LOST DOGS OF HOPE PROJECT

Gillie and Marc have set in motion a beautiful, life-changing art venture that will help thousands of Australians.

What is the ‘The Lost Dogs of Hope Project’

Gillie and Marc’s ‘Lost Dogs’ artworks represent the times we’ve all felt lost. The artists first came up with the Lost Dog concept in 2013 when they placed 100 ‘Lost Dog’ sculptures in various locations around Sydney. Within a month, all but three of the sculptures were stolen. The ‘Lost Dogs’ received a cult following and can still be found all over Sydney.

Everyone will feel lost at some point. Talking about it is the first step to finding yourself again. So Gillie and Marc have launched ‘The Lost Dogs of Hope Project,’ a series of various short videos where Australian celebrities discuss the times when they’ve felt lost and alone.

Gillie opened up to her 60,000 Facebook fans about a time when she felt lost. She spoke about being a first-time mother, isolated at home with a newborn, scared out of her mind. At one point, a tearful Gillie puts a hand to her chest and says, “I can’t do this.” The video went viral and within a week received over 118,000 views: https://www.facebook.com/gillieandmarc/video. The artists were stunned by all the comments from people sharing their own experiences of feeling lost. Viewers have even sent private messages of thanks. Gillie’s story may have helped thousands of others feel less alone, but there’s still more to be done.

Who is involved?

We’ve been so privileged to have inspiring people such as Mia Freedman, The Block’s Neale Whitaker, Olympian Elka Whalan, surfing champion Layne Beachley, actresses Allison Cratchley and Jolene Andersen, and blogger and TV personality Lisa Clark talk to us about the times when they’ve hit rock bottom. Having them share in such an honest and brave way really helps to break the stigma around feeling lost.

We’ve also been interviewed by the Daily Telegraph, City Hub and the Wentworth Courier and are collaborating with Mamamia.

What can you do?

Gillie and Marc need your support in this unequalled, life-changing art project. Together, we all should spread the word. Because as it turns out, a one-minute video can make a lifetime of difference.

Everyone will feel lost at some point. Talking about it is the first step to finding yourself again. If you’re feeling lost, you can call Beyond Blue, or even talk to your GP.

Share your story on social media and tag #lostdogsofhope #gillieandmarc to help others feel less alone. Together, we all should spread the word — because as it turns out, a two-minute video can make a lifetime of difference.

Video

‘Lost Dogs of Hope’ Finale

Our ‘Lost Dogs’ represent the times we’ve all felt lost. Earlier this year we launched a video series called ‘The Lost Dogs of Hope Project’ as a way to break the stigma around feeling lost.

We wanted to start a conversation to help those suffering know that feeling lost is a common human experience. Our videos went viral receiving millions of views and in just 10 weeks, we had overwhelming support from celebrities such as Mia Freedman, Layne Beachley and Matt Moran.

This is the final video in our beautiful, heartwarming project. Please watch and share. When you’ve given up on yourself, hope is the first step to finding yourself again. The conversation has begun. Let’s keep it going.

‘Lost Dog’ Interview – Layne Beachley

It’s hard not to feel complete awe when you hear Layne Beachley talk. The 7 x world surfing champion isn’t afraid to speak her mind and, to us, is the epitome of strength. But even she admits to times of being overwhelmed by feelings of fear, abandonment and rejection.

Please watch and share this video to help others feel less alone. The campaign can only work the more it’s shared.

This is the eighth in our series of video interviews called ‘The Lost Dogs of Hope Project’ about feeling lost and how talking is the first step to finding yourself again.

Our ‘Lost Dogs’ represent the times we’ve felt lost. When did you last feel lost? Upload your video to Facebook and tag #lostdogsofhope #gillieandmarc to help others feel less alone.

‘Lost Dog’ Interview – Elka Whalan

Olympic swimmer Elka Whalan talks to us about a breakdown she had during what should have been the happiest moment in her life. Instead, she was left empty, choked up and suffering from an identity crisis.

Please watch and share this video to help others feel less alone. The campaign can only work the more it’s shared.

This is the seventh in our series of video interviews called ‘The Lost Dogs of Hope Project’ about feeling lost and how talking is the first step to finding yourself again.

Our ‘Lost Dogs’ represent the times we’ve felt lost. When did you last feel lost? Upload your video to Facebook and tag #lostdogsofhope #gillieandmarc to help others feel less alone.

‘Lost Dog’ Interview – Heather Maltman

Actress and host Heather Maltman (The Bachelor/I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here), was badly bullied at school. We’re so grateful that she has bravely opened up about this horrendous time. Bullying is never okay. It isolates people and creates unnecessary, debilitating fear.

Please watch and share this video to help others feel less alone. The campaign can only work the more it’s shared.

This is the ninth in our series of video interviews called ‘The Lost Dogs of Hope Project’ about feeling lost and how talking is the first step to finding yourself again.

Our ‘Lost Dogs’ represent the times we’ve felt lost. When did you last feel lost? Upload your video to Facebook and tag #lostdogsofhope #gillieandmarc to help others feel less alone.

‘Lost Dog’ Interview – Leigh Campbell

Huffington Post lifestyle editor, Leigh Campbell, relives the terrifying moment she had her first panic attack. This lead to a life of secrecy and isolation, until the life-changing moment she decided to make a crucial transformation.

Please watch and share this video to help others feel less alone. The campaign can only work the more it’s shared.

Our Lost Dogs represent the times we’ve felt lost. This is the tenth in our series of video interviews called ‘The Lost Dogs of Hope Project.’ When you’ve given up on yourself, hope is the first step to finding yourself again. Upload your video to Facebook and tag #lostdogsofhope #gillieandmarc to help others feel less alone.

‘Lost Dog’ Interview – Matt Moran

From dish rags to riches, successful chef and TV personality, Matt Moran, struggled with school and had no passion to do anything until he landed a job as a dish pig in Parramatta RSL. He shows that even a lost kid from the Western Suburbs of Sydney can build a successful empire.

Please watch and share this video to help others feel less alone. The campaign can only work the more it’s shared.

Our Lost Dogs represent the times we’ve felt lost. This is the eleventh in our series of video interviews called ‘The Lost Dogs of Hope Project.’ When you’ve given up on yourself, hope is the first step to finding yourself again. Upload your video to Facebook and tag #lostdogsofhope #gillieandmarc to help others feel less alone.

‘Lost Dog’ Interview – Jolene Anderson

Actress Jolene Anderson (All Saints, Home and Away) knows firsthand what can happen if you bottle things up — after a tragic incident left her sick and vulnerable, she reached a low point in her life. We’re so pleased she has recovered and spoke with us about this difficult time. Please watch and share this video to help others feel less alone. The campaign can only work the more it’s shared.

This is the sixth in our series of video interviews called ‘The Lost Dogs of Hope Project’ about feeling lost and how talking is the first step to finding yourself again.

Our ‘Lost Dogs’ represent the times we’ve felt lost. When did you last feel lost? Upload your video to Facebook and tag #lostdogsofhope #gillieandmarc to help others feel less alone.

‘Lost Dog’ Interview – Allison Cratchley

We’re so grateful that Allison Cratchley bravely shared the most difficult decision she ever made, even though it meant losing all her friends.

This is the fourth in our series of video interviews called ‘The Lost Dogs of Hope Project’ about feeling lost and how talking is the first step to finding yourself again.

Our ‘Lost Dogs’ represent the times we’ve felt lost. When did you last feel lost? Upload your video to Facebook and tag #lostdogsofhope #gillieandmarc to help others feel less alone.

‘Lost Dog’ Interview – Mia Freedman

We are so honored that Mia Freedman (Co-Founder and Content Director of Mamamia) took some time out from her busy schedule to discuss a time she felt lost. We can’t even begin to imagine the trauma she went through and we hope her video helps all those currently suffering in silence. Please share this video!

‘Lost Dog’ Interview – Gillie Schattner

We make a lot of videos, but this is by far our most personal and important.

Our ‘Lost Dogs’ represent the times we’ve felt lost. Gillie opens up in the first of a series of interviews about feeling lost and how talking is the first step to finding yourself again.

Have you ever felt lost?

‘Lost Dog’ Interview – Lisa Clark

We’re so privileged to have the inspiring blogger and TV personality, Lisa Clark opens up to us in such a brave and genuine way about when she hit rock bottom.

Our ‘Lost Dogs’ present the times we’ve felt lost. This one-minute video is the second in a series of interviews called ‘The Lost Dogs of Hope Project’ about feeling lost and how talking is the first step to finding yourself again.

When did you last feel lost?

‘Lost Dog’ Interview – Neale Whitaker

We were so moved by Neale Whitaker Editor/Presenter/Author's Lost Dogs of Hope video. You may recognize Vogue Living’s Editor-in-Chief from The Block. Which just goes to show it doesn’t matter how accomplished you are, we can all suffer from moments of feeling lost at any stage in our lives.

Neale is the third in our series of video interviews called ‘The Lost Dogs of Hope Project’ about feeling lost and how talking is the first step to finding yourself again.

Our ‘Lost Dogs’ represent the times we’ve felt lost. When did you last feel lost? Upload your video to Facebook and tag #lostdogsofhope #gillieandmarc to help others feel less alone.

When did you last feel lost?