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The Long Way Home - This Weekend on 60 Minutes | @60mins

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Joel De Carteret’s remarkable journey proves the power of love can overcome truly impossible odds. There’s an extraordinary ending to this story, but it begins with heartbreak. As a five year old Joel got hopelessly lost from his mother when he wandered away from the family home and into a bustling city market in the Philippines. He searched and searched but couldn’t find her, and eventually was taken to an orphanage. Imagine his despair as for the next 18 months this little boy contemplated a future with little hope. But Joel is plucky and also lucky.  He’s adopted by a caring and loving Australian family. He goes on to lead a happy and successful life here, except something is always missing. Six months ago, 30 years after getting lost, Joel De Carteret couldn't ignore the pain any longer. He had to find his birth mother. But in a country of one hundred million, where would he even start to look?

Reporter: Liam Bartlett  Producer: Jo Townsend



Everyone at Channel 9 knows and loves Matt Callander. He’s not just a great bloke, but as the boss of Nine’s award-winning rugby league coverage, he’s also a very talented TV executive. 12 months ago though, Matt was diagnosed with an aggressive and deadly brain cancer. Understandably his life was thrown into turmoil but instead of feeling sorry for himself and quietly retreating to the love of his beautiful wife and four children, Matt has set out to defeat the odds. His battle is uphill, a lot like the local under-eight team taking on the state-of-origin-winning New South Wales Blues, but he doesn't care. Matt’s determined to find a cure for this terrible disease, and as Peter Overton discovers, it’s a search that starts with a beanie.

Reporter: Peter Overton  Producer: Nick Greenaway



For the past 20 years Anthony and Chrissie Foster have been fighting the Catholic Church and in particular, Cardinal George Pell. They've been battling for the most fundamental of rights: recognition and justice for their two daughters – and countless other children – who were the victims of paedophile priests. Tragically and unexpectedly, 64 year old Anthony died last week after a fall at his Melbourne home. Tara Brown looks back at this tireless crusader’s courageous work.

Reporter: Tara Brown