Marieke Hardy is an Australian screenwriter, blogger, radio broadcaster and reader. In addition to her regular column for ABC's The Drum, she is a senior contributor to Frankie magazine and The Age.
We speak with Lindsay ‘The Doctor’ McDougall, former host of the Triple J breakfast show and lead guitarist in legendary Australian band Frenzal Rhomb.
When not protecting baby harp seals in Canada and Whales in Antarctica as the Sea Shepherd ship doctor, Merryn specialises in children's health. She works with children facing developmental problems like autism and other issues like obesity, behavioural and mental health problems.
Billy Simmonds - winner of the 2009 Mr. Universe title, is an Australian Professional Natural Bodybuilder, Powerlifter, Martial Artist and Vegan. "Vegan Bodybuilding is not only possible, its optimal," he says, "within three years from first lifting weights properly and walking on a Bodybuilding stage as a novice, I had won Mr. Universe and become a Pro Bodybuilder. Steroids? Meat? Not a chance."
We talk tooth truth with vegan dentist Helen Voronina.
Philip Wollen is someone very special. He is a big man with a big heart and most importantly he's BIG on vision. Phil is a philanthropist, OAM, Queens Birthday Honours 2005, Australian of the Year Victoria 2007 and Founder of The Winsome Constance Kindness Trust (WCKT) www.kindnesstrust.com .
Sharon is one of those special people who put themselves on the line to help others. She's a longstanding and highly trained firefighter, often risking her life so others don't loose theirs. Her altruism isn't only to her own species, but it extends to all living beings. Sharon has worked hard for many years helping animals in her spare time. She's practical, down to earth and just the sort of person you want nearby in an emergency.
Joel Kirkilis is a multi-award winning vegan Australian bodybuilder. Joel took home first prize in the ANB Victorian Championships and second prize in the NABBA/WFF Bodybuilding International (to add to his ever growing collection of trophies!) in 2009 and 2010.
Adalita is an energetic musician and founding member of rock band Magic Dirt. She belts out her passion and persona on our stages to the delight of many. But Adalita is so much more than her amazing music - she's a compassionate and strong woman who stands up for the rights of others.
I have always known since I can first remember that animals had feelings and suffer like us but there are two incidents that really solidified it for me...