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Jul
21
2014

Help out by staying in to support White Ribbon

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Most of us consider our homes and communities to be safe places. Unfortunately, we know that for too many women and children, this is not the case.

At Telstra, we are proud to be a long-time supporter of White Ribbon, a male-led campaign to raise awareness and prevent violence against women. For me, this campaign is about raising awareness of this issue that affects so many Australians. Did you know on average, one woman is killed every week as a result of intimate partner violence in Australia? And domestic and family violence is the principle cause of homelessness for women and their children.

Violence against women is everyone’s issue. The victims are our mothers, our wives, our sisters, our daughters, our colleagues and our friends – across all age ranges, levels of wealth and education and backgrounds. It’s an issue for men because men must be part of creating a culture in which violence is unacceptable.

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Jul
21
2014

Jade Wood, Telstra Ballet Dancer Award nominee, shares her story

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Light, colour and spectacular movement… this is ballet like you’ve never seen before.

To celebrate 30 years of partnership with The Australian Ballet, Telstra has captured the incredible talent of this year’s six Telstra Ballet Dancer Award nominees in a new mini documentary series.

This is Jade Wood’s story, the second in our ballet blog series. 

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Jul
18
2014

Rise For Alex Telethon shows what it means to care

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Whatever your taste in footy, there’s no doubt Alex McKinnon’s story has touched the hearts of Australians from all walks of life.

Earlier this year Alex – an NRL player with the Newcastle Knights – suffered a career ending spinal injury and now faces a challenge to walk again.

However, in the face of such a harrowing tale, support from the Rugby League and wider Australian community has been nothing short of awe-inspiring.

The week marks the launch of the “Rise for Alex” round to raise money for McKinnon, and Telstra stood with the NRL Footy Show to kick off proceedings with the Rise for Alex Telethon last night.

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Jul
16
2014

Digital literacy in a connected world; how we stay safe online

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Cyber safety is one of the key pillars of Telstra’s Digital Inclusion strategy. We want to ensure our customers are equipped with the confidence, knowledge and skills to have a positive experience in the digital world.

Telstra commissioned the University of Western Sydney to write a report exploring the unique behaviours and risks that face children, young people, adults, seniors and parents in their online engagements. The report identifies the most effective cyber safety strategies to specifically address each age cohort. We hope Addressing the cyber safety challenge: from risk to resilience contributes to the broader, community-wide discussion on cyber safety.

Here, lead author Amanda Third, discusses one of the key themes of the report – the importance of digital literacy to cyber safety.

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Jul
15
2014

Cristiano Martino, Telstra Ballet Dancer Award nominee, shares his story

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To celebrate 30 years of partnership with The Australian Ballet, Telstra has captured the incredible talent of this year’s six Telstra Ballet Dancer Award nominees in a new mini documentary series. These videos fuse colour, movement and artistic expression with the dancer’s personal stories.

For six weeks from today, Telstra Exchange will provide more insight into these young dancer’s lives as they share personal stories on everything from balancing their personal life within hectic dance schedules and the experiences they encountered studying abroad to discovering their secret passions outside of ballet.

Hi, my name is Cristiano Martino. I am 21 years old and have been a member of The Australian Ballet since the start of 2013. I began dancing at age ten and trained at the Barbara Jayne Dance Centre in Adelaide before moving to the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne in 2009.

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