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Students shaving for a cancer cure

Four brave Berrigan Public School students will be enjoying their long locks as much as possible.Justin Milne, Ryan Thornton, Jason Yeo and Lachie O’Dwyer will shave their heads as part of the World’s Greatest Shave for the Leukaemia Foundation on Friday, September 27.The shaving team is led by Justin who has a very impressive mullet hair style that he has been growing and cultivating for nearly two years.After many requests from his teacher Mrs Phillips, Justin has decided to part with his mullet for such a good cause.‘‘It is a good feeling to do something that helps other people who are sick,’’ Justin said.The boys have been busy seeking sponsors and have so far already exceeded their fundraising goal and have reset it, aiming to raise more than $2000.The shaving event will be held on the last day of this term, Friday September 27 at 12 noon in the school hall.School parent and Berrigan hair dresser Jo Dowsett has volunteered to shave the students’ heads.Money raised by the boys will go to families facing blood cancer, providing the emotional and practical support they need.Donations will also being contributing to funds used for vital research to help more people survive blood cancers, while improving their quality of life.Every day another 35 Australians are diagnosed with a blood cancer, one Aussie every 41 minutes. These four brave students are hoping to do their part for the cause and are facing the clippers to show it.Leukaemia Foundation CEO Bill Petch said support from schools and their students was integral to helping fund a future where blood cancer is no longer a death sentence in Australia. ‘‘These students are extraordinary young Australians who are helping others less fortunate than themselves, while often making the sacrifice to lose their beloved locks. It shows enormous bravery, resilience and empathy to shave their heads in support of someone living with a blood cancer,’’ Mr Petch said. ‘‘Schools are enormous supporters of World’s Greatest Shave in Australia and we thank all of the teachers, parents and students who support the campaign every year.’’The sponsorship link is found on the school’s facebook page or you can access it at http://my.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/bugsysquad.

Daniel Hughes


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Community projects snubbed in ‘long winded’ vote process

The Service NSW My Community Project announced successful applicants of the program offering up to $260,000 to each NSW electorate, but it was a disappointing program in the Southern Riverina.The public was asked to vote on projects put forward by community organisations, but all Murray electorate funding went to the Griffith area.The winning projects included a skate park in Yenda ($200,000) and to purchase a catering van for the Hanwood Can Assist ($46,000).Tocumwal Rotary Creek walk project coordinator Kerry Davies was the spearhead for the upgrade of the Tocumwal Women’s Australian Air Force Auxiliary Force Creek Walk Master Plan.She said many projects had votes go astray due to its ‘‘tedious and long-winded’’ application process.‘‘It’s just disappointing to not receive the funding and holds up the upgrade even further,’’ Mrs Davies said.‘‘I had many people come to me saying they wanted to vote but were put off by the long winded process to get through.’’After filling out their details accompanied by their Medicare card, voters had to go through a process of elimination from their electorate and selection of top projects before finally choosing which one got their vote.‘‘I really thought the project was worthwhile given the history of the track,’’ Mrs Davies added.‘‘I thought it deserved to be successful and it is even more disappointing that all the funding went towards Griffith.’’Not only was the application process difficult for voters but offered little closure to the organisations when the results came in.‘‘We were only told we didn’t have enough votes,’’ Mrs Davies said.‘‘There was no other information provided and to this day we still don’t know how many votes we got or how close we came to being successful.’’In the Murray electorate, the local community submitted five projects in Berrigan and Tocumwal and one in the Albury electorate for Jerilderie.Local projects submitted that missed out include:Murray electorate – Berrigan Community Golf and Bowling Club for automatic irrigation sprinklers; Berrigan Community Golf and Bowling Club for installation of an outdoor exercise circuit and children’s playground; Berrigan Children’s Centre to create an indoor learning space and an outdoor chill out place for school aged children; Tocumwal Football Netball Club for additional netball courts, and Tocumwal Rotary Club for the replacement of two pedestrian bridges as stage one of the WAAAF Creek Walk Master Plan.Albury electorate – Jerilderie Lions Club, for a bronze statue of a young John Monash with Ned Kelly’s horse.The successful Albury electorate projects included purchasing a refrigerated delivery van to provide emergency food relief in Albury ($35,000), installing shade sails at the Eastern View Estate Parks in East Albury ($55,088) and upgrading the Holbrook netball courts ($180,000).

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