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About Us

 

Real Talk is all about getting real on the topics of sex, relationships and personal identity. Based on christian values and using personal sharing from a team of dynamic presenters, Real Talk provides presentations, programs and up-to-date resources. We want all young people to know their true value, worth and dignity and to experience love for all it was created to be.

Our Team

Senior Presenters

 

Paul Ninnes

Co-Founder

Paul has a passion for seeing young people fulfill their potential. He has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, postgraduate qualifications in Sexual Health and is currently completing postgraduate studies in Theology (Marriage and Family). He is married to Emma and they have three beautiful children. In 2014, as part of the Community Leader Awards, Paul was awarded the Professional Leader of the Year. Paul is a sought-after speaker who uses his powerful life story and builds on over ten years experience working with youth to present a life-changing message.

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Kym Keady

Co-Founder 

As a Counsellor, youth worker, author and inspirational speaker, Kym draws on 20 years experience helping young people realise their potential and worth. Kym is married to Patrick and a mother to three teenage children. Despite her achievements and passion for ministry, Kym’s heart is most at home with her children, the three people she knows she will profoundly affect like no other audience she will ever have the honour of speaking to.

Emma Ninnes

 

Emma is a wife and mother of three beautiful children. She has a bachelor of Occupational Therapy and has worked as a presenter for Real Talk for the past 5 years. Emma has many years experience in youth ministry and is driven to share with as many young people as she can how valuable and incredible God has created them to be. She has a story that impacts audiences especially around the topics of self worth and body image.

Justine Cumbo

Justine is passionate about encouraging young people not to settle for second best but to courageously live life as the amazing adventure that it is. She spent two years working for NET Ministries and a further three years as Youth Minister within a Catholic high school. She has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Theology and History and enjoys spreading her passion for life lived to the full with everyone, everywhere.

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Gerard Trolove

As a carpenter from Christchurch, New Zealand, Gerard is as comfortable in front of a hall full of students as he is on the worksite. Gerard has worked in a number of youth related roles over the last 7 years including serving as Dorm master at Saint Bede’s College. He has a love of surfing, skating and playing touch rugby and is driven to see young people experience a life to the full.

 

Presenters

Briegé Koning (NZ)

Thomas Saywell (NZ)

Stephanie Ransom

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Peter McAuliffe

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Matthew Ross

Tash Mierendorf

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Our Story

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Real Talk (Real Talk International Ltd.) is a not-for-profit charity organisation and was launched in its current form in 2012. Since that time it has grown rapidly throughout Australia and New Zealand to become possibly the most significant provider of values-based presentations on human sexuality in Australasia. Our staff has grown in just a few years from two (founding Directors Paul Ninnes and Kym Keady) to over twenty in 2017. 

The rapid growth is in part due to the massive need for the work we do and the challenges young people face in navigating their way through life. While recent cultural developments have seen many new and great opportunities for young people, today's world presents many obstacles and illusions. The sexualisation of people and the trend away from lasting meaningful relationships leads many young people to despair, heartache and physical and mental illness. 

Despite this gloomy picture Real Talk has some good news. Some really really good news! There is a better way to live. There is a blueprint inside all of us for healthy self-worth and fulfilling lasting relationships based on love and respect. Young people are thirsty for the truth and when they hear it, they know it. At Real Talk we believe we are experts at communicating this truth and enabling people to move towards it.

Real Talk exists in part due to the generous donations of our supporters. One way to support Real Talk is through financial donations. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this or simply click the link below.

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97% of students

School Survey Results*

 

recommend Real Talk come out and speak with students again. 


96% of students

would rather have Real Talk present on these topics than someone at their school.


77% of students

 

93% of students

say that our visit helped them to better value themselves, relationships and sex.


rated our visit as above average (good or very good).


* Sample from 125 school surveys completed of over 10,000 students in 2015 and 2016. Results represent median score. All questions resulted in a mode score of 100%. Schools were surveyed for Real Talk's appraisal and not originally for promotional purposes, therefore, statistics may underrepresent the true score (E.g. long term repeat bookings and schools with predictably good results were not surveyed). We thank our generous volunteer Michael Curtin for his amazing gift to Real Talk though data entry.