Tanya is our fearless founder. She kicked off Bravery Box in November 2017 when her daughter Lara was 6 months into treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.
She is our story teller. She is a happiness junkie, an irritatingly optimistic realist. She is a bit swear-y and laughs really loudly. Tanya's personal motto is "Leave no kindness unsaid because people need kindness".
Tanya Allan: 0416229694
Paula and her sister Kerry were both breast cancer survivors, until, very sadly, Kerry was not surviving cancer, and she passed away after a relapse in March 2019. Paula's experience ignited a fire in the belly to make change.
Paula is our Rain Dancer. She raises funds to provide the kind of support we have always dreamed of. She is a people connector, a joy finder, a fundraiser and when she puts a plan together... it rains support. In 2018-19 she rallied her community, filled with our kind of people, the laughing kind and the caring kind and has raised over $140,000 for cancer support and research.
Deb is the brains behind our reading programs and the teen journals that we are developing. At her heart she is an educator; educating herself and educating others. Rather than teach, she facilitates - giving a child enough information for them to form their own ideas and enough time to explore their own opinions and then she guides them.
Deb is a school guidance officer and previously head of special needs in the public school system. She has a heart the size of a planet and a beautiful big brain. Deb got into this gig when her niece was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.
Deb loves the idea of helping a child find the opportunities in their difficulties; opportunities for kindness, for self compassion, for growth, for community and for developing and practicing resilience and grit.
Alithea is our Consultant Clinical Psychologist. She develops our mental health programs through a series of videos and written content, made just for us, to help us to make sense out of our anxiety, actions, and feelings during our toughest times.
No stranger to hard stuff herself, Alithea's son was diagnosed with Marfans Syndrome in 2017, which means she has a lot of common ground with our community. She personally understands the shock of a surprise diagnosis, the uncertainly of a medically complicated child’s treatment and future, as well as the social impact on families during and after a significant life plot twist.
Alithea has previously worked in children’s hospitals and other health settings. She now works in private practice, primarily with people struggling with anxiety and depression, those who have experienced trauma, those who have interpersonal, relationship or parenting challenges, and those who need help adjusting to significant health and capacity changes.
Toy Donation Drives:
Drop Offs to Arana Hills Physiotherapy
6 Patricks Road, Arana Hills
Pure Tennis Academy 144 Samford Road, Ferny Hills
We can arrange pick ups in and around Brisbane for bulk donations.