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Aug
21
2014

Telstra Kids Fund – a million ways to show we care

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For over a decade, Telstra Kids Fund has been supporting the little things that make a big difference to kids’ lives: everything from worm farms to reading nooks, bouncing balls to veggie patches, educational resources to arts and crafts.

Backed by the Telstra Foundation, this grassroots community program has provided thousands of grants to local non-profit groups, helping more than a million kids to play and learn.

At the heart of the program are Telstra employees who nominate where the dollars are donated and help direct the company’s philanthropic giving.  Telstra Kids helps connect children with a brilliant future in the communities where Telstra staff live and work.

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Aug
19
2014

Protect your personal information and be aware of phone scams

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Over the past 12 months, there has been a four-fold increase in comments to Telstra from customers who mention telephone scams.

In most cases, customers made the comments after they were called at home by a scammer and told they need to pay for technical support to fix a problem that doesn’t exist on their home computer. The caller falsely claims they are from Telstra and asks for remote access to the computer.

The criminals operating these scams are trying to sell customers fake software updates, or trick them into disclosing their personal details over the telephone so those details can then be used illegally.

Any attempt to deceive our customers with false information over the telephone is very concerning for Telstra. The fact that most of these scam calls originate from overseas makes it difficult to prevent the calls from being made, so we are likely to see them continue.

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Aug
18
2014

Dimity Azoury, Telstra Ballet Dancer Award nominee, shares her story

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In the final chapter of our six part miniseries, Dimity Azoury paints a picture of her life as a ballerina. We caught up with her to talk about life married to another ballet dancer, being nominated for Australian ballet’s most prestigious prize for young dancers and how she found dancing with paint during the filming of this mini documentary

My name is Dimity Azoury and I grew up in Queanbeyan, NSW. I learnt to dance in Canberra, ACT. I joined The Australian Ballet in 2008 and am now a coryphée. I’ve loved travelling Australia and seeing a lot of the world with the company. I have enjoyed dancing in some of my favourite ballets – Manon, The Merry Widow and Paquita. Some particular highlights have been dancing a Leading Swan in Stephen Baynes’ Swan Lake, and performing Jiří Kylián’s Bella Figura and Petite Mort and Wayne Macgregor’s Dyad 1929.

This is my second Telstra Ballet Dancer Award nomination and it has been such a special year, celebrating the 30-year partnership between Telstra and The Australian Ballet with our very own mini-docs!

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Aug
14
2014

The 2014 NATSIAA awards: connecting through creativity

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When was the last time you visited an art gallery?

I don’t know about you, but for some reason I seem to only visit galleries when I’m on holiday – the last one being the Guggenheim in New York earlier this year.

As life seems to get busier and busier, finding time to drop into the likes of Sydney’s MCA or the National Gallery of Australia seems to slip further down the list of weekend activities.

It’s a shame really, as painting and design were among my best subjects in my final year of high school, yet somewhere along the way I’ve lost that connection that used to bring me so much joy.

Last week I traveled to Darwin for the winner announcement of the 2014 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Australia’s only national Indigenous art award of which Telstra has been a proud sponsor for 23 years.

As we were getting ready for the big announcement, I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at the exhibition featuring the works from 65 finalists from across the country.

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Aug
11
2014

Imogen Chapman, Telstra Ballet Dancer Award nominee, shares her story

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In the latest installment in this six part miniseries, Imogen Chapman experiments with powder whilst displaying the breathtaking power and grace of ballet. This video is part of a stunning series that has been created to celebrate 30 years of partnership with Telstra and The Australian Ballet.

I started ballet when I was just three, and growing up in rural Perth made me very keen to get out and explore the world using ballet as my travelling tool.

I moved to Melbourne when I was eleven to attend The Australian Ballet School and then on to London to take up a scholarship at The Royal Ballet School when I was 15. After graduating, I accepted a position with The Scottish Ballet in Glasgow, and worked there for one year before returning home to join The Australian Ballet, my childhood dream.

This is my fourth year with the company and I couldn’t be happier to be back in Australia, my home.

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