Hatrack Heroes!

Hatrack Heroes!

Have you ever wondered about the “glamorous” lives led by beautiful cabin crew or well-navigated pilots? Well, it’s not necessarily about the shopping we might do, the beaches we sun-bake on, or the hotels and restaurants we frequent. In fact, it is often about experiencing countries from the farthest corners of the globe, and seeing first-hand the many sad and horrific situations faced by these societies. As a result, many selfless airline crew are deeply involved with a number of lesser-known charities and non-profit organisations around the world, dedicating their time and money toward helping the disadvantaged. Whether it be vulnerable children, migrant worker conditions, or perhaps animal cruelty, Hatrack Heroes! aims to raise awareness of these organisations, and give you an insight into their day to day lives. In this podcast we find out what these charities are doing, who they are, and how they are dealing with the issues faced. By listening, we hope these emotional and heartwarming stories will impact you in some way, even if it just makes you THINK!

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May 3, 2021 20 min

Take yourself back a number of years, and picture the endless lines and groups of humans as they tried to escape the horrors of their homeland, and embark on a journey into a new country, a safe country. The refugee crisis was in full swing... young men, families with children... all striving for a better life, and in many cases, striving for life.

The image captured from this was one that our guest, Rando Wagner, experienced first ...

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Take yourself back a number of years, and picture the endless lines and groups of humans as they tried to escape the horrors of their homeland, and embark on a journey into a new country, a safe country. The refugee crisis was in full swing... young men, families with children... all striving for a better life, and in many cases, striving for life.

The image captured from this was one that our guest, Rando Wagner, experienced first ...

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April 19, 2021 28 min

Having experienced a sometimes tough upbringing back in her home country of the Philippines, we chat with Zen who tells us a bit about her journey from her childhood until now as she enriches the lives of children across the country through her vision of 'Seed', and also enriches the lives of those who are struggling over in the Middle East.

A simple memory of a kind-hearted person offering the young Zen a bowl of porridge w...

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April 12, 2021 30 min

Having experienced a sometimes tough upbringing back in her home country of the Philippines, we chat with Zen who tells us a bit about her journey from her childhood until now as she enriches the lives of children across the country through her vision of 'Seed', and also enriches the lives of those who are struggling over in the Middle East.

A simple memory of a kind-hearted person offering the young Zen a bowl of porridge w...

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April 5, 2021 28 min

"The more you give, the more you get", mantra we should all live by... as per the quote on Nu Skin's website, and also as per the upbringing of our guest in today's episode.

Maria, crew with Emirates Airline, has embarked on a journey taking in her passion of skincare and beauty, and gently blending it with her natural motherly and maternal instinct.

Sounds like a strange blend, but in fact this is the unique concept ...

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March 29, 2021 29 min

"Many of you have probably heard of the organisation we chat about today. They are most known for their amazing work with the eradication of Polio around the world, but also for fighting disease, promoting peace, and also disaster relief.
Rotary International are a worldwide organisation doing many amazing things around the world, with the help of over one million members... one of whom we are speaking with today.
Ana Mihai Schmi...

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March 22, 2021 35 min

Have you ever had a moment where you've felt vulnerable? A moment where you've felt uncomfortable and with what feels like a minimal amount of control over a situation?

If you have, then you might have a small inkling about what the children of the small town of Senya-Beraku on the coast of Ghana, two hours from Accra feel. However, these children have grown up with this vulnerability staring them in the face every day prett...

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March 15, 2021 37 min

We've been living in a strange and overall depressing kind of world for a while now... Covid has ripped lives apart, physically, mentally, emotionally, financially, and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight.
Many of us have come to terms with the restrictions, and living our lives the best way we can, and this includes the many thousands upon thousands of airline crew who were made redundant throughout this whole time. Ye...

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March 8, 2021 42 min

We've been living in a strange and overall depressing kind of world for a while now... Covid has ripped lives apart, physically, mentally, emotionally, financially, and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight.
Many of us have come to terms with the restrictions, and living our lives the best way we can, and this includes the many thousands upon thousands of airline crew who were made redundant throughout this whole time. Ye...

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March 1, 2021 38 min

Unconditional love is something we get from our parents as a child, no matter how naughty we are... Returning this love when our parents are of an age where they might find it more difficult to complete daily tasks, is something most of us might find tough to do. Yes, we love them... but going that next step and becoming a primary carer might not be our cup of tea.

In this episode, we listen to one such son, and previous guest, Hein...

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February 22, 2021 35 min

Stopping to invest in someone's life could be one of the most magnificent things you could ever do. They could be a stranger on the street, someone you've worked with, or someone you've decided to support on your volunteering journey; But... they could and should also be the people closest to your home.
Our guest today, Simon, we will be continuing our chat in this episode about his journeys to varying parts of our world...

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February 15, 2021 35 min

Have you ever just thought 'stuff it, time to just be spontaneous and dive into the deep end'? If YES, then you know the risk, the excitement, the scariness, the fun. If NO, then you've come to the right place.
Our guest today, is a man of many talents... he's ex-cabin crew, ex-airline dispatcher, ex-ex-cabin crew, a drum teacher, currently works for the council, a husband, and a father of four.
He's also someone...

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February 8, 2021 38 min

Close your eyes for just a moment, whisk yourself away to a beach on the tropical island of Zanzibar, in the Indian Ocean. The wind is lightly blowing through your hair, you smell a fresh saltiness in the air as your feet gently sink into the sand as you walk. You hear the innocent laughter of the children playing in the distance and feel such freedom and joy as these moments are ones to treasure in times to come. Then comes a gent...

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February 1, 2021 33 min

The age of technology is upon us! Everywhere we go, everything we do just about involves us using some kind of technology to survive. Whether it be the supposed simplicity of sending an email, or the more intricate and perhaps vital tasks of online banking or shopping.

It seems, most of us in the Western world have grasped the change in the way we do things, and the majority take it for granted, and think that this is just the norm ...

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January 25, 2021 52 min

As parents/guardians, we have a duty to set our children on a path of growth, of learning, of realising their full potential; The potential we see in them, but more importantly, the potential they see in themselves.

We give our children opportunities to help guide them, including the choice of school, but also extra-curricular activities, whether it be sports or perhaps youth groups.

One organisation in particular, who have been goin...

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January 18, 2021 29 min

It's just one day of every year, one extra special day that we look forward to... maybe not the number attached to it, but a day where we look forward to being spoiled, to spending time with friends, to enjoying some nice food, to having a cake WITH of course candles, and maybe to a cheeky drink. We look forward to a celebration... no matter how old we are.

Imagine this though... you have a child, it's their birthday in a we...

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January 11, 2021 50 min

They say that learning a language is much easier for those at an early age... fewer inhibitions, more time to learn, less to learn, and a brain designed for language learning. If you're like me, you would've also found learning a language to be a difficult task too (due to being an adult), and that has been in normal circumstances. 

But can you imagine being 'forced' to move to a foreign country as a refugee, and NEE...

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January 4, 2021 52 min

From people to animals to nature to climate, our world is one of delicate and natural beauty. Something precious that we all need to look after and to take care of for the generations to come.

Our guest in this episode is Shiela, Mrs Eco International 2019, and ex-crew with Emirates Airline. Her journey has taken her from the Philippines to Dubai and then on to the US, and through this journey she has really taken on board a respons...

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December 28, 2020 44 min

It's 6am, you're waking up to another normal day, if you celebrated Christmas, you are probably getting over the festivities of the day before.

You have your breakfast with your family, and say goodbye to your husband as he heads off to work.

You hear on the radio some news of goings on around the world, including an earthquake many thousands of miles away off the coast of Sumatra. You don't think much of it as it's n...

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December 21, 2020 39 min

Charity work comes in many forms... from taking care of children to animal welfare to refugees. But, had you ever thought that it could involve fashion (besides of course your run of the mill op shop). Well, I for one had never thought about this, until I met ex-Emirates crew Shiela Teodoro DeForest.

Based in Colorado, US, Shiela is putting her skills to perfect use, predominantly with two fantastic organisations... both of which a...

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