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Millicent Gym Club Concert

by Belinda Elton 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow

The Millicent Gym Club has been running for 60 years. The Gym Club has about 200 children involved ranging from 16 months to 15 years old. The Club has two fundraising occasions a year; one is midway through the year being the Gym competition where gymnasts come from all over the state to compete. The Gym Club held their annual Gym concert recently for family and friends so the children could perform the routines they have learned throughout the last term. The concert was well supported with quite a lot of people attending.

There were 15 acts performed,  with the children performing in their year level groups with the opening act being level 5 and 6 girls competition squad. The Kinder gym children also performed, being aged between 6 months to 3 years they were accompanied by their parents. There were also 3 solo acts done by Millicent Gym Clubs high level competition girls, Julie Farana, Shantelle Kelm and Emma Whish-Wilson who performed their optional floor routines.  The final routine featured all gymnast performing in a mini tramp display.

Children have been practicing for this event for the past 4 to 6 weeks.  They ran a mega raffle with many people winning prizes that were kindly donated by local businesses and families, and they sold refreshments at half time. The Millicent Gym Club concert has been supported by local business for many years and continued this year.

The afternoon ended with a special presentation to Sam Fenson who was award life member ship to the Club. She has been head coach of the Millicent Gym Club for the past 19 years and has put a lot of time and commitment into her job as head coach.  Sam thanked the parents of the Millicent Gym Club and local business for their support.

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Work experience with the ABC for local girl

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by Tarin Thatcher 5 THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow

I applied to do work experience at ABC South East in Mount Gambier after being encourgeD to do so by Rebekah Lowe who trained me in radio at 5 THE FM. It was an amazing experience, and has still kept me interested in wanting a career in radio or media. I have being doing voluntary work at my local community station (5THE FM) for the last 3 years and I just wanted to see what it’s like to work in a different environment with different people where things work differently.

It was a great week, I learnt things in other ways than I have already, how to use editing programs, how on air programming works, how they use the studios. Also how much a producer benefits a program, just by answering phones and lining up interviews for the show so that there is more content.

During my week I travelled to Lucindale to see how an OB (Outside Broadcast) works, which was very interesting. Seeing how much preparation, effort and technical work goes into it – just shows that you do need to know what you’re doing. I also interviewed a few people from 5THE FM about the importance of community radio and its volunteers. I then went back to the ABC offices and edited and cut them down so that all three would fit within a 5-6 minute package. I put a backing track behind it to make it more interesting using Regina Spektor’s ‘On the Radio’ to enhance the fact that these interviews are about radio. It was aired early Friday morning during the breakfast show – and I was worried because I didn’t feel like it was quite finished yet; but I’ve had good feedback from many people. I was on my way to Lucindale when I heard it, and because I haven’t heard my voice on the radio since I was pre-recording 2 years ago, it was strange. During the week I was also interviewed on air during the morning show about community radio, which was a different experience because usually I am the one behind the desk asking the questions. Meeting new people wasn’t too much of a challenge as they were very welcoming.

All in all, I had a great time doing work experience at the ABC– and I strongly advise anyone to do something like this. It was a great experience and I feel like it has prepared me for the working world. It has opened my eyes up to the opportunities that I have now and in the future for a career choice.



Prostate Cancer talk at Rendelsham

by Belinda Elton 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men and the second most cause of cancer death in men. Chances of developing this type of cancer increase with age. While prostate cancer in more common from about 50 years old it also can increases as you get older.

Approximately 55 people are diagnosed with prostate cancer each day and 9 will die each day due to prostate cancer. The risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer by the age of 75 years is 1 in 7 and by the age of 85 years is 1 in 4. Almost 3,000 men die yearly from prostate cancer.

The symptoms don’t usually appear until the cancer has grown large enough to put pressure on the urethra. Family history can be a factor by having a close male relative who had prostate cancer seems to increase the risk.

Symptoms of prostate cancer can include increased frequency of passing urine, having the sensation of needing to pass urine very urgently, wanting to get up to pass urine many times during the night and having difficulty starting the urine stream. Other symptoms of prostate cancer may include blood in the urine or semen, loss of bladder control, pain during urination and bone pain in the lower back, hips or ribs if the cancer has spread beyond the prostate to the bone. Fortunately these days many men with prostate cancer are diagnosed well before the cancer has progressed to the point of causing symptoms.

The two common tests for prostate cancer are a digital rectal examination and a prostate-specific antigen blood test. An elevated reading doesn’t automatically mean you have prostate cancer. About one-third of people with an elevated PSA will have prostate cancer. Neither of these is completely accurate, so it is recommended to have both. If the tests suggest there is a problem, your doctor may repeat the test or refer you to a specialist. A biopsy removal of some prostate tissue may be needed to confirm a suspected diagnosis.

Men are often too embarrassed to discuss their health issues and about 25% of men didn’t visit a doctor in the past twelve months because they feel it is not necessary.

Monday the 11th of November a group of about 30 people attended the Rendelsham Hall to hear guest speakers Garth Wootton, Malcom Porter and Richard Harry from the Limestone Coast Prostate Cancer Support Group. These men have just finished training in Adelaide so they can speak on Prostate Cancer. They gave a talk on prostate cancer and how to make you more aware of the problem and how to manage with the prostate cancer. They talked on their experience and what they went through and their families.

There will also be a follow-up session to this on 20th January 2014 at 7.30pm at the Rendelsham Hall.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Source: Event and Prostate Cancer Website