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Brainwave, Australia’s only national charity supporting children suffering from brain illnesses, is delighted to announce the launch of The Grove Roaders 3-peaks Challenge. Launched last Sunday 9th August at the Elgin Inn Hotel, Hawthorn, The Grove Roaders are a community group of families who have decided to donate all sponsorship monies raised by their bi-annual 3-peaks Challenge to Brainwave.


Along with providing event information about the 3 Peaks Challenge, the launch also highlighted to The Grove Roaders the impact their generous donations would have on Brainwave. Boardmember Penny Burke was on hand to educate The Grove Roaders about Brainwave and its mission to support children and families suffering from diagnosed brain conditions. Astounded by the level of response on the day, Penny has already expressed sincere gratitude at the committed group. ”It’s great to see support at such a grass roots level and it is inspiring that groups like The Grove Roaders exist. We thank them in advance for their commitment to our cause and they can rest assured that their donation will be put to great use supporting Brainwave children and their families. We wish them all the very best for the challenges ahead,” Penny said.


Originating in Grove Road, Hawthorn, The Grove Roaders are a group of family friends who love getting together with a challenge in mind. Combining the conquering of physical challenges whilst highlighting the importance of giving to others, The Grove Roaders comes together to organise fundraising activities that make a strong contribution to the wider community. Taking place in Bright, north eastern Victoria, on the Melbourne Cup long weekend in November 2009, the 3-peaks Challenge encourages teamwork and participation through a series of challenges, with participants seeking sponsorship and donations to raise money to support their chosen cause.



The Grove Roaders’ spokesperson Robert Davies said, “We are blown away with the level of commitment already being shown by the participants in The Grove Roaders. When we first conceived the idea, our aim was to combine physical fitness while highlighting to our children the need to help those less fortunate. What has followed has been a rewarding, fulfilling experience that has enabled precious family time and new relationships to be formed whilst making a real contribution to our chosen charities. We’re delighted to be supporting the important work of Brainwave this year.”


If you would like any more information or would like to sponsor any participants in the 3-peaks Challenge, visit the Brainwave website at and follow the link to The Grove Roaders site.


For more information on Brainwave Australia visit or call 03 9646 8510 to enquire about corporate sponsorships and donations.
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Casula Powerhouse launches a gallery dedicated to kids

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Casula Powerhouse kids gallery: education, entertainment, parties, disco, arts, culture
Casula Powerhouse kids gallery: education, entertainment, parties, disco, arts, culture
Casula Powerhouse kids gallery: education, entertainment, parties, disco, arts, culture
Casula Powerhouse is proud to announce the grand opening of the Casula Kid’s Gallery with the exhibition Liverpool My World; this gallery is especially dedicated to young people up to 10 years of age.

The 2010 Casula Kid’s Gallery celebrates the creativity of young people through a program of events including: under 5’s discos, kid’s parties and regular dress-up guided tours of exhibitions starting from 23 February.

Liverpool City Mayor WendyWaller said that the launch of the Casula Kid’s Gallery was a great addition to an already thriving schools education program which has seen more than 8000 young people from the area visit Casula Powerhouse Art’s Centre.

“The Casula Kid’s Gallery is perfect for South West Sydney as we have more young people here than many Sydney areas.

“Young people under 10 and their families will definitely have their holidays or birthday parties catered for with fun and creative learning experiences at the arts centre.

“This is an excellent opportunity for parents in the area to introduce their young ones to creativity in a fun and nurturing environment,” said Mayor Waller.

The first exhibition to be shown at the new gallery is Liverpool My World from Friday 5 February, which sees pre-schoolers from across Liverpool create artworks illustrating their view of the region.


Future exhibitions programmed in the Casula Kid’s Gallery include exhibitions for kids by kids and exhibitions by artists for young people.

Children can even access the Art Studio by appointment to create their own artworks in their own time. The space can also be booked for birthday parties and children’s events.

The first events scheduled for kids start from 23 February 2010.

For more information about the variety of programs, contact Casula Powerhouse on 9824 1121 or visit and click on the Casula Powerhouse link.

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Art Gallery of NSW connects with people all around the world

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SYDNEY, Australia, Tuesday 22 June 2010  - Today the Art Gallery of New South Wales announced the provision of free access to a selection of rich educational content for life-long learners, students and people interested in knowing more about Sydney’s premier gallery. To date this ‘service’ has only been available to Australian universities and schools.


The Art Gallery of NSW now joins a number of distinguished organisations over 600 universities and numerous schools that distribute their information free to the public.


The Art Gallery of NSW, which last year saw 1.3 million visitors, sees this as a significant opportunity to allow people anywhere at anytime to access the Gallery’s collection of lectures, exhibition-related video and audio, children’s tours and Collection audio tours.


Belinda Hanrahan, Art Gallery of NSW, said iTunes U provides another, flexible way in which the Gallery can provide its information, knowledge and resources to anyone, anywhere in the world as it’s such a powerful and user-friendly system for everything from lectures, tours and interviews. This is such a wonderful way for our gallery to connect with people.


The gallery increasingly uses the latest technology to engage with our audiences and iTunes U provides another way for people to learn about us, bringing some of our best lectures to people around the world.  Video and audio media is a powerful communication and learning tool.


Home to more than 250,00 free lectures, videos, films and other resources from learning institutions all over the world, iTunes U is an innovative way to get educational content into the hands of students and life-long learners all over the world.  iTunes U content is  easily downloaded and viewed on any Mac, PC, iPod, iPhone, or iPad.


The Art Gallery of NSW content can be found within the Beyond Campus section of iTunes U.


Source: The Art Gallery of NSW

Australian actor Pacharo Mzembe on the Run for Awareness

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Australian actor Pacharo Mzembe on Run for Awareness (youth charity)

One of Australia’s top 10 next big stars puts acting career on hold to run across Australia and highlight the importance of education for kids.
Australian actor Pacharo Mzembe left his home town of Brisbane this weekend bound for Perth in preparation for the Run of Awareness - his extraordinary attempt to run the entire 4,189 kilometre distance across Australia in less than 70 days.

Recognised last year as one of the top 10 next big actors on the Australian scene, Pacharo is putting his career on hold as he prepares to run over 60 kilometres per day for the entire 70 days battling blistering heat of over 50 degrees Celsius in Australia’s harsh outback.


The purpose behind taking on this great physical feat is to raise awareness of a cause very close to the actor’s heart - the inequality of educational opportunities for young people - and as a result is taking on an incredible feat that only few have ever managed to achieve.


With a rigorous training regime that includes everything from pulling a 19kg sled for an hour straight, 20 kilometre stair climbs or any one of his four 50 kilometre runs for the week, Pacharo feels his body is ready for the ultimate test and is looking forward to taking up the challenge when he leaves the shores of Perth on February 26.


“There is no doubt that the Run of Awareness is extremely dangerous but I believe I can do it and I want to show Australia’s youth that no matter what,  they can make a difference if they want to,” he said.


“If you set your mind to it, anything in life is possible. Just never stop believing.”


Planned on a shoestring budget, Pacharo and his team will come face to face with Australia’s most unforgiving elements, roughing it from start to finish with the team relying on support from well-wishers, friends and family to make the Run of Awareness possible.


Once he leaves Perth, Pacharo’s Run of Awareness will see him run for over 10 hours per day for 70 days until he reaches his destination in Sydney on May 6.

Leaving Brisbane on Sunday February 12, Pacharo’s first journey across Australia will be by car as he spends several weeks surveying the dangerous journey ahead of him. With the aim of planning and preparing mentally, Pacharo will see firsthand the harsh elements of the Australian outback that he will himself battle on foot in the coming months.


The Run for Awareness is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for - Youth Off The Streets and Room to Read – both of which help young people receive better education both in Australia and overseas.




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Sign up for a term full of fun and excitement with Westside Circus! Enrolments for Term 4 are now open, there are classes for 3 – 5 year olds, Prep – 8 year olds, 9 – 12 year olds, 13 – 17 year olds and adult classes too.


Participants in the public program classes learn a wide range of circus skills including manipulation – juggling; diablo; hula hoop; acrobalance - human pyramids and double balances; aerials - static & triple trapeze; cloudswing; rope; tumbling; handstands; performance skills and more.


Westside is a 'social circus', it promotes the value of confidence, self expression, teamwork and leadership skills as much as we value the acquisition of circus skills. All classes are conducted in a group environment that encourages support and fun while improving on skills, strength and flexibility.


Term 4 runs for 10 weeks from Saturday Oct 6 until Friday Dec 14.


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