- by Laura Telford A record breaking crowd turned out to honour the fallen at the dawn service in Laurieton on Anzac Day 2019.
The stillness of the air was a far cry from the rain at last years commemorations and women, men and children came together to remember the past.
Allan 'Buster' Beatty OAM gave the keynote address and paid tribute to the "forgotten heroine" volunteer nurses of World War I. "They [nurses] worked under the most hazardous of conditions, endured extreme discomfort in the most harrowing of circumstances and lost their lives," Mr Beatty said.
Building a hospital in rural Nepal sounds like a mammoth task and fundraising more than $500,000 to build a Mothers and Babies Hospital in Nepal sounds insane.
However after travelling to and from Nepal for almost ten years, specialist gynaecologist Dr Ray Hodgson or Dr Ray - as he is known by all - and his team wanted to do more than just temporary health camps.
And so the idea of a specialist hospital was born.
"The idea for the hospital first arose four years ago when we were working in the typical dilapidated buildings in the district of Dholakha," Dr Ray said.
"We were aware of the appalling state of women's health in Nepal, and over the previous four or five years we'd been patching up these problems with surgical camps in various parts of the country.
- by Liz Langdale International Women's Day was strongly attended by those who came together to celebrate women's achievements and acknowledge there is work still to be done to achieve better balance.
An International Women’s Day breakfast was on Friday, March 8 at the Laurieton United Services Club.
Camden Haven High School students Mia Windred and Jordan Grieves were emcees at the event. They spoke about how far women have come in achieving better gender balance and highlighted there is still work to be done.
- by Liz Langdale The community has come together to celebrate Andrew Howe's life and his achievements on Friday, February 22 at Kendall.
The moving eulogy was delivered by Jason Hudson, who said Andrew was well respected by all and loved by many. "He was a really reliable bloke and didn’t like to let his mates or family down," he said.
Affectionately known as Howie, Ernie, Woody, Mundie or Andy, Andrew was eldest son to Alan and Vicki, and brother to Ash and Adam. He was a much loved grandson, nephew, cousin and mate to little Benji.
- by Vickii Byram Canadian born Wendy Matthews grew up listening to the eclectic collection of her parents '60s music.
"They liked all different types of music," she says. "My father brought a Joni Mitchell album into the house and that was it for me, I loved it."
She also credits her art teacher in grades 6 and 7 for playing records and talking about music during art class. "Music was never a school function. I never took any interest in playing, I was just a listener."
Her early influences were female songwriters. "Their poetry was amazing. Aretha Franklin, the prowess and joy of her voice. It's not so much the material, but they were all so different. Some were incredible poets, some wonderful singers, some gave us happy pop songs to clean your house by."
- by Liz Langdale The president of Quota International Camden Haven says women have come a long way but there is still a way to go to forge a more gender-balanced world.
Barbara Jackson said it’s very important to celebrate women’s achievements at International Women’s Day on Friday, March 8. The theme for the 2019 International Women’s Day is Balance for Better, a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world. Barbara said women have come a long way in achieving gender equality and her grandmother lived at a time when women received the right to vote. However she said senior positions in the workforce are still predominantly male dominated.
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