Former tradie Paul ‘Morro’ Morrison now hangs out with the AFL’s Perth-based West Coast Eagles, that is when he’s not getting up at ‘ridiculous o’clock’ to co-host the Breakfast Show on 98five Sonshine FM. Later this month, Morro will be travelling to Vietnam to witness life-changing cataract surgery to mark CBM’s Miracles Day.
You’ll be in Vietnam on 25 August for Miracles Day. Can you explain what Miracles Day is and how you came to be involved?
People in poverty in the Third World deal with struggles and difficulties, and many of us here in the wealthy West find this hard to relate to.
One of the most common forms of disability in such countries is blindness. And very commonly, this is blindness that can be treated with a 12-minute operation to remove cataracts. Here, it’s not a big deal, because if the doctor picks it up we get treated straight away. In these places the people are often totally blinded and it cause a major disruption and greater struggle to survive.
On Miracles Day, CBM (formally called Christian Blind Mission) encourages listeners across Australia to give just $32 to buy a miracle—a life-changing cataract operation.
Aside from broadcasting a live radio show, what other role will you play and what else do you hope will come out of the event?
We will broadcast brekky from Vietnam for the week leading up to Miracles Day and take our whole brekky family on 98five with us on the journey. It’s a great chance for people who may be going about their morning routines of work/school/family to listen in and take a pseudo international trek to another part of the planet, and be reminded of someone else’s perspective and struggles.
How does faith play out in your life?
It is pretty much the filter through which I view the world and what fuels my motivation to do the things I do. God loves me so much, and my understanding of him is as the greatest Father we could ever experience or imagine.
The thing is, he totally loves all of us, and has given all that he could to connect with all of us, so each day we get to live that unending love—basically with and for each other.
How does a ‘former tradie’ find himself the co-host of a breakfast show and chaplain to the West Coast Eagles?
There isn’t enough time in the day to fully explain this…but, like I said, our Father delights in taking us on an adventure if we are up for it.
I am constantly asking God if there is something next or more, and it has resulted in seeing some amazing doors and opportunities open up for me. I enjoy music and football, but I also love God and I love people, and these roles allow me to share some of that love around in different communities and contexts.
What does it mean to mentor a bunch of footballers? What’s challenged/surprised you most?
Pretty much same as any blokes—get around them, do what they do, take an interest in their interests and their lives and be the greatest voice of encouragement and hope that you can.
I love this quote: ‘He who gives the most hope, has the most influence’. Stay hopeful. It has surprised me just how judgmental I can be coming from a churchy background… I get challenged by my own selfishness and insecurities at times… Someone really great once said ‘Don’t judge!’ It was good advice.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell our readers?
I’m also a musician and singer songwriter, and I’ve released three albums and numerous singles all on iTunes. The proceeds of songs I wrote and recorded with the Eagles help fund two schools in Cambodia. I’ve been married to my wife Rebecca for two decades and we have four awesome kids, Jesse (18), Jaimee (15), Samuel (13) and Kate (9).