The founder Keith Gregory developed a passion for changing children’s issues when, on having his son diagnosed as being within the spectrum of severe Autism, he was told that, his son Asher, would spend his adult life in an institution. Like many parents both he and his wife Michelle started searching the world for a cure not content to just accept the fate set down by the professionals of the day. They discovered a method called Applied Behavioural Analysis that had been developed some 30 years prior to Asher’s diagnosis that was being used in the United States. They adapted the program at home, taking university students that had been involved in an ABA program at a local university, giving Asher up to 30 hours of one on one therapy per week. Now in 2013 Asher, at age 19, will graduate with a diploma in Sound Production and continue on his chosen career mixing music for bands at live venues.
This has given Keith the passion to fight for children, to not accept that nothing can be done. Perseverance was the key to Asher’s recovery and that is what we must do with all issues that face our children. Persevere and dont give up.
Keith’s vision to change global hand hygiene began following the H1N1 pandemic and the ever increasing incidence of antibiotic resistant bacteria. He saw how helpless our authorities where to protect us as the virus seemed to be gripping the world. On the basis that 80 % of all infection is transfered by our hands Keith’s initial focus had become on increasing hand hygiene compliance within the community. Why are there hand hygiene issues? Keith identified the problems as primarily being due to lack of sustainable education programs worldwide to influence change, and the lack of access to soap at critical times. The addressing of the school hand hygiene issue had been put in the too hard basket with many countries not having hygiene legislation for schools.
The Children’s Global Hygiene Foundation has since become an initiative to unite and empower children around the world by giving them a platform from which to influence governments and their immediate community. The faces and the voices of the foundation will be children as they engage with media and advocate not only on health issues but also on issues such as child labour, child prostitution, child abuse and any other issue that impact on all children’s well being.
We will be asking schools around the world to nominate their own students to be ambassadors to the Children’s Global Hygiene Foundation who will then join with the foundation to undertake campaigns within their own communities to influence adults and local government. As at 2013 over 76 million children playing a game called Moshi Monsters, imagine if those children could be united as one voice to bring about change and influence the world
Keith has now developed a program based on empowering children to bring about change. By blending the fantasy notion that there is an Intergalactic Health Council looking down on Earth watching the battle between the Super Bugs and the scientists with real lives issues that face our global community today we will be able to engage with children. Three Celestial Guardians are being sent to Earth to gather all the children to become GrimeStoppers and save the world by having the adults wash their hands. This will be all played out both in real life and also within the global game GrimeStoppers.
In order to remain engaged with children and unite them we will use social media and the other mediums such as online games that reflect real life as it is happening in the world today. Keith has developed a unique education concept utilising a serious interactive game called GrimeStoppers which is the key to empowering the children. It is also a medium that many children are familier with and engage with regularly. Children will be encouraged to join the GrimeStoppers Club to become community hygiene advocates attempting to influence the hygiene habits of their own family. By empowering children this way we will influence their own hygiene habits and tackle an issue that many schools around the world face which is vandalism in school toilets.
The Children’s Global Hygiene Foundation is to be a not for profit initiative. Its aim is also to partner with other organisations to undertake the development of sustainable programs for the provision of hygiene systems, soap, and education programs into Australia and around the world through subsidiaries.
The foundation through the GrimeStoppers and the student ambassadors to the foundation will develop programs to assist developing countries all over the world through the ‘Adopt a school’ and ‘Adopt a village’ programs, aimed at increasing hand hygiene compliance. The foundation aims to inspire children to join with the founders to bring about a generation of children with natural hygiene habits.
Auntie Carol Petterson’s vision is to see that the aboriginal people be empowered to bring about changes in their own communities. The Australian Indigenous Children’s Initiative is about empowering indigenous children to influence hygiene outcomes in their own communities.
Carol is a champion of all aboriginal people when it comes to community hygiene. A Noongar/Ngadu woman from the south-east coast of Western Australia. She has lived and worked in Albany for most of her life, and is well-known throughout the Noongar nation as a tireless worker for her people. She has been very active in Indigenous affairs for over 40 years.
Carol was a principal adviser to the Premier of Western Australia on women´s issues, and has been appointed to many state and Commonwealth committees and boards covering issues such as Indigenous health, welfare, education and training.
Carol was a councillor with the local Shire Council of Albany, and such, is the respect she gained during her term, a chamber room in the Council was named after her.
Although officially retired, she is still very involved as a cultural spokesperson working alongside mining companies such as BHP Billiton, advising on long-term economic development and sustainability for traditional owners.
She is very passionate about Aboriginal education and has been chair of the South West Aboriginal Education Committee for over five years. Carol is involved in local primary schools doing cross-cultural workshops and liaising with teachers, parents and students to access the best possible opportunities for Noongar youth.
At Mt Lockyer Primary School, which has a high proportion of Noongar students, Carol has helped to establish an outdoor learning centre encouraging and supporting young people to embrace and be proud of their Aboriginality.
Family has always been an important focus for Carol. She is the third of 18 children and one of 10 girls. Carol says she helped raise her younger siblings from the age of eight and learnt from that early start to become a leader to make do with meagre resources.
Carol has five grown children, 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren – “all absolutely adorable” she says, and all imbued with the same family-based values that have guided her life.
A wonderfully gracious lady, Carol is an inspirational leader and role model in the Noongar community and indeed the wider community. She has touched – and continues to touch – many people´s lives.
As one observer commented, if there´s one thing in life Carol has failed at, it´s retirement.
ADJUNCT PROFESSOR DON PALMER ThL, MA
Don’s connection with aboriginal people goes back to the early days of the Land Rights movement when he produced some of the earliest television programs dealing with this fundamental issue. Since then he has been involved at many levels and travelled the nation in effort to support Indigenous Australians including acting as a consultant to a major Federal Government Indigenous men’s health project. He is a keynote speaker on Aboriginal health in a wide variety of forums. He has worked on a range of projects with NSW Aboriginal Land Council in communities across the state. Don acts as a cultural advisor the Noetic Group and Equbed.
Don is a member of the advisory group for the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission and has worked in health promotion for the NSW Department of Health. He spent several years on the ABC’s NSW Advisory Board and as an academic training some of Australia’s most prominent media personalities and journalists. He is a Winston Churchill Fellow and holds a Master of Arts in Mass Communication. As a documentary film maker he was winner of a United Nations Media Peace Prize and acts as a provider of media training to the Public Interest Advocacy Centre and the board of the NSW Aboriginal Land Council. He recently joined the Board of the Children’s Global Hygiene Foundation.
He’s known in Central Australia as Tjungurrayi and Watama in recognition of his strong connection with Aboriginal people