What were you doing when you were 21? Madison Page was starting a non-profit to promote ocean conservation, tackle climate change and the cultural divide between aboriginal and colonial Australia. Dayum lady! Pretty awesome. Find out more about Madii below, and listen to her conversation with Roland here.
1. Where did you go on your last vacation?
The USA and Europe! I was only gone a month but did so much in that time! I got to see some of my friends from when I was living in Florida and finally got tick off Paris on the bucket list.
2. Where in the world do you live and what do you love the most about it?
I live in Sydney, Australia. I love that Sydney is a hub of life and opportunity, If you’re unsure what direction you want to take your life Sydney is perfect as there is so much going on. It’s also on the coast so it means plenty of gorgeous beaches (more of reason to protect our oceans!).
3. What do you think the biggest threat is to our planet and the people in it today?
Ignorance. People refuse to believe the climate is changing and just pretend like their daily actions mean nothing.
4. Give us your elevator pitch for your business/mission.
I’m Madii, a 22 year old Wiradjuri women wanting to make a difference to both our ocean and planet but also to our First Nation’s People. I’ve created Murriyan to raise awareness about how these issues are interconnected and educate people on what they can do to be a part of making a difference.
5. What drives you to get out of bed every day?
Probably the fact I have to go to work ahhaha. But seriously, I’m lucky my full time job incorporates me making a difference to the lives of our First Nation’s People. I’m motivated by the fact that everyday I’m doing something I’m passionate about.
6. What one piece of advice do you wish you could give your 15-year-old self?
Considering it was only 7 years ago that I was 15, I was pretty intuitive and collected back then. I knew what I wanted from life and I went for it so I don’t really have advice for my 15 year old self, maybe she has advice for me now!
7. What does the word ‘community’ mean to you?
To me it means a family and support network. In my culture our community is our extended family.
8. Tell us about your self-care routine.
I’m very in touch with what I need and when I need it. I usually like to keep busy, but if I’m run down I generally will take a day or evening to wash my hair, do a face mask, pluck my eyebrows etc. and put on a movie. Although if I’m feeling stressed I will go to the gym and lift some heavy weights or direct my energy into something positive like Murriyan.
9. Who/what has been the biggest influence in getting your life to the stage it’s at now?
I’m going to say my Mum for sure. She supports anything and everything I do, even if she’s not 100% on board. She goes out of her way to help me and I don’t even have to ask. Although she does make fun of me for getting my brother’s birth place wrong on national radio. Sorry Blaine, you’re born in Parkes not Orange!
10. Thank you so much, Madii! Is there anything else you would like to add?
I’d just like to say thank you The Clean Collective for working with us and asking me to take part in this!