Jimboomba Cancer Council highest fundraisers for third year running

Jimboomba Cancer Council chairwoman Angela Fischer with the branch’s Gold Coast region highest fundraisers award.JIMBOOMBA Cancer Council (JCC) has once again topped the Gold Coast region, winning the highest fundraising branch for the third year running.
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The branch received the Queensland Cancer Council’s (QCC) Cancer Free Challenge award at a ceremony recently for raising more than $56,000 throughout the year.

They beat their fellow Gold Coast branches of Beaudesert, Beenleigh and Southern and Central Gold Coast to take out the award.

JCC chairwoman Angela Fischer said the branch was overwhelmed at being the top fundraisers for the third year in a row.

“We were so surprised to win it again but also really proud,” she said.

“The award says a great deal about the community. We couldn’t have raised that much money without them.

“This year has been a tough year financially for many people and for them to still come out with such passion to support us and what we do is amazing.

“Most people’s lives have been touched by cancer and they want to help do what we do and that’s fight against cancer and hopefully find a cure for it one day.”

JCC was helped in its win through the Jimboomba Relay for Life event, whose top five fundraising teams raised just over $30,000 which was added to the branch’s total.

The rest of the money was raised through the branch’s other major annual fundraising events, including the Daffodil Ball, Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea and Pink Ribbon Day.

JCC was also recognised at the ceremony for being a hope ambassador for spreading hope to those affected by cancer, creating awareness about QCC and what it does and for raising funds.

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FOUR EYES: Party Tricks tops off great year for TV drama

Rodger Corser and Asher Keddie star in Party Tricks.IT’S usual at this time of the year to say what shows have really appealed over the last 12 months.
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For series I’d put Party Tricks right up the top.

This Channel Ten romantic comedy-drama starring Asher Keddie and Rodger Corser was well scripted, well produced and beautifully acted by Keddie and Corsair with great chemistry between them as lovers who parted and then found themselves opposing each other for the Victorian elections, she as Labor Premier and he as leader of the Liberal Party, parachuted into that position just before the election.

Party Tricks is now out on DVD so if you’re looking for a great Christmas present to give someone, this is it!

The Code (ABC) was also up there as a really good and terribly exciting Aussie drama – its only fault was that it was a mite too complicated.

FOR overseas dramas there was nothing as good as The Fall (SBS) starring Gillian Anderson as an amoral detective and Jamie Dornan as a psycho killer.

The second series is playing on Foxtel so we’ll have to wait a while to see it on free television.

Runner-up was between The Good Wife on Ten and Borgen on SBS.

The Good Wife has one main character killed in a court room and another charged with drug offences, and at the series end the drug charges are still sticking.

Alicia Florrick (the good wife) hasn’t been so good of late and is standing for State’s Attorney.

Will she – I don’t think so.

She is certainly in the running but I think she’ll squib at the end.

Borgen had our heroine, the former Danish Prime Minister, now the leader of a very small party with elections coming up, aren’t they always?

Along the way she gets breast cancer and loses one of her faithful followers, but did she come good in the end.

What do you think?

Incidentally I believe that a bill put forward in Borgen had now been put to the real Danish Parliament.

FOR comedy I would put Utopia as the number one.

This ABC series was centred on an infrastructure Federal department and the only thing wrong with it was it didn’t always seem a parody of such as department but a mirror on the real thing.

If you follow politics at all, it was frightenly funny.

MY favourite advertisement – and there were few I liked – were the ones for Jeeps.

Even Santa Claus got into the act having finished his chores early because he bought a Jeep.

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Eden High smashes state average in six HSC courses

Eden Marine High School has recorded strong results in the 2014 Higher School Certificate, sitting “significantly higher” than the state average in six courses.
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The school offered 27 courses for 85 students this year, with band 5s and 6s recorded in all but five of those courses.

All up, seven students received a combined total of 11 band 6s (marks above 90), with 66 band 5s (marks of 80-89) recorded by 26 students.

With the results now known, Australian Tertiary Admission Ranks (ATARs) will follow on Thursday.

School principal Ian Moorehead said many students can expect solid scores as they anxiously wait to learn whether they will receive the marks required to enter their chosen courses.

UPDATE: ATAR RESULTS IN AT EDEN MARINE HIGH |CLICK HERE

“We’ve recorded significantly higher results than the state average in Legal Studies, two-unit Mathematics, History Extension 1, PDHPE, Physics and Hospitality,” he said.

“PDHPE is traditionally a subject of excellence for us and for schools in this area, and this year four out of the seven students in that subject have received band 6s.

“In a further 12 courses, our students’ marks were consistent with the state average – it’s a strong performance and goes to show that we’ve got very good staff right across the board.”

Mr Moorehead said the cohort also deserves praise for its work outside the classroom in 2014.

As part of its fundraising activities, year 12 recently donated $1425 to both youth cancer charity, CanTeen, and the Snowy Hydro SouthCare rescue helicopter.

“They ran a whole range of events – cake drives, raffles and all sorts of other things,” he said.

“We’re talking about nearly $3000 being donated to charities by our year 12 students – that’s something I’m very proud to see and something that I think is very worthy of recognition.

“They’ve been a great – and very generous – cohort.”

Year 12 students will be able to access their ATARs on the Board of Studies website from 9am on Thursday.

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Bunbury cafe gets green machine

Natural Temptation Cafe owner Annie Malone shows off the result of the eatery’s new composting machine. ORGANIC waste from the preparation of food in cafes’ and restaurants can quickly get out of control – but one Bunbury eatery has taken the disposal of its yearly 15,000 kilograms of leftovers into its own hands.
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Natural Temptation Cafe recently installed ‘Greta de Garbo’, a self-contained composting machine which works around the clock to process about 90 per cent of the cafes’ waste.

Using a combination of heat, agitation, airflow and organic starters, the machine has meant staff no longer need to fill a 1100 litre bin each week.

Owner Annie Malone told business the idea came about after she and her staff began feeling bad for not reusing the large quantities organic waste produced through food preparation.

“I thought ‘I have to research and see if we can do our own composting on site’,” Ms Malone said.

She contacted Closed Loop Environmental Solutions, a company which engineers machines to divert waste from landfill.

“From the type of Cafe that we are, to the moral side of trying to make yourself sustainable we thought this could be the first step in saving stuff from going into landfill.”

A portion of the compost produced by Greta is used on herbs and vegetables used in food sold at the cafe.

Ms Malone said her staff had become more conscious of what waste they were producing in the cooking process.

“We thought ‘hey do we really need to use all this?’ It has been a general rethink of how we do business, what products we buy and how many things come in boxes,” she said.

She hoped her cafe’s example would inspire others in Bunbury to self-compost.

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