Bangari Loves Julie Woods: The Blind Saint from NZ

This is an email I received from Julie Woods, a motivational speaker, and in general a true inspiration to her country, and the entire world. I heard about Julie, a newly wed (congrats!) from another couple who are the antithesis of what Julie stands for…However, ‘nuff said’ about them. It’s time to focus on Julie woods and her mission of inspiration — and support her worthy cause. Bangari’s content producers (from around the world –not many of us, but we are pread out thin!) are currently working on a batch of content that will promote Julie’s Website and her mission, because…

Bangari Content Gallery Loves Julie Woods!

Hey Kevin,

Kia ora and thank you so much for your amazing blog post about me.

What a star you are! I always say it takes an inspired mind to spot inspiration so it says as much about you as it does about me! That’s why I love Operation Trufffle – my project to visit every Intermediate School in NZ.The 10 – 12 year olds are so willing to be inspired. I love them for that.

After the earthquake last year in Christchurch I was in my kitchen on the Sunday afternoon, feeling so overwhelmed, what could I do to help the people of Christchurch. Perhaps I could do what I did best – make truffles.  A random figure of 1000 popped into my mind which fast became our target.

I got on the phone and rallied around volunteers, asked the Intermediate Schools I had visited for notes of inspiration and sought product sponsorship too.

On March 12, at the launch of Otago Access Radio our team of volunteers set about and made the 1000 truffle target.

The truffles were couriered by a local courier company for free and the hot pink boxes were delivered to three Christchurch Intermediate Schools. All truffles were tied with an inspirational message from other Intermediate School pupils around the country.

Here are just some of them:

“Hope you are okay. Something I always say is “hope comes during times of adversity. Good luck!”

“We are all thinking of you at this time. You are amazing people to be standing strong through this. All the best. Stay safe!”

“Remember – Kia kaha – Stand strong people of Christchurch because you’re a kiwi not a loser! Peace out!”

“Be brave. We will always think of you. Be optimistic and positive”

“Don’t cry because it’s happened. Smile because it’s over!”

“Stand strong. Be brave. Never lose hope”

“The darkest part of night is the one just before dawn. Dawn is coming. A little something to brighten your day”

“Think positive! Be brave! Be strong! We are always thinking about you. You have our support”

Aren’t they amazing? And so enlightened.

‘That blind woman’
Julie Woods B. Comm
Inspirational Speaker, Author  and Radio Show Host

“I didn’t realise being blind could be cool!” – Calsey Papatoetoe Intermediate student

Supreme Award Winner – Otago Access Radio Air Awards -2011

Local Hero medal – New Zealander of the Year, 2011

Papatowai Challenge 5 year medal, 2011

Community Spirit nominated – The Star Awards, 2010

Finalist – Attitude TV Awards – spirit section, 2009

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That Blind Woman

“You had the entire town hall engaged and inspired from your speech”
– Michael Collins, Otago Polytechnic

“Move over Jamie Oliver – Julie and her truffles are coming through”
– Donna  Donovan, Yarra Ranges Council Business Support


One response to “Bangari Loves Julie Woods: The Blind Saint from NZ

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