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Haven Magazine - - Life -

MEET HOLLY WIL­LIAMS, CEO OF HEARTKIDS QUEENS­LAND INC. IN HER JOB, HOLLY IS AN AD­VO­CATE FOR BUBS BORN WITH CHILD­HOOD HEART DIS­EASE OR “HEART KIDS” AS THEY ARE KNOWN. SHE’S MAR­RIED TO RICHARD AND IS ALSO MUM TO JACK­SON (8), HEART KID MATILDA (7) AND AD­DI­SON (5).

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TELL US ABOUT HEARTKIDS QLD AND YOUR ROLE THERE? Every day in Aus­tralia, eight ba­bies are born with child­hood heart dis­ease (CHD) and every week, four will die. It is the sin­gle big­gest cause of death of chil­dren un­der the age of one and is a life­long dis­ease with no known cure. CHD is not a sin­gle con­di­tion; it in­cludes a wide range of heart de­fects that a child is born with or de­vel­ops in child­hood as a re­sult of other ill­nesses. In some cases it will re­quire ma­jor heart surgery, while for oth­ers it will re­main un­di­ag­nosed un­til ado­les­cence or adult­hood. Fam­i­lies of ba­bies born with heart de­fects en­dure enor­mous emo­tional and fi­nan­cial stress and the news is of­ten re­ceived with­out warn­ing. Hav­ing surgery is not a cure. Chil­dren with CHD will face unique chal­lenges for the rest of their lives and for many, this will in­clude on­go­ing med­i­cal treat­ment and re­peated heart surg­eries. HeartKids is a reg­is­tered na­tional health char­ity. Work­ing with health pro­fes­sion­als, HeartKids pro­vides life­long sup­port for those with CHD and their fam­i­lies Aus­tralia-wide. HeartKids also funds life­sav­ing re­search, ad­vo­cates and in­forms. To date, HeartKids has com­mit­ted al­most $3 mil­lion to fund re­search into the causes, treat­ment and man­age­ment of CHD. WHAT’S YOUR BUSI­NESS/CA­REER BACK­GROUND LEAD­ING UP TO YOUR ROLE AS CEO OF HEARTKIDS QLD? Fol­low­ing uni­ver­sity, I worked in both Aus­tralia and New Zealand as an en­gi­neer. Dur­ing this time I con­tin­ued to study and de­velop my skills and sat on a num­ber of boards and man­age­ment com­mit­tees to gain in­valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence. Fol­low­ing the birth of our sec­ond child, Matilda, a heart kid, we moved to Bris­bane to be closer to med­i­cal help. I joined the board of HeartKids Queens­land Inc. in 2012 and com­menced in the role of CEO in 2014. WHO WERE YOUR MEN­TORS ALONG THE WAY? My par­ents have al­ways been amaz­ing men­tors and pro­vide un­wa­ver­ing sup­port for me and my fam­ily. My hus­band (pic­tured above right) keeps me sane and taught me ev­ery­thing I know as an en­gi­neer. My first ever real boss, Scott Gra­ham, was and still is the best men­tor you could ask for. He has the most amaz­ing abil­ity to make you want to strive for great­ness. Af­ter lis­ten­ing to me speak at a HeartKids event, Scott told me how proud he was of me - you can’t get a greater com­pli­ment than that!

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WHAT TIME DOES A TYP­I­CAL DAY START FOR YOU? My alarm goes off at 5.10am and then 5.20am. WHO DOES THE COOK­ING AND CLEAN­ING AT YOUR HOUSE? It is a bit of a com­bined ef­fort in our house­hold, how­ever we do have an amaz­ing cleaner who vis­its once a week. IF YOU HAVE 10 MIN­UTES TO YOUR­SELF, WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO? These mo­ments are rare so it is just nice to stop and do noth­ing and en­joy the quiet.

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WHAT DO YOU DO FOR CHILD­CARE? With three busy kids and our long work hours we have an au pair to help out with the kids. DO YOUR KIDS DO MANY EX­TRACUR­RIC­U­LAR AC­TIV­I­TIES? Yes, they keep very busy with swim­ming, AFL for Jack, dance lessons for the girls and mu­sic lessons. WHAT DO YOU DO FOR FUN AS A FAM­ILY? We love to go camp­ing and get out in the kayak.

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WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING TO DO FOR DATE NIGHT WITH YOUR PART­NER? Just go out for din­ner and drinks. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE LO­CAL PLACE TO VISIT? Sir­romet Win­ery on a Sun­day - we all love it! HOW ABOUT YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO EAT OUT AS A FAM­ILY? Again, Sir­romet Win­ery, on the ter­race.

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WHERE DO YOU HEAD TO WHEN YOU GET TIME FOR A GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT? We usu­ally try a dif­fer­ent place every time. WHAT IS YOUR BEST BEAUTY TIP FOR MUMS? Do what works for you, but I am a big fan of all Is­sada prod­ucts. FAVOURITE PLACE TO SHOP (LO­CALLY AND ON­LINE)? Def­i­nitely Blue Bun­ga­low at New­stead for both in­store and on­line.

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MUST-HAVE PAR­ENT­ING TIP OR TOOL? Put ev­ery­thing in your cal­en­dar, get or­gan­ised the night be­fore and al­ways have a back-up plan. CAN YOU SHARE ANY TIPS ON FINDING THE RIGHT WORK/LIFE BAL­ANCE? I have by no means mas­tered this one. It is very dif­fi­cult to be ev­ery­thing to every­one who needs you but my fam­ily is al­ways my num­ber one pri­or­ity. HOW DO YOU STAY MO­TI­VATED IN YOUR CA­REER? Ev­ery­day I have the hon­our of liv­ing with and work­ing with some in­cred­i­bly in­spi­ra­tional peo­ple. As a HeartKid par­ent I know first hand how im­por­tant our or­gan­i­sa­tion is so even on the tough­est days I don’t have to look far for some mo­ti­va­tion.

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