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A Life of Purpose.


While on a morning run along Torquay beach in Victoria, Australia; Sean Purcell went into cardiac arrest and his heart stopped beating - Sean was left face first in the water.

What happened next was truly remarkable. A group of quick thinking strangers came together to administer lifesaving CPR for more than 45 minutes, sourced a defibrillator and re-started Sean’s heart before Paramedics could stabilise him and air-lift him to hospital.

Sean’s prognosis was bleak; if he was to survive; his family were told he would suffer permanent brain damage.

But Sean did survive and thrived, and is here to share his story: the collapse, a five-day coma, a journey of recovery and his quest to find and thank the locals who saved his life that went global!

5 years on and Sean is making the most of his second shot at life. He heads up the ‘Empower Sessions’ by Cotton On Foundation; a national program that highlights the focus on empowering youth globally through the delivery of quality educational projects in Uganda, South Africa, Thailand and Australia.

Sean is also a proud member of the LifeChanger Foundation team, facilitating sessions nationally and delivering holistic self-development workshops for teens with the mission of creating and sustaining safe and resilient communities across Australia.

Sean is driven to share his story and highlight the beauty of the human condition. His talk focuses on the importance of gratitude, how capable we all are when faced with direct opportunity or adversity and the need for all of us to capitalise on our skill set and live a life of purpose!



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A very powerful and engaging presentation that impacted everyone in the room. The feedback and discussion amongst staff following your talk has been really positive. From what I’ve heard staff gained valuable insight into themselves, their views on life and their career choices. The two questions you provided at the end of the session have certainly got people thinking. Thanks again Sean for your inspirational presentation. Tim McDonald, Manager - Customer Service & Council Business, City of Greater Geelong
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