One cool experience
NEDLANDS entrepreneur John Elliot says he was “literally on board” when given the opportunity to travel to Antarctica with 106 of Australia’s top businesspeople in January.
The expedition was organised by self-made millionaire and wealth management professional Julio De Laffitte, who spent $1.2 million chartering the 4- star Antarctic cruiser.
“It was a think-tank on steroids that inspired radical thinking and produced amazing business,” Mr De Laffitte said.
Owner of top 10-listed brokerage company Elliot Insurance Brokers, Mr Elliot also co- directs Perth charity Health Hope Zambia with fellow entrepreneur Brendan Clarke.
He said creating change and building new business partnerships on the 11-day trip was a “once in a lifetime” opportunity to tick a big item off his bucket list.
“Collaborating with some of the nation’s biggest and brightest entrepreneurs is a rarity, and in Antarctica of all places,” Mr Elliot said.
“When I first heard Julio talk about this trip he said something that really appealed to me: ‘Let’s all make as much profits as we possibly can, and not be ashamed of these profits, because when we collaborate our entrepreneurial thinking we create a powerful force to help fix this planet and its humanity’.”
Mr Elliot raised $451,000 in Antarctica for Health Hope Zambia to fund the malnutrition ward at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, provide hearing supplies and run a school feeding program.
Photos by Sean Tully.