Jamie Durie is a qualified horticulturalist and multi-award winning international landscape designer based in Australia and the United States. Founder and Director of his design firm, Durie Design, he is also the author of nine best-selling books including 100 Gardens, Jamie Durie's The Outdoor Room, Outside, The Source Book Editions 1 and 2, Inspired, Outdoor Kids, The Outdoor Room and Patio-Garden Design and Inspiration. Jamie has hosted many television shows in Australia and the United States, with his core show, The Outdoor Room, currently airing in both countries. He also publishes a magazine under the same title. To find out more about Jamie visit applesandpearsentertainment.com.au/artist/jamie-durie Watch my video
Peter Vlahos has had a love for media and was fortunate to land his first job straight out of high school. He commenced his career at 6KG in Kalgoorlie , working as a radio announcer , playing the music, calling the goldfields football and doing about everything else that is required of you in country radio. He landed a job as announcer and sports contributor at community station 6NR, where overtime he concentrated on developing his sports broadcasting skills at the expense of music announcing. Eventually he was given the role of Sports Director, pioneering the station into AFL football, cricket and soccer programming. Out to sample the big smoke, Vlahos then headed to Sydney where he landed a job with SBS Television as a sports presenter and did some radio work with 2SM. During his time in Sydney, he covered World Cup soccer tournaments and other major sporting events. He returned to Perth to help launch Sky Channel butVlahos had a passion for radio which lead him to 6PR, where he has been since 1998. Peter joined Channel Nine Perth in 2006 where he has been a key figure in the Nine News team reporting on all things sport. In 2014 He continued his television career at Channel 7 as a sports reporter. Included among the big sporting events Peter has covered are the Sydney and Athens Olympics plus many AFL Grand finals including the 1992 and 1994 premierships also 2006 and 2018.
Basil Zempilas is a busy boy. As well as presenting sport on Seven News Perth Monday to Thursday, he flies to Sydney every Friday to host Weekend Sunrise for the Seven Network. He also calls AFL football and Swimming for Seven and has been to seven Olympics as a host and commentator. On top of his TV commitments Basil anchors the 6PR Breakfast program alongside Steve Mills and is one of Perth’s most sought after MC’s and after dinner speakers.
Amy Zempilas is a proud wife to Basil Zempilas and mum of three. She also has a successful lifestyle blog, Absolute Amy where she shares recipes, lunch box ideas, parenting, style and much more. This is Amy’s second year supporting Give A Feed and she’s very honoured to be packing hampers for families in need.
Paul Moore was just 10 years old when his young body shook with its first panic attack. He was reading aloud in class when beads of sweat started to drip on to the pages in front of him. His hands were shaking, his vision blurred and, not being able to see the writing clearly, he stumbled on a word. “The kids around me started laughing, and I looked up and saw everyone staring at me like ‘What is wrong with you?’ ” Paul remembers. “That moment of embarrassment kicked off everything for me.” Over the years, Paul silently fought his secret battle. He couldn’t read aloud again or sit next to a girl without having a sweat attack. Paul now runs a thriving Film and TV acting studio in Melbourne. To find out more about Paul visit mooregrace.com
The five-time NBL Best Defensive Player is poised to be ranked amongst the best NBL defenders of all-time. 2014/15: Perth Wildcats captain Damian Martin again led from the front in 2014/15 as won of the team’s best performers. He continued to terrorise opponents with relentless defensive pressure, coming up with a league-leading 81 steals for the season – including nine against Sydney in October. He averaged 6.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game on his way to being named the NBL’s Best Defensive Player for the fifth straight season. He scored double-digit totals on five occasions, and grabbed five or more rebounds on 10 occasions and five or more assists on nine occasions. Damian Martin captained Australia’s under-20 team to a world championship in 2003, defeating the USA in the gold medal game. He then attended Loyola Marymount University before making his NBL debut for the Sydney Spirit in the 2008/09 season. The Perth Wildcats recruited Martin in 2009 where he became a Championship player with the club in his first season. He also captained the team to the 2014 Championship. Throughout his career, he has averaged 7.3 points per game, 5.2 rebound, 3.4 assists and 2.1 steals. To find out more about Damian visit wildcats.com.au
Samantha Jolly is the face of Weather and the 4pm News bulletin on Channel 7 Perth. After 6 years in radio, Sam made the move to television. During her time reporting, she specialised in the court, police and health portfolios. When she’s not presenting the News or bringing you the latest weather, Sam’s number one love is spending time with her family. She is married and mother to two gorgeous boys. Sam also likes to push herself to the limits to be challenged. She is a keen runner and counts completing her first marathon in 2014 as one of her biggest personal achievements.
Aaron is the host of Zoom TV and the Creative Director of Imagination Media, a multimedia production and creative marketing company. Imagination Media have produced more than 450 episodes of commercial television including; Zoom TV, IwannaB and Real Estate TV (The West Real Estate Program) and have also produced over 500 television commercials for brands across Australia. Growing up in the country with 12 siblings, Imagination Media’s Aaron Pitt excelled at being the classroom clown — and it’s this love of performing that forms the foundation of his career today. “To get noticed in such a large family, I had to learn to be good at it performing,” Aaron said. “I used it to camouflage my struggle with reading and writing. It took a long time for my teachers to work out that I was dyslexic, especially when I was making them laugh.” When I came up with the name Give a Feed, I thought it was a good way to get peoples attention and if we did that we could then educate them of the hunger issues here in WA. And I knew if we did that, the people here in WA would support it, because West Aussie support each other, its what we do.
Brendan Pang is a young aspiring cook and ex-reality tv contestant. Based in Perth, Brendan’s passion for food developed as he grew up in a large Mauritian family surrounded by talented home cooks. Brendan describes having loved everything about food for as long as he can remember, from watching his Dad pick fresh mangoes from the tree out the front of his family’s house to sitting around the dining table with his Grandmere learning how to prepare wontons. In 2018, Brendan applied for MasterChef Australia and before he knew it, he was set off on an adventure that would change his life. He left his job as a social worker in Broome, sold most of his belongings, moved back home to Perth and in the blink of an eye went from making it through judge’s auditions to the top 10. Brendan describes his style of cooking as “honest” in that he cooks food he loves to eat whilst using fresh local produce where possible.
Peter Rowsthorn is a high energy, fast paced stand up comedian one minute and a measured character actor the next. A masterful MC of corporate and private functions, he has been performing his slick & blistering stand up for three decades. Most recently, Peter has appeared regularly on "Thank God You're Here" series 1, 2, 3 and 4, popped up on "Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation" and can currently be seen hosting the delightful “Can We Help” on the ABC on Friday nights. But Peter is probably still best known as long-suffering husband and pants-man Brett Craig on “Kath & Kim”. Peter is now living in WA with his family, working on projects all over the country. peterrowsthorn.com.au
Wayne Smith is the Dealer Principal of City Toyota, which has become one of the most successful Toyota Dealerships in Australia. City Toyota has received the highest accolades for sales, servicing and customer service and recently Wayne was awarded the President’s Award, which is the highest individual accolade awarded by Toyota Australia. Wayne wanted to find a way to be a good corporate citizen, give back to the community and help people in need. He started www.helpfeed1000.com.au in 2012. His idea was to raise enough money to donate 1000 Foodbank Christmas hampers to 1000 families, and it worked. Later this changed to www.giveafeed.com.au as they planned to increase the target from helping 1000 families to 2,500 families in need. Wayne and his wife Joanne have two children who help each year to pack the Give a Feed hampers. As a family, they are always willing to donate their time and resources to help brighten the lives of others in their community, especially those who may be going through challenging times. Wayne believes in leading by example, a value that has contributed to the success of Give a Feed.
Celebrity dancer and Perth born Carmelo Pizzino shot to fame in 2006 making his “Dancing With The Stars” debut, already famous in the dancing world with a world number 1 title under his belt Carmelo quickly became an audience favourite with his flawless moves and infectious charisma. After ten years on the hit show Carmelo has been partnered with some of the most high profile celebrities, making his debut with legendary actress Noeline Brown, making the grand final with chess grandmaster Arrianne Caolili and again the following year with television presenter Kylie Gillies. Carmelo has then gone on to partner Tamara Jaber, Lara Bingle and in 2012 television icon Kerri-Anne Kennerly providing the show with some of the most memorable and entertaining moments. Sally Obermeader, Olympian Libby Tricket, Lynne Mcgranger from Home & Away almost got the mirror ball trophy. In 2007 Carmelo was given the opportunity to join “Floorplay” world tour, touring Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Japan, Europe, Canada and the US. In 2013 & 2014, Carmelo was an Australia Day Ambassador, which saw him travelling to regional Australia to celebrate the naming of various Australians of the Year. A confident, well-spoken and experienced media personality Carmelo can be seen regularly on network T.V In 2014 Carmelo moved back to his hometown Perth to continue his work in entertainment. In this time he has established his own company Carmelo Entertainment. CE, is a creative led production company that creates exceptional live entertainment for all audiences. With 20 years experience in delivering entertainment Carmelo works with local, national and international artists to create shows that evoke emotion, buzz and a lasting impression. Carmelo and his team engage the best dancers, singers and performers to stage a show to best effect in delivering the ‘wow’ factor to all audiences. As Artistic Director, Carmelo creates a vision, and then overseas and directs all the artistic activities to produce a live show. His passion, experience and knowledge of live entertainment plays a vital role in producing quality entertainment.
Simone Allen is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, an Advanced Sports Dietitian and was a Board Member of Sports Dietitians Australia for 11 years. Simone works with several sporting groups including being the Sports Dietitian for West Coast Eagles. Simone is also lecturing in Exercise and Sports Nutrition at Curtin Uni and understands the importance of good nutrition. Simone was a Rhythmic Gymnastics Coach for 15 years, travelling annually with the WA State team. Simone loves racing in the Busselton and participates most years in the Half Marathon and Jetty Swim in February each year and has completed Busselton Ironman for many years.