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White Ribbon Day at 5THE FM

2014-11-27 22.46.30

Phil Golding carried the White Ribbon representing all victims of violence against women.


by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow

The sixth annual White Ribbon Day event was held by 5THE FM on Tuesday 25th November in the radio station’s garden with local singer/songwriter Leah Briggs performing a song, Breaking down the Walls,  written for all women experiencing violence.

White Ribbon Australia observes the International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women, also known as White Ribbon Day, annually on November 25. White Ribbon Day signals the start of the 16 Days of Activism to Stop Violence against Women, which ends on Human Rights Day (December 10)

White Ribbon is Australia’s only national, male led Campaign to end men’s violence against women.

Globally, White Ribbon is the world’s largest male-led movement to end men’s violence against women. Originating in Canada in 1991, White Ribbon is now active in more than 60 countries.

For six years, White Ribbon Ambassadors and guest speakers from various parts of the community who are regularly involved in the effects of domestic violence, have spoken of their experiences. These have included former WR Mayor Mark Braes, 5THE FM Chairman Boyd Groeneveld – solicitor, Paul Ashworth – Police, Phil Golding – Mental Health, Dr Stephan VanEeden – medical, Senior Sergeant 1st Class Peter Brown – police, and 5THE FM volunteer Chantelle who spoke on the horrors of violence against women in her home country of the Congo.

WR Ambassador Phil Golding said he heard on the ABC just that morning,  the Turkish President say, he always thought the male was superior. He went on to say that women can’t work in the fields when they are pregnant, they can’t dig holes so they are inferior. The President also said obstetric services are not natural and he doesn’t believe in caesarean births!

Mr Golding highlighted the effects of culture, tradition, gender and post trauma, that have an effect on a man becoming violent. He said, by nature, a man is stronger and usually bigger than a woman and instead of a loving response he can respond with violence. He encouraged everyone to have sensible conversations with family and friends and with each other.

5THE FM’s Rebekah led the event with statistics of women suffering violence at the hands of a loved one or partner, at least one woman a week dies as a result of domestic violence. One in every three women will experience violence at the hands of a man in her lifetime.

Mr Golding read the Commissioner for Victims Rights Mr Michael O’Connell poem titled ‘If I were a Woman.’

Leah Briggs sang a moving tribute to victims of domestic violence. Breaking down the Walls;  it will be on her soon to be released EP.

WR Ambassadors and friends took part in the traditional White Ribbon March through George Street and a BBQ provided by 5THE FM was cooked by Allan Crowe and Bill Thoroughgood.














Beachport Triathalon registrations open for 2015

Bpt Triathlon Founders

Photograph from Left : Helen Russell – Race Director 2010‐2013, Julie Moran ‐ Swim Manager 2011 – 2014, Gabby Reeves ‐ Race Director 2010 – 2014, Naome Burdon‐Morros ‐ Sponsor Manager 2014

Organization of the 2015 Beachport Triathalon is well underway and this year is being co‐ordinated by the Wattle Range Council. Online registrations have already opened for the event to be held on Sunday 15th March 2015 and a band of volunteers are again set to make it a successful day.


History of the Beachport Triathalon
Helen Russell and Gabby Reeves started the event in 2010 as part of the Beachport Festival.
The original idea was born after many training sessions the girls did preparing for the Kingston Triathlon in 2009. The response was so positive it has continued as an annual event with numbers growing from 120 in 2010 to nearly 220 in 2014. A committee was formed in 2011 and with the huge Beachport volunteer support, the event is a fixture on the Australian Triathlon Calendar. Founding Committee members include Bob Grieve, Julie Moran, Rhonda Burleigh, Darren Simons and Linda Lambert. Helen remained involved as Race Director until 2013 and Gabby as Race Director until 2014.
The event is financially independent, thanks to the many businesses and people who sponsor the event. Over time the funds generated have been spent on outdoor equipment for the Beachport community. Equipment includes swimming buoys placed at 100m and 200m from the shore at the front beach, and a swimming pontoon. Over the first four years money was also invested into equipment for the event. This included signage, fencing and other infrastructure resulting in a very well equipped event for 2014.
The balance of funds from the 2010 – 2013 events, are happily donated to the Beachport Lions Club. The amount of $5000 will be used for more outdoor equipment for the Beachport Community. Another $1000 will be allocated to start up funds for the 2015 Beachport Triathlon.
The outgoing committee would like to thank all of the 2014 sponsors, Bompas of Beachport,
Wattle Range Council, Mount Gambier Triathlon Club, Athletes Foot ‐ Mt Gambier, Multimetals, Argyle Travel, ILManagement ‐ Aquatic Centre, Greg Shepherd Cycles, The Beachport Hotel, G & D Cycles, Fosters Foodland Millicent, Beachport Motor Inn, Green Triangle Electronics, SportsPower Millicent and Naracoorte, Teagle Excavations, Blupod At The Jetty, Anro Signs, and Niche Homes. The generosity of these businesses is greatly appreciated.

Bpt Tri Club Chq2

Photograph from Left: Beachport‐Rivoli Bay Lions Club Representatives, Peter Hill and Bob Grieves and Mount Gambier Tri Club representative Craig Dunn.

New Era
As part of the transition from the initial committee to a new group the Mount Gambier Tri Club assisted with the 2014 event. Tri Club representative Craig Dunn recently presented a cheque for $3,000 to the Beachport Lions Club to be used for future community projects to be planned in the seaside town.

Information and entry forms for the 2015 Bompas of Beachport Triathlon can be found online at http://tiny.cc/beachporttriathlon

Tony Pasin met with young cancer patients


Member for Barker Tony Pasin


Tony Pasin met with young cancer patients, medical specialists and experts from youth cancer charity CanTeen at a Parliament House breakfast this week.

The event highlighted the achievements of the Youth Cancer Services (YCS), which provide specialist medical and psychological care to 15-25 year olds diagnosed with cancer. YCS are run nationally by CanTeen through Australian Government funding.

“Every day, another three young people aged 15-25 are diagnosed with cancer and because of the Australian Government funding, more than half are now receiving specialist medical and psychological care through the Youth Cancer Services,” Mr Pasin said.

“The journey of a young person with cancer is very different to a child or an adult; whilst most their age are sitting exams, starting university or taking steps towards adulthood, young people with cancer are undergoing treatment without knowing what the future holds,” he added.

Youth Cancer Services provide specialised treatment and support services for young Australians with cancer aged 15-25 throughout the country. It is the only dedicated service in Australia where a young patient can access a full range of cancer care designed specifically for their age group, from medical treatment to counselling, information, access to clinical trials, recreation and financial services.

“It can be an extremely isolating experience for young people treated alongside children or older adults whom they can’t relate to,” said CanTeen CEO Peter Orchard.

“Youth Cancer Services offer gold standard care incorporating a multidisciplinary approach, psychosocial support and other areas which meet the unique physical, emotional and social needs of young people,” he added.

Recognising the early warning signs of cancer for adolescents and young adults is the first step towards timely treatment and achieving the best outcome for these young patients.

The most common signs of cancer in young people aged 15-25 years are unexplained and persistent pain, a bump or swelling, significant weight loss, fatigue and / or fever or changes in a mole. If a young person experiences one or more of these symptoms persistently that they should visit their GP discuss further.

For more information about the Youth Cancer Services, visit http://www.youthcancer.com.au