Meeting more of our everyday heroes in the Truth to Power Café with Jeremy Goldstein and Lizi Drysdale who says ‘labels are for soup cans, not for people'
Truth to Power Cafe is a global platform for free speech and political activism. Today in the Cafe, we are proud to present Lizi Drysdale, Gold Coast School Teacher, Games Champion and an amazing human being.
Last year I finally managed to overcome a stage four cancer diagnoses, so I am no stranger to illness and the stigma which accompanies it. It takes a lot of guts to deal with that stigma, and the effect it has on our mental health, but it takes even more guts and a whole load of courage to talk about it in public, let alone lead a normal life.
This week I was proud to meet Lizi Drysdale, who is one of the bravest and most courageous souls I have ever met. Despite a debilitating medical condition which has prevented her lungs from growing since age 12, Lizi is a person full of life and wonder.
She says “I am here on the planet for only so long so I’m going to do everything I can to make the world a better place”, so not only has she signed up as a participant in Truth to Power Café’ for Festival 2018, she also works full time as a school teacher and is a games champion, and volunteer for the Opening Ceremony. On Saturday Lizi is running in the Queen’s Baton Relay with her mother, who will pass the baton to her daughter in the 49th and 50th positions, symbolising the passage from one generation to the next. And if all of that isn’t enough, Lizi has crocheted her way into Urchins, whose large scale crocheted sea urchin shells will hover in Appel Park and float over the Gold Coast waterway for the duration of the Festival.
Come meet Lizi and I in the Truth to Power Café. We’d love to see you there.
TO TAKE PART OR BOOK TICKETS IN TRUTH TO POWER CAFE, GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA
In 2018 Truth to Power Café continues its exploration into the power of free speech, and political activism as 24 Gold Coast participants of all ages, beliefs, and backgrounds have up to five minutes to respond to the question: ‘Who has power over you and what do you want to say to them?' before a live audience.
Speaking truth to power has its origins in the anti-war movement but in this era of post-truth, alternative fact and fake-news is widely accepted to mean saying something to those in authority or position of trust who don’t want to hear.
Is it to your parents, a sibling, a politician, lover, landlord, neighbour, sports trainer, carer, religious leader, boss, banker or simply your best friend?
It’s time to tell them the truth before it’s too late.