Leeds dad has eyes on tropical island prize

Alistair Lawson is down to the final 50 of a global 'This is Your Life Change' contest. Picture Tony Johnson

Alistair Lawson is down to the final 50 of a global 'This is Your Life Change' contest. Picture Tony Johnson

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A budding entrepreneur from Leeds is tantalisingly close to winning a trip-of-a-lifetime to a remote Fijian island.

Dad-of-two Alistair Lawson, 34, of Roundhay, is down to the final 50 in a global hunt for six lucky people to be whisked away to the South Pacific island Vorovoro on a life-changing mission.

Alistair with wife Louise, 35 and children Beatrice and Heath.

Alistair with wife Louise, 35 and children Beatrice and Heath.

The all-expenses-paid two-week trip involves working with a team of experts who will develop six business ideas for ways to make the world a better place into reality. More than 3,500 people from 24 countries applied to Thisisyourlifechange.com project and these have now been whittled down to 50 semi-finalists, including Alistair.

The Roundhay dad hopes to set up smackingfish.com, an online platform which aims to provide motivational support and inspiration.

The graphic designer said: “I’m really excited to be selected as one of 50 - that in itself feels a massive achievement. I hope I can do enough now to make it to the final six. I think they like Smacking Fish as they share a similar vision of helping people globally achieve things they never thought possible.”

Smackingfish.com is currently a blog but Alistair plans to design a full website for people to share wishes and hopefully see them granted. Those ‘happy ending’ stories would then be documented on the site to publicise the good deed and provide further inspiration to others. Alistair said: “There’s a massive community out there which want to help people with whatever skills they have and hopefully get something in return. If someone has a dream of jumping out of a plane, and someone’s got a parachute school or something, we can put them in contact with each other.”

This Is Your Life Change is the brainchild of former cleaner-turned-life coach Mark Bownass, who set up eco-community Tribe Wanted on Vorovoro, which was filmed for BBC documentary Paradise of Bust. The final six’s stay on the island will be filmed in the hope of securing a TV deal.

To vote for Alistair, visit http://thisisyourlifechange.com/votealistair.

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