Stories that Stir phenomenon hits Sunshine Coast | Noosa Today

Stories that Stir phenomenon hits Sunshine Coast | Noosa Today
Stories that Stir phenomenon hits Sunshine Coast | Noosa Today

Nikki Firmin and Sarah Wetton with DV Safe Phone founder and chief executive officer Ashton Wood in 2021.

Stories That Stir Global, a thought-provoking event series created to break down barriers, stir conversations, and inspire positive change, is launching in Warana on 16 May, from 6-9pm.

With this launch, Stories that Stir is now covering the north and south of the Sunshine Coast region, as its already held bi-monthly at the Sunrise Beach Surf Life Saving Club.

The event will take place at Your Mates Brewing Co. Warana, offering a night filled with raw and personal stories that will touch your heart and soul and will feature six courageous storytellers who have ten minutes each to share their raw and personal story, each connected to the theme of Love.

Co-founded by wife and husband team Monica Rosenfeld and Joram van der Starre, Stories That Stir provides a platform for people from all walks of life to share their remarkable raw and personal journeys.

Monica said, “The Stories That Stir platform allows people to share their story in all its vulnerability to a room of strangers who are listening deeply to what they have to say. In sharing and listening to personal stories, there is a sense of connection that is created.”

“Feedback from audience members is that by listening to the stories they feel less alone in their own life’s struggles and have empathy for what other people are going through.”

Sunshine Coast locals, Renée Paolini, Stephanie Rother, Arnaum Walkely and Nicolette Wijers, are bringing the magic of Stories that Stir to Warana.

They explain, “In our fast-paced modern world, we live in an era with a saturation of information and a lack of deep connection. Stories that Stir is the antidote to this, which is why I’m thrilled to bring it to Warana.”

Speakers of the upcoming event include Sunshine Coast locals Rebecca Vizi and Ashton Wood.

Rebecca has a Functional Neurological Disorder and chronic hip pain.

She was one of the first people on the Sunshine Coast to use a mobility aid on the ICN bodybuilding stage and next year she’ll be doing the same on the FMG stage in the Gold Coast.

Rebecca is determined to show others everyone deserves to shine on that stage, regardless of disability.

After years in Melbourne’s corporate grind, Ashton found his true during a pivotal chat with a former police senior sergeant.

This conversation ignited a nationwide mission, leading to over 8000 phones being donated to domestic violence survivors.

Join as Ashton shares his journey and insights gained from spearheading one of Australia’s most rapidly expanding charities.

The Stories That Stir event series has gained popularity since its inception in Sydney in 2022.

Besides the Sunshine Coast it has so far successfully launched in Melbourne, The Gold Coast, Brisbane, Northern Rivers Region and Perth.

Event Details: 

Date: Thursday 16 May 2024

Time: 6-9pm

Venue: Your Mates Brewing Co. Warana

Ticket Price: $49.50

Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of an evening that celebrates the strength of the human spirit. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit:


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