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“The story’s in­spi­ra­tion came from a real-life ex­pe­ri­ence as in pri­mary school I found it hard to fit in,” Ms Holmes said.

“I didn’t re­alise at the time (of writ­ing) that I’m Molly.

“I didn’t have imag­i­nary sausages talk­ing to me, but still to this day, I know what it’s like to be dif­fer­ent.

“For ex­am­ple, I was col­lect­ing spi­ders and to this day, I have a love for na­ture.”

Not­ing her son Kai’s re­cent fas­ci­na­tion with fly­ing ants at the pool, Ms Holmes wants him to feel se­cure about hav­ing dif­fer­ent in­ter­ests.

“It wasn’t un­til I was in my 20s that I guess I re­alised it was OK to be me,” she said.

“I’d hoped the book could be used as a tool to teach chil­dren about bul­ly­ing.”

Ms Holmes said to have Silly Sausage cho­sen as the MARK Foun­da­tion’s gift was “amaz­ing”.

“To see (the MARK Foun­da­tion) un­fold the way it is, es­pe­cially for the Milling­tons, I am so in­spired by them,” she said.

“It’s im­por­tant to fo­cus on pri­mary school-age chil­dren as that’s where it (bul­ly­ing) all starts.”

Women’s Day

CEN­TACARE and the North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil hosted a lun­cheon on March 12 cel­e­brat­ing In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day at the RM Wil­liams Bush Learn­ing Cen­tre in Eidsvold.

Around 40 ladies from across the re­gion en­joyed fine food, won­der­ful com­pany and an in­spi­ra­tional talk given by Gay Tully.

Gay lives and works with her hus­band on their sheep and cat­tle sta­tion nearWin­do­rah in south-west Queens­land. Gay is a bowel and liver can­cer sur­vivor, a mother, grand­mother, teacher, mus­terer, dozer driver, gar­dener and friend to many.

With much of re­gional Queens­land still in the grip of drought, many beloved, long-es­tab­lished gar­dens are shriv­el­ling up and dy­ing. Gay knows the peace and joy that a small oa­sis of green gar­den can give to a worn-out farmer/gra­zier, so in keep­ing with her “just get on with it” ap­proach to life, Gay es­tab­lished a so­cial me­dia cam­paign called Green Thumb Ex­press, the aim be­ing to en­cour­age all gar­den lovers to strike cut­tings of favourite drought-re­sis­tant plants from their own gar­dens to share with peo­ple who had watched as their own gar­dens with­ered.

In keep­ing with the spirit of Green Thumb Ex­press, the North Bur­nett Coun­cil gave each guest a Gre­vil­lea Whiteana “Moon­light” de­vel­oped in Mun­dub­bera to take home and plant or give to a friend as a me­mento of the oc­ca­sion.

Chil­dren from the Eidsvold State School, un­der the guid­ance of Rachel Koster, co-or­di­na­tor of the Eidsvold Com­mu­nity Par­tic­i­pa­tion Project, made beau­ti­ful dec­o­ra­tions for each ta­ble, much to the de­light of the guests. One guest said that the beau­ti­ful dec­o­ra­tions took her breath away.

Red Cross night

AN IN­FOR­MA­TION night was held to in­form in­ter­ested fam­i­lies about set­ting up Red Cross for Biggen­den chil­dren.

Red Cross Zone rep­re­sen­ta­tion from Bund­aberg and Childers gave an over­view of the work Red Cross does and the his­tory of the Biggen­den branch, which folded about 10 years ago.

Par­ents and chil­dren in at­ten­dance are look­ing to be­come mem­bers of Red Cross and form a Biggen­den group, af­fil­i­ated with Childers.

There will be an em­pha­sis on in­volv­ing chil­dren in arts, crafts, vis­it­ing the hos­pi­tal, fundrais­ing and fun cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties.

Red Cross for chil­dren will start in Term 2 of a Mon­day from 3.30pm at the CWA Rooms.


Ladies from across the re­gion gather at Eidsvold for In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day.

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