The South Aussie Cosi
Andrew 'Cosi' Costello, the former pig farmer from Kadina, has become an acclaimed and much-loved Adelaide media personality since winning a radio competition on SAFM in 2000.
Cosi has been in the media for 14 years including hosting SAFM and Triple M Breakfast Shows and national radio gigs. Over the years he has also won a swag of radio awards including the Young Journalist Of The Year Award for his report on homelessness. He also picked up the ACRA award for Best Documentary: Rising Homelessness.
Always entertaining, informative and compassionate, Cosi is a very popular choice as a host or MC for all occasions.
Cosi has always been passionate about people and travel and today he heads up South Aussie with Cosi, South Australia's only travel show, which is shown in 46 countries across the world. His goal is to not only promote SA but also unify the state to encourage others to get passionate about living in one of the best places in the world. Cosi has also been busy promoting South Australia in Dubai and China.
By using his hundreds of thousands of TV viewers and a combined 120,000 Facebook friends Cosi has a significant voice amongst the South Australia community, especially with his country roots.
In 2008 he appeared as a contestant on the high rating Channel 10 reality show The Biggest Loser and had a huge fan following. He turned around years of gaining weight, when in four months when he lost over 30% of his body weight and almost made it through till the end of the series, getting eliminated in Week 10 of the series.
As a passionate ambassador for South Australia he launched an online campaign to save the Lower Light Cockroach. His Facebook posts were shared over 15,000 times and were seen by close to 1 million people. He purchased the world's biggest cockroach for two slabs of Coopers beer and re-gifted it back to the state. Now the SA icon is safe forever!
Cosi is also busy offshore. He is the founder of a charity, Cows for Cambodia, that owns a cattle farm. In Cambodia, 60% of Cambodians earn less than $1 a day and those in rural villages have little or no possessions other than the straw huts they live in. Through his followers and fans Cosi raises money and gives pregnant cows to extremely impoverished families. Once the cow has its calf, it is given to the next family. His personal aim is to have 100 cows and therefore help 100 families.
Cosi perfectly performed his MC role. He went with the flow and did a great job in revving the audience up prior to the author talk. We’ll certainly consider using Cosi again.
Mount Barker Community Library
I would like to pass on a huge "Thank you" from CPA Australia for your excellent presentation last night. You went well over and above what we usually expect from a speaker - making an effort to mingle with the crowd and making a point of saying goodbye to each person at the end of the night. You are a true professional! After last night’s session, I feel that we are in a great position to make a success of it (a regular event) here in Adelaide - and a lot of the credit goes to you! The feedback I have received from the members this morning has been fantastic.
CPA Australia Ltd
Very professional, got the crowd pumping, excellent MC! He did everything he was asked and had a great rapport with the crowd. Overall, very happy - Cosi would be a definite consideration for 2006.
His energy and passion really hit the mark for attendees.