July 23, 2012
Fronting the cover of this year’s Sydney White Pages® books is seven times world champion surfer Layne Beachley and Pink Hope founder Krystal Barter, selected for their efforts helping others.
Layne is recognised under the theme, A Helping Hand, The Aussie Way, on the cover of the White Pages® Sydney Business and Government book.
In 2003, Layne established the Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation to provide financial and moral support to young women with big dreams. Having struggled to make ends meet early in her surfing career, Layne hopes her foundation will allow girls to focus on their goals.
Since its inception, Layne’s foundation has provided more than $400,000 in funding to hundreds of ambitious young women, including athletes, budding marine biologists and environmentalists. The grants help recipients afford costs including travel and tuition.
Involved in all aspects of the foundation, Layne chooses the grant recipients, meets them and motivates them to strive for success. She also uses her profile to encourage others to support the foundation and its goals.
Having juggled four jobs early in her pro surfing career, Layne’s motivation is making success a much smoother ride for others.
“By providing the support I could have used in those early years, this foundation is really making a difference in helping talented young women – it has also made retirement more rewarding than I could have ever imagined,” Layne said.
“When young people pick up the White Pages® this year, I hope it inspires them to keep striving to reach their goals, no matter how unrealistic or hard they might seem at the time. The exposure will also raise awareness of the challenges facing some of our most talented and aspiring young people.”
Also recognised under the theme, but on the cover of the White Pages® Sydney Residential book, is Krystal.
In 2008, after being diagnosed with the BCRA1 gene and undergoing a preventative double mastectomy, Krystal established online support network Pink Hope from her hospital bed. Dedicated to inspiring, supporting and informing women at high risk of breast and ovarian cancer, Pink Hope has more than 1250 forum members, 28,000 social media followers and 100 national ambassadors.
Determined to increase breast and ovarian cancer support services, Krystal has mentored high risk women and raised more than $250,000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Each year she travels to schools, community centres and service groups to raise the profile of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer and motivate women to proactively monitor their health.
Operating Pink Hope out of her own home, Krystal has built an inspiring resource that continues to help women with the click of a mouse.
“I feel blessed to be able to use my personal experience to help others. I hope this recognition builds awareness of the support out there for women at high risk of breast and ovarian cancer and inspires them to look positively to the future,” Krystal said.