Series brings inspirational speakers to town

Adventurer’s story to launch 2017 speaker series.

Adventurer’s story to launch 2017 speaker series.

JEREMY SCOTT: Cycled 52,000km around the world. NZ Herald picture

MAY Day inspiration in the form of a champion kapa haka group and a man’s bicycle journey around the world will launch the 2017 edition of a popular series of talks.

Over the past six years, the Eastland Group Innovation and Inspiration Speaker Series has featured more than 20 speakers including Sir Stephen Tindall, Doug Hastie, Dame Susan Devoy and Sir Ray Avery.

Eastland Group announced that they had signed a new three-year sponsorship agreement with the Gisborne Chamber of Commerce.

“The purpose of this series has always been to generate new conversations among regional leaders, business people, and the wider community. It’s about hearing how other people see the world we live in and challenging the way we see it,” said Eastland Group Chief Executive Matt Todd.

“We’re delighted to continue our sponsorship with the Chamber for another three years, and are taking this opportunity to refresh the format to ensure it’s more relevant and inspiring than ever.

“Now named simply ‘Eastland Group presents’, the series will focus on delivering three outstanding events each year: one genuinely motivating and thought-provoking speaker, one practical business-oriented workshop, and one Mind Lab for Business evening.”

The series launches on May 1, as Eastland Group presents a night of inspiration and adventure at the War Memorial Theatre, beginning with performance by kapa haka champion Whangara Mai Tawhiti.

That will be followed by a talk from adventurer, author and internationally acclaimed speaker Jeremy Scott. Mr Scott had major open heart surgery as a child, and as an adult he set off on a solo bicycle journey around the world. The astonishing 52,000km odyssey through 29 countries took him over two-and-a-half years and raised tens of thousands of dollars for charity.

He was awarded the Australian Heart Foundation ‘Heart Hero’ Award in 2015.

Mr Scott said his presentation would celebrate what an ordinary person can achieve with determination, clear goals, planning and a positive mind.

“I can’t wait to be part of this exciting event, and helping to give you all a night to remember.”

Gisborne Chamber of Commerce chief executive Terry Sheldrake encouraged people to come along for a memorable evening.

“What a fantastic double act," Mr Sheldrake said.

"The best kapa haka group in the country along with an amazing story of a true adventurer crossing all continents on a bike. As a triathlon, multisport and cycling enthusiast, frankly I can’t wait for the first of May. The evening’s entertainment is appealing for all ages across our community, and a must-see.”

The event begins at 7pm and tickets ($15 + GST for chamber members and all groups of six or more, or $20 + GST for the general public) are on sale at gisborne.org.nz or from lena@gisborne.org.nz.

MAY Day inspiration in the form of a champion kapa haka group and a man’s bicycle journey around the world will launch the 2017 edition of a popular series of talks.

Over the past six years, the Eastland Group Innovation and Inspiration Speaker Series has featured more than 20 speakers including Sir Stephen Tindall, Doug Hastie, Dame Susan Devoy and Sir Ray Avery.

Eastland Group announced that they had signed a new three-year sponsorship agreement with the Gisborne Chamber of Commerce.

“The purpose of this series has always been to generate new conversations among regional leaders, business people, and the wider community. It’s about hearing how other people see the world we live in and challenging the way we see it,” said Eastland Group Chief Executive Matt Todd.

“We’re delighted to continue our sponsorship with the Chamber for another three years, and are taking this opportunity to refresh the format to ensure it’s more relevant and inspiring than ever.

“Now named simply ‘Eastland Group presents’, the series will focus on delivering three outstanding events each year: one genuinely motivating and thought-provoking speaker, one practical business-oriented workshop, and one Mind Lab for Business evening.”

The series launches on May 1, as Eastland Group presents a night of inspiration and adventure at the War Memorial Theatre, beginning with performance by kapa haka champion Whangara Mai Tawhiti.

That will be followed by a talk from adventurer, author and internationally acclaimed speaker Jeremy Scott. Mr Scott had major open heart surgery as a child, and as an adult he set off on a solo bicycle journey around the world. The astonishing 52,000km odyssey through 29 countries took him over two-and-a-half years and raised tens of thousands of dollars for charity.

He was awarded the Australian Heart Foundation ‘Heart Hero’ Award in 2015.

Mr Scott said his presentation would celebrate what an ordinary person can achieve with determination, clear goals, planning and a positive mind.

“I can’t wait to be part of this exciting event, and helping to give you all a night to remember.”

Gisborne Chamber of Commerce chief executive Terry Sheldrake encouraged people to come along for a memorable evening.

“What a fantastic double act," Mr Sheldrake said.

"The best kapa haka group in the country along with an amazing story of a true adventurer crossing all continents on a bike. As a triathlon, multisport and cycling enthusiast, frankly I can’t wait for the first of May. The evening’s entertainment is appealing for all ages across our community, and a must-see.”

The event begins at 7pm and tickets ($15 + GST for chamber members and all groups of six or more, or $20 + GST for the general public) are on sale at gisborne.org.nz or from lena@gisborne.org.nz.

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