For the third year, we asked amazing Australians doing great things to apply for a share in $1million in AMP Tomorrow Fund grants. From the thousands who shared their goals, 53 have been named 2016 AMP Tomorrow Makers.

AMP’s Tomorrow Fund opens again in April

Meet AMP’s Tomorrow Makers

AMP Tomorrow Makers come from all walks of life and locations, abilities and interest. What they share is a determination to positively impact our community.

Our 53 AMP Tomorrow Makers 2016 are made up of artists, athletes, social innovators, scientists, educators, entertainers, entrepreneurs, filmmakers, fashion folk, musicians and medical researchers, all working towards their goals across a huge variety of fields.

These determined individuals are sharing in $1 million in grants to help them take it to the next level.

Read more about them here and watch their videos.

Yarrie has just the tonic

Yarrie Bangura’s carefree childhood in Sierra Leone was disrupted when the civil war came to her home country. Her family fled to Guinea where she worked in a market at the age of nine. After experiencing poverty and trauma for many years, Yarrie and her family were accepted by Australia to start their lives over.

Her motivation for setting up an organic ginger beer business while studying international development at university is to make the most of the second chance she has been given.

Now Yarrie wants to contribute to Australia by bringing this healthy, traditional African drink to the community. Sold as Aunty’s Ginger Tonic, her drink is already a hit at Sydney food markets.

“We make it for special social occasions. It’s refreshing, it’s a tonic and it’s delicious.”

Yarrie’s goal is to supply cafes, grocers and provide job opportunities.

“I would like to employ people who are disadvantaged, especially those from a refugee background who might be struggling to find work.”

Watch Yarrie’s video here.

Are you AMP Tomorrow Maker material? Apply in 2017.