For instance, this much loved TV and radio host could do with a little help from the Mornington Peninsula right now. And we mean, right now.
It turns out Emma lived on the Mornington Peninsula in her teens, attended school here from Year 7 to Year 9 and she still has family here (keep reading, the connection about what you need to do is coming). The 28-year-old now lives in Sydney and has created a unique pack design for Twinings’ ‘Morning Tea’, which can be seen in supermarkets across the country for a limited time, alongside designs created by Carrie Bickmore (Network Ten’s ‘The Project’), Nicole Kidman (need we background?) and Samantha Harris (Australian model). The four Australian women are finalists in the Twinings Design Challenge.
What’s touching is that Emma's design, pictured, is a visual representation of her childhood memories growing up in Mount Martha and visiting our beautiful local beaches for regular swims (note the bathing boxes)! She has chosen the Captain Courageous Foundation to receive 10 cents from every pack sold and (here’s where you, our readers, come in) if Emma can poll more votes for her design than Bickmore, Kidman and Harris, her pack will remain on shelves for the next four years and her charity will reap the rewards.
So, she needs Mornington Peninsula residents to get behind her beach design and vote for it by May 8. It’s a charitable competition Mornington Peninsula Magazine couldn’t resist being involved in. Captain Courageous Foundation exists to find a cure for children suffering from life threatening Bone Marrow Failure disease.
Emma explains why she chose Mount Martha: "I was inspired by living at the beach when I was younger. I do remember when I was in my mid-teens I would go for a swim of a morning at Mount Martha, come back home, dress into my school uniform and have a cup of tea before jumping on the bus. I looked back at those memories to create an image that reflected my experience of my first cup of tea," she says.
As to whether she still visits the Peninsula, the answer is a definite yes! She was here on Christmas Day visiting her family, in fact. “I came down for Christmas and spent some time around Cape Schanck,” she says. “I don’t get down enough, working seven days.”
Discussing her competition, she laughs. “Those are some pretty nice names to be in competition with!” she says, admitting she’s a Kidman fan and would love to meet her one day.
To see the four ‘Morning Tea’ pack designs and to vote by May 8, go to www.twinings.com.au