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Port joins Make A Wish family

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Making a difference: Holiday Coast Credit Union workers Jo Hawkins, Neville Parsons, Vicki Clout with Make A Wish volunteers Peta Watters, Clayton Purkis and Hayley Purkis and Rachael Taylor-Klump from HCCU.PORT Macquarie is the newest home for the Make A Wish foundation with the worldwide organisation opening a branch here for the first time.
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World Wish Day on April 29 was an opportunity for the branch to get on board and host a sausage sizzle fundraiser at Holiday Coast Credit Union.

The Make A Wish Port Macquarie team will now hold a trivia night on June 18 at the Port Macquarie Surf Club, which aims to raise as much money as possible to grant wishes to children here.

President and team leader Peta Watters said the branch began just prior to Christmas with the demand for Make A Wish in Port Macquarie strong.

“The team from Coffs Harbour would often come down to work for wishes for kids down this way,” she said.

“Thankfully we were able to start up a branch here in Port Macquarie so we can help those who need it.

“We have a great team with at least 10 individuals who have come on board. With World Wish Day coming up we thought it would be great to get the Port Macquarie community more involved.”

The funds raised go directly to helping grant wishes to children who need it in Port Macquarie.

“We currently have two kids in Port Macquarie who need our help and would like wishes granted,” Peta said.

“Any donations and all funds we raise will go towards that.”

Every day, six families around Australia receive the devastating news that their child has a life-threatening medical condition.

Make A Wish is committed to bringing the healing power of a wish to each and every one of these children and their families.

That’s 2000 families each year; four times the number that the organisation is able to reach.

Anyone who’d like to donate or help can contact team leader Peta Watters on 0402 120 323 or Toni Walls on 0434 534 665.

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Penrith Symphony delivers trumpet fireworks and the splendour of Tchaikovsky

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At The Joan: Leading Australian trumpet player David Elton, principal trumpet with the Sydney Symphony, is sure to dazzle with his virtuosic style.
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Three distinctive voices of Russia will resound from the concert platform this month, when Penrith Symphony Orchestra presents Russian Splendour, the second concert of its 2016 season, on Saturday,May 21at The Joan.

The Festive Overture by Shostakovich, composed in 1954 for a Moscow concert commemorating the Soviet Revolution, is a thrilling concert-opener with grand fanfares and lively rhythms that put the entire orchestra on show.

Leading Australian trumpet player David Elton, principal trumpet with the Sydney Symphony, is sure to dazzle with his virtuosic style when he joins the orchestra as soloist in the high-energy Trumpet Concerto by Alexander Arutiunian. One of the most popular 20th-century works for trumpet, the concerto’s fiery rhythms evoke the gypsy-like rhythms of the composer’s native Armenia, while its dreamy lyricism explores the instrument’s oft-neglected sensitive side.

The concert also features the world premiere of an award-winning work, Perpetuum Mobile, by young Australian composer Richard Hair. The composer comments that the work’s perpetual motion drives an abstract sound-world in which the strings of the orchestra that provide the never-ceasing ‘motor’ energy suggested by the title.

Concluding the program is one of the great Fifth Symphonies of the nineteenth-century repertoire. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E minor, written late in the composer’s life, was not an instant critical success but is one of his best-loved and most moving works. From its poignant opening clarinet solo, to one of the most memorable horn solos in the entire symphonic repertoire, to its rousing finale, it is often regarded as a musical exploration of the idea of “ultimate victory through strife”.

Fittingly, one of the symphony’s most notable performances in history occurred onOctober 20 1941, during the Siege of Leningrad. The city’s radio symphony orchestra had been directed to continue its performances to maintain the spirits of the city’s population. Even as bombs fell outside, the performance, which was broadcast live to London, continued until the final note.

Conducting the concert is PSO’s artistic director, Paul Terracini – himself no stranger to the Arutiunian concerto, which he performed during his earlier international career as a trumpet artist.

The concert begins at 8pm on Saturday,May 21at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith, and a free pre-concert talk by the conductor will begin at 7.20pm.

Tickets, from $28 to $57, are available at the box office at the Joan, phone 02 4723 7600 or online at 梧桐夜网thejoan南京夜网419论坛, or at the door.

This is the second performance in the orchestra’s 2016 season. Flexible subscription packages for the remainder of the season are still available, offering substantial savings on single-ticket prices.

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Light and dark of ‘cosplay’Photos

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Light and dark of ‘cosplay’ | Photos FANTASY: Cosplay artists Evey Dantes, Chloe Lyttle and Rae Johnston will be guest stars at Comic Gong 2016, on May 14. See the full photo gallery online at 梧桐夜网illawarramercury南京夜网419论坛 Pictures: Supplied
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Chloe Lyttle – Feisty Cuffs. Picture: Supplied

Chloe Lyttle – Feisty Cuffs. Picture: Supplied

Chloe Lyttle – Feisty Cuffs. Picture: Supplied

Chloe Lyttle – Feisty Cuffs. Picture: Supplied

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TweetFacebook Cosplay celebrity!Rae Johnston, Evey Dantes and Chloe Lyttle/Feisty Cuffs together in one amazing photo gallery – and soon to be together at Comic Gong 2016! #CG2016Several celebrity cosplay (costumed play)artists will be appearing at the Illawarra’s annual comic and graphic novel convention, Comic Gong, on May 14.

Stars include Journalist and TV personality Wiradjuri Wonder Woman Rae Johnston, Roller Derby queen Chloe Feisty Cuffsand Instagram sensation Evey Dantes.

Ms Johnston has been travelling the country for years as a professional host at comic conventions, and MC for the cosplay competitions.

Her regular character is Wonder Woman as it enables her to become a “real life role model for kids”.

“I love the reaction from kids. I’ve had a little girl come up to me shaking because she was so excited,” she said.

“They look up at you with their big eyes and ask ‘can I get a photo with you Wonder Woman’, and to be able to make their day like that is amazing.”

Ms Johnston said what she loved about Comic Gong was the happy vibe seen everywhere and the “sense of gratitude” people had for being able to meet other like-minded fans.

“The first year I came it was a tiny little convention and it was beautiful and wonderful.Watching it grow is really heart warming. It just shows there’s a huge audience of comic book fans.”

Evey Dantes is one of the cosplay competition judges and is also impressed by the growth of the event and how the culture has developed in Wollongong.

She used to be the Emo kids in school, “the weirdo in the corner everyone was afraid of”, and was dragged to her first comic book convention six years ago by her little sister.

At the time Ms Dantesnever imagined herself going out in public wearing a costume, however loved the experience and has never looked back.

“I’m quite an anxious person and get quite nervous, but being in costume brings me out of my shell,” she said.

She believesit’sa good creative outlet and stress reliever, especiallyas her day job as a nurse could be quite hectic.

In the last few years her following has flourished and nowboasts75,000 Facebook fans and 22,000 on Instagram.

“It’s pretty crazy, I can’t believe this many people would pay attention to my crazy, weird antics,” she said.

But having tens of thousands of followers on social media has it’s dark side.

Both Feisty Cuffs and Ms Dantes have both experienced identity theft.

Feisty has been alerted to at least three incidents in recent months where people were pretending to be her on various dating websites.

Ms Dantes has had similar experiencesas well as discovering companiesusing her pictures to advertise without her knowledge.

“I recently had a convention which turned out to be all a con, they were offering prints of me with tickets which I had nothing to do with. So that was quite unsettling,” she said.

“I’ve also had a few stalkers in my time …it’s a little bit scary at times.”

Overall, all three still love dressing up and being part of comic convention world.

Catch them at Comic Gong, Saturday May 14.

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Baiting family pets the ultimate ‘dog act’

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IT’S such an act of pure bastardry, the perpetrators are barely worth wasting the newsprint on.
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But those responsible for poisoning family pets in Glenfield Park should at least know this.

When you are caught, and you will be, the justice system might give you a break with a soft sentence.

But The Daily Advertiser won’t.

You will be named and shamed on the front page, as is befitting of such a reprehensible act.

You haven’t just murdered defenceless animals andleft theirinnocentowner distraught and devastated.

You’ve planted a seed of fear in every pet owner in Wagga.

And you’ve helped erode the community’s trust in itself.

Deliberately harming animals indicates a high-risk of a psychopathic disorder.

Perhaps you should seek help.

If you were trying to kill the dogs because their barking was offending your delicate sensibilities, then that’s almost as bad.

Try contacting police or a council ranger first.

Either way, your unspeakably cruelty is the ultimate “dog act”.

Not in the ball gameSpeaking of “dog acts”, the alleged brutal assault on a Narrandera Aussie rules player last weekend strikes to the heart of an issue confronting all contact sports.

Where is the line between an act being “part of the game” and an act being criminally negligent?

The blow thatbroke Narrandera coach Tim Sullivan’s jaw certainly appeared little more than a thuggish assault to those on the sideline.

So much so that Mr Sullivan is considering legal action against the opposition player.

The fact the assault may have been provoked, which some claim it was, is immaterial.

An assault on a football field is no different to an assault on a footpath outside the pub.

If such an act was allowed to go unsanctioned, what message would that send to the teenagers on the sideline looking on?

Football is a tough game and testosterone-fuelled men will often make bad decisions in the heat of battle.

But assault is assault, whichever way you colour it.

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Browne ready to tackle ‘hellish’ cycle

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With countless hours and hundreds of kilometres covered in training, Gunnedah cyclist Nathan Browne is two sleeps away from competing in his first “hellish” Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic.
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Steve Murray, Steve Middleton, Nathan Browne and Gary Turner.

Widely considered the toughest cycle race in Australia, Browne will be taking part in his first and is uncertain of what awaits.

His goal is clear however.

“I really just want to finish it. If I’m in the mix toward the finish then who knows,” Browne said.

In the build-up, he’s received advice and training assistance from a number of people, like Garry Turner, Steve Middleton, Stuart Downes and Steve Murray, all eager to see him do well.

Murray, a committee member with the Gunnedah Cycling and Triathlon Club, competed in the race on four occasions.

He’s been quick to offer a few words of wisdom.

“I think Nathan’s the best rider in town at the moment,” Murray said.

“He’s really ramped up his riding and training in the last 18 months.”

But Browne will need to be on his game if he’s to finish the 228 kilometres, including a steep 18 kilometre climb up the Gibraltar Range.

“His aim will be to get over that [the range] and still be in the first bunch. You’ve got to preserve yourself.

“At around 130 kilometres into the race he’ll be at the summit of the range and it’s mostly downhill from there but it’s still pretty hilly,” Murray said.

Gordon Turner Motorcycles have been quick to help Nathan prepare for the event, offering sponsorship, assistance and new equipment.

They’ve provided him with a Giant propel advanced pro zero bicycle to utilise in the race, a bike you would see competitors in the Tour de France use, Mr Turner said.

Nathan will compete in the C grade division against 87 other riders.

“It’s a really sought after crown and there’s quite a bit of prize money involved,” he said.

According to Browne and Murray, he’ll be one of only a handful of riders from Gunnedah to ever take on the challenge.

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