Legend Convention has arrived. Celebrating all things pop culture this November!


November. A month like any other…or is it!?

If you answered no to this, and then proceeded to click attending on the Legend Convention event https://my.livewire.org.au/events/legend-convention/ , congratulations! You’ve just collected your first point on the path to being crowned Legend of Legends and scoring some wild prizes along the way!

Throughout the month you’ll have chances to collect additional points by:

– attending one of 12 dedicated trivia events on subjects ranging from Disney to DC, Shrek to Video Games, Musicals and much, much more!

– watching your favourite weekly live streams – Ms Squiggle, Would I LIvewirE To You (WILTY) and Catchphrase.

– attending special events featuring guest artists and experts from the world of comics, gaming and pop culture based craft!

– staying alert (but not alarmed) for other opportunities as they arise.

Prizes will be given along the way – and in even more amazing news – as soon as you’ve joined the Legend Convention group and collected your first 5 points you’ll win yourself your very own Amazon Echo!

We’ll be updating the competition leaderboard daily so stay tuned.

Best of luck in your quest! 🙂


Storytelling aka Kindlemania!!


What’s in it for me?:  A Kindle! Yep, every Livewire Member who submits a story gets a Kindle.

Ok! I’m excited, how do I enter? Great question! All you need to do is become a fully validated Livewire Member then post your story on the Livewire NewsFeed and tag us!

Details, Details, Details:  For everyone who has entered already- thank you!  Your Kindle will be coming to you in September, with all your stories pre-loaded onto it. For anyone who hasn’t entered yet- you can still get a Kindle! Here is how the activity will work for stories submitted after August 31.

  • You must be a fully validated Livewire Member
  • You need to publish your story on the Livewire NewsFeed and tag @livewirecompetitions
  • Your Kindle will be sent to you within a week or two of your story being posted
  • Kindles sent out after August 31 will not have stories pre-loaded on them
  • One entry (and one Kindle!) per person (across the whole activity, not just the extension!)
  • All entries must be your own work, and must be Livewire appropriate (think PG rated)
  • We have 150 Kindles to give away- this activity will keep running until they have all been claimed
  • We reserve the right to refuse entries if they don’t meet these conditions

So by now you might be wondering- what does my Story need to be, to make a valid entry? Well, there a lot of options!

Your Story could be…

  • A poem or lyrics (max 250 words)
  • Short Story (500-2000 words)
  • Kids story (max 250 words)
  • A review i.e. movie, game, book (max 500 words)
  • A letter (max 1000 words)
  • Film, play or musical script (250-2000 words)
  • Storyboard or Comic (min 5 words)
  • Essay (500-2000 words)
  • Article (250-1000 words)

Happy Storytelling, Livewire! Remember, if you have any mates who are eligible for Livewire and want a Kindle of their own- send them our way!

Needs Some Inspo… grab a cuppa and read more below…

Once upon a time a Livewire Member sat down on a cold winter’s night with uggs boots, a cuppa and laptop open. They stared blankly at the white rectangle wondering what story was stirring inside them waiting to be told. Then they had a flash bolt of lightning and remembered the whispering voice of the great writers’ that the best way to overcome writer’s block is to just start. This and the drive to get a kindle just for participating compelled the Livewirian to tap the keys over and over until the page was full and the story had unfolded.

So Livewire as you may tell already this theme is storytelling!!

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Storytelling

The aim: Tell us a story, we all have a budding story in us waiting to tell.

But how?: Get out your pen and paper, iPad or laptop and start writing. Sometimes going for a walk, listening to music or watching a film can be a great way for ideas to come to mind. And if you’re not a fan of typing, perhaps try speech to text! Google it, there are so many out there.

Looking for inspiration your own life and story can be a great start! Think of stories that you love and what you love so much about them?

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* Remember all content needs to be Livewire appropriate (PG rated), and your own work.

Livewire reserves the right to refuse entries if they do not meet the above criteria


What’s On


There is always lots happening on Livewire!

The Know Show fills you in with what’s happening, week by week.

Ms Squiggle is an interactive livestream- can you guess the squiggle before it’s done?

Would I Lie-vewire To You is where you test your skills and see if you can pick the truth from the lie- livestreamed from Queensland Children’s Hospital Starlight Express Room.

CatchPhrase is the ultimate livestreamed game show, streamed from Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital.

Book Club is our monthly book catch up chat room- what have you been reading?

Trivia is your chance to test your trivia knowledge and win cool prizes.

Lena’s Quiz Night is run by one of our awesome mentors.

And Livewire competitions are always running! Register now to see what cool prizes are up for grabs this month.


Livewire is Great- Pass It On!


Do you think Livewire Online is the bee’s knees and have a friend or family member you think should join?

As long as they’re a teen, who is living with illness or disability, or a sibling- if they sign up to Livewire before the end of June EXTENDED 🎉 and become a fully validated member just because you told them how great Livewire is – we’ll give you a $25 Amazon voucher!

If you do tell a friend, make sure you tell us by emailing [email protected] so we can look out for their sign up.

And, the even better news… you can tell as many people as you want – the more people who sign up to Livewire (and become fully validated members), the more vouchers you’ll receive!

We have up to 50 vouchers to give away but this is only for the month of June EXTENDED 🎉 so get sharing!

If you want to send them an email, just copy and paste the below:

Hi,

I’m part of an online community called Livewire that I think you’d really like. It’s free to join and there’s heaps of fun stuff to do like live streaming, game shows, videos, competitions, and live chat.

Livewire is just for teens aged 12-20 and who are living with illness or disability, or a sibling. It’s a place where people just get it and you can really be yourself.

If you want to join just head on over to www.livewire.org.au / www.livewire.org.nz and click join now!

Make sure you let them know I sent you because I’ll get a $25 voucher if you become a fully validated member of the community. It’s a win-win because I really think they’ll love being a part of Livewire!

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The important stuff:

This is only available to current and fully validated Livewire Online Members – that means we have all the important info from you and your parents. If you’re unsure, ask a chat host or reach out to Tash at [email protected]

To become a new member, you must meet the criteria for membership, sign up for the first time, and become fully validated by 30th June 2020 EXTENDED 🎉

Criteria for membership of Livewire: aged 12-20, and living with a serious illness, chronic health condition or disability, or a sibling residing in Australia or New Zealand. Vouchers will only be sent once a health professional or Starlight team verifies the new member meets the criteria for membership.


What we see on social media isn’t always true


Sometimes when you’re scrolling through your social media, it can feel like you’re being bombarded by people living perfect lives. But what you are seeing isn’t necessarily the truth.

When people use different social media, they are choosing snapshots of their lives to share with everyone else.

People post photos of their amazing holidays, their great jobs, achievements they’ve received and presents or new “things” they have bought.

Seeing these “Posts” can make you filled with jealousy, generally followed by guilt or sadness.

The thing is, these “Posts” are generally not the whole reflection of their lives. They are snapshots creating a “Highlight Reel” on your social media feed. People don’t take photos of their worst moments, but rather, they take photos of the moments they are filled with joy or pictures that will help them get the most ‘likes’.

It is only human to want more than what we have. We see what others have, this life that others live and think “Hey, I want that too!”. But remember, what you are seeing is their carefully edited “Highlight reel”. You don’t see their battles, their challenges, and their failures.

As Theodore Roosevelt famously said – “Comparison is the thief of joy.”

How you feel is valid. However, it doesn’t matter what other people’s lives “look like”. Your life has its own highs and hows and they are YOURS. Be kind to yourself and remember that social media isn’t reality.

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If you need help remember you can access Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 and many other services from the post on Livewire Online Here (you need to be logged into the community for the link to work).

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Issue 13 of the Zine has landed!


Issue 13 of the Livewire Zine has landed!
Featuring our Creative Writing Comp winner, lots of cool articles, and contributions from @Guide_Jess, @Guide_AceStace and @erin_jane- and that’s just naming a few of you!
If you’re in the hospital you can grab a paper copy from a Livewire facilitator or Captain Starlight, or you can download it by clicking the Zine cover below!
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Livewire Zine issue 13 cover
Livewire Zine Issue 13 cover

Livewire Quiz Night – first Tuesday of every month!


Quiz Master Mel, the Quiz Master extraordinary will be hosting one of her spectacular quizzes on the first Tuesday of every month.

Do you fancy yourself a pop culture, entertainment, movies and TV gossip ‘know-it-all’?? Well this is the quiz to put that to the test!

Keep an eye out on when the next quiz will take place and see if you can beat Quiz Master Mel at her own game, or just pop in and say hi – she’d love to see you!

Join us at 6.30 pm on the first Tuesday of the month for your chance to win an awesome prize!

Good luck!

Livewire facilitator in the Hospital

Cyber bullying sucks, and here’s how to stop it


Haven’t heard of the Office of the eSafety Commissioner? You’re not alone! A lot of people don’t know it exists. But they should. The eSafety Commissioner provides a fantastic service that everyone on the internet should be aware of.

We like to think of Livewire as the safest place on the internet, so there’s no bullying or nastiness here. Unfortunately, not every social media site has the same rules as we do (nor do they have the same awesome chat hosts, guides, and mentors!). And sometimes the nastiness on social media can get out of hand. Being bullied, harassed, stalked or threatened online is awful. Depending on the interaction, it can also be illegal. There is something you can do about it, and somewhere you can reach out for help.

The Office of the eSafety Commissioner’s purpose is to ensure that people have safe, positive experiences online, and that everyone understands that you should behave just as respectfully online as you would in real life. Their website is filled with useful information and resources, and is a good place to start for help if you or someone you know is being harassed online.

The Office of the eSafety Commissioner also runs a complaints service where you can report cyberbullying and get something done about it. The eSafety Commissioner has relationships with a lot of social media sites, including FaceBook, Twitter and Instagram. If they decide a post is cyberbullying, they can have it removed from the social network it’s posted on. They can also have photos removed that have been shared without your permission, especially if they are of a sensitive nature.

So, if you are being bullied online and need help, here’s some steps you can take to make sure things are sorted out quickly and fairly:

  • Take screenshots. And copy the URL’s of offending posts. Keep a record every time something happens.
  • Complain to the social media service where the bullying is occuring. Lots of platforms like FaceBook and Twitter have a zero tolerance stance on cyberbullying and will remove reported content as soon as possible.
  • Complain to the eSafety Commissioner If the social media site you have complained to doesn’t act quickly enough or refuses to help, or you feel like you need more help, contact the eSafety Commissioner, either online or by phone. They will get the ball rolling on having content removed and support you where you need it.
  • Take care of yourself. Contact Kids Helpline or Headspace for further support and if you need to talk things through. Bullying hurts and it’s almost always a big deal. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

The Internet is a huge place- it’s nice to know there are people on your side who can help out. Don’t be afraid to reach out. And stay safe out there, peeps.

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