At Gratefully Yours, ordinary people read letters of gratitude written to the everyday heroes who saved their lives during WWII. This event will highlight the current exhibition, The Righteous Among the Nations – I Am My Brother’s Keeper, which honours non-Jewish people who had the courage and moral fortitude to save the lives of Jews during the Holocaust. 

Speakers at this event include:

Allan Sparkes CV, OAM, VA is one of Australia’s most decorated citizens and one of five Australian heroes to be awarded our highest bravery decoration and civil award, the Cross of Valour. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to mental health support organisations and was further awarded Australia’s 4th highest bravery decoration, The Commendation for Brave Conduct. 
(‘Mr Allan Sparkes CV, OAM, VA’ appears by arrangement with Claxton Speakers International)

Bruce Hopkins (Hoppo) and Trent Falson (Singlets) who are ‘Bondi Rescue’ lifeguards who have saved many lives.

Mendy Litzman from Hatzolah which provides a lifesaving bridge of medical care during the first critical moments of a medical emergency. Their motto is ‘When Seconds Count, Hatzolah Saves Lives’. Since their inception in 2006, they have responded to over 1200 calls for help. Calls cover the vast spectrum of medical emergencies from the severe trauma of road accidents, to falls and respiratory distress. They have equally responded to day old infants and those past their 100th birthday.

Maarten Joustra a Holocaust Survivor from the Netherlands, who was left on a station platform by his parents who were being deported and eventually murdered. His story of survival is amazing.

Noel Zihabamwe a survivor of the Rwandan Genocide who works passionately to improve the lives of refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants to Australia.

Brian Meyerson who received an organ transplant. He has formed a relationship with the sister of the deceased donor and has done amazing work to promote organ transplants.

MC for the event: Michaela Kalowski is an interviewer and facilitator who has conducted radio interviews on ABC Local Radio and RN and has interviewed writers and thinkers from the worlds of arts, science and politics.