This year, Real Talk will reach their 150,000th person with God’s plan for love, sex and relationships. Recently, Real Talk received praise and support from highly renowned author and podcaster Matt Fradd. Matt is guest speaker at Real Talk’s Annual Fundraising Dinner next month. His podcast Pints with Aquinas receives hundreds of thousands of listens, and he is a passionate speaker on the impact of pornography. His book The Porn Myth: Exposing the Reality Behind the Fantasy of Pornography, published in 2017, is a non-religious response to pornography that draws upon neurologists, psychologists, and various other individual testimonies, to aid men and women in seeking authentic love and relationships.
Matt Fradd lives in the United States, but lived in Brisbane working as an Archdiocesan youth minister in a Parish for a number of years, and is excited to be visiting in May with his wife Cameron and their children.
“I love what Real Talk Australia is doing, it’s close to my heart,” Matt said in a recent public invite to Real Talk’s Annual Dinner.
“Teaching people the truth about human sexuality, the goodness, the beauty of it. It’s so much more exciting and fulfilling than what the world has to offer.”
Employees of the not-for-profit are passionate about living and working for the message of Real Talk.
Gerard Trolove quit carpentry and moved from his hometown in New Zealand to present for Real Talk full time. He speaks to thousands of students, parents and teachers each year around Australia, from major cities to rural towns.
“I don’t actually live in one place,” he said.
“I spend my time travelling the country, speaking about personal identity and self-worth. When people ask me why I live like this, I guess it’s because when I was in high school, I grappled with these topics.”
“If I didn’t have someone encourage me to think deeply about bigger questions in life, like who am I really, what am I created for, I wouldn’t have the quality of life and relationships that I experience today.”
Nikki Lysaght is Real Talk’s full time Primary Schools Manager. Expanding into primary schools to teach holistic, values-based health and sexual education has been a major focus of Real Talk’s growth in the last two years. Nikki worked as an Assistant Principal of Religious Education in a Catholic primary school for ten years, before making the move to Real Talk.
“With rates of sexting and pornography use increasing among younger students, this is a vital area of need,” she said.
“We rely on support, prayerful and financial. Many remote schools want to hear our message but struggle to. Generous donors make visiting those communities possible.”
Real Talk is making a positive impact in the way young people value themselves, value others, and understand the deep meaning of body language. A Year 10 girl said after a recent retreat, “I learnt that no matter what, God always wants the best for us in love and life.”
Managing Director Paul Ninnes recently returned from sabbatical.
“Having just spent dedicated time investing in my own family, I’ve come back with a renewed energy for the important work of Real Talk.”
“I’ve realised again how key healthy relationships are to human flourishing.”
“I’d really like to encourage people to support us by attending our Dinner. Simply and honestly, we really need your support.”
The Real Talk Annual Dinner is being held on Thursday the 23rd of May at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, in Brisbane. RSVP closes on 8th May. Dinner and raffle tickets available from realtalkaustralia.com/annual-dinner-2019
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