Two Pennies

Two Pennies

-A book about determination and hope.
12-Feb-2016

An old man sat with his daughter, his blue eyes twinkled as he opened a small wooden box and took out two pennies and placed them in her hand. 'When I was a little boy, I raised money to help build a school in France. I have kept these pennies for you to take them to France and give them to the school for me.'

Eighty years earlier, just after World War 1, this little boy called George, who lived above his Mother and Father's bakery in Albert Park, Melbourne, decided he wanted to make a difference.

So he woke up early to care for the horses that drew carts that delivered the bread.

First, he led them from the stables, put their bridles over their necks and tethered them to the horse railing outside. Then he fed each of them a bucket of oats, so they would have full stomachs to do their day's work.

After the horses had delivered the bread, George washed and brushed their coats so they were clean and shiny.

Soon he had earned his first two pennies to help build the school in Villers-Bretonneux which been flattened by war and the school destroyed.

The First World War had been raging for four years in Europe and in April 1918; the battlefields around Villers-Bretonneux were mud-drenched wastelands. The German army was determined to capture Amiens, a town close to Villers-Bretonneux and then their final destination, to capture Paris.

All that stood between the German army and Amiens were the men of the 13th and 15th Brigades, Australia Imperial Forces.

On the evening April 24th 1918, this band of brave men turned back the German advance and by morning, Villers-Bretonneux was free of invaders, but this small village was shattered.

It was the morning of April 25th 1918, Anzac Day, when they did the final head count of soldiers who had died. 1,300 brave soldiers died to capture Villers-Bretonneux.

After the war, many Victorian schoolchildren donated their pennies to rebuild this school.

In 2012 George's daughter flew to France and found the little school in the village that her father had helped to build and gave the headmaster George's last two pennies.

These two pennies are now proudly displayed in the French-Australian Museum in Villers-Bretonneux. They tell the story of a little boy who had a dream and made it come true.

A bond was forged between George and Villers-Bretonneux that was never broken.

Two Pennies is a powerful and poignant story about this little boy who, with courage, hope and perseverance, helped to build this school across the oceans.

Henry George McGregor, known as George, served his country in Borneo and Papua New Guinea during the Second World War.

He moved to Brisbane with his family in 1956, where he settled and became a District Inspector for the State Government Insurance Office until his retirement.

George served as a Returned Services League State Councillor for over 30 years. As a Foundation Member and Chairman of the Community Services Committee, he helped buy the land for RSL Fairview Residential Care, Pinjarra Hills, where he lived happily for two years until his death in May 2012.

He was a driving force behind the "Girl in a Million" contest and at the local RSL level he held various offices at the Clayfield-Toombal Sub-branch. He was also Foundation President of the Queensland Diabetes Association and was awarded the OAM in 1989.

With his natural ear for music, he played the piano every day. When he was little, he listened to his sister practise and would play the pieces precisely by ear, including any mistakes she had made. He whistled perfectly in tune.

This book is beautifully illustrated and depicts a child who grew into a man and showed courage and persistence throughout his life. He remained resilient and hearty to the end. George shared his sense of humour willingly and always exhibited joy and dignity to those around him. He never tired of telling the story of his two pennies. This book is his story.

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Two Pennies


Australian children rebuild a School in France
$19.95
Vicki Bennett
Illustrations, John Flintcroft

After World War 1, a little boy called George, living in Victoria, Australia decides to work hard and raise two pennies to help build a school in Villers-Bretonneux, France. This town had been flattened by war and the school destroyed.

This is a powerful and poignant story about a little boy who, with courage, hope and perseverance, helped to build this school across the oceans.

A bond was forged between George and Villers-Bretonneux that was never broken.

George was one of many Victorian schoolchildren who raised money to build the Victoria School in France after World War 1. This is his story.

A moving story that outlines the wonderful relationship between Australia and Villers-Bretonneux, a relationship that has continued through the generations. Lorraine El Yabouri, Musée Franco-Australien, Villers-Bretonneux.

This delightful book reminds us that even the smallest effort can make a big difference. Patrick McIntosh, RSL Care Chairman.

Hope and perseverance are the overwhelming themes of author Vicki Bennett's latest book, Two Pennies. Emma Williams, Courier Mail.

I love that this little boy helps his dad and I love the pictures. Oliver Orth, 8 years old.

Two Pennies is an engaging tale of one person's contribution to repairing the damage that war creates. Sydney Morning Herald.

Click here to hear an interview with Vicki Bennett on Two Pennies (12 MB file).

Two Pennies book trailer.

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Deux Pennies


Australian children rebuild a School in France
$19.95
Vicki Bennett
Illustrations, John Flintcroft

After World War 1, a little boy called George, living in Victoria, Australia decides to work hard and raise two pennies to help build a school in Villers-Bretonneux, France. This town had been flattened by war and the school destroyed.

This is a powerful and poignant story about a little boy who, with courage, hope and perseverance, helped to build this school across the oceans.

A bond was forged between George and Villers-Bretonneux that was never broken.

George was one of many Victorian schoolchildren who raised money to build the Victoria School in France after World War 1. This is his story.

A moving story that outlines the wonderful relationship between Australia and Villers-Bretonneux, a relationship that has continued through the generations. Lorraine El Yabouri, Musée Franco-Australien, Villers-Bretonneux.

This delightful book reminds us that even the smallest effort can make a big difference. Patrick McIntosh, RSL Care Chairman.

Hope and perseverance are the overwhelming themes of author Vicki Bennett's latest book, Two Pennies. Emma Williams, Courier Mail.

I love that this little boy helps his dad and I love the pictures. Oliver Orth, 8 years old.

Deux Pennies is an engaging tale of one person's contribution to repairing the damage that war creates. Sydney Morning Herald.

Click here to hear an interview with Vicki Bennett on Two Pennies (12 MB file).

Deux Pennies book trailer.

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Dreams Can Come True – A Workbook and CD for parents and grandparents to share with children

$29.95



Vicki Bennett
Illustrations, John Flintcroft

Dreams Come True is a book and CD for children to share with their parents and grandparents. Sometimes children need a quiet space of their own where nothing goes wrong. By reading this book and using their imagination, children can find this special place. Their favourite place may become any one of the seven visualisations: The Secret Garden, Library of Learning, Magic Cave of Friends, Rainforest Healing, The Beach and the Healing White Light, Flying in the Clouds, Pink Bubble. These can become positive places to solve problems, helping to put their young minds to rest.

Visualisation creates an environment for children to grow and learn and engage their imaginations.

This workbook also has a section on goalsetting and behaviour.

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Dreams Come True – A workbook and CD for teachers to use with children

$29.95


Dreams Come True – A workbook and CD for teachers to use with children

$29.95

Vicki Bennett
Illustrations, John Flintcroft

Dreams Come True, workbook and CD, is a valuable resource for teachers to use with children. Visualisation creates an environment for children to grow and to learn and engage their imaginations.

Sometimes children need a quiet space of their own where nothing goes wrong. Reading this book and using the CD can provide a valuable tool for learning for children.

There are seven visualisations: The Secret Garden, use for creative learning and problem solving. Library of Learning, can be used as part of the study program, to build confidence for schoolwork. Magic Cave of Friends, can be used when there is any disharmony between friends in a classroom. Rainforest Healing, is an excellent tool to use when children are feeling aggressive or disruptive. The Beach and the Healing White Light, is useful when children are sick or out of sorts. Flying in the Clouds, is best used to ignite the imaginations for a writing task. Pink Bubble is a very calming visualisation, it helps children to feel safe and secure.

These visualisations become positive places to solve problems, helping to put their young minds to rest.

This workbook also has a section on goalsetting and behaviour.

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What do Women Really Want

$9.99

Authors Vicki Bennett and Ian Mathieson asked over 200 women: 'What Do Women Really Want?' From their discussions came this amazing book: loaded with stories and experiences from women and interwoven with comments, advice and suggestions. This website will stimulate your thinking and give you a taste of the book and some great questions to ask yourself.

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Signposts for Life

$26.95

In Signposts for Life, international corporate trainer Vicki Bennett provides a comprehensive and easy-to-follow guide to fulfilling your potential and achieving success.

Using real life case studies and touching anecdotes, Vicki explains how to control negative thinking, communicate more effectively, enhance your relationships, visualise your success, let go of past hurts and much more.

Written in a fun and accessible style, Signposts for Life will inspire you to make simple yet highly effective changes to your thoughts, attitudes, daily routines and lifestyle that will build your self esteem and create new and exciting opportunities in your life.

Says Vicki: 'This book is written for those seeking direction, inspiration and abundance in life but are unsure how to find and embrace it. I write about how giving yourself great customer service is an act of bravery and how to give yourself this daily. I also explore one of life's great questions; do you really want a life partner? And offer practical suggestions on how to answer this.'

As well as plenty of new original material, Signposts for Life incorporates material from Vicki's previous books I've Found the Keys Now Where's the Car? And I've Read the Rules Now How Do I Play the Game?

Click here to hear an excerpt from Vicki's interview with Alan McGirvan about Signposts For Life (1.4 MB file).

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The Effective Leader

$26.95

How To Balance Your Mind, Body And Spirit At Work And At Home

This is a motivational leadership book that explores mind, body, spirit in the context of the work environment through nine easy steps.

A successful leader needs to access a wide range of strengths and skills. But the great quest of our age is about bringing balance into our lives. So how do we bring our professional and personal world into balance, and still provide effective leadership and management?

The Effective Leader focuses on the total person and offers ideas and understandings to apply to all aspects of life. Vicki Bennett and Ian Mathieson explore nine key challenges facing leaders today and argue that balance in life can be achieved systematically and purposefully. If we can successfully balance our mind, body and spirit we can also balance our work, family life and recreational pursuits.

The nine key chapters which explore the leadership challenge are:

  • Leadership can be learned
  • Get in touch with your spirit
  • Integrating intuition and envisaging into planning
  • Open up your antennae
  • The power of choice in your roles
  • Turn on and tune into both sides of your brain
  • Treat yourself well
  • Search out the talents around you
  • Forgive quickly

This book will stimulate your thinking and give you creative and practical ideas to enhance your abilities as a leader, at work, in your family and your community organisations.

Click here to hear a radio interview with Vicki Bennett and Ian Mathieson on The Effective Leader (1 MB file).

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Life Smart

$26.95

Life Smart is for young people aged 13-19 to help them navigate the challenges of adolescence. Written with awareness and understanding, this book provides sound advice on how to deal with the most pressing issues of these vital years - issues everybody experiences in their teens, including:

  • The ups and downs of friendship and love
  • Learning to believe in ourselves and accept others
  • Finding a direction in our life, and
  • Relating to our families.

Written in a clear, accessible style and illuminated with quotes from wise and inspirational thinkers, Life Smart also describes practical activities to get teenagers thinking and acting positively. It empowers young people to not only make choices, but - by being true to themselves - to make the best choices.

Click here to hear an excerpt from Vicki's interview with Alan McGirvan about 'Life Smart'.

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Making Dreams Come True

$20.00

This is a book for children and grown-ups to share. Children have goals, just as adults do. It may be to ride a bike, do well at school or play in a special team. This book of easily understood visualisations and simple practical exercises is suitable for children of all ages

Drawing on her own practical experience working with children, Vicki Bennett shows how you can help children draw on their own unique resources for visualisation and setting and achieving goals.

Visualisation is valuable process for children as:

  • A creative tool they can use to achieve their goals
  • An unlimited space where they can solve problems
  • A place where they can let go of their worries and fears.

Making Dreams Come True includes notes for parents and teachers on how to use the book, simple visualisation exercises and a complete section on setting and achieving goals, set out in a clear step-by-step way.

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Mirrors CD – CD

$35.00

Mirrors CD

This CD is narrated by Vicki Bennett. It tells stories and shares insights about issues we all face. Vicki sees 'mirrors' (people, places, events) everywhere in her own life and cherishes the opportunity to learn from them.

Mirrors reflect our pleasure, pain, best and worst characteristics. With wisdom and unfailing optimism, Vicki explains how to recognise these mirrors. The quicker we learn, the quicker we access emotional intelligence.

This series of shining, clear mirrors allows the listener to find their own truth.

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