For the last 10 years or so, the stuff that I do could be divided into about 4 categories:
A very regular daily appointment on the airwaves for which I get paid money that I then spend on food and other stuff. Now most people would call this a Ďjobí, but I donít. This is because the current such appointment is on the am radio station 702 ABC Sydney and itís far too bizarre to consider a Ďjobí. Iím sure noone would have called doing breakfast on triple j radio a job, and this is pretty much the same sort of deal (except that Iím always sober and that the premier of nsw never rang in to wil and me and demanded a right of reply!)
Irregular appointments around the traps where i get to appear on tv. This certainly isnít a job. If you doubt me, tell your careers advisor at high school that you plan to become Ďa professional pisstakerí and see how far that gets you. I was a regulaur guest at ABC televisionís The Glasshouse every couple of months or so while it still aired. I previously hosted 10ís Joker Poker, the first free to air poker show in Australian television history. I also co-hosted Sleek Geeks with fellow geek Dr Karl Kruszelnicki to answer some fascinating scientific questions we encounter regularly in everyday life. I am also a regular guest on Channel Sevenís MORNING SHOW ĎThe Juryí.. http://www.hlamgt.com.au/pdf/adamspencerbiography.pdf
Another irregular appointment around the traps. This certainly isnít a job, itís an honour. If youíve got some hoops that you need some jumping through Iím allegedly one of the best mcís and conference facilitators in the country. If you donít believe me, go to my testimonials page (above link) and feel pretty cheap about yourself. If you do believe me, contact the amazing Edwina Stuart and Iíll bring the bananas.
ďAs often as I can doĒ appointments for which I get no money whatsoever, but for which I get the awesome feeling of having shone a thin sliver of light into an otherwise often-grey world. Some of the most amazing fun and best feelings Iíve ever had have come from helping out at a charitable event. A couple of the great organizations Iíve been lucky enough to work with are listed here. However, one of the confronting things is finding out exactly how many people out there desperately need a helping hand. So letís make a deal; I wonít be embarrassed if you ask me to be of any assistance with whatever youíre working on Ö and you wonít be unreasonable about it if I say Ďsorry Iím just too busy at the momentí. Again contact Zilla if youíd like me to help with a charitable cause.
Redkite (formerly known as the Malcolm Sarjent Cancer Fund for Children) provides financial assistance and other essential support for the families of children with cancer. Merrick Watts and I organise the annual Redkite celebrity Aussie Rules match that has been played for the last 6 years on the SCG before the Swans Ė Bulldogs game. I also ask the questions at there 3 Corporate Trivia Quizzes (NSW, QLD, WA) each year. These guys are totally tops!
THE FRED HOLLOWS FOUNDATION
The legendary Fred Hollows did some amazing stuff in hi life, but for me, two things really stand out. First he dreamt of a world free of unnecessary blindness; of curing the 80% of blindness in the world that is unnecessary and easily treated. Secondly he operated on my eye when I was a child. My wonky eye is the legacy of Fredís amazing handiwork and I owe the fact that my right eye opens at all to the great man. So itís an honour to be an ambassador for the Foundation. Check out the website and in particular ask me about the ďSee the World ChallengeĒ. Iíve done it and itís life changing.
In 2005 I was asked to be an ambassador for White Ribbon Day which is a community awareness campaign focusing on the United Nationís International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW), on 25 November each year. The symbol of the day is the wearing of a white ribbon, which denotes that the wearer will not "commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and children." If youíd like to help sell ribbons this November contact them now at the website.
KIDS for LIFE
This is a great example of what ordinary people can do if they put their minds to it. A few years ago a group of sixteen guys and girls who where doing pretty well thought ďhow can we give something back?" This year the third annual fundraising ball they threw raised over \$300,000 for a variety of childrenís medical centres. I canít wait to host it all again next year. Come along, youíll have a hoot.
Some other ways I spend my days...
I've been lucky enough to be invited or elected on to some pretty interesting bodies from a whole range of areas. Here's some of the kooky funsters I may be hanging out with at any given time.
THE SENATE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
The governing body of Austraila's oldest universtiy is made up of 22 people. It includes an amazing aray of top level lawyers, industry figures, academics, two impressive students and me. We get together evey six weeks or so to discuss what's going down at this incredibly complex institution.
THE NSW PREMIER'S ADVISORY PANEL FOR GREENHOUSE ADVISORY PANEL
British Prime Minister Tony Blair says that global warming is a greater threat to human society than terrorism and political instability. Couldn't agree with you more TB. That's why I'm honored to be a member of the panel that advises the NSW government on its strategies to move us to a less carbon-hungry future. Take a second to bring yourself up to speed some time soon. We need all the informed passionate advocates we can find.
THE NSW DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CLINICAL ETHICS ADVISORY BOARD
It's an amazing way to spend the day and afternoon sitting around a table with an assortment of lawyers, philosophers, ethicists and medical types discussing the circumstances underwhich a doctor should be allowed to remove organs from someone who is recently deceased. But it's all in a days work for the mighty C.E.A.P.
ELLIE AND OLIVIA
These two little beauties are my favourite way to spend an afternoon. For those of you who don't hear me bang on about them on 702 they are my daughters. Ellie is in preschool and Olivia is still tugging at the cuff of my pants. They are my pride and joy, they rock!