Author(s): Heath Ducker
Heath Ducker grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. He lived with his emotionally fragile, single mother and nine siblings, conceived with half a dozen different fathers, none of whom ever moved in. Most days, there was nothing to eat but breakfast cereal. Just when it seemed things couldn't get any worse, soon after Heath's twelfth birthday, he was sexually abused by the father of his only real friend. However, Heath was determined, from the outset, that he would not let his circumstances beat him. Now, at 25 years old and as a result of extraordinary courage and resilience, Heath is a lawyer with a passionate commitment to improving the lot of underprivileged kids. He lobbies politicians on their behalf, gives his weekends over to voluntary work at camps for teenagers in trouble and he leads treks for young people along the notorious Kokoda Track in the highlands of New Guinea. Kevin Rudd, the Prime Minister of Australia, presented him with ADC's Leadership Award 2008. Now, in A Room at the Top, he tells his story in his own words.
Heath Ducker is a lawyer at Gadens in Sydney; a trek leader on the Kokoda Track with Adventure Kokoda; patron of Butterfly Day (children in war); a leader of the Youth Insearch Foundation and a director of the Aunties and Uncles Co-Operative Family Project. In 2008 Prime Minister Kevin Rudd presented him with ADC's Australian Leadership Award. Samantha Trenoweth has written and edited books of biography and fiction. Her work as a journalist and editor has spanned much of the Australian media, appearing in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, Rolling Stone, Juice, Vogue Australia, HQ, in ABC Magazines and on ABC Radio.