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Gold Coast Treasure: Daphne Pirie

Gold Coaster Daphne Pirie AO MBE has dedicated her life to the promotion of women in sport and the pursuit of sporting excellence.

Not only is she a celebrated performer in hockey, golf and track and field, she was also the founding president of Womensport Queensland, the first female vice-president of the Queensland Olympic Council, a board member of the Queensland Academy of Sport and president of the Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame.

She has had a decorated career, receiving numerous awards for her achievements including the IOC Women and Sport Trophy in 2011.

myGC was given exclusive access to Daphne’s home at Royal Pines, which is somewhat of a shrine to her outstanding achievements.

Watch the video below to discover more about this incredible local treasure:

Richard Tommy Campion

Gold Coast Treasure: Richard ‘Tommy’ Campion

Richard Tommy Campion is a Gold Coast press photographer who has been capturing the famous faces who flock to our city for decades.

With a personality as colourful as the shots he takes, it’s not surprising to learn that Tommy often becomes mates with the celebrities he is tasked to capture.

From Ronnie Corbett to the Brady Bunch cast to Joe Cocker, Tommy has photographed them all.

“Most stars that have come to the Coast, including movie stars, popstars, and twinkle twinkle little stars I have photographed,” he told myGC.

Check out some of his incredible images and watch the full interview in the video below:

To see more of Richard ‘Tommy’ Campion’s photos, check out his blog here: richardtommycampion.wordpress.com/

Currumbin Wildlife Hospital

Gold Coast Treasure: Currumbin Wildlife Hospital

The Currumbin Wildlife Hospital is one of the busiest wildlife hospitals in the world, admitting over 8000 animals a year.

Every animal admitted to the Wildlife Hospital is treated as precious by the highly skilled and experienced veterinary team and volunteers.

The team work tirelessly to save each and every life using the best possible equipment available and innovative treatment practices.

The Wildlife Hospital relies heavily on donations as the service is provided free of charge to the community.

Take a look inside the hospital and find out more about the incredible work the staff at the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital do to save animals’ lives.

For more information on the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, visit: cwhf.org.au/

PHOTO: Supplied by Club Kidpreneur

Gold Coast Treasure: Club Kidpreneur

At just eight and 12 years old, siblings Liam and Lexi Jack are mini Gold Coast treasures after starting their own business.

These “kidpreneurs” decided to start selling coffee tree saplings for a cool profit after taking part in a Club Kidpreneur program.

Club Kidpreneur is a primary school entrepreneurship education program that teaches kids innovation and enterprise skills.

Find out more about Liam and Lexi’s clever business and Club Kidpreneur in the video below:

Michelle Merchant

Gold Coast Treasure: Michelle Merchant

Fighter.

That is the only word needed to describe Michelle Merchant.

The Gold Coaster has defied all odds since she was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1996, age 34. At the time, she was told by doctors that she would be lucky to survive another 2.5 years.

But Michelle refused to accept that fate, and with her never-give-up spirit has out-lived her life expectancy by more than 18 years.

The ovarian cancer fight has not been easy for Michelle and sadly she has now run out of chemotherapy drug options. The drug she requires to stay alive, PD-1 inhibitors, is currently not included on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. The drug costs $3000 per injection – and Michelle requires an injection every 2 weeks for a whole year.

Unable to afford the treatment and desperate to stay alive, Michelle is trying to raise funds to pay for the drugs.

On August 27th, she is hosting a Teal Takeover Ball at the Southport Yacht Club which all locals are encouraged to attend. For the event details, visit our What’s On calendar: mygc.com.au/event/teal-take-ball-michelle-merchant/

Watch the video below to hear Michelle’s incredible story:

She also has setup a gofundme page for those who wish to donate. You can do so here: https://www.gofundme.com/2an7t7bc