Founder of the Massage College, Troy Payne has had several mentors in his life. A big take-away from this that Troy implements every day is to serve others. He believes it is a massive key to success. Not the wealth success or the ego success, but the success of all you do and put your energy into. This comes through in the very essence of The Massage College and all it represents.
“It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.” – Albert Einstein
Troy explains how this creates Good Samaritan behaviour, a story he has resonated with since a young boy. Serving others is in our DNA. Troy lives by the mantra that you get what you put into the world, so chances are if you are a giving person, it will come around back to you. This is his way.
Along with The Massage College, and his Payne Relief clinic, Troy is a volunteer surf life saver of many years. Working towards his silver medallion, he gives his time to keep the beaches safe as a way of giving back and exchanging energy and value.
The Massage College is committed to empowering others, from our students to our team, along with the community locally, nationally and globally.
How can you help?
The Massage College proudly supports a number of charities, communities and those raising money for important causes.
This page shares link to access ways you can help. Simply click on the website links provided to take the next step in helping those who need it most.
Beyond Blue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live. They help people learn about about Anxiety, Depression, and Suicide.
These topics may have brought up issues for you. Please call and know you are not alone.
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An adventure in support of Beyond Blue and Mental Health.
Chris Stockwell is embarking on an incredible adventure this week!! He's climbing to Island Peak in Nepal to raise awareness for suicide, anxiety and depression. In loving memory of his friend Ricky, who sadly passed away from suicide. We are proud sponsors and invite all our clients to join us in raising money for an incredible cause.
Hey there, my name is Chris Stockwell and I am an adventure enthusiast. I have chosen to go back to Nepal in 2019 to climb Imja Tse (commonly known as Island Peak), only this time it is not just for me, I will be doing it to raise awareness for suicide, anxiety and depression, and to encourage and inspire people to climb their own personal mountain (trust me the views are magnificent).
The money I raise will go towards my chosen charity “Beyond Blue”. I am also climbing to commemorate the life of my friend Ricky whosadly passed away from suicide earlier this year.
In October 2017 I travelled to Nepal and spent time trekking through the Sagarmatha (Everest) region and hiked to Pikey Peak at 4,088M. I also travelled further north to the Annapurna region where I also spent time trekking to an elevation of 4,200M. I arrived back in Australia and I was sharing my own experiences to many of my friends and my housemate at the time and good friend Ricky. He was super excited listening to me and with a big smile said he wished he could something like that and it had been on his bucket list for a while now.
Sadly, in January of this year Ricky passed away from suicide. He had the biggest heart and never expected anything in return from anyone he spoke to. I worked with Ricky for 3 years as a chef and to see him blossom and gain more and more confidence every day was a blessing, not only as an apprentice but a good friend too.
Shortly after Ricky’s passing I myself found myself in a dark place but with the support of family and friends I went to see a professional whom helped me face my demons and push on through it. This is the reason as to why I have decided to climb island peak and raise money for beyond blue.
Over 800,000 people commit suicide around the world each year and each death has a ripple effect average of 115 people each, that means that over 92 million people a year are directly affected by suicide each year.
The money I hope to raise will hopefully help to reduce this number by way of getting man, woman, adolescent or child to feel comfortable and be able to talk to people about their feelings and not feel like they have to go it alone.
The Challenges I Will Face On This Journey!
A little information about Island Peak and what I will encounter on my trek. Imja Tse is in eastern Nepal and is the Nepalese name but it is mainly referred to as Island Peak. It was named Island peak in 1953 by members of the British Mt Everest expedition because when viewed from Dingboche it appears as an island in a sea of ice. It is part of the Himalayas and in the Sagarmatha region (10km from Mt Everest). It is typically the first step most climbers take before any summit attempt of the giant peaks in the area, and who knows could very well be the first step for me for future expeditions.
The whole trek will take me 22 days. From Kathmandu, Nepal, I will fly into Lukla and from there begin my hike. It will be upon the 11th day I will arrive at Everest base camp and a further 4 days to summit at 6,189m. the so called treacherous but unforgettable flight into Lukla airport which is based on the side of the mountain will take around 40 mins. It has been rated as one of the most dangerous airports in the world, it sits at an elevation of 2,845m. an adequate length of a runway is usually around 1,829m, luklas runway is a mere 527m long (I’ll let you do the math).
On summit day we will begin very early in the morning and using head torches we will traverse the icy glaciers and cross several crevasses by fixed ladders. As we reach the base of the summit we will use our crampons and ice axes while attached to fixed ropes to climb up the 60-70-degree ice slope to the summit ridge and along to the peak. From there I will have a 360-degree view of 4 of the 8,000m plus mountains in the region.
This adventure of mine is very close to my heart and I would love your sponsorship and support.
The STEPS Grand Winter Ball
Last July STEPS Charity held our biggest fundraising event ever, the STEPS Grand Winter Ball. More than 450 guests helped us raise a whopping $170,000 enabling us to continue supporting the STEPS Pathways College and provide a space for 10 young people with a disability to learn lifelong independent living skills.
This year we’re pulling out all the stops to make the STEPS 30th Anniversary Grand Winter Ball presented by BA Murphy Constructions the biggest and best fundraising gala event on the Sunshine Coast, and we’d love you to be there to support us.
Our fundraising will help cover the tuition costs of our students, and importantly expand our program so that more young people with a disability have an opportunity to a bright and independent future.
We’re asking for prize donations for the STEPS Grand Winter Ball Silent Auction, one of the evening’s exciting highlights, so that we can achieve our fundraising goal.
Last year you were able to support STEPS Charity with an amazing prize donation of a full body massage treatment. If you can support us in any way this year please get in touch, it would mean a lot to us and the world to our students.
You can learn more about the STEPS Grand Winter Ball at www.stepsgrandwinterball.com.au.
We hope you can partner with us by donating a prize, together we can create a brighter future for people with a disability.