London bombing survivor Gill Hicks shares the moment she realised that life needs to be about the contribution that we make. Find out more about Gill Hicks below:
Dr. Gill Hicks AM MBE is one of the few survivors of the London terrorist bombings that occurred on July 7, 2005. On that fateful morning, Gill set out for work as usual and then found herself with only 1 person standing between her and the bomber. Within hours, she was the last living casualty rescued and her injuries were so severe that rescuers could not tell if she was a man or a woman; she was admitted to St Thomas' Hospital tagged 'One Unknown' and both her legs were amputated below the knee.
An impressive career before the bombings as the publishing director of the architecture, design & contemporary culture magazine, Blueprint and as a senior curator with the Design Council, Gill decided to dedicate her life to being an advocate for peace when she returned to Australia. In 2007, Hicks founded M.A.D. for Peace, a platform that connects people globally and encourages us to think of "Peace as a Verb," something that we have an individual responsibility to do every day. Her unique and compelling projects, aimed at both deterring anyone from following the path of violent extremism and building sustainable models for peace, draw upon Hicks's previous roles within the Arts, a passion she has recently returned to as a practising artist and musician.
In 2013 Hicks welcomed her daughter Amelie into the world. This, as she describes it, is her finest achievement and greatest acknowledgement of the brilliance and resilience of the human body.
Dr. Gill Hicks is considered to be one of the most thought-provoking, powerful and life-affirming speakers in Australia and the UK.
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