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Lourdes Hospital staff in for a Dry July

Lourdes Hospital staff in for a Dry July

DOING IT FOR CHARITY: Janelle Vandermaal, Tamara Hollman and Steve Evans will be sticking to the water and tea this month as participants in Dry July. Photo: Belinda SooleSix staff members at Dubbo’sLourdes Hospital are foregoing alcohol to raise funds for cancer patients.
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The group are taking part in Dry July, and Lourdes health service manager Steve Evans said he was confident they would be successful.

“My dad passed away in 2014 of cancer and the hospital he was in had a project funded by the Dry July movement. That sort of gave me the idea to do it,” he said.

Tamara Hollman was also motivated byher family.

“My son was diagnosed last year with cancer. He’s okay now but it was pretty intensive for the last year,” she said.

“There’s a lot raising money for certain cancers but they’re generalised, they’re for certain cancers. This is something for everyone who has cancer.”

Ms Hollman said she wouldn’t be tempted to drink as she would be thinking about what cancer patients go through.

Funds can be donated through the Dry July website.

“They can pick a team or donate it to one of us- it all goes to the same charity,” Mr Evans said.

The money raised from Dry July has funded a range of services likea free wig library in Royal North Shore Hospital, transport to treatment services in Lithgow and chemotherapy chairs at the Maccarthur Cancer Therapy Centre.

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Honoured for community service

Honoured for community service

Rotary 9650 district governor Maurie Stack names Graham Brown a Paul Harris Fellow. Photo by Ashley Cleaver/Cleavers Images.The name Graham Brown is synonymous with community service in the Manning Valley.
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He is also now a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International, with the announcement taking placeat the Rotary District 9650 changeover dinner.

Graham was an important part of the original fundraising committee for the Manning Entertainment Centre in 1988 and again 20 years later when a flytowerwas required.

When funding was needed for a construction of a small hospital on the island of Nias, Indonesia, following the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, Graham and his son Kyle devised and executed the World’s Largest Dinner Party which raised $53,000 in a single night in support of this Rotary Australia World Community Service project.

For more than 30 years Graham has donated enormous amounts of his time and expertise to theManning Valley Businessman’s Association,Manning Valley Entertainment Centre Committee,Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia,Manning Online (founder and initial funder),Taree Legacy,Manning Development Corporation and many other community organisations.

Since 1997 hehas been chairperson of the Bushland Health Group and has overseen enormous developments during that period.

Graham personally kick-started the transformation of Taree CBD with his Tidy Up Taree group which has been operating since 2013.

He is a passionate and articulate promoter of the Manning.

Graham accepted the role of treasurer for the recent Rotary District 9650 conference and not only controlled all aspects of finance to produce a widely acclaimed event under budget but was closely involved in all aspects of planning.

During the presentation, Graham was described as a “gift to the Manning Valley and to the world and a worthy Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International”.

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Collie community rallies behind local workers

Collie community rallies behind local workers

Collie community and union members are set to rally outside the Fair Work Commission in St. George’s Terrace this morning at 9am.
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The move comes as the Australian manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) appeals the decision to cancel the Griffin Coal Maintenance Enterprise Agreement and resulting 43 per cent pay cut and shift changes.

The FWC’s decision to cancel the Agreement would place 70 maintenance workers on the Black Coal Mining Industry Award from July 10.

AMWU State Secretary Steve McCartney said the decision would significantly alter Collie’s economy and the lives of the workers and families involved.

“It is not in the public interest to rip away 43% of the income of a significant number of workers and their families in the Collie and local South-West communities,” he said.

“Lanco owned Griffin Coal is one of the worst-run businesses I’ve ever seen, and we refuse to accept that workers and their families should suffer because of this company’s mismanagement.

“Lanco don’t pay their bills, and they’ve been chased by everyone from the Australian Taxation Office, to local earth-moving contractors and the local hardware store, and we won’t accept that somehow our members should pay for that.”

Mr McCartney said the pay cut and roster changes highlighted the company’s unfair treatment of its workforce.

“Our members routinely bring their own basic equipment and supplies such as light globes and safety gear to work, and many times over the years have been paid late and worked for free to keep the mine running,” he said.

“Of course we’re prepared to cooperate and compromise, but to date the very best offer made to our members was a 27% pay cut and six extra hours worked every week for free, with a roster change that would kill local sport and community events on weekends.”

Mr McCartney said he was concerned that the decision would set a precedent for an array ofcompanies operating out of Collie and across Australia.

“This decision throws doubt into the mind of every Australian worker who thinks that playing by the rules and fairly negotiating an Enterprise Agreement gives them security and certainty at work,” he said.

“Every Australian worker will now be wondering if they’ll be next.

“All these workers are trying to do is to negotiate a fair replacement agreement with their employer as is their legal right, and they continue to have the full support of the Collie community.”

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Students’ spiritual journey

Students’ spiritual journey

Pilgrimage: (From left) Johanna Boncato, Jeremiah Mondragon, Mariel Alag and Clinton Kroutz will be going to Poland later this month to attend World Youth Day. The will also be attending a giant Mass led by Pope Francis. Picture: Geoff JonesStudents from St John Paul II Catholic College are getting ready to embark on a journey that will see them be in an audience with Pope Francis.
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Johanna Boncato, Jeremiah Mondragon, Mariel Alag and Clinton Kroutz will be amongsix year 11 students representing the Schofields school when they travel to Krakow in Polandlater this month to represent Australia as part of World Youth Day.

World Youth Day is a gathering of young Catholics from across the globe that takes place every three years.

The event culminates in a large Mass led by Pope Francis, something Clinton said he is eager to attend.

“Being that close to the Pope is a thrill because you’ll be surrounded by 1 million people from around the world and it will be thrilling to be in the presence of him,” he said.

The students will be among 5000 Australian pilgrims attending the week-long event, which starts on July 25.

Johanna told theCouriershe was excited to connect with other people from around the globe.

“I’m really looking forward to being surrounded by so many young people and celebrate our faith with people from different countries and cultures,” she said.Jeremiah also agrees.

“It’ll be about being with other young people who are also devoted to Christ and sharing the moment with everyone.”

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From sleuth to saviour

From sleuth to saviour

Ambassador: Anna McGahan, who plays Rose Anderson in The Doctor Blake Mysteries, will speak in Ballarat next week about a project close to her heart.
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NEPAL is a long way from the mid-century sets of The Doctor Blake Mysteries.

But since visiting the South Asian country a few years ago, actor AnnaMcGahan –who plays feisty journalist Rose Anderson in the Ballarat-based hit TV show –has become deeply passionate about empowering women and putting a stop to human trafficking.

Next week, McGahan will stop by Ballarat once more –not in her role as a 1950s reporter, but as an ambassador.

The actor, who rose to prominenceplayingprostitute Nellie Cameron in Underbelly: Razor, will speak at theDelacombe Salvation Army and advocate for a new Nepal project enabling trafficked women to learn new skills and complete apprenticeships.

Delacombe Salvation Army ministerDebbie Serojales said McGahan was a passionate supporter of the Salvos and the Make It Happen project in Nepal.

“We are thrilled to have Anna coming on board this year, she is passionate about empowering women and after a visit to Nepal a few years ago, she believes in this cause and wants to help see these women and children have opportunity for a safer future,” Major Serojales said.

“Every two years, the Salvation Army hasan international project … where they raise money to help disadvantaged women and children around the world.

“The project aims to prevent the trafficking of young girls and women living in the city of Kathmandu and the high risk areas of Gholdhap and Dorumba.”

Major Serojales said the Salvation Army would establish a social enterprise by opening a cafe and beauty spa in Nepal where young women would receive education and training, and have the opportunity to complete an apprenticeship.

The goal is to raise $160,000 over two years –with the tally currently standing at $101,000.

Human trafficking is a prevalent issue in Nepal, particularly in instances where vulnerable women are tricked into working across the border into India, only to become sex or labour slaves.

An Afternoon with Anna McGahan on July 16 will include a high tea and also feature artist Zoe Trollop. The eventstarts at 2pm at Delacombe Salvation Army, corner Greenhalghs Road and Warrina Drive.

Tickets are $25 per person. To purchase, phone Major Serojales on 0459 600 915.

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