who are we?

drew brauer

Kick On Co-Founder and Chairperson

Age: 31 

Occupation: Musician 

Location: Cairns, QLD 

I believe we all fluctuate up or down on a Mental Health spectrum and we all find ourselves in the red zone at many points in our life, whether it be from events out of our control, or more than likely, situations that have been created by our own thoughts, decisions and actions! I want to help build self-awareness, mental resilience and teach people about the correlation between physical health and mental health to empower the community to make positive changes for themselves, and for their fellow humans to make the world a better and far happier place! 

gus fernandez

Kick On Co-Founder and Treasurer

Age: 46

Occupation: Marketing & Event Manager and Musician 

Location: Cairns, QLD

I find myself compelled to help others. By sharing some of my own experiences and how to overcome times of darkness, I hope to help people believe in themselves and help build resilience. We are living in a very fast paced society where everything is accessible by a single swipe or tap. There are more and more broken families, and the struggle of people’s constant pursuit of ‘happiness’ and living up to that expectation is claiming many lives both young and old. My mission is to ‘connect, empower, and inspire’ through our work and wellbeing programs. 

ryan toth

Kick On Advisor and Secretary

Age: 31

Occupation: Marketing Professional 

Location: Cairns, QLD 

Mental illness affects us all in different capacity’s. It is concerning to me that mental health issues don’t discriminate based on age or gender, this is evident by the frequency I hear about issues within friends and family. I have experienced the black dog personally multiple times through my life and know how lonely it can feel. I simply want to help others any way I can.

connor davy

Kick On Board Member

Age: 25

Occupation: Building Designer 

Location: Cairns, QLD

Mental health has been a common factor in my life, both directly and indirectly through it effecting friends, family or coworkers. I became fed up with hearing things such as 'we had no idea anything was wrong' once someone’s mental health troubles became public and felt more needed to be done to get more people speak up earlier and ask for help. The opportunity to become involved in the charity in its early stages has been a great experience and I’m looking forward to growing the charity and furthering the cause in the years to come.

guy de silva

Kick On Team Member

Age: 33

Occupation: General Practitioner 

Location: Cairns, QLD

To quote the World Health Organisation, mental health is more than the absence of mental disorders. Our mind is an amazing tool. It is through our mind that we experience and interpret reality, enjoy and cope with the ups and downs of life, contribute to our world and realise our potential. Just like the body, the mind needs to be trained regularly, rested, and fed healthy to allow it keep functioning at its best. Life stress and mental disorders are common and can make mental health difficult to manage alone. This is why I feel helping each other through awareness and discussion about mental health, education, treatment and providing support is so important to us all as a community.

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jeanette conway

Counsellor

Website: pathwaytomindfulness.com.au

Email: pathwaytomindfulnesscs@gmail.com

Phone: 0456 554 837

I have a Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling). I work with Adults, Children, and Youth. I specifically help clients tackle Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Conflict Management, Suicide, HSC, Grief, and more!

I'm located in Richmond NSW, however will be available to speak to anyone in Australia.

Life starts outside of your comfort zone.
If you find yourself bored, it’s time for a change.
You create the universe you live in so
DREAM BIG! FAIL! LEARN! GROW! LOVE!

 

Drew Brauer

our ambassadors

  • chanique greyling

    Age: 26

    Occupation: Personal Trainer 

    Location: Newcastle, NSW

    Throughout my childhood I have lived through some pretty traumatic experiences which lead to my younger adult life battling through some challenging times so I relate to the importance of mental health on a highly personal level. Through certain coping techniques, gaining a deeper knowledge about mental health, having a great support system and physical exercise I am now the happiest and strongest I have ever been! My mission is to be able to inspire and aid anyone in need to take back control of their life and show them how they have possessed the power to do so all along.

  • todd carney

    Age: 32

    Occupation: Captain coach Byron Bay Red Devils, f45 Ballina 

    Location: Ballina, NSW

    Todd Carney is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who most recently played as a five-eighth or halfback for Hull Kingston Rovers in the Super League. "Mental health is important to me because I see the affects it’s had on society, close friends and family and myself. It’s a part of life and it needs to be spoken about and taken seriously. I believe that you’re never truly alone, and that everything happens for a reason".

  • shay ryan douglas

    Age: 26

    Occupation: Speaker,
    Designer, and Manager 

    Location: Cairns, QLD

    The human life is so complex yet incredible. With a healthy mind, life is abundant, beautiful and bliss, with the potential to create magic. However, if it’s mistreated, neglected or abused then it has the capacity to self destruct. At the core of the human being is our mind which has the potential for limitless expansion or sacrificial self sabotage. When the mind is strong, the body is healthy. We all have a responsibility to take care of our own state of mind. I really like Joyce Meyer’s quotation “You cannot live a positive life with a negative mind.”

 

contact us

Have you had an experience you want to share or have some feedback after attending a Kick On event or program? Or are you interested in taking part in one of our programs or events?

 

Drop us a line today. We're listening. 

0429 338 295

kickoncharity@gmail.com  

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