CHARLIE LYNN (pictured) and Ned Narouz have come from very different places and faced many different challenges but both know the power of making a difference to the lives of others.

The two men will be talking about what they do and why at an International Men’s Day breakfast at Bella Vista on Friday November 22.

The breakfast has been organised by the Norwest Sunrise Rotary Club. Major Charlie Lynn OAM has led 95 expeditions across the Kokoda Trail over the past 28 years.

He served in the Australian Army for 21 years and was elected to the NSW Parliament in 1995, retiring after almost 20 years’ service. His commitment to PNG reaches far further than leading groups on the Kokoda Trail.

In 2003 he developed and funded the establishment of The Kokoda Track Foundation providing educational scholarships and health care support to villagers along the Kokoda Trail.

Second speaker Ned Narouz, will talk about Rap4Change’s life-changing work with youth in Western Sydney using music, creativity and sport to tackle substance abuse, self-harm, bullying and racism.

He grew up knowing the importance of a good mentor after spending time in juvenile detention centre as a teenager.

Ned’s mentor taught him the value of hard work and chasing big goals.

He established Rap 4 Change in 2016 and runs school-wellbeing programs, hip-hop lessons, mentoring, sporting activities and counselling to youth in juvenile detention.

In 2018, Ned was named Blacktown’s Australia Day Citizen of The Year. Earlier this year Ned was voted a Westfield Local Hero for his work with young people.

He is using his $10,000 Westfield Local hero grant to fund a ten-week leadership program called Ready For Success, to create education, employment and life skills opportunities for up to 20 young people at a time.

The International Men’s Day Breakfast on Friday November 22 from 7am to 9am at The cafe at the Hills Shire Council offices.

Cost is $20 and includes breakfast. To book visit