Keynote speakers inspire

IF you imagine being diagnosed with cancer would be the worst possible moment of your life, you need to meet Ian Gawler.

Not only is Ian a cancer survivor but he spends his life convincing people that not only is cancer far from a death sentence, it is an opportunity to turn your life around for the better.

That will be his message when he speaks this morning at the 2009 Philosophy, Science and Theology Festival in Grafton.

His talk is titled 'Cancer as a Path to Enlightenment' and it will encourage people to make changes to their lifestyle whether faced with a disease like cancer or not.

“From the point of view of the meaning of life, people often take it for granted until they are faced with what at first seems a disaster,” Ian said.

“Cancer can turn your life upside down and get people reflecting on what is important to them.”

Ian will present another two talks today, the third day of the festival being held at the Christ Church Cathedral, joining his wife Ruth, a GP, for 'Meditation as Therapy' and a forum titled 'Our Now, Our Tomorrow'.

“I go to a lot of festivals like this and I have to say this one has been terrific,” Ian said.

“The standard of presentations has been exceptionally high.”

  •  Ian will talk on 'Medicine of the Mind' at South Grafton Ex-Servicemen's Club on Thursday at 7pm. Entry is $30 and $25 concession.
  •  9-10.30am: Keynote presentation - Ian Gawler 'Cancer as a Path to Enlightenment'.
  •  10.30-11am: Morning tea.
  •  11am to 12.30pm: Meditation as Therapy - led by Ruth and Ian Gawler.
  •  12.30-1.30pm: Lunch.
  •  1.30-2.45pm: Talks in the River Room, Crown Hotel: The Clarence - A Great Natural System.
  •  3-3.30pm: Afternoon tea.
  •  3.30-5pm: The Monday Forum: Our Now, Our Tomorrow - significant life questions discussed in a forum led by

Ruth and Ian Gawler.

  •  5-6pm: Friendly hour.
  •  6.30pm: Socrates Café at The Emporium Café, South Grafton - an evening meal, group conversation - all keynote speakers are being encouraged to participate.

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