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Jul
31
2014

Jess Mauboy helps give school something to sing about

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One of our aims here at Telstra is to create a ‘brilliant connected future for everyone.’ And if there’s one place a brilliant connected future couldn’t be more important, it’s in schools. Schools where our children – our future – are being educated.

So, when Jessica Mauboy, one of the Northern Territory’s most famous faces, asked us if we’d be willing to donate some tablets to improve the educational opportunities of the children at Yipirinya High School in Alice Springs, where she’s an ambassador, we were more than happy to oblige!

We joined forces with Samsung and donated forty Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1’s to Yipirinya, along with covers, screen protectors and locks. But we didn’t stop there! We also took the time to educate the students about staying safe online.

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Jul
28
2014

Rina Nemoto, Telstra Ballet Dancer Award nominee, shares her story

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Mesmerisingly beautiful, Rina Nemoto captivates in this breathtaking mini documentary, part of the video series created to celebrate 30 years of partnership with The Australian Ballet.

Check out Telstra Ballet Dancer Award nominee Rina Nemoto’s story, the third in our ballet blog series.

Hi my name is Rina Nemoto. I was born in Tokyo and started ballet when I was three.

When I was little I was always dancing, so my mum took me to a ballet studio and I loved it. When I was 15 I moved to Paris and started studies at the Centre d’art choregraphique franco-japonais. I had two years of classical ballet training with Daini Kudo and Dominique Kalfouni. Dominique is one of my favourite ballet dancers; she was an Etoile (principal dancer) of the Paris Opera Ballet and of Marseilles Ballet. I won a Prix de Lausanne in 2009 and I did an apprentice program for a year with The Royal Ballet. I joined The Australian ballet in 2011.

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Jul
25
2014

Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime, teach a child to read and…

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I’ve always admired Richard Branson as an entrepreneur, so when I spotted he was judging the Talent Unleashed competition, it was an opportunity I couldn’t let pass me by!

Not content with one start up competition, I’m also currently participating in the Telstra sponsored start-up accelerator program muru-D. It’s through muru-D that I’m taking my start-up, Chatty Kidz, to the next level – seeing what difference I can make to the lives of millions of children across Australia.

Chatty Kidz was born from the need to create a meaningful connection with my family around the world. The result is an app that effectively turns “iPad time” into family time, providing a platform for families and communities to stay connected through content, education and video chat.

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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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