Category Archives: community

Not looking forward to this coming week

One of the community newspapers that I write for has been going through some hard times lately, and the decision to pull the pin and give up looks like the only alternative at this stage.

We have gone from a production team of 7 down to 3, and if I was to be totally honest, it really is only 2 people doing most of the work.

It’s not enough that we can’t find help with the content and formatting, but we are really having a big issue in getting any sponsorship.

Most months we are lucky if we can cover our printing costs. It is only due to a small grant that we received last year that we have been able to hang in there as long as we have.

When asked how important a community newspaper is to the local area, most people agree that it is invaluable, but when it comes to putting our money where our mouth is I guess that’s a whole different story.

It’s sad to see something you have loved and worked so hard on fold, but at this point I really can’t see any alternative.

This week is going to be full of meetings and emotions will be running high, I may need to stock up on chocolate to help me get through, of course if chocolate fails to help there is always wine right?

Community Newspapers unite.

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Well thank god the festival is over!! After many months of planning, and preparing the Community Newspapers of Knox finally hosted their first joint stall at this years Knox City festival.

The theme of the festival was ‘make your mark’ and I believe that we were able to accomplish this.

As a first attempt I think it went well. There are things we will definitely change next year. Next year we will have a banner to attract more people over to our stall. Next year we will have little show bags made up so that people can carry their papers easily, and next year we will have flyers with all the newspapers details on them for those that are interested in getting involved, or advertising, sponsoring or even contributing articles, photos etc..

It was interesting to note just how many people confuse the community papers with the commercial ones. Community newspapers are run solely by volunteers. They feature articles on local people and their local area. They address the everyday issues. Unlike the commercial papers, community newspapers have minimum advertising, enough to pay for the printing costs. In contrary most commercial newspapers are so full of advertising that they have very little room left for articles. Commercial papers tend to scandalise rather than take the time or effort to get the real facts.

This event has been a real milestone for Community Newspapers, and I am honoured and proud to have played my part.

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Melbourne is shock after 11 year old murdered

Melbourne is in shock today after the senseless murder of an 11 year old boy by his father after cricket training last night. Although the details have yet to be released what we have so far heard is the the boys father attacked the poor child after his cricket training session in front of his team mates.

He brutally beat his own son with a cricket bat and then stabbed the little boy repeatedly with a knife. Police were unable to subdue the man with capsicum spray. When he finally turned on police they had no choice but to fire their weapons. The man died hours later in hospital. Counselling has been offered to all the children that witnessed this horrific event.

From what I have read the father had been estranged and had a history of family violence, in the last few years he had become homeless. Police believe that this was in fact premeditated.

As a parent I cannot get my head around this horrific event, it makes me sick in the stomach to think that a parent could do this to their own child.

Tonight as I check on my children sound asleep in their beds, I pray that they will always be safe and sound, healthy and happy. I pray too that this innocent boy will rest in peace.

Thank you

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Not sure what happened yesterday but somehow I managed to break my all time record for visitors and views to my blog.

Don’t get me wrong I couldn’t be happier, it’s just that I don’t think I posted anything that was that noteworthy.

What I believe has happened today is what people refer to as search engine optimisation. This is the first time I have mentioned Facebook or social media in a post and certainly that first time I have used it as a category, and so this is what I assume to be the reason for the unmissable rise in my stats.

Regardless, I would like to thank everybody who stopped by, it has without a doubt really made my day, night and possibly week.

I am very honoured indeed to be part of the WordPress community.

My Facebook Movie

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Facebook today is going crazy with everyone sharing their own personal Facebook Movie. To be honest it has been really lovely reminiscing over old photos and posts, not only my own but everyone else’s too.

Turns out I joined Facebook in 2009 which makes sense, as I was wanting to check it all out and get use to it before my eldest son joined. I know that Facebook gets a bad wrap quite often, but I have really loved being part of the Facebook community. It has allowed me to get in touch with family and friends all over the world.

Life is busy for everyone and we don’t always get a chance to keep in touch as much as we would like to with friends and even family. Facebook is my way of staying connected with people. I get to watch my friends and family grow through the photos they share. I share in the joys of their day to day lives, get to laugh with funny memes and connect with various organisations and sites that are of interest to me.

So Happy 10th Birthday Facebook, thanks for making the world seem smaller by bringing people together.

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Australia Day

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Today is Australia Day. My day began with a delicious breakfast at Knox City Council in honour of the Australia Day Awards in the panoramic Civc Room.

Every year people in the community are nominated by their peers for their outstanding contribution to the community. There are four awards given : Local Hero, Young Citizen of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and Citizen of the year.

Each year I find the candidates seem to get more and more inspiring.

This years Local Hero was a young lady who embarked on a mission named The Brainwash Project in 2012 to create a small magazine that explored the negative impact the media has on body image for young girls. After its success, She launched a petition that asked women’s magazine Cleo to include a disclaimer in their publication to inform readers that some images within the magazine are digitally altered. The petition received more than 20,000 signatures and attracted national media interest. Upon this response, this young lady independently financed a trip to Sydney to meet with the editors of Cleo. Here, they agreed that the Cleo Photoshop Guidelines would be included in every edition from December 2012. She then set out to create her own magazine for teenage girls. In conjunction with more than 100 volunteers, created a 188-page, colour magazine and managed to raise $5,000 to print 300 copies. Her hope is to have the magazine stocked in local schools so that teenage girls have an alternative publication to read that she and her classmates never had.

The Young Citizen of the Year was equally inspiring. She was a year 12 student with Crohn’s disease who has channelled her desire to better the community in a number of ways, including raising funds for important causes. By organising cupcake and milkshake drives—which required many hours of baking in her own time—she raised almost $2,000 for the Cancer Council and Heart Foundation. She has also raised funds for other worthy causes, including the Epilepsy Foundation and Breast Cancer Foundation. She has generated awareness and funds for a number of causes relating to gender issues, including preventing violence against women and White Ribbon Day. In addition she has recently designed a line of water bottles as part of an important project to foster healthy and equal relationships among young people.

The volunteer of the year was a young mother of three, who has been an active member of The Basin fire brigade for more than 15 years. She has also served as an Operational Fire Fighter which requires her to be on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Her desire to educate children on fire safety saw her create the ‘Captain Koala and Friends’ show, which she wrote, directed and performed. In addition to serving both The Basin Playgroup Committee and the Colchester Park Preschool Committee, this amazing lady has also raised funds for a number of charities, including Red Cross Red Shield Appeal, Riding for the Disabled, Animal Welfare Refuge and The Good Friday Appeal.

Finally the Citizen of the Year was an 81 year old gentlemen who has dedicated more than 50 years to sport and athletics clubs in Knox as well as being heavily involved in U3A Knox (University of the Third Age in Ferntree Gully). This man now leads four classes every week, a commitment which requires many hours of daily preparation.

It is very humbling to be around such incredible people who give so much of themselves and their time to our community. I left feeling as I always do after this event, inspired and in awe at such selflessness and generosity.

Play Me, I’m Yours

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Today we went on a little treasure hunt in Melbourne’s beautiful, bustling CBD. The treasure we were looking for, were 24 vibrantly decorated pianos that have been positioned around Melbourne CBD (Central Business District ), and surrounds, for people to play and enjoy.

Play Me, I’m Yours, is an international street piano project presented by the Arts Centre Melbourne, as part of the Betty Amsden Participation Program.

We managed to find 9 out of the 24 pianos, which I believe are all the ones located in the City. We were treated to some truly beautiful melodies performed by everyday people walking by, who had stopped to have a turn at playing a tune on these cute and quirky pianos.

Every piano has been uniquely decorated by local community artists, and has been positioned strategically around the city in various spots were they can be easily accessed and enjoyed.

My personal favourite was the one pictured above, which my sister had lots of fun playing. She may not have been the most talent performer we heard today, but she looked like a star to me.

The pianos will remain on display until the 27th of January and will then be generously donated to local community centres.

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Polio Support Group

As the What’s On correspondent for two community newspapers I am very fortunate in that I get to meet many wonderful people through this role and to learn about many different groups, events and activities in my area and surrounding areas.

Only today I received a call from a lady who runs a support group for people who have suffered from Polio in their childhood (we are talking before the Polio vaccine was invented) . What these people are finding as they grow older is that the polio disease has caused issues for them later on in life. Tiredness, muscle weakness and extreme fatigue are all sides effects and a consequence of the Polio disease, this is called post-polio syndrome and affects up to 50% of all people who have recovered from Polio in their childhood years.

Many suffer so much that they are unable to work, or perform many of life’s simple tasks.

This support group therefore is a wonderful network for people battling the same condition and their carers (which lets face it have a hard a time as well ) to come together, share experiences, socialise and find support.

I had never heard of a Polio support group before, but I am very glad that something like this exists, and I plan on featuring it prominently in my column.

Carols By Candlelight

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Carols By Candlelight, where my gorgeous baby girl was singing in the choir, performing in the band and singing and performing with her year level. Lovely evening filled with happy families and lots of Christmas Cheer.

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Blog Of The Year Award 2013

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Blog Of The Year Award 2013!!!!

I have been honoured with The Blog Of The Year Award 2013, by my fellow blogger Dear Kitty. Some Blog. This is truly an honour, I have not been blogging long and therefore feel very fortunate to have been nominated at all.

This is my first nomination for this blog award. In order to claim the award and post the star on my blog I need to follow the instructions below. First off I need to nominate other blogs for this award, there are so many amazing blogs out here in the blogosphere it’s hard to pick my favourites but I will give it a go.

The blogs which I am nominating are:

1. HarshReality

2. Travelling Macs

3. TalesAlongTheWay

4. Youth Of A Nation : Bent not Broken

5. Valeriu dg barbu blog

6. Rachelmankowitz

The instructions for this award are simple:

1-Select the blog(s) you think deserve the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award.

2-Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen- there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required- and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3-Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them- (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)

4-Come over and say hello to the originator of the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award via this link: http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/blog-awards-2-/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/

5-You can now also join the Blog Of The Year Award Facebook Page.Click the link here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear

Share your blog posts with an even wider audience.

6-And as a winner of the award- please add a link back to the blog that presented you with this award-and then proudly display the award on your blog- and start collecting stars!

Yes-That’s right-There are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once-this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ’1 star’ award- and every time you are given the award by another blog- you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favorite blogs- and even if they have already been given the award by someone else- you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum of 6 stars! You can either ‘swop’ your badge for the next one each time you are given the award- or even proudly display all six badges if you are lucky enough to be presented with the award 6 times!

You can find all the badges and banners and information you need via this link: ‘Blog of The Year 2013′ Award Badges.

Congratulations to all the nominees! Best of luck to every one! Thank you once again Dear Kitty. Some Blog.