Make a Difference

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. 

Thank you for your contribution

MAD Speakers 2008 – 2018

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 HepworthThe Ghandi ExperimentEducation Today, Society Tomorrow

Jeanette Kinahan Director Work Health Systems; Conflict Resolver, Work Health Well-being & Injury Adviser 

Carolyn Tate The Slow School of Business ; Author; Speaker; Strategist and Director of The Slow School of Business

Lance Picioane Founder & Chair of LMLY  Love Me Love You  Former AFL footballer

Emma Manks Education Coordinator, The Butterfly Foundation

Alexander WilkinsonJ.R.Lugg Foundation

Heather Thorne, OAMResearch 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 AMFounder & 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

Annemaree Rowley  Principal  Cool Calm and Collected    The East West Overseas Aid Foundation

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

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“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
Anne Frank

Next MAD Dinner

Monday 21 March 2018
6 – 9.30 pm
Railway Hotel
29 Chapel St, Windsor       

The Next Generation – Ideas to Create a Difference

Jess Boyden is the Director of Youth Social Enterprise at YMCA 

Jess has over 12 years of experience in Australia, Mexico and India developing start-up programs and initiatives in the international aid and local community development space.

She is currently the Director of Youth Social Enterprise at YMCA – introducing young Victorian’s to social enterprise through workshops, behind the scenes tours and the Youth for Causes accelerator program which supports students in years 9-11 to bring a social enterprise idea to life. 

Bicycles for Humanity


Andy Gild is the President & Co-Founder of  Bicycles for Humanity

Bicycles can change lives! Every year in Australia 1.5 million bikes are sold across Australia- It is estimated that around half of these will end up unused or abandoned. Since 2008 Bicycles for Humanity have been putting this huge resource to work in some of the poorest countries in the world. Join us to hear how this adventure started and how these container loads of unused bikes change lives and communities.