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For the fourth year, we asked amazing Australians doing great things to apply for a chance to share in our $1 million AMP Tomorrow Fund. From the thousands who shared their goals, 45 have been named 2017 AMP Tomorrow Makers.

Congratulations to you all!

Are you AMP Tomorrow Maker material?

Meet AMP’s Tomorrow Makers 2017

AMP’s Tomorrow Makers come from all walks of life and locations, abilities and interests. They share the determination to make a positive impact on the community.

This year’s 45 grant recipients include athletes, social innovators, scientists, educators, entrepreneurs, musicians and medical researchers, all working towards a better tomorrow.

These inspirational Australians are sharing in $1 million in grants to help achieve their goals.

Read more about them here and watch their videos.

Simone’s safe haven for all

Former judo champion Simone has long stood up for society’s most vulnerable members. She spent several decades working in community services in Sydney, both as a social worker and counsellor.

When Simone and her family moved to the Gold Coast, she was dismayed to discover that domestic violence was just as prevalent there.

Understanding that women often stay in violent relationships for fear of leaving their pets behind, Simone set up The Sanctuary – a refuge that welcomes animal companions. With her husband, she bought property and then recruited volunteers to help create a safe haven.

The pets stay with women and children in units, which Simone and her supporters have made welcoming and secure. The refuge also offers support services and activities to help women build healthy and independent futures.

“Our refuge plays a small part in solving the problem of domestic violence by offering a healing place to women and children and a safe space for much-loved pets who, after all, are part of the family.”

Watch Simone’s video here.

AMP’s Tomorrow Fund opens again in 2018.

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Lana Borg

Cook, community champion
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Andrew Gardner

Neuropsychologist, concussion expert
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Natasha Maguire

Family respite provider, mother
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Rowan Kunz

Educator, career mapper
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Simone Patterson

Refuge operator, counsellor
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Huy Nguyen

Engineer, social entrepreneur
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Nigel Farrow

Medical research scientist
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Sam Marwood

Social innovator, scientist
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Jodi Rowley

Conservation biologist, frog lover
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Nipuni ‘Nip’ Wijewickrema

Disability advocate, social innovator
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Tomonori ‘Tom’ Hu

Scientist, start-up director
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Ram Khanal

Medical student, humanitarian
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Bronwyn King

Radiation oncologist, anti-tobacco campaigner
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Thomas Kuys

Engineer, entrepreneur
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Yirrmal Marika

Singer, songwriter, role model
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Alexandra Kiroi

Rhythmic gymnast, future Olympian
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Anthony Cox

Film editor, arts champion
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James Woolcock

Bicycle designer, engineer, manufacturer
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Laura Dagley

Medical research scientist
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Dor Achiek

Community leader, youth advocate
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Jo-Ann Wolles

Indigenous chef, entrepreneur
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Vanessa Rauland

Carbon nerd, researcher
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Cindy Chen

Community leader, entrepreneur
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Graeme Clancy

Teacher, inclusive sports advocate
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Kristina Cook

Medical researcher, cancer scientist
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Saba Abraham

Social entrepreneur, restaurateur
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Laura Egan

Social entrepreneur, business champion
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Mark Gardner

Micro-business advocate, proud dad
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Samantha Hall

Built environment consultant
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Troy Hawkins

Body transformation specialist, motivator
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Dave Horsley

Film festival director, mental health advocate
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Xiaowei Wang

Medical researcher, imaging innovator
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Brett Krause

Forest builder, community champion
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Harry Mitchell

Jazz pianist, composer
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Tayanah O’Donnell

Climate adaptation expert, author
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Sean Pollard

Snowboarder, Paralympic hopeful
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Nathan Quinell

Chef, author, disability champion
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David Suggett

Marine biologist, coral researcher
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Bec Sandridge

Singer-songwriter, regional champion
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Olga Shimoni

Scientist, innovator
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Emma Tomkinson

Social impact analyst
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Kai Watts

Soccer star, inclusion advocate
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Ella Wooldridge

Triathlete, aspiring Olympian
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Bigali Hanlon

Community builder, gardener
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Courteney Brown

Budgeter, social media maven