From the ashes, a beginning.
The Cobargo Wellness Group was founded in early 2020 by Cobargo local Sarah Campbell Lambert in response to the Black Summer bushfire crisis that heavily impacted Cobargo and NSW. The Cobargo Wellness Group (CWG) is a non-profit organisation that supports individuals and communities to thrive after crisis and beyond. We surveyed our community and evaluated the outcomes which enabled us to provide the mental and emotional support wanted and needed to renew communities on the individual level and collectively.
The Ginger the Frog Theatre Show and Digital Wellbeing program is one of the major projects of the Cobargo Wellness Group in 2020 and beyond.
Our research from experts around the world in trauma recovery and our own evaluations from over 1000 of our community has informed us that our programs will benefit any one or any community that has suffered from trauma. For more information about our work and other projects please go to www.cwg.org.au
The Ginger the Frog Story
The story of Ginger the Frog began when Sarah’s now adult children were little, and she created stories to support them in their daily life. The original story “Be Brave” was about Ginger summoning the courage to go to the other side of the pond to meet new frogs. This story was written to encourage Lucy, Sarah’s eldest, to go to her first day of school with courage and the confidence to meet new people and have a fun day. Many other stories followed. Soon children who visited Sarah’s home would ask to hear the stories of Ginger and some parents asked, ‘when are you going to put this in a book?’ Almost two decades later, Richard, Sarah’s husband said ‘Sarah, these stories are really important to share and more relevant now than ever’, and so Sarah began the journey of introducing Ginger to the world with the vision of supporting children’s emotional wellbeing and their carers.
Ginger the Frog is now a two-part program
My Superpower The musical theatre show
for children aged 3-7 years
The Ginger the Frog digital wellness program
for schools and home use
The Ginger the Frog Team
SARAH CAMPBELL LAMBERT
Founder – Cobargo Wellness Group, Creator of The Ginger the Frog Program, Co-Writer of ‘My Super Power’, Producer and Actor
Sarah had a successful career as a make-up artist, hairdresser and costume designer for film, TV, theatre for 18 years in Australia and the U.S.A working with high profile celebrities. Sarah has practiced, researched and taught mindfulness, meditation and creative visualisation for thirty years and has spent the last eleven years as a therapist qualified in hypnosis, kinesiology, EFT, Psych-K, and is a Reiki master. For the last three years she has provided help for and evaluated approximately 1200 of her community as a result of environmental crisis and the pandemic through the NFP the Cobargo Wellness Group she formed in 2020. This has given Sarah a solid foundation and understanding of how to help people reach emotional wellbeing after crisis and beyond. She serves private clients, runs workshops, puts on community events, and holds retreats. Sarah was chosen to develop her children’s series ‘Ginger the Frog’ by the iAccelerate program through Wollongong University in 2019 and retook the course in 2022. She has business mentors in Germany and the USA that are helping her to create a scalable product with The Ginger the Frog Program that will support children from 3-7 years and their care givers creating mental and emotional wellbeing.
Co-Writer and Director of ‘My Superpower’, Producer, Community Engagement Coordinator and Actor
Dave trained in acting at the Victorian College of the Arts and in Screenwriting at RMIT, Melbourne. Dave has been working in the arts since 1988, as an actor, musician, writer, director, and producer. Dave has toured nationally and internationally, performed in numerous shows, written over 20 professional plays and screenplays and 35 community shows and recorded 8 studio albums. Dave has also worked extensively in the youth sector, in community cultural development (CCD) with Indigenous and diverse communities and produced international CCD projects in Mexico, Thailand and Scotland. As an artist in residence with the Royal Children’s Hospital for over a decade he worked on a 3-year bushfire recovery project after the 2009 ‘Black Saturday’ bushfires in Victoria.
Currently Dave manages Full-On Theatre, which has received extensive project grants and created a significant body of work www.fullon.biz
Animator and Cobargo Wellness Group Director
Richard is a visual effects artist with a wealth of knowledge and experience with over 20 years in VFX and postproduction for film, TV, and advertising. He has worked in Australia, Europe, Asia, and the U.S. in a diverse range of disciplines and with celebrated directors and international advertising companies www.richardlambert.com.au
Co-writer and editor of the Ginger the Frog Stories
Suzanne has taught for 25 years in a variety of educational settings from small country primary schools to tertiary level in large cities. Her interests are in linguistics and supporting children with special educational and emotional needs
Teacher support and editor of content and stories
Harmony graduated with a Bachelor of Primary Education from Southern Cross University in 2015, spending a year of her degree studying in North Carolina at Appalachian State University. She has completed a Diploma of Creative and Indigenous Writing in 2018/19 through Charles Darwin University and participated in short story writing courses with Mary Ann Butler through the NT Writers Centre. Harmony has had the privilege of spending most of her career working between Darwin and Arnhem Land which she feels has shaped her teaching practise in a myriad of ways.
Additionally, Harmony is a qualified yoga teacher, completing her training through Santosha Yoga Teacher Training in 2012 and an advanced training with Creature Yoga in 2020. Harmony’s interest in creative therapies have led her to participate in somatic movement therapy workshops with Dr Scott Lyons and inspired her own growth and personal development.
Mel has been working with the Cobargo Wellness Group and Ginger the Frog team since the beginning of 2021. Mel is a practitioner of a range of holistic therapies including Reiki, EFT, MRI, and massage and has experience in managing small business.
Mel’s role with the Cobargo Wellness Group is an administrative one and she is currently co-writing the content for the Cobargo Wellness Group online course. Thriving After Crisis offers tools and techniques to support individuals and communities to heal after a crisis. The course will be available from September 2022
SARA AND HAZEL ANDERSON
Sara and Hazel are 19-year-old twins from the Bega Valley who love to create art and have been doing so since they were three years old. The twins created the beautiful digital artwork for the Ginger stories and can also work with traditional media.
Charlotte graduated in HSC drama in 2017 through Sapphire Coast Anglican College and completed a theatre and on screen course with Acting Performance Studio plus additional coaching with mentor Rosie Traynor.
Charlotte assisted with numerous productions through Theatre On Set and Footprint Theatre and won an award for best actress from Alliance Francaise, in their national French film competition. In 2015 Charlotte was acknowledged for her sustained dramatic and comedic performance in “Seeking Sita” by Theatre On Set.
Aurora is a highly sought-after entertainer, renowned for her sublime vocals, cheeky comedy and sharp wit. With a career in the performing arts spanning over two decades, the critically acclaimed singer, actress, comedienne and Mistress of Ceremonies has captivated audiences across Australia.
Aurora is a graduate of the Actors Centre, Sydney and The John Bolton Theatre School, Melbourne and a Solo Artist in Residence Program at Victoria University of Technology, Melbourne www.aurorakurth.com
ADRIENNE MEGAN LESTER
A seasoned performer with over 25 years of stage experience, Adrienne has been producing and directing, both small and large scale productions, for more than 2 decades. With qualifications in exercise and movement-based practices, Adrienne brings a high standard of integrity, professionalism and safety into all that she does. Co-founding the Bangalow Theatre Company in 2015, she sat as president on their NFP committee while producing their first 3 shows. Moving into Business and Systems Management for Public Act Theatre in 2017, she also ran musical-theatre-meets-circus productions at Circus Arts Australia and later founded Umbrella Theatrical Productions specifically to develop and house Applied Theatre works.
Composer, sound designer, musician, and technician
SAMWISE SEIDEL is a multi-instrumentalist musician, sound engineer, backline technician and stage manager. Sam has a wealth of experience all over the world in the studio, on stage and backstage at large festivals and concerts. With tertiary education in sound and live production, for this album Sam also wore the hat of composer and producer samthewise.com
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