ED’S LET­TER

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Contents - Sar­rah

In terms of pub­lic fig­ures, you prob­a­bly couldn’t find two peo­ple more dif­fer­ent than Pamela An­der­son and Adam Goodes. One is a Cana­dian-born blonde whose abil­ity to fill out a red swim­suit while run­ning in slow-mo along a beach saw her cat­a­pulted to global fame, while the other is a for­mer Aus­tralian of the Year and twotime Brown­low Medal win­ner who made AFL his­tory by play­ing more games than any other In­dige­nous player. So, nope, not much in com­mon here – ex­cept that while both of them have moved on from what first brought them re­spec­tively to at­ten­tion, they are each de­ter­mined to use their pro­file to make a dif­fer­ence. As phi­lan­thropist and an­i­mal rights cam­paigner An­der­son tells Stel­lar in an exclusive in­ter­view, “My full-time job is what I’m do­ing [now], and that’s be­ing an ac­tivist.” Closer to home, Goodes has fo­cused much of his at­ten­tion to fight­ing In­dige­nous dis­ad­van­tage in this coun­try through his work with the Aus­tralian Lit­er­acy and Numer­acy Foun­da­tion. “I can’t change what’s hap­pened in the past,” Goodes, whose mother was a mem­ber of the Stolen Generation, tells Joe Hilde­brand. “What’s hap­pened has hap­pened. It’s how we deal with it that ac­tu­ally cre­ates our char­ac­ter.”

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