Fundraising Project

Note: Not really science related, but I want to have something online I can send people to.

Heather Corinna

Heather Corinna

All through this year, and quite possibly the start of next, I’m going to be fundraising to bring Heather Corinna out to Australia. There are multiple reasons for this:

1) Heather is my idol (or as she would say, shero). She, close to single handed, founded and built the website Scarleteen which has provided accurate, thoughtful, feminist sex education to tens of millions of teenagers worldwide. The term “sex education” would convey to many an impression that is overly narrow. Body image, surviving abuse, sexual and gender identities, relationships advice are all amongst the things Scarleteen covers in a thoughtful, accessible and empowering way along with the contraception and safe sex that might be more widely anticipated. Thousands of young people have had their questions answered on the discussion boards, there is an instant messaging service for those with urgent needs. However, Scarleteen is only one, albeit the largest, of Heather’s remarkable projects. I want my friends to meet her, and her to meet my friends.

2) There are a number of places/events in Australia that want Heather to speak, but getting her here has been too hard until now.

3) Heather is also a remarkable photographer (some images NSFW) and for some time I’ve had an idea for a photographic project and not been able to find anyone in Australia with the unusual combination of skills required to make it happen. I think Heather has them and is keen to try (and no, despite that NSFW warning, no one will be getting their clothes off for this).

4) Heather tells me she’s always had an ambition to see Tasmania, and given the ridiculously small amounts of money she is paid to run Scarleteen, that looked an impossible dream. Since I think she deserves a holiday more than just about anyone I know, I’d like to make it happen.

Doesn't this woman look like she needs a holiday? Let's give her one.

Doesn’t this woman look like she needs a holiday? Let’s give her one.

I’m putting quite a bit of money into making this work, the photography is my project after all, but I can’t stretch to the full costs. My guess is after speaking fees and my input we’ll be about $1500-$2000 short, which I am trying to fundraise. My current plan is one trivia night (probably in November) and maybe 3 film nights dotted through the year, the first being this one at Cloud Atlas. I realise that some of you are probably getting sick of all the fundraising events I invite you to, but so far everyone has been too polite to say so, so this year it is going up a notch while I get this done, while also trying to not interfere with the fundraisers for other causes (reminder about the astronomy and poetry night for solaraid, while I am at it).

And if you have the slightest doubts about the need for Scarleteen, you might want to consider this.

About Stephen Luntz

I am a science journalist, specialising in Australian and New Zealand research across all fields of science. My book, Forensics, Fossils and Fruitbats: A Field Guide to Australian Scientists is out now through CSIRO Publishing. I am also a professional returning officer for non-government organisations. I'm very politically active, but generally try to restrict this blog to scientific matters.
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