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Real People of the Pocket - The Amazing Damien
I am thrilled to introduce you to a local, humble legend - Damien. Damien's lived in Fig Tree Pocket for yonks and has the biggest heart. We caught up this week and spoke about his latest adventure...
How long have you lived in Fig Tree Pocket, and what do you enjoy most about living here? 
Forty-six years I have lived in, had family in, and/or had property in Mandalay street. The area is something that cannot be compared to many others places in Brisbane. The parks, river and most of all; the people make it what it is. My father was a founding Member of the Mandalay Progress Association.
What keeps you busy during the week?
Time is spent between work and friends.
What does your absolute ideal weekend look like?
I’m a home/neighbourhood body. But to get to the beach or out in the bush away from phones, technology and work, are ideal.
What/who makes you keel over with laughter?
The words from kids' mouths. Never gets old.
What's the best book you've recently read?
Matthew Reilly. Ice Station.
Tell us about the charity work you do...
Variety The Children’s Charity Queensland, Endeavour Foundation, QLD lifesavers, smaller, local people and organisations. Variety The Children’s Charity is a big part of my life. It’s an amazing thing to be able to give a bit back. To meet Aussie kids who are sick, disadvantaged or living with special needs and be part of being able to assist them is an amazing privilege. We are participating in the 30th Annual Variety Bash this year in our faithful old Ford Galaxie. Our fundraising will go towards assisting the brave young Mia Wilkinson and her family from Indooroopilly, along with other kids who need some help. Sponsorship and donations can be made at
What's been the most profound moment of your life so far?
Being unwell.
What's the best life advice you've ever received?
Life’s short, enjoy it.
Good on you Damien - we are so lucky to have people like you in our community. Can't wait to hear all about the Bash! Cathy xx
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