Reconnect the Disconnect

Interactive Resilience Workshops by Barnaby Howarth 

Community Gathering Series: Uniting Australians for a Cause 

Every life journey has its unique challenges. Whether you were born that way, develop a medical condition, have an accident, or find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time, life happens. Whatever challenges you are facing, hearing how others have managed and finding strength in community, can make a huge difference.

At the heart of the Reconnect the Disconnect series; is helping you discover your inner strength and harnessing the deep resilience within families, which is fuelled by love.

Let’s get together as one community and become part of the solution, and let’s do it TOGETHER! 

A Series of Meaningful Gatherings 

Each event is hosted by stroke survivor Barnaby Howarth and a special guest with the lived experience of either: coping with cancer; living with a disability; kicking drug addiction; dealing with diabetes; or being a foster family.

They are built on the concept of mateship, sharing a meal, creating good vibes, and having a go. And are about just bringing people together to help each other out.

Give It a Crack 

Towards the end of the gathering, we present “Give it a Crack” – an opportunity for brave people to get out of their comfort zone and showcase their talents in a live setting. Whether it’s karaoke, slam poetry, or a burst of stand-up comedy, all are encouraged to seize the moment and give it a crack. Following the formalities, everybody will come together and have an old-fashioned chat over a meal or a drink.

Join us and book your tickets now! 

Benefits OF Reconnect the Disconnect

Community Building

Join the community around you to become part of the solution

Inspiring Keynote Speeches

Five events, five speakers talking about their challenges and bringing people together

Free Book as a Gift

Receive a copy of “Playing in the Puddles” – biography of Barnaby Howarth 

Community Building

Join the community around you to become part of the solution 

Inspiring Keynote Speeches

Five events, five speakers talking about their challenges and bringing people together

Free Book as a Gift

Receive a copy of “Playing in the Puddles” – biography of Barnaby Howarth 

Event Details

Guest speaker - Juliette obrien

Coping with Cancer

Juliette O'Brien (OAM)

Guest Speaker 

Awarded Medal of the Order of Australia, Walkley Journalism Awards finalist, best-selling author, Forbes contributor, UTS lecturer, and advocate for cancer care will join the launch event with a keynote speech. 

Petersham Bowling Club 
77 Brighton Street, Petersham NSW
Thursday, April 18th
7 PM – 9:30 PM 

10% of ticket sales donated to Chris O’Brien Lifehouse

Guest speaker - Juliette obrien

Living with a Disability

Eugene Cheong, Stroke Survivor

Guest Speaker 

Eugene is a Founder of Chemism, an online platform that empowers individuals with a disability, by allowing them to achieve self-employment. It uses self-employment to improve the quality of life and positively impact their mental health while promoting and creating, a fully inclusive Australian work culture. 

Pennant Hills Community Centre – Main Hall   
Corner Yarrara Road and Ramsay Road (in the library building), Pennant Hills NSW
Wednesday, May 1st 
2:30 PM – 5:30 PM  

10% of ticket sales donated to Chemism  

Guest speaker - Juliette obrien

Kicking Drug Addiction

Daniel Kolarik, Reformed Drug Addict

Guest Speaker 

Come and hear Daniel’s story about how with the help of his entire family, he found the strength to pull himself out of his spiral and live a life he is proud of today. 

Balgowlah Bowling Club  
1427 Bareena Drive, Balgowlah Heights NSW
Wednesday, May 8th
4:30 PM – 7:30 PM 

10% of ticket sales donated to Black Dog Institute 

Guest speaker - Juliette obrien

Dealing with Diabetes

Phillip McKeough, Type 1 Diabetic

Guest Speaker 

Join us to hear Phillip tell you about the struggles he has faced as a diabetic and how he got through them. 

Eastlake Gungahlin  
51 Hinder Street,  Gungahlin, Canberra ACT 
Thursday, May 16th
3 PM – 6 PM 

10% of ticket sales donated to the DANII foundation

Guest speaker - Juliette obrien

Fostering… Foster Families

Brendan Rogers, Foster Parent and Podcast Host

Guest Speaker 

Brendan hosts The Culture of Leadership podcast and is a foster parent himself. Join us to hear the story of his parenting journey. 

Erina Leagues Club  
Thursday, 23rd May 
2 PM – 5 PM 

10% of ticket sales donated to The Smith Family

Barnaby Howarth

Barnaby doesn’t just TELL an interesting story – he is living one – a diabetic, he was bashed in alcohol fuelled gang attack and had a stroke at 25, then lost his first wife to breast cancer, but using nothing more than the resilience inside him he has played in the AFL for the Sydney Swans, hosts an interview show (Everyday Greatness), climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, walked the Kokoda track, made an AFL come-back to play his hundredth game for his local footy club, and he is now a husband, stepfather and homeowner. 

When you invite Barnaby, his team will organise the workshop, and he will make every effort to arrive early at your function and stay back late to meet and chat to people – Call Barnaby today to arrange to have a REAL human being speak at your next function. 

Some words from people Barnaby has worked with…

“At yLead we are constantly searching for high quality speakers with the ability to present an interesting and relevant message, whilst engaging a diverse range of audiences. Barnaby Howarth has not only met our expectations, but has well and truly exceeded them. Barnaby is the ultimate role model. His profound life journey, along with the rich perspective he has developed along the way, is utterly inspiring. He has the ability to challenge the way people think about themselves, their relationships and their future.”


CEO, yLead

“Barnaby Howarth did a keynote presentation for the Fortnum Group at our July 2017 Conference. Not only was the delivery by Barnaby outstanding but the message he gave struck a chord with the whole audience. We had tremendous feedback from everyone regarding Barnaby’s contribution to the Conference.

I would have no hesitation in recommending him to other conference organisers.”


Chairman, Fortnum Financial Advisers

“As a business woman, and having the privilege of chatting professionally, I experience a lot of speakers- Barnaby is one of the best!! His relaxed, casual, fun, real chatting style is easy to listen to. He is an articulate, wise and a prepared presenter and he is committed to sharing strategies rather than “rah, rah”.

I watched Barnaby chat with 13 and 14 year olds-the toughest audience of all, and they were inspired by him and took away a stack of immediately implementable tools to grow themselves as human beings.”


Founder, MAX College

“What Barnaby offers is unique. He isn’t a celebrity. He isn’t what you would normally expect to see on the corporate or event circuit. He speaks honestly and with credibility. I would definitely use him again as a keynote speaker or Master of Ceremonies.”


Freelance Event Producer

"Barnaby is more than a friend of the Club, he is a Blood. To say his story is one of resilience does not do it justice. Quite simply, Barnaby is a remarkable human and delivers his lessons with candour and humour in equal measures. Anyone who spends time with Barnaby will walk away a better person."


Freelance Event Producer