Leeds dad wins tropical island trip

Success: Alistair Lawson, with wife Louise and children Beatrice and Heath.
Success: Alistair Lawson, with wife Louise and children Beatrice and Heath.
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A budding entrepreneur from Leeds has been named as one of six lucky people to bag a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the South Pacific to try and make his business dream a reality.

Dad-of-two Alistair Lawson, of Roundhay, was chosen after a global hunt for enterprise ideas which aim to make the world a better place, through the Thisisyourlifechange.com project.

He will now fly to the island of Vorovoro in August for an all-expenses-paid two-week trip to work with a team of experts who will develop their ideas.

Alistair’s project is www.smackingfish.com - an online platform which aims to provide motivational support and inspiration, by encouraging users to share their dreams and hopefully others to grant them.

The graphic designer said he will miss his family - wife Louise, 35, and children Beatrice and Heath - but is doing it with them in mind.

“I am obviously ecstatic at having been selected but am going to miss the family like crazy. I just have to focus on getting everything I can out of the experience and putting it all into action on my return. The main aim of entering the competition was always to create a more comfortable life for my family and to be able to work on my own business idea.

“We will all miss each other so much but it’s an opportunity that just can’t be missed.”

The Thisisisyourlifechange.com project 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 or Bust.

Alistair and his fellow finalists’ stay on the island will also be filmed in the hope of securing a TV deal.

For more information on the project visit thisisyourlifechange.com.