Category: Profile

Learn2Swim week kicks off

By Marlene Even In Sydney, we are lucky to have access to plenty of pools and beaches for the community to enjoy. However, with drowning listed as the number one cause of accidental death for children under five years of age, it is imperative that children learn how to swim and are supervised. Learn2Swim week is imploring parents and the community to get behind their water safety initiative this October. New research, commissioned by Poolwerx, revealed that almost half of Australian parents rated their children’s water safety skills as poor or average. A further one-in-three parents alarmingly believe that their...

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Art Transcends Disability At Boonah Creative Art Studio

Isabella Ross Transcending boundaries and fostering a sense of kinship within the Ku-ring-gai community is Boonah Creative Art Studio in West Pymble. What is special about this centre is that it runs specifically to meet the needs of those living with disability looking to pursue passion and creativity. Established in 1995, Boonah’s central objective has been to provide opportunities for people living with disabilities across our local districts. Building confidence, founding lasting friendships and giving these artists meaning and purpose are just some of the numerous positive outcomes of this initiative. To the delight of locals, the space also...

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THE COMMUNITY BEHIND MONA VALE HOSPITAL

Natalie Di Paola The Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary was officially launched on 1 July 2007, but it has been around for much longer than that. Technically, the Auxiliary has existed since the hospital opening was announced in 1961. In the past, it comprised of a number of small auxiliaries around the North Shore that raised money for the hospital. Most of these have since disbanded due to small membership numbers, and the rest amalgamated into the Mona Vale Auxiliary that is known today. The Auxiliary has two jobs. It runs the kiosk at the Hospital, which has been operating...

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AMANDA HAMPSON: WRITER OF WANDERLUST

By: Hanna Moore Originally hailing from rural New Zealand, Amanda Hampson was determined to be a writer at a young age. Currently residing in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Amanda still travels far and wide researching her successful novels. On the eve of the release of The Yellow Villa, Amanda reflects on the novel, her writing process and what’s next. What inspired the story of The Yellow Villa, and how did you devise the two couples and their individual characteristics? What made you want to explore their story? The seed of the idea came from friends describing the situation of some...

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SYDNEY COMEDY FESTIVAL: MATT OKINE

Hanna Moore Having relocated to Sydney from Brisbane in his early 20s, the multi-talented Matt Okine has continued to make a name for himself throughout the national and international comedy scene. Matt had a breakthrough season in 2012 with his debut comedy show Being Black N Chicken N Shit selling-out all season, winning the ‘Best Newcomer’ award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival as well as taking on a season at the Soho Theatre in London’s West End. Matt was also taking the Triple J airwaves by storm throughout his run as breakfast host of Matt & Alex until...

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