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|December 19, 2009
of Pittwater, Australia
of Christmas Sale Success!
A BIG THANK YOU
from Rouge & ‘The Art of Christmas Sale’ artists & ‘The
Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation’ in Hanoi :
Art of Christmas Sale artists, Paul and Tracy Smith, Carole Corrie,
Gwyn Perkins, Marion van den Driesschen, June Lahm, Dimitri Lihachov,
Nick Creech, Nettie Lodge, Rouge & chef Kath Anderson, wish to
send out a BIG THANK YOU to all who supported the artists and the Blue
Dragon Childrens Foundation, held recently at ArtSpace Rouge in Lovett
Bay. Also thanks to our volunteers Lucy Kemp, Lisa MacDonald and Penny
Gleen for her assistance with the ferry service.
The great news is that the artists have donated a total of $1,050 to
the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation in Vietnam.
Roz Noble, a resident of Lovett Bay, held the position of Program
Manager for 6 months of 2009 at the Hoi An Children’s Home in
Vietnam. Roz’s association with Blue Dragon (an Australian
grass roots charity based in Hanoi) started in 2008 when she
volunteered for 3 months at the Children’s Home – nearly 2 years later
her bonds with the children at the Home in Hoi An and her commitment to
Blue Dragon and the work they are doing remain incredibly
Blue Dragon enables children from impoverished families, to complete
their schooling. This support includes food, accommodation,
care staff, social workers, and all their educational needs.
Without this assistance these children would probably have been forced
to finish their schooling and work to help support their struggling
For further information or donations please contact Roz Noble at
or go to the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation website
To date, Blue Dragon
Sent 1,093 kids back to school and
Provided accommodation to 97 girls and
Built or repaired 20 homes for
Distributed 3,657 litres of
Handed out 15,764 kgs of
Reunited 57 runaway children with their
Taken 473 kids to a doctor or
Put 5 teens through drug
Obtained legal registration papers for 169
Rescued 63 trafficked
Placed 50 teens in
Played 695 games of soccer!
FUN FOR THE KIDS
There are still some places available for the January school holiday’s
“Kids on the Coast” program at Pittwater Council’s newly refurbished
Coastal Environment Centre at North Narrabeen.
The program which runs from Monday 4 to Friday 22 January offers
primary school aged children a broad range of activities to entertain
and stimulate their young minds.
Pittwater Council’s Natural Environment and Education Manager Mia
Dalby-Ball said the diverse program offers something for everyone and
is run by enthusiastic and experienced educators.
“There is a mix of fun outdoor, craft and cinema activities available
with the focus on learning about the wide variety of plants, animals
and sea creatures that are abundant in Pittwater’s coastal
environment,” said Ms Dalby-Ball.
“We will be holding the popular Junior Fishing Clinic again that
provides an introduction to fishing. Kids receive facts and tips about
fishing as well as some free gear!”
Other activities include “Flying high with kites” – making and
decorating your very own kite and taking them for a fly; “Fantastic
Frogs” - how to look after the many species of frogs in Pittwater and
“Coastal Capers” - an excursion to Turimetta Beach looking at signs of
life and treasures washed up on the seashore.
The “Kids on the Coast” program runs every day throughout the school
holidays.There are two-hour activities available between 10am-12 noon
and 1pm-3pm for $20 per child per session. For children
wishing to attend a full day (10am-3pm) the cost is $55, which includes
care between sessions.
The Coastal Environment Centre is located at Lake Park Road, North
For more information or to book a place visit
www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/cec or call the Coastal Environment Centre on
Media Contact: Tina Demetriou Ph: 9970 1676 or 0428
Supplying alcohol to anyone under the age of 18 is against the law,
attracting a fine up to $11,000 and even jail in severe cases.
Despite this, young people still seem to discover ways of getting their
hands on alcohol, with a recent study by the Australian Drug Foundation
(ADF) stating that 37% of students who had drunk alcohol in the past
week reported that they had been given it by their parents.
To help the community understand what supplying alcohol actually means,
including the laws and associated fines, ads will be running at local
northern beaches cinemas during the Christmas period.
The ad campaign has been coordinated by the Pittwater Community Drug
Action Team, comprising the Manly Drug Education and Counselling Centre
(MDECC), the Northern Beaches Local Area Command, Pittwater and
Warringah Councils and the Northern Beaches Health Promotion (NSCCAHS)
and other community representatives.
Pittwater Council Community Development Manager Lindsay Godfrey said
that while the campaign targets all suppliers of alcohol to young
people such as family, friends and outlets, there is an emphasis on
making parents and guardians aware of ‘secondary supply’.
“Evidence suggests that if your under 18 year old child attends a party
at a friend’s house there is a chance that the host parents may be
supplying alcohol to your child. More often than not, the host parent
or guardian is not aware of the legal ramifications.”
Amanda Watkins, Health Promotion Coordinator, MDECC stated that “the
concern parents, community and services have with underage drinking is
that young people are far more at risk of harm associated with
alcohol-related violence, sexual assault, road safety and unable to
make informed decisions when intoxicated”. “It’s all about safety” said
For further information about the ‘secondary supply of alcohol’ contact
Manly Drug Education and Counselling Centre (MDECC) on 9977 0711
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