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Recently, I have come across a rather remarkable woman. Of course, she drew my attention because she is an avid fan and collector of Akubra hats, and I love a lady that can wear a hat. But after following this vibrant lady on her adventures, I came to realise there is much more to Selina Win Pe than meets the eye.

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Selina Win Pe

Lindt Cafe Seige Survivor Selina WIn Pe

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Selina’s story is an eye opening one. Selina’s Grandfather served in WW2, as a Brigadier General in the Indian Army and was captured as a POW, fortunately he was recued by the hands of Australian diggers. Selina’s parents later moved to Australia in search of a better life when she was just nine.

Then, in 2014, tragedy struck when she found herself as one of the 10 hostages for 17 terrifying hours in the Lindt Café Siege in Sydney. After a long and hard recovery, she decided it was time to create a new story for herself. “I yearned to serve my country and find a way to thank all Australians for their support. I knew if I pulled through my darkest night, I would one day come through to share light and love with others. I made a promise to find a way to help in a way that every single Australian could support” She says.

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Selina Win Pe

Selina Spends Her Time Visiting Rural Communities

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Like a lot of us, Selina felt concern about our rural communities that have been affected by drought. “like many Australians, I felt helpless and unsure of how to help our country communities facing drought. In March 2018, I decided to get in my car and go see the land for myself; get acquainted with communities and let what I would hear, see and feel shape my purpose. I spent three months travelling the Greater Central West, Riverina and South West Slopes of NSW. Like a puzzle coming to life, the lessons I learned on these trips led me towards a mission of hope and healing, for me and these communities of incredible hard working farmers, their families and communities who make such an effort every single day, no matter the condition of their livelihood and life.”

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Selina Win Pe

Selina's Christmas Gift Campaign Has Seen Her Hand Deliver Over 800 Presents to Rural Communities.

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And so began the self-driven one-woman mission to give relief to farmers in need. Selina spends her time travelling the back roads as an inspirational speaker encouraging resilience and delivering much needed donated items to drought affected families. This year at Christmas time, Selina’s Christmas gift campaign has seen her hand deliver over 800 donated gifts to rural communities.

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Selina Win Pe

You Can Gift A Farmer Fuel Or Food Vouchers This Christmas

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Selina asked country mayors, community leaders and farmers how we could best help our farmers and their families, and in turn our country communities over Christmas time over this very difficult time of drought? The answer? The gift-a-farmer campaign where you can donate food and fuel vouchers to the farmers that need it the most. You can gift a food or fuel voucher to an Australian farmer and make their Christmas a little brighter on Selina’s website here: https://selinawinpe.com.au/gift-a-farmer/

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Selina Win Pe

Selina's Latest Hat, The Akubra Snowy River

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However, we all know that drought is a year-round for many communities, and so Selina intends to continue her gift-a-farmer program throughout 2020. Visit her site to see how you can help Selina's "Will of Courage" mission here. You can also follow her journey on Instagram.