A round-up of what’s hap­pen­ing in the re­gion

Central and North Burnett Times - - COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD -

Go Pur­ple raf­fle for epilepsy

EPILEPSY sufferer Levi Roth drew the win­ners of Gayn­dah Guardian Phar­macy’s Go Pur­ple raf­fle in aid of Epilepsy Queens­land last week.

Mar­garetWat­son won first prize, a pur­ple pam­per pack do­nated by Guardian Phar­macy.

She told the phar­macy it was a pleas­ant sur­prise as she had not won any­thing be­fore.

He­lenWalker won pur­ple nails do­nated by Leah’s Es­sen­tial Beauty, and Sylvia Spink won pur­ple tow­els do­nated by Mona Ney­lon ofWayne’s World.

Gayn­dah Guardian Phar­macy owner Sa­man­tha Rowles said $1085.30 had been banked for Epilepsy Queens­land, com­pris­ing $386.50 from the raf­fle and the bal­ance from mer­chan­dise sales and other dona­tions.

“We would like to thank ev­ery­one for their sup­port of pur­ple day this year,” Mrs Rowles said.

“For a small com­mu­nity we have a lot of peo­ple living in it with big pur­ple hearts.

“We get in­volved be­cause we see the strug­gles that fam­i­lies living with epilepsy face ev­ery day.

“Levi is our lit­tle lo­cal hero living with epilepsy and he is not alone.

“He deals with a lot ev­ery day and if one day a year we can fo­cus on his strug­gles then all the ef­fort is so worth it.”

This year, Levi’s spe­cial treats in­cluded a ride in Ken Eisel’s pur­ple mus­cle car.

Shirley Way

Scratch-it win­ner

WIN­NING the Mun­dub­bera sec­tion of Cen­tral and North Bur­nett Times Scratch-It comp was a great sur­prise for John and Jenny Neild.

Mr Neild said they had forgotten that they had en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion.

But when the text came through an­nounc­ing their lucky win, they thought all their Christ­mases had come at once.

“I think we only en­tered the CNBT Scratch-It com­pe­ti­tion with one ticket and that’s all it took,” Mr Neild said.

“We are so thank­ful to Tim and his good wife at Mun­dub­bera Meats for look­ing af­ter us and giv­ing us the op­por­tu­nity to have a go.”

The Neilds are on an ex­tended work­ing hol­i­day around Australia from South Australia and are work­ing at Cen­tral Fruit Pack­ers as qual­ity con­trol of­fi­cers.

This is the sec­ond year that the Cen­tral and North Bur­nett Times has run the Scratch-It comp in the North Bur­nett and the prize of $250 worth of scratch-its could be very worth­while, es­pe­cially if the Neilds’ dream comes true.

Mun­dub­bera Meats pro­pri­etor Tim Dug­gan said giv­ing away the win­ning ticket was very re­ward­ing.

“My wife and I cel­e­brate with the win­ners and we hope that their for­tune is among their tick­ets.”

The Cen­tral and North Bur­nett Times ran the com­pe­ti­tion in Monto in Fe­bru­ary, Mun­dub­bera in March and in Gayn­dah in May (with the win­ner yet to be con­firmed).

Seven busi­nesses were in­volved in Monto: Duck Inn Store, Monto Meats, Heil­bron’s Mens­land, Monto IGA, Monto Foodworks, Monto News

and Monto Lead­ing Ap­pli­ances.

Five busi­nesses were in­volved in Mun­dub­bera: Mun­dub­bera Parts & Tools, Mun­dub­bera Butcher­ing Co, Gavin Ford Mo­biles, Mun­dub­bera Home Tim­ber & Hard­ware, Mun­dub­bera News & Of­fice Smart.

The idea be­hind the com­pe­ti­tion is to sup­port lo­cal busi­ness in the first quar­ter of the year when things are a lit­tle slow.

Mr Neild said he was thank­ful to the news­pa­per for giv­ing them a chance to win a big prize.

Noel Thomp­son

Meet your oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist

A BROAD smile and a help­ing hand char­ac­terise Kirsty Ste­wart, the North Bur­nett’s se­nior oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist.

“Oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy is about max­imis­ing peo­ple’s func­tions so they can be in­de­pen­dent,” Ms Ste­wart said.

“So, whether that’s go­ing back home af­ter hav­ing a hip re­place­ment through to help­ing a child de­velop their skills so they can be ready for school.”

The se­nior oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist joinedWide Bay’s com­mu­nity health team based in Gayn­dah three weeks ago, and will ser­vice clin­ics in Gin Gin, Monto, Gayn­dah and Mt Perry.

With her col­league, she will as­sist with home mod­i­fi­ca­tions to as­sist peo­ple to re­turn home af­ter an ac­ci­dent or stroke.

Ms Ste­wart has come to the North Bur­nett to be closer to fam­ily, af­ter seven years in Wag­gaWagga, NSW.

“I love coun­try living – the friend­li­ness of towns and their open­ness,” Ms Ste­wart said.

“From a ther­apy view­point, peo­ple are fairly in­de­pen­dent and prob­lem-solv­ing them­selves as op­posed to wait­ing for ev­ery­one to do things for them.

“They tend to be more un­der­stand­ing around the lim­i­ta­tions around de­liv­er­ing health care.”

Ms Ste­wart’s com­pan­ions – 10-year-old cock­atiel Char­lie and her bitzer Lucy – join her in the North Bur­nett, where she will be work­ing on her cro­chet projects for pos­si­ble en­try in lo­cal shows.

Ms Ste­wart, who has played with the Rive­rina Con­ser­va­to­rium of Mu­sic’s orches­tra for seven years, was also keen to meet other lo­cal mu­si­cians.

Shirley Way

Art ex­hibit

SHAUN Hyde – graf­fiti artist, screen printer and florist – re­veals his mul­ti­ple tal­ents in Dis­po­si­tion, an ex­hi­bi­tion run­ning at Gayn­dah Art Gallery un­til April 26.

“When I was grow­ing up, a lot of mates were into graf­fiti,” Shaun said.

“I went into por­traits and words and con­tin­ued on from there.

“Since Camp­bell New­man came in with anti-graf­fiti laws, he took it off the streets and train lines – and on to can­vases.”

Look­ing back on his var­ied ca­reer, Shaun said he was glad to have heeded the judge who told him to do can­vases or “go on a hol­i­day”.

“I use paint ma­te­ri­als for free from the dump (and) paint shops, and even more so, I don’t like buy­ing can­vases,” he said.

The work en­ti­tled Where’s your mum was painted over a sec­ond hand can­vas, with its for­mer tex­ture show­ing through.

Fol­low­ing the ethos of a free art so­ci­ety – us­ing art to trans­form com­mu­nity – Shaun has worked with youth and coun­cils cre­at­ing mu­rals, such as the one at Ferny Grove skate park, and run a screen print­ing course for about seven years.

He’s even com­pleted a Cer­tifi­cate III in floristry, a form he de­scribed as “re­ally rigid”, but which was now be­ing trans­formed by a “more nat­u­ral, gar­den-like” ap­proach fo­cus­ing on loosely put to­gether big bunches of flow­ers.

Although scep­ti­cal at first, he has since en­rolled in a vis­ual arts di­ploma at South Bank TAFE with the goal of trans­fer­ring to a vis­ual arts de­gree at the Queens­land Col­lege of Art.

“You go out there and do it; get some cer­ti­fi­ca­tion be­hind you, (I was told),” he said.

“It’s been good for net­work­ing, the tu­tors, ac­cess to gal­leries and an of­fer to go to New York.”

Works in the ex­hi­bi­tion in­cluded award-win­ning graf­fiti de­signs on skate­boards, as well as a favourite can­vas of a flower-cov­ered skull.

“It’s messy, it’s dirty, I like flow­ers,” said Shaun of the piece his 78-year-old neigh­bour ini­tially dis­liked.

She changed her mind, he said, when he added the lit­tle flower in the eye.

Shirley Way

Pic­ture book re­leased

AINSLEY Shep­herd’s pic­ture book, Slow down, Sarah! was in­spired by her ex­pe­ri­ences of rid­ing a 50cc mo­tor­bike about age six.

“The neigh­bours would tell mum and dad I’m a hell-raiser,” Mrs Shep­herd said.

“When I did the (Child Writes) course to write it, the lady who I did it through was con­cerned that ed­i­tors wouldn’t go for it be­cause of the mo­tor­bike fac­tor.

“She al­most couldn’t be­lieve that coun­try kids rode mo­tor­bikes.”

The 30-year-old red bike, on which her own chil­dren learned to ride, will soon be passed on to her niece.

Slow down, Sarah! car­ried the mes­sage of “be strong, be spe­cial and be your­self”, Mrs Shep­herd said.

“What was once seen by oth­ers as a frus­tra­tion ac­tu­ally be­comes her strength, and in the end ev­ery­one around her recog­nises it.”

The big­gest sur­prise for the au­thor was the po­etry.

“I started writ­ing it and it came out in rhyme (but) don’t call me a poet,” she said.

“It’s sur­pris­ing how much edit­ing there was – re­views of edit­ing and punc­tu­a­tion, the rhyme and the beat.

“In a pic­ture book there are less words and each word needs to be cho­sen re­ally, re­ally care­fully to con­vey more.”

Once the words were writ­ten, Mrs Shep­herd chose illustrator Chan­tal Ste­wart af­ter read­ing many pic­ture books.

“I was try­ing to find the illustrator who would match Sarah in my head – she had to be hu­mor­ous,” she said.

“I knew I had found her when I saw (Nette Hil­ton’s) Star of the Cir­cus cover.”

Slow down, Sarah! re­tails for $14.95 through Gayn­dah State School, Gayn­dah Post Of­fice and www.slow­down­sarah.com.

Five dol­lars from books pur­chased through the school will be do­nated to the P&C com­mit­tee.

PHOTO: NOEL THOMP­SON

WIN­NER: Tim Dug­gan was hop­ing that one of the many tick­ets that John Neild won would make his for­tune.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

LO­CAL HERO: From left, Jaimie Roth, St Joseph’s School deputy prin­ci­pal Michelle McClaf­ferty, EpiApe and Shelby Rowles with Levi Roth (cen­tre) ‘go pur­ple’ to raise aware­ness for epilepsy.

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

AU­THOR: Gayn­dah au­thor Ainsley Shep­herd reads her pic­ture book, Slow down, Sarah! to Gayn­dah State School’s Year 5/6 class.

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

KIRSTY STE­WART: Se­nior oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist Kirsty Ste­wart has joined the Wide Bay Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vice’s com­mu­nity health team.

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