Australian National Maritime Museum Launches Corporate Family Fun Day Experiences

On the 14th March, Momentum2 attended a function hosted by the Australian National Maritime Museum. The event was organised in celebration of the Museum's accomplishments in 2018, in addition to announcing their future plans moving forward including their new initiative Corporate Family Fun Days, which encourage work-life balance amongst staff members.

 

The Corporate Family Fun Day packages include access to vessels, pirate guides, craft activities including ‘make your own pirate cupcakes’ and treasure hunt tours across the museum’s galleries. The experience is available to all ages and caters for between 80 to 1500 people.

 

The function also showcased a number of their venues to guests, highlighting the versatility of the spaces. The Museum has hosted events ranging from corporate presentations to large scale performances. All venues are catered by their exclusive in-house caterer Laissez-Fair Catering. It is in an ideal location, offering spectacular views of Darling Harbour as well as being in close proximity to public transport.

Experience the grandeurs of Imperial Russia with Collette’s latest tour

Collette recently launched its latest tour 'Imperial Russia', which allows history and culture aficionados to experience everything Russia has to offer. The tour takes place over eight days in two of the world's most exciting and dynamic cities, Moscow and St Petersburg. 

The tour begins at the beating heart of Moscow, the Kremlin and the Red Square (UNESCO world heritage sites). Guests are able to indulge in Russia's traditional food and culture scene with a local guide. 

In St Petersburg travellers will visit St Isaac's Cathedral, Palace Square and the iconic Winter Palace, the former home of the Russian tsars. 

This experience provides a glimpse into the magnificance that was the aristocracy before its collapse in 1917. 

Other highlights include a visit to the Armoury Museum, housing the priceless collection of Imperial crown jewels, weaponry and Faberge eggs; a tour of the magnificent Catherine Palace (known to be the tsars’ summer residence) and a fascinating history lecture and Q&A with a local historian on the Cold War, which provides insight into what life was like then in the Soviet Union.

ANNOUNCING INGHAM INSTITUTE AS OUR NEWEST CLIENT

Momentum2 are pleased to announce a new client; the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research.

 

The Ingham Institute covers many areas of medical research including clinical sciences research, cancer research, injury and rehabilitation, population and health services, mental health and clinical trials. The Ingham Institute’s research is driven by the needs of the local South West Sydney community and they are committed to inspiring better health and transforming the treatment and care of people living with common medical conditions and diseases.

LOOKING FOR A NEW CATERING COMPANY? TRY BIRI BIRI!

If you're looking for catering that makes a difference, try Biri Biri who specialises in Indigenous cuisine. We used them recently for an event we hosted and enjoyed their emu skewers, arancini and kangaroo burgers.

Use the link below to access their website for more details on booking and to check out their menu.

BRIDGING THE GAP FOUNDATION JOINS FORCES WITH INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE OF HOTEL MANAGEMENT TO PROVIDE TWO INDIGENOUS SCHOLARSHIPS

Bridging the Gap Foundation (the Foundation) has announced a new partnership with the International College of Hotel Management (ICHM) to provide two scholarships for Indigenous students to attend the college and study hospitality.

ICHM will contribute to the scholarship by providing the funds for the tuition of two Indigenous students, with the Foundation providing support in the form of accommodation, books and uniforms. The student’s family will also be required to make a small contribution.

An Indigenous mentor will be provided to the students while they are on campus, along with a counsellor and learning support.  The mentors will also provide support while the students are on placement which they are required to undertake in a paid hospitality position each year.

The scholarships are available for intake in July 2018, January 2019, and July 2019.

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