More than 150 people had their spirits lifted and their lives reenergised thanks to “The Farmer Wants a Life” event hosted by BMO Business Centre in Moonie and Dalby last week, with some guests going so far as calling keynote speaker Robyn Moore’s message ‘life changing’.
BMO Communications Manager Megan James said professional voice-over artist and International Make a Wish Foundation volunteer of the year, Robyn Moore, had the audience captivated with both humour and moments of solemn reflection.
“It’s difficult to explain the 2017 The Farmer Wants a Life, it was an experience like we’ve never had before. The room erupted so many times with side-splitting laughter, then Robyn would take us right to the cliff face and give us moments of real clarity and quiet reflection,” Mrs James said.
She said “The Farmer Wants a Life” was BMO’s way to give local farming communities a morale boost and help them navigate the roller coaster of life.
“We can provide people the best financial planning and accounting advice, but if we are not supporting people in their well-being as a whole person, then our work has little point.”
After revealing she was the voice of Blinky Bill and all the female voices in the ‘How Green Was our Cactus?” radio show, Robyn Moore drew the audience into the more serious side of her life’s work.
As a volunteer with the make a wish foundation she shared personal stories of her work with terminally ill children, with their parents’ permission, to encourage guests to live with ‘urgency before the emergency’.
“Robyn is the ultimate story teller, she isn’t politically correct, she doesn’t beat around the bush, she just uses real Australian talk. She gave us all a little kick up the backside and made us hold a mirror up to ourselves and encouraged us to live with real purpose.
Mrs James said the evening also reminded people to laugh more.
“It was pretty confronting when Robyn told us that in the 1950s people laughed an average of 18 minutes a day, these days we are only laughing around four minutes a day.
Mrs James said Robyn also provided practical tips to help people navigate life by making clear choices about who they chose to be.
“She helped us all recognise where we are on life’s rollercoaster and then gave us a beautiful technique to use, so that when find ourselves caught in a negative situation that makes us angry or cynical, to be bigger than our circumstances.”