In its first year, our AMP Tomorrow Fund attracted almost 3,000 applications from across the country and uncovered a fantastic array of talented Australians. Among them are 47 amazing people doing great things and sharing in $1 million in individual grants.
Grant recipients for 2014―known as AMP Tomorrow Makers―include young writers, medical researchers investigating childhood cancers and suicide prevention, dancers bound for Europe, opera and rock singers, inventors, disability advocates, social innovators, and athletes and adventurers like Nicholas Gleeson.
When Nicholas was seven, he was struck on the head by an automatic supermarket door. The blow caused a retinal detachment and permanent vision loss. Yet being blind has never stopped him from living life to the full.
He gained a university degree back in the days before adaptive technology. And Nicholas and his wife Heather who is also blind, raised a family.
His love of sport and adventure has taken him around the world on many boundary-pushing quests. Nicholas has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, trekked to Everest Base Camp, raced up the Empire State Building, run the New York Marathon three times and the gruelling 90km Comrades Marathon in Africa.
Nicholas is a disability advocate and motivational speaker who will use his AMP Tomorrow Fund grant to trek the Simpson Desert in 2015.
“This will be the first time that a blind person has ever had the opportunity to share what it is like to experience such an amazing environment,” Nicholas says.
“I’m an ordinary person who has followed my dreams. I hope my trek will inspire Australians of all abilities to do the same,” he says.