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Many have overcome. Gary and Katherina don’t think their lot is anything special because they know that it’s not about them and they don’t do this amazing work for themselves, despite how rewarding it is.
Gary and Katherina were married on 7.7.2020 in the middle of the first Covid-19 wave that struck Australia. A busy, dynamic duo, and made for each other, they refused to be separated and wasted no time in coming together.
They believe the battles they have overcome in life are nothing in comparison to those who are marginalised due to adversity, ability, chronic pain, illness, or skin colour. There is no denying the physical, psychological, mental trauma and pain some must feel every day.
Katherina and Gary are on fire for helping people become the very best version of themselves following much adversity. Between them they have family members living with disability (ASD, Down Syndrome and ADHD). Katherina has grown up with her Austrian single parent Father who spoke English as a second language (after her Mother died of pneumonitis). Katherina then lost her Father in a plane he crashed in 1993 in the Blue Mountains. She has survived an aneurism, a double laminectomy and a duodenum ulcer. In her 30s and 40s she was diagnosed with PCOS, gluten intolerance and went through early menopause. Following all of her health issues, she has made a complete change in lifestyle by eating food for health and medicine. She has an art and design background at the UN and OPEC in Vienna and business and disability qualifications.
Gary’s over 2 decades as a carer of his first wife in her long battle with ulcerative colitis and all the challenges that come with being a hard-working dairy and beef farmer in drought-stricken Victoria can bring, has put them in good stead to serve the community this way. “Gary is my jack of all trades, master of 1 million. My hubby is the most versatile human being on the planet. He installs solar systems, is currently building a shed, can milk a cow, he runs the farm and at 60, still herds the cattle on foot, oversees the running of the biodynamic and organic store in town, develops farm programs for people with disability, is the best husband a girl could ever ask for and he cooks the best omelette in the world” says Katherina.
Their fierce determination to help people was born from their own life trials and a strong belief that using their gifts, knowledge and insight to serve others is where true life and work satisfaction comes from. They think life is too short to sit thinking about what one should be doing to serve others for too long.
They offer their biodynamic farm as a beautiful space for people to immerse in their fabulous programs for people with disabilities and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. People can just ‘sit’ and ‘be’ with the fluffy and feathery animals, give milking a cow by hand a go, throw the stick for Zappa the friendly border collie, have a go at fencing with farmer Gary, help herd the cows on foot, learn to throw a boomerang, toast a marshmallow or two, assist with animal husbandry or with the recycling program, dabble with paper art and paper making with Katherina, pick a sunflower for Mum or a pumpkin to take home for hearty soup. Come and excite all the senses on the sensory trail or just sit and be a while.
Gary and Katherina feel blessed to be in a position to support and uplift those who need it the most in the community on their gorgeous farm. As a team, they are a compassionate, determined, energised, dynamic duo and living proof that miracles happen when we believe, push forward, never give up, trust and believe that all humans are worthy, have great purpose in life, have beautiful gifts to share with the world. Truth and hope remain, but the greatest of these is love.
Gary and Katherina believe that everything is possible with the right supports, resources, time, patience, and love.
To find out how they can help you if you have a disability, your loved ones with disability, or you as a Carer, contact them 20****@ed**************.au" style="font-size: 20px;">HERE.
CEO, Founder, promoter, photographer, artist, programme developer, event organiser extraordinaire
Katherina loves organising events, loves people and hosting dinner parties, loves doing mensa tests, gardening, painting, making paper art, adores animals and she even sings to and names the cows. Most of all, she loves being a wife and mum and working with people with disabilities, people from CALD backgrounds and helping them all shine in a confusing world. She cooks a mean Österreichischer Palatschinke (Austrian pancakes).
All round jack of all trades and master of one million including but not limited to: building furniture and playing with his new sawmill ’til the cows come home, visioning the farm’s future around helping people become the best version of themselves, designing solar systems, electronics, watching the birds nest in our garden, planting native trees, short band radio, apple + rhubarb pie and playing the guitar. He cooks a mean omelette complete with fresh parsley from the garden.
“We make people smile over and over and then our job is done”
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