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The Spirit of Bali.


Peter Hughes was the man whose swollen and blistered face we saw on television during the shocking first hours of the news coverage from Bali. He literally took our breath away when we heard him quietly tell rescuers he was okay and to help those worse off than him. Looking at him, we could see that he was badly injured himself. And indeed he was. Later he lapsed into a month-long coma during which he died three ties and had to be revived.

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Peter’s talk left us stunned in silence, humbled in his experience and emotionally charged! As Chairman I thanked him personally for his delivery and realised that there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Throughout his talk you could hear a pin drop and for days after I received calls from attendees thanking me for coordinating Peter Hughes to talk! I would recommend that any group of people from any background or profession looking for a speaker consider Peter Hughes! Ese Berryman Realtors

Peter kept the audience utterly engrossed with his account of the Bali bombing and his later fight for survival. We received very positive feedback from our delegates on having Peter as our guest speaker


Peter’s presentation was simply outstanding! He spoke for 50 minutes and through the whole time you could literally hear a pin drop. I have spoken to a lot of people since and they could not get over how they thought Peter only spoke for about 20 minutes. There is no doubt that Peter had the 80 strong audience totally captivated. He hits the mark beautifully with the way he mixes up the Peter Hughes story, the Australian spirit, the actual tragedy of events that is Bali and what lies ahead for all of us. It is moving and inspirational and delivered in a very down to earth style that displays the courage of just an ordinary bloke.

Amerge Sales Management (VIC)

Peter came across as a "natural, freestyle" speaker. His spontaneity, sincerity and his subject matter captivated the audience. Many of our guests had attended previous AGMs at this hospital and said that they found him to be the best speaker yet. We were delighted and appreciative of the fact that he could join us just before the anniversary of the Bali bombings.

Celia Painter, Repatriation General Hospital, SA

Our members were deeply moved by this personal experience and the courage Peter displayed in Bali. While we have read and heard media reports of the Bali tragedy, Peter’s own personal account graphically illustrated the real impact that this event had on ordinary people.


Mr Peter Hughes was an excellent guest speaker. He inspired all the students in the class by telling his remarkable and courageous story. Everyone was pleased with his presentation and more than happy to shake his hand, the hand of a Bali bomb survivor. Peter presented himself well and was a pleasure to have at our school. I greatly appreciated his presence.

Kalamunda Senior High School (WA)

Thank you for your recent guest appearance at the Wellbeing Workshop at the 2006 AMSA Convention in Perth last month. This was the first time MDA National sponsored a workshop of this kind at AMSA and like often with new events, it was difficult to anticipate the outcome. Needless to say we were delighted with the result, with the workshop being well attended and the feedback from the students very positive. We owe its success to you and your compelling story. We sincerely appreciate you sharing your personal and moving account of what transpired in Bali that day and thereafter.

MDA National Insurance
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