Dinners that make a difference
The world is full of people making amazing contributions without recognition. MAD allows some of their stories to be heard.
What motivates people to make a difference? What inspires us to challenge injustice? How can we contribute?
MAD is a not for profit, voluntary organisation who seeks to give voice to those in our community who have chosen to support, change, inspire, challenge and make things happen to make our world a better place. Even the smallest action can make a difference.
We invite you to be part of our community- Join us for a feast for the mind, the taste buds and an opportunity to connect with Inspiration, Courage, Innovation.
Next MAD Dinner
Thursday 24 May 2019
6 – 9.30 pm
29 Chapel St, Windsor
A New Generation of Social Entrepreneurs
Manita Ray – Chief Operating Officer at YGAP
Manita is an example of this new brand of social entrepreneur with a mission to make a sustainable difference in our world. Manita has extensive international experience and believes in solving real issues and making a social impact. YGAP believes that a world without poverty is possible. They are an international not-for- profit with an innovative approach to poverty alleviation. YGap supports 295 local leaders who improve the lives of over 406,000 people living in poverty.
FareShare cooks 5000 meals a day for Victorians doing it tough. Starting as a volunteer, his first task when he became CEO was to raise $1 million dollars from his first office which doubled his spare bedroom. Five qualified chefs now oversee a 120 volunteers a day with a staff of 20. Can you imagine what it takes to fund an organisation on this scale? At FareShare round 900 people give up their time to rescue, grow and cook food. Around 30,000 secondary school students and 3000 corporate volunteers are welcomed to FareShare kitchens in Melbourne and Brisbane. Combined they cook 1.2 million meals a year for people in crisis.
Thank you for your contribution
MAD Speakers 2008 – 2019
Andy Gild is the President & Co-Founder of Bicycles for Humanity
Jess Boyden Director of Youth Social Enterprise at YMCA Youth for Causes Founder One Big Love
Cindy Angel Education Manager, Board member World Youth International and This Life Cambodia
Amberley Laverick Education Services Coordinator Butterfly Foundation; The 20 Project
Linsie Davis – Occupational Therapist; World Youth International Channel 7’s“Life Changing Adventures” Mama Ann’s Odede Community Health
Bronwyn Angus – Lawyer; World Youth International Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (University of Melbourne).One of 10 people chosen for channel 7’s “Life Changing Adventure” series.
Sandy McDonald Founder of Why You Must Blog and Australian charity, KasCare Author, TedX speaker, Director Get It Right Online,
Margaret Hepworth– The Ghandi Experiment – Education Today, Society Tomorrow
Alexander Wilkinson – J.R.Lugg Foundation
Heather Thorne, OAM – Research manager, kConFab
kConFab the world’s largest resource for scientists investigating genetic causes of breast, ovarian and prostate cancer.
Dr Elisabeth Tudball – Associate Professor education and Director of Undergraduate programs. Monash campus South Africa
Jane Stephens – Physiotherapist Kooyong Physiotherapy
Marguerite Ryan AM – Founder & Chair Women for Women in Africa Supporting the people of the slums of Kibera, Nairobi to forge better lives.
Petra den Hartog Counsellor/ Educator sids&kids Victoria
Anne Hooker Youth Development Officer at Port Phillip Prison
Jane Tewson – Director & Founder Igniting Change
Victoria Triggs Experience- Bank Coordinator Leadership Victoria
Angela Ireland Manager Family Drug Help
Helen Sykes – Chair of The James Macready-Bryan Foundation; Board member Alzheimer’s Australia Vic
Lyn Swinburne Founder Breast Cancer Network Australia, Priceline Sisterhood Foundation; Royal Womens Hospital
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”