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Hospital, Pioneer House share record tally for Mudgee Classic Golf Day

It was not only the ceremonial cheques that were bigger than usual when proceeds of the 2015 Moolarben Coal Celebrity Golf Classic were presented last week.This year’s Classic has raised the highest amount in the event’s history.
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The event raised $23,000 profit after expenses, which was divided between Mudgee District Hospital and Pioneer House, who both received $10,000, with $1000 going to the Mudgee Men’s Shed for running the barbecue, and $2000 going to Mudgee Junior Golf.

Ken Sutcliffe and Peter Sterling are the major supporters and drivers behind the event. Mr Sutcliffe stipulates that the event must support Pioneer House and Mr Sterling that Mudgee Hospital is the other beneficiary.

Money raised must be used in the Mudgee region.

Pioneer House CEO/Director of Nursing Fran Trisley said they will use their share to directly benefit residents and improve their quality of life.

Mudgee/Gulgong Health Services Manager Judith Ford said their donation will go to a foundation to fund further training of staff and expand and improve certain services.

Event Founder Peter Mayson said that organisers are not going to rest on their laurels after the most successful staging of the day, particularly because they’re closing in on another milestone.

“It was the highest amount we’ve ever raised, so that’s our benchmark into the future and we’re going to try and beat it each year,” he said.

“Our goal for next year is to bring our total to $100,000 for the history of the event.

“Next year will be our fifth year and we need to raise about $18,000 to get to our target.”

Mr Mayson said that the support of title sponsors Moolarben Coal was a huge part of the success of the 2015 event because they helped take care of a lot of expenses.

Moolarben Community Relations Co-ordinator Scott Fittler said that this was the first year of a multi-year agreement sponsoring the event which they were all to happy to support.

“We’re very interested in supporting local, not-for-profit events which benefit the community and this one has already been successful at doing just that,” he said.

The event’s gold sponsors were The Property Shop, Ross Granata Motors, TLE, Mudgee Golf Club, and Accident & Health International.

Mr Mayson thanked volunteer event organisers Genevieve Palmer and Mary Sparkes and Mr Sutcliffe passed on his acknowledgement of the work of Mr Mayson.

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Ulan West helping to get Mudgee Public School students on the moe

Mudgee Public School Special Education Unit’s innovative bike program, supported by the operators at Glencore’s Ulan West, is an example of how many spokes on a wheel, working together, roll top ideas into action.
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The catalyst for this program is Mudgee’s Ready Set Go inclusive therapy program.

It is a community driven program whose main focus is to help children with therapy needs to be more included in their community whether that is at home, in early childhood settings, at school, on the sports field or in any leisure activity that interests them.

Jane Roberts from Smart Move Physiotherapy as part of Ready Set Go, said the program responded to the children and their families’ requests to have a fun leisure activity that they could enjoy together safely.

“Bike riding offers obvious physical benefits and the opportunity it also provides as a platform for life skills, social skills and general academic education is enormous,” she said.

“Mudgee Public School’s enthusiasm to provide this bike education as well as Mudgee’s increasing investment in safe bike paths has meant the option for these children to ride together with their family and friends is on track.”

Glencore’s Ulan Coal operations put their energy and expertise into gear to help make the program a reality.

Ben Gregory, an operator at Glencore’s Ulan West Operations, has worked with personnel at Ulan Coal Mine to purchase the modified bikes and will help to set up the school bike course.

Hi Vis have developed mini road signs especially for the bike program and supplied the witches hats for training, making this a combined community success.

“The expertise of Mudgee Cycling’s Carl Holleman is very much appreciated as he maps out a bike program for the children’s’ enjoyment and education,” Ms Roberts added.

“Riding a bike is a simple pleasure for many, a significant challenge for some, with enormous benefits for all.”

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Remember the club’s grand history

IT’S hard to see the damagefrom Bendigo Spirit coachBernie Harrower’s comments on the club board in the wake of Sunday’s WNBL grand final loss being repaired.
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The comments were strong,pointed andfinally made public a rift which has been simmering below the surface for a while now.

It’s unfortunate such issues were brought to light so soon after the finish of the grand final – perhaps later in the week would have been a better time but that’s history now.

Clearly, Bernie Harrower and the Bendigo Spirit board have fallen out and from this point it’s hard to see both surviving.

While it’s up to both parties to sort that out we can only hope everyone respects what’s most important – the rich club history built through the past eight years and the glory times of the past three seasons.

This is a great Bendigo story and it’s vital the role everyone has played in writing its chapters is recognised and reputations are not diminished by what’s sure to be an emotional and heated week.

At the end of the day it’s the club that must prosper above all else.

Let’s hope everyone remembers that – regardless of the outcomes.

Rod Case, editor

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A-mazing tribute to the Anzacs

A CHANCE to get lost within Anzac history can be found in a crop at Hagley.
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The Rupertswood Maze saw carloads of people, map in hand, racing through the sorghum field throughout the weekend.

Among those to explore the maze was Brooks High School teacher Sarah Shimmin and her family.

Mrs Shimmin said the living creation, sculpted into the shape of a poppy, was an ideal chance to value-add to her teaching.

‘‘I thought I would come out and have a look,’’ she said.

‘‘The centenary of Anzac is part of the grade 9 curriculum … it’s a chance to have a day out and do some research on the side.’’

A series of 10 information posts are planted throughout the maze, each giving participants information about the Anzacs and clues for a secret word.

Maze owner Anna Clark said she had been surprised by the amount of exposure their creation received.

Mrs Clark said the maze not only gained attention from Australian media, but its image was being broadcast across the world.

‘‘BBC World used it for their front page on the web, since then it’s gone everywhere,’’ she said.

Mrs Clark said she believed it was picked up due to international interest about the Anzac centenary and was featured in other countries such as Singapore and Israel.

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Trevor Shimmin, Emily Lewandowski-Timson, Charlotte Masters, 2, and Sarah Shimmin, all of Launceston, enjoy the Rupertswood Farm Maze. Picture: MARK JESSER

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Charity money promised by ‘inspirational’ health app developer Belle Gibson not handed over

A social media entrepreneur who shot to fame off the back of her cancer survival story failed to hand over thousands of fundraising dollars promised to charities. 
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Melbourne businesswoman Belle Gibson, founder of food and health app The Whole Pantry, solicited donations from a loyal following of 200,000 people in the name of at least five charities that have no record of receiving money from her.

The 26-year-old’s popular recipe app, which costs $3.79, has been downloaded 300,000 times and is being developed as one of the first apps for the soon-to-be-released Apple Watch. Her debut cook book The Whole Pantry, published by Penguin in Australia last year, will soon hit shelves in the United States and Britain.

Immediately after questions from Fairfax Media late last week about her fundraising activities, Ms Gibson promised donations to some organisations that have not been paid since she hosted a fundraiser in 2013. She blamed her company’s “cash flow” problems for the 15-month delay.

Ms Gibson has publicly claimed to have given away 25 per cent of her company’s profits and in her book writes that “a large part of everything” earned is donated to various causes. Last year she said $300,000 had already been given to charity but now says these contributions were never made because app sales were not as high as forecast. Ms Gibson was unable to provide a list of organisations that have received money or say how much has been donated to date.

She launched her business and her app off her story as a young mother diagnosed with terminal brain cancer who rejected conventional medicine and is healing herself with a healthy diet and lifestyle.

The popular app developer gives nutrition advice online and says she has helped countless people dump conventional medicine to treat ailments including cancer.

Ms Gibson has run two campaigns purporting to raise money for five charities, but Fairfax Media has confirmed that none has a record of receiving a donation. Four of the organisations, including Melbourne’s Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, had no knowledge fundraising drives had taken place.

In the first fundraiser, in December 2013, Ms Gibson hosted an exclusive event in St Kilda to raise money for three charities.

Melbourne-based charity One Girl, which runs education programs in Sierra Leone, was promoted as one of the fundraiser’s beneficiaries but said repeated attempts to contact The Whole Pantry about the promised donation more than a year after the event had been unsuccessful. Chief executive Chantelle Baxter confirmed Ms Gibson donated $1000 following questions from Fairfax Media.

In May, Ms Gibson ran a second fundraiser pledging to donate proceeds from app sales to two charities working in south-east Asia, in which she praised her supporters for raising a further $5000 for the cause.

“Don’t forget – for every app downloaded until this Sunday, your purchase goes straight to The 2h Project and the Bumi Sehat Foundation to prevent maternal and infant deaths,” she said on social media during the campaign.

Ms Gibson now says the week-long campaign raised $2800 and that she felt it was not enough to divide between the two organisations. The money, she claimed, was “allocated” to the Bumi Sehat Foundation.

A spokeswoman for the Bumi Sehat Foundation said: “I can say with confidence that we have never received a donation from Belle Gibson”.

Neither Ms Gibson nor her companies are lawfully registered as fundraisers. Consumer Affairs Victoria said organisations found to misrepresent fundraising events could be in breach of criminal and consumer law. Companies face penalties of up to $28,000, while individuals risk 12 months’ jail and a $14,000 fine.

Ms Gibson said money from the two fundraisers “sat with the company finances, which were a mess”. She also said The Whole Pantry was running at a loss and that profit margins had been overestimated.

“We have not yet donated the naive, yet confident amount of $300,000, considering the very quickly [arising] issues with cash flow versus growth, providing content, managing external expectations,” she said.

Confirmed donations from Ms Gibson and her business total about $7000.

“It was with nothing but good intention that we publicised that a percentage of profit from the app will be donated to charity. The intentions always were and still are to give back. The execution of this has obviously been flawed.”

She said she intended to support the nominated causes “when the cash-flow management is stabilised”.

A spokeswoman for one of the charities said: “You don’t take charitable funds and put it into the cash flow of your own business”.

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