Not Just a World Record Attempt: Rachael’s Fight for Huntington’s

First published in Orange City Life, 17 August 2017

Tireless advocate for Huntington’s Disease, Rachael Brooking, shares her gut-wrenching story behind the upcoming redhead world record attempt.

The upcoming world record attempt to gather as many redheads as possible to our humble city of Orange is gaining great momentum, with celebs on board and news coverage Australia-wide. While that’s fantastic, it’s important not to forget the underlying reasons behind this massive feat: to raise awareness and funds for Huntington’s disease, a rare disorder which has affected organiser Rachael Brooking’s life in confronting ways. Continue reading

Earning My Place: Jamie Stedman’s High Impact Life

Jamie ‘Stedo’ Stedman has lived a few different lives… he discusses drugs, family, death (his own), and his view on finding ‘purpose’. 

When I first met Jamie Stedman, ex-prison officer and current editor of Orange City Life, I immediately liked him. Not sure why, but that’s how it works for me. Over the next few years, I changed my mind several times as we butted heads big time, but I always came back around. On this particular day when we first met, Stedo and I were introduced, we exchanged hellos, and that was it – I knew he was an alright bloke.

What I didn’t know then, and wouldn’t for years, were the colourful stories that shaped who he is, or who he chooses to be. A man of loyalty, bluntness, defensiveness, humour and often pig-headedness. It’s a lot easier to understand him when you discover where he’s been: a kid who tried his best to look after a dysfunctional family; who hid heroin in piles of pigeon shit from his mother; who has died twice with a cricket ball through his spleen. And that’s not even half of it. Continue reading