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(generated from captions) Australia. Tracy Bowden reporting. The name Walt diz n

is forever linked with

childhood fun and fairytales.

But the heiress to the nor Khun has followed a path has followed a path less

cheerful. Abigail Disney has

persued her own dream to

improve the lives of people in

war zons and closer to home as

a social activist and documentary maker. Lisa

Whitehead caught up with her Whitehead caught up with her in

Melbourne. Like any good

industry function this cocktail party and

party and gala dinner is party and gala dinner is all about networking. Started small fair enough to say but

are now like winning big contracts. Zblt this event is connecting investors with projects in need of money. But they're not chasing a profit or even recognition, just even recognition, just the

they give can make a satisfaction of knowing what satisfaction of knowing

difference. Tonight's guest speaker, influential American philanthropist Abigail E Disney

this idea that, you know, yes, knows the feeling well. I got

it's very nice and good to give mub money away but it's better mub

to think about it. It's to examine your ideas, examine your motivation s, be strategically thoughtful and so forth.

forth. Abigail Disney is forth. Abigail Disney is the founder of a social foundation that's made millions

of dollars in grants to grass roots community organisations.

Dealing are issues like child

health, AIDS and women's rights

in her home town of New York and in Western Africa. In every

neighbourhood in crisis, in

every country in crisis if you

go and you look at go and you look at the people

who are still teaching the their families together, making

sure the kids get to school ,

get fed, etc, those are women.

So they are in fact a really

strategic lever point for

making societies function

better. This mother of 4 could

wealth and privilege, insulated easily have chose an life of

from the problems ofrt - of the world. She's the granddaughter

of Roy O Disney, Walt's brother

and the cofounder of the and the cofounder of the Walt

Disney company and

to open doors. Every day people take meetings with me that they probably would probably would not otherwise

have taken, probably for all the wrong reasons, but, you

know, if I can make the world a

better place by using that as a tool then, you know, tool then, you know, why wouldn't I? But being raised in

a wealthy family with a famous name has its risks. I was

warned about it by my family.

Oh, people will try to take

advantage of you and advantage of you and that

certainly happens a lot. And it's not a fun thing, believe

me. But finding out that you're

not in fact living on this

island and separate island and separate and better and whatever is really good news. The thing about Abigail

is she's not just using her inherited wealth to inherited wealth to make change, that she brings in

time, her voice and her

talent. So I wanted to tell

these stories of the people I

met and then I found this story in Liberia which really in fact

contained everything about the way

the people that you know that

are just incredibly inspiring.

We were the white clothes

with hair tied. This is how we

market every day. Her decided to sit at the fish

Back to Hell' with documentary 'Pray the Devil

winning director Gini Reticker Back to Hell' with Emmy-award

and tells the story of Christian

a century of war in the African country of a century of war in the West

African country of Liberia. We

are fed up with the war and we

are doing this to tell the war we are tired of fighting, the

killing of our people. My now

dear friend Lama Bowie who dear friend Lama Bowie who is the lead character the lead character in 'Pray the Devil Back to Hell' the day she

won the peace prize was great. To pray for peace. Try not not to let things go to my head

but that's going to my head a bit. I'm proud we brought her

to the world's attention. She's

an extraordinary person an extraordinary person with incredible gifts. This one

around the world and the

disadvantage they face just being born a girl in different parts of the country. The

Australian women's donor

Network brought Abigail Disney

to Australia to speak at its

gala dinner and to advise groups like the Documentary Australia

to link up with Phil tlopic Australia Foundation who want

investors. We don't raise money

and we don't give away money. for people who want to give to organisations and the

organisations out there doing

such ground-breaking work. Here

philanthropy doesn't share philanthropy doesn't share the

activism that it does in same profile or level of

activism that it does in the

US. You in Australia do not have such a lively

philanthropic scene precisely

because your social safety net

isn't quite as torn as ours and

so you have an opportunity to

really think about the ways in

which philanthropy can set the tone, can tone, can create replicaible

models, can amplify what it is

government is already doing.

Abigail Disney's latest production, a 5-part series

called women war and - 'Women,

War and Peace' continues to War and Peace'

shine the spotlight on women in

conflict around the globe. It's

a long way from the award-winning animation of

Micky Mouse and Donald Duck but

a share in the fortune amassed by

by the entertainment conglomerate has given Disney the power to conglomerate has given Abigail

I'm just a brick in the wall, difference. Finding Disney the power to make a

which is essentially the lesson

of philanthropy, has been the