Join our Kindness Challenge


What better way to kick off Meaningful March than by bringing you our very own Kindness Challenge! Join the challenge by March 22nd & complete five tasks in a row, and we will send you an art & craft-pack. Plus an extra prize if you complete them all!

We can hear you thinking…A Kindness Challenge? cool! but what’s that? 🤔

Well, before we give you the big reveal, here are some fun facts about Kindness.

Did you know that there are plenty of Scientifically proven benefits to practicing Kindness?
Tell me more, tell me more!

Practicing kindness can help to increase ⬆️ energy, happiness, oxytocin (the ‘💗 hormone’), and serotonin (the hormone that stabilizes our mood, and helps to create feelings of well-being)

Practicing kindness can help to decrease ⬇️ pain, stress, anxiety, depression, and blood pressure.

Also, did you know that practicing an act of kindness produces a positive ripple effect for those who experience and witness a kind act? It is scientifically proven that witnessing a kind act improves the mood of all witnesses and also makes the witnesses significantly more likely to perform an act of kindness themselves 👏. This means one kind act can produce a positive ripple effect for many 🙌.

And kindness is not just helping others – being kind to yourself is just as important!

Practicing Kindness can do all that?! How do I get involved in this challenge?!

Here’s how to get involved:

  • If you’re new to Livewire, create an account by clicking “Join Now” on the home page. Current members, just login in as usual.
  • Once you’ve joined or logged in, head to the Events tab and sign-up to the challenge by clicking attend on the Kindness Challenge Event by Friday, March 19
  • Start completing some of the tasks on the Kindness Challenge Poster (see the event). The main task in this challenge is Pass On The Kindness!
  • To pass on the kindness a chat-host will send you a message on Livewire with a list of names of everyone who is taking part, by Monday March 22
  • Respond to the chat-host and write a compliment or kind word next to each members name on the list by Wednesday, March 31

Wait… this all sounds cool but what do I get in return?

If you complete five tasks in a row in the Kindness Challenge, we will send you a mindful art & craft-pack! Just post your completed Kindness Challenge poster on the newsfeed by the end of March.

But wait, there’s more!

If you complete all tasks in the challenge you’ll get an extra prize. Is there a task you just can’t do? That is so fine! Choose any random kind task you can do for yourself, or someone else, and let us know you have done that instead.

And on top of getting to experience all the warms and fuzzies that come with being kind to others… at the end of the month we will send you your very own poster (and post a digital copy on the newsfeed) with all the kind things that other members have said about you 😊

💗 ahh the feeeeellllzzz!

Some tips for getting started: 

  • Your compliment doesn’t have to be much – just a couple of words or a short sentence is great! If you want to write something a little longer for a particular member, that’s great! You might just want to send the extended version to them, privately.
  • If you don’t know or haven’t chatted with a member on the list – check out their profile, ask a chat host about them or read something they’ve posted on the newsfeed to figure out what you think is the most awesome thing about them and compliment them for that  😊
  • We will post a document on the newsfeed with a list of positive character traits that you can look over to get a li’l bit of inspo!
Ok folks…Time to go spread that kindness!!

 


Livewire’s Film Festival


Livewire’s short Film Festival is back – Heaps of Prizes to be won! Join Now

Last year, we held the first Annual Livewire Film Festival, and we absoluuuutely loved seeing all of your awesome entries! And so, we thought, why not do it again! If your new here, you can check out some of the awesome entries here.

How does this work?

Well, first off- this is your chance to tell a story. Any story, as real life or as abstract as you want it to be!

Here are the deets..

We are looking for videos under 5 minutes long!
Major prizesssss as always!
You need to upload it to the LW TV page or email them to us at [email protected] either attach the clip (if it’s a short one), or send us a Dropbox, Google Drive, Youtube or Vimeo link (check your settings to make sure it is a public video so we can download it! We will let you know as soon as it is downloaded so you can change the setting back to Private if you wish). Don’t forget to tag @livewirecompetitions
Then, in March  we will have a movie night- a Livewire film festival where we can all hang out and watch all these awesome short films together! Date for that one coming soon!!

But… I Don’t Know How To Make A Movie!

Oh yeah you do!! You just don’t know it yet. There are no limits to what you can make here. A stop motion. An animation. A documentary. An intro to you and your life. A review. A compilation of your favorite dance moves. A slideshow. An abstract. An opera performed entirely by your cats. Your film can be whatever you want it to be, made any way you like.

Plus some the Livewire Hospital teams will be providing us with some workshops through February

Filmmaking is a great way to be creative, fill in your time, and make something cool! As an added bonus, we’ll all get to hang out together (virtually) for our Film Festival, and you’ll get some awesome LW appreciation coming your way!!

So… what are you waiting for? Get planning, get story boarding, and get filming! Need help? That is what we are here for! Ask a chat host for help, ideas, and tips if you need them.


Meet your Livewire REPresentatives


If you want to find out more about what a Rep is, please click here. Otherwise, read on to find out more about who the fantastic Reps are:

Rep_Mackie

Nickname: I have Many MANYY nicknames like Mackie, Mc-Truides, Moodle (rhythms with noodle he he!) Macronie, CHEESE!! Yep and Maccas 😉

What is the best thing about being a Rep: The best thing about being a Rep is all the amazing opportunities to help out the community, talk to new members, and create Content!!!

Favourite colour, food, chocolate, movie and music: Righty-O! my ultimate favorite color is Pink!!!! Favorite food must be SPAGHETTI!! No wait or is it lasagna?? HEHE! Favorite movie would have to be Tangled! I love me some dark cholate and a bit of white cholate every now and again, and I’m more into up beat pop music, like happy upbeat pop music, if that is even a thing!

Hobbies/Interest: I love to read books (consider my self-book worm!) I love to sing and have jam sessions and also play piano!!!

What do you do outside of Livewire: I am secretly a unicorn spreading sparkles and smiles throughout school! But I’m a nerdy unicorn that wars glasses!

What do you like to do in your free time: I love to make myself a cuppa of Hot chocolate, snuggle in my doona with a book or a movie and doze off into a magical world!

Which actor would play you in a movie about your life: Totally Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon!!!!) from Legally Blonde!!!

What was your favourite character when you were growing up: Sounds strange but – Dora!! She helped me learn most of my Spanish!!!

If you were ice cream, which flavour would you be: oooh hard choice!!! But I’d be the classy Peppermint chocolate chip!!!

If you were an animal, what would you be and why: Nawww a cute little turtle!!! Because they are slow, ready and win the race!!! Yep! I’d be a turtle I’m a slow runner ha ha!

What would be your preferred pet if you could have anything: I’d love a pet chameleon! They are soo cool and cute!! I wish I could change color and blend into my environment.

If you were able to meet anyone throughout all of human history, who would it be and why: I already have!!!! Rebel Wilson!!! She is so darling in person, sweet and totally – knock your socks off Funny!!

Dream job: A Journalist for sure! I’d love to start my own blog one day and study at University!!

Hogwarts House: My fellow Hufflepuffs…. Where are you at???

Rep_Kenzie

Nickname: Kenzie (my first name is Mackenzie)

What is the best thing about being a Rep: The best thing about being a rep would have to be the responsibility! I love the fact that I get to help hosts, welcome new members and run events etc!

Favourite colour, food, chocolate, movie and music: My favourite colour is a light teal/mint! Food; I love lasagne and spaghetti, but I also love mango and watermelon! Chocolate; I love most chocolates, the only ones that I don’t like are ones with nuts, Turkish delete and cherry ripe! Movie; I don’t really have a favourite move, but I love to watch medical doccos! Music; once again I don’t have a real favourite, but I do like Coldplay, Guy Sebastian and many 80’s/90’s songs!

Hobbies/Interest: I love gymnastics and dancing, plus being here on Livewire!

What do you do outside of Livewire: Outside of livewire I attend school, so gymnastics and dancing!

What do you like to do in your free time: Chilling on Livewire, talking to friends, going to the shops and many other things!

Which actor would play you in a movie about your life: I actually don’t really know! Many actors I like don’t really fit this question!

What was your favourite character when you were growing up: As Sabrina may know… Dora! I also loved the wiggles and play school and thought that Dorothy the dinosaur was pretty cool!

If you were ice cream, which flavour would you be: I think maybe a mango sorbet? I love mango 😛 but it has a vibrant colour, just like me 🙂

If you were an animal, what would you be and why: I am not sure! Maybe a meerkat or echidna?

What would be your preferred pet if you could have anything: I really want a puggle (a baby echidna)!

If you were able to meet anyone throughout all of human history, who would it be and why: Wow! Maybe Oprah Winfrey? Or malalah! They are incredible woman that have the most amazing stories and advice!

Dream job: It may seem silly, but a pediatric neurosurgeon.

Hogwarts House: Hufflepuff 🙂

Rep_CharlotteF

Nickname: Char (which autocorrects to Chat sometimes) or have been called Charmander too!

Favourite colour, food, chocolate, movie and music: i love the colour blue (sky blue to be exact!).

Hobbies/Interest: baking, baking, baking! Literally, anything sweet I will make. Recently I’ve been
baking Christmas-inspired food (such as rumballs, white Christmas and gingerbread) but my
favourite thing to bake would have to be biscuits. Also, the more chocolate in the choc-chip cookies,
the better!

What do you do outside of Livewire: I have just graduated year 12, so I spent a lotttt of time
studying. I have just started a job as a medical receptionist and am planning to stay busy with that
until uni starts in Feb/March. I am hoping to do my double bachelor of nursing/psychological science
so I can become a paediatric nurse 🙂

What do you like to do in your free time: I love to go for a swim in our pool, go for a drive (love to
the beach or waterfalls!), or bake. I also enjoy taking our dog Polly for a walk.

If you were ice cream, which flavour would you be: cookies and cream!! Has been my favourite
for years, because you sort of get the best of both worlds in terms of chocolate/vanilla

If you were an animal, what would you be and why: My favourite animal is an owl, however, I am
not as wise as an owl haha so maybe a cat! So i can have 9 lives 😉 oh and I love the fact they sleep
whenever they want!

What would be your preferred pet if you could have anything: Well, I would love to have a
bunny or a turtle as owl’s aren’t exactly legal as pets where I am! I almost impulse bought a turtle
during the second wave of covid haha.

If you were able to meet anyone throughout all of human history, who would it be and why: I
would love to meet myself when I was like 5 just to try and change some of the silly things I’ve done
haha!

Dream job: Paediatric nurse is my first goal, then after that, I would love to work in the PICU/NICU

Hogwarts House: Hufflepuff?

Rep_Dommmm

Nickname: My full name is Dominic but I’m known around here as Dommmm or domino or dome… or Thomas….( Dw it’s a looooooong story)

Favourite colour: Kinda funny as I’m fully colourblind…. but I’ll just say blue…

Favourite food: probably something to do with potato or Mexican

Favourite Chocolate: Probably a flake, twirl or Jaffas

Favourite movie: my favourite movie is probably “we bought a zoo”
Hobbies/Interest: I love sport, love working on most things business-related and entrepreneurial type things also popping by chat and dropping an unusual fact that makes Lori rethink everything and then leaving while rethinks everything after the bombshell I dropped : ) (you’re welcome Lori)

What do you do outside of Livewire: I love most sport or anything that requires being active really but I also work on my business I’m launching “eventually” haha

What do you like to do in your free time: As I said I love being active when I’m up to it, apart from that I don’t mind a good tv series to watch. Also can be seen hanging with my mates which kinda had a hiatus due to COVID popping in to say hi to the world

Which actor would play you in a movie about your life: not sure, my serious answer would be that fetus dommmm could be played by Jacob Tremblay? but we could just find a random brown-haired dude at the shops or something.. would be a lot cheaper to produce the movie and if we save money on the production costs.. we could buy a lot of Sneks

What was your favourite character when you were growing up: fav character off the top of my head? I guess Brum

If you were ice cream, which flavour would you be: Choccy or Neapolitan but only really eat the choc and strawberry

If you were an animal, what would you be and why: That’s a tough question as a lot of animals are misunderstood, uhh I guess maybe a dolphin or giraffe? Maybe a crocodile

What would be your preferred pet if you could have anything: ever since I could talk I would always ask if I could get a pet croc cause why not

If you were able to meet anyone throughout all of human history, who would it be and why: If I could meet anyone I’d probably choose to meet Steve Irwin, I’ve always looked up to him even as fetus dommmm, always used to watch crocodile hunter.

Dream job: My Dream job would probably be an Entrepreneur with a side of philanthropy or owning a zoo/conservation facility, but really anything really that I can make a difference in someone else’s life.

Hogwarts House: 10 points to Gryffindor

Rep_Bridget

Nickname: Whilst my actual name is Bridget, some of you may have know me as Bridgo (my old username) or Bridge (looking at you @tashlw ) or B.

Favourite colour: Blue

Favourite food: Pasta!

Favourite chocolate: Pineapple Lumps and Turkish Delight

Favourite movie: the Martian (surprise surprise)

Hobbies/interest: I looooooove playing AFL and pretty much any sport. Also, anything and everything science!!!

What do you do outside of Livewire: I go to school (in year 12 this year – yikes!), watch a bunch of TV, run around and play sports when I can but 95% of the time you’ll probably find me studyin (at least this year you will) or down a very random, very sciencey YouTube blackhole – I mean what else is YouTube for??

What do you like to do in your free time: well in my VERY limited free time, I spend a fair bit of time researching cool science stuff (or at least I find it cool), I love going for a run/walk/swim/bushwalk when my health decides to cooperate and hanging out with my mates and going to the beach. Oh, and eating, a LOT of eating.

If you were an ice cream, which flavour would you be: strawberry (because it’s my fav!)

If you were an animal, what would you be and why: I reckon I’d be a monkey because then I could muck around and run and swing around trees all day.

What would be your preferred pet if you could have anything: I’d love to get a dog.

Dream job: either a paediatric oncologist (not sure yet whether practising or research) or an astronaut-doctor (like Chris Beck in the Martian – that would be sooo cool hey?)

Hogwarts House: From memory, I think I’m Ravenclaw?


Livewire Weekly – Whats on this week



Whats on this Week


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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!!

Storytelling
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?

Typewriter
Storytelling

* 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!

_____________________________________

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.

Bookshelf full of books

Evolution of the Novel


The novel as we know it is the result of several thousand years of storytelling, a gradual evolution that begins a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away Greece.

Five books survive intact from the 1st to 3rd centuries that are known today as Ancient Greek novels. Written largely on papyrus they are remarkable for still existing in their entirety, many have been completely lost or survive only in fragments. Along with numerous places throughout what is now the Middle East they helped establish the idea of fictional stories, most long form stories at this point were presented as being records of factual historical events.

Skipping forward to the 11th century and across the world to Japan we find the The Tale of Genji. Written by noblewoman and lady-in-waiting Murasaki Shikibu it tells the story of the life and loves of Shining Genji, the son of an ancient emperor. Described as the first true novel the story features several aspects that are now accepted necessities in a novel, it has a central character, a (massive) cast of major and minor side characters, character development, and a sequence of events that follows the central character. One major element it lacks is that of a real plot, instead events simply happen and all 400 characters get older as time passes. This might have had to do with how it was likely written, each chapter being shared with the author’s friends as soon as it was finished with no greater plan guiding the story.

In 1605 in Spain author Miguel de Cervantes published Don Quixote, considered by many to be not only one of the greatest novels ever written, but also the beginning of modern European novels as we know them. Into the following centuries the novel continued to solidify into its current form. Originally considered the shorter cousin of the great epics and romances it became instead the longest form around, spawning the shorter novella in the process.

By the approach of the 20th century plots and themes have begun to diversify, a trend that has accelerated exponentially in the last few decades. We have genres now that would’ve been unthinkable 100 years ago. To this day novels continue to evolve, both in how they’re written and read. We’ve progressed from papyrus to parchment to paper, and now we have dedicated screens on which to read our books.

Novels are exciting (to me at least), and their constant evolution is one of the best parts.

For more discussions on whatever aspects of books interests you just log in or sign up to check out the Livewire Book Club!