The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-06-22T02:00:12Z Nominate a deserving AusMumpreneur and show your support for Australian mums in business 2017-06-22T02:00:12Z nominate-a-deserving-ausmumpreneur-and-show-your-support-for-australian-mums-in-business The AusMumpreneur Conference and AusMumpreneur Awards are all about supporting Australian mums in business. This event provides a unique opportunity for women from all over Australia to come together to gain new skills, promote their business, connect with fellow mums in business, learn from leading business experts and celebrate the success of the best and brightest in the industry. Proudly presented by AusMumpreneur and The Women’s Business School, the AusMumpreneur Awards recognise the best and brightest in the Australian mumpreneur industry. The categories that will be judged are: AusMumpreneur of the Year Rising Star AusMumpreneur of the Year Emerging AusMumpreneur of the Year Regional Business Award Product Innovation Award Digital Innovation Award Sustainability Award Business Excellence Award AusMumpreneur Network Excellence Award Women’s Business School Excellence Award Global Brand Award Big Idea Award Making A Difference Award Retail Business Award Service Business Award Handmade Business Award The People's Choice Awards: Influencer Award Customer Service Award Making a Difference Award (Business) Making a Difference Award (Non-profit) Business owners or those who wish to nominate a mumpreneur, can go to: https://www.ausmumpreneur.com/ausmumpreneur-awards/ Nominations close on Friday the 30th of June 2017. Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com 0481 369 484 SHITBOX BREAKS FUNDRAISING RECORD 2017-06-05T05:22:32Z shitbox-breaks-fundraising-record The rally began in Adelaide on Saturday 29 May and covered a 3,800km route to reach Cairns on Friday 2 June. The annual event raised $1.64 million for cancer research, its best result ever. As more donations come in, that tally will climb even further.  Founder James Freeman said the amount included $36,500 raised by an auction and buy-back of the colourful vehicles in Cairns.  He also announced the 2018 Shitbox route will be Brisbane to Darwin.  “The rally teams’ fundraising effort this year is an extraordinary achievement and something we can be immensely proud of,” James said. 214 shitboxes embarked on the journey but 20 cars did not make it. In most cases, broken-down shitboxes are repaired by teams en route, but if that proves too difficult, volunteer support crew are on hand to revive the vehicles and help them re-join the rally. It was one of those support crew members, Alex Hallowell, who today proposed to girlfriend Alicia Jeffree in front of hundreds of celebrating rally members.  Shitbox Rally is one of Australia’s most successful charity car rallies and this eighth rally adds to the remarkable $7.52 million it has raised since 2010. James thanked rally sponsors Bingle, Rally School, Manheim, Move Yourself and Atomix, as well as the Outback communities who warmly hosted the rally along the route.  “This year’s rally included our most-ever number of unsealed roads and also took us to some incredibly beautiful, more isolated locations in Australia. We camped in Roxby Downs, Oodnadatta Alice Springs, Tobermorey Station, Burke and Wills Roadhouse, and Einasleigh. In every stop, the locals made us feel very welcome and in fact some even donated back to the cause.” Shitbox Rally is not a race, but a challenge to drive cars worth $1,000 or less across some of Australia’s toughest roads to raise money for cancer research. James Freeman founded Shitbox Rally in 2009 after both of his parents died from cancer within 12 months of each other. It has become the largest independent fundraiser for the Cancer Council nationally. To find out more about the rally including registering to take part, please see www.shitboxrally.com.au XTM’s Heat the Homeless 2017: Australians’ wasted jackets could change lives this winter 2017-05-31T03:08:24Z xtm-s-heat-the-homeless-2017-australians-wasted-jackets-could-change-lives-this-winter • More than 105,000 men, women and children will be sleeping rough around Australia this winter • Australian snow and outdoor label XTM wants to get 10,000 second-hand jackets into the hands of homeless people in 2017 • XTM’s Heat the Homeless initiative saw 2,500 pre-loved jackets handed out to homeless people in 2016 Wednesday 31 May 2017, MELBOURNE: As temperatures drop, on one end of the spectrum winter sport enthusiasts are getting ready to upgrade their gear ready for next season. On the other, men, women and children face chilling winter nights without shelter, and the next few months will see many lives lost or threatened by the freezing nights. This chilling dichotomy of excitement and adventure, and terrible struggles troubled Pete Forras and his team at leading Australian snow and outdoor brand XTM Performance, so they came up with the idea to re-home second hand winter jackets that could bring some warmth to those that need it the most this winter. “If you are living on the streets, a jacket that might be sitting at the back of someone’s closet can make it a little more bearable out there, especially on those really cold and wet nights,” XTM Performance founder and CEO Forras said. "At XTM, we get to work with these innovative technologies and materials to make really cool, highly technical clothes that people want to get their hands on the newest and best of every season, which is great. However the flip side is lots of clothes are being retired early when they still have plenty of life left in them to do what they are essentially made for - warming bodies through winters. We want people to give their old jackets a second chance – get them to the collection sites and on the backs of our friends on the streets as soon as we can,” Forras said. This winter, the socially-conscious label will partner with their retailers and a group of organisations in the hope of collecting 10,000 second-hand winter jackets from around Australia; adding new partners Anaconda who have collection points at all their stores nationally, and bringing back 2016 charity partners Anonymous X and Hutt St Centre who will be getting the jackets to the people who need it most. “Winter really puts a spotlight on the divide between those who have all the luxuries and those who are in need. We have the ability to redistribute and reconnect between these social extremes. We are hoping to get people pulling out their old winter jackets and bringing them into our retail partners’ stores where they can make a little difference to people’s lives,” Forras said. An idea that was initially thrown around in a staff meeting, the Torquay beach based company launched its national XTM Heat the Homeless initiative for the first time in 2016. “It just made sense to us - we thought, ‘there are so many high quality jackets now, some only getting a few weeks of wear before being replaced. It would be great to get more life out of these products we are making and get a few hundred of those out to people who could use a warm jacket this winter’.” explains Forras. Also on this list of legends working together to redistribute some of the wealth and warmth of the snow and fashion industry and share it with the homeless, Humans in Melbourne and Melbourne I Love You founder Chris Cincotta has played a big part in making sure that as many Australians reconsider binning their old jackets this year, getting the word out via his huge social following. After a post on Cincotta’s Humans In Melbourne page, two days and ten thousand likes in, the 2016 target had been smashed with collection points inundated with hundreds of donated jackets. By the end of winter, more than 2,500 jackets were handed out to men, women and children sleeping rough on Australian streets. In 2017, they hope to get four times as many second hand jackets out warming bodies on Australian streets. To donate to XTM’s Heat the Homeless initiative, you can either send your jacket to the XTM Performance team directly at PO Box 422, Torquay VIC 3228 or visit XTM’s Heat the Homeless page for more distribution sites and information. - ENDS - For media enquiries, please contact: Emma Hornsey | PR Manager, XTM Performance | E emma@xtm.com.au | M 0415 842 801 About XTM’s Heat the Homeless We’ve all got some old ski and snowboard jackets in our closets - the goal of the team at XTM Performance is to get them out of there and give them a second chance. Every year, XTM’s Heat the Homeless initiative hopes to collect as many of these warm, technical jackets as possible and get them to people where they can make a difference to the lives of our friends living on the streets. Since its launch in 2016, XTM’s Heat the Homeless initiative has focussed on redistributing some of the luxuries of the winter clothing industry and giving back to the men, women and children who have no alternate but to spend their nights sleeping rough on Australian streets. To donate to XTM’s Heat the Homeless initiative, you can either send your jacket to the XTM Performance team directly at PO Box 422, Torquay VIC 3228, or visit www.xtm.com.au/heat-the-homeless for more distribution sites and information. Pete Forras – Bio Peter Forras is living every business owner’s dream – running his successful international retailing business from Torquay, a renowned surf spot on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road. After representing Australia as a professional skier, Pete wanted to start a business based on his love of snow sports. With two friends, Gary Rae and Bill Dalton, he came up with the idea of creating a brand specialising in ski apparel and accessories, which launched in 1999. Beyond his passion for his family, lifestyle and the winter and outdoor sports that he has built his business around, Pete is also a strong advocate on the impact of climate change, the social responsibilities of his company and the industry it operates in, fostering Australia’s upcoming winter sports talent, and the importance of creating a company culture that embraces balance. About XTM Performance XTM, an abbreviation for the term ‘cross the mountain’ or ‘X-The Mountain’, has carved out a niche supplying accessories and skiwear internationally. Returning as Olympic partner for the fourth time in 2018, XTM Performance’s is a brand that caters for all types of adventurers. Lessons learned from working with the most talented athletes on the planet are showcased throughout the entire XTM range. Working with the world’s most advanced materials and technologies, XTM Performance manufactures more than half a million units each year, which are sold in 24 countries. As one of Australia’s leading outdoor and snow brands, XTM will forever endeavour to work with the most advanced materials and technologies in the world to continually create products of gold medal quality - all from their Torquay beach shack. Wavelength International listed in the Best SMEs to Work Asia 2017 2017-05-30T05:21:58Z wavelength-international-listed-in-the-best-smes-to-work-asia-2017 Wavelength International has made the prestigious Best Places to Work Asia 2017, one of only 3 Australian businesses to make the top 10 of the small and medium workplaces list. The Best Places to Work Australia Study is one of the world’s most comprehensive independent studies of workplace culture by global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work – More than 1,400 companies participated in national list studies in the 9 Asia-region countries where Great Place to Work® is represented. Wavelength shot into the top 10 this year, placing 9th in the top 25 Best Places to Work (20-500) employees. It is an impressive achievement, especially in an industry renowned for its high pressure work environments and high staff turnover. “It just goes to show you can be a successful high performance business by embracing a generous and supportive culture,” says Chris Riley, Wavelength’s CEO. “Just by walking through the door, you immediately sense Wavelength is a happy, motivated and engaged place to work. In my experience in this industry our workplace culture is quite unique: everyone cares passionately about the business and working collaboratively as a team." With over 75 employees, Wavelength is Australia’s largest and most successful medical recruitment agency. The company offers a range of employee benefits including: Flexible and family friendly working hours, Free breakfast Fitness classes A creative, casual and fun working environment i Monetary incentives linked with productivity and performance against key goals. Additional information Specific highlights that have made Wavelength a great place to work include: · A generous remuneration and commission scheme renowned for being extremely market competitive. Wavelength is also committed to making salary packages consistent and fair across the organisation. Employees in all roles are recognised and rewarded for outstanding performance. Individual goals created for all employees quarterly which are part of their performance criteria. Managers regularly meet with team members to provide feedback and coach them to be even better in their role. An internal mentoring program which enable employees to discover and develop their talents. · A real commitment to work life balance with a broad range of flexible full-time, part-time and job share work patterns in place. Employees can work flexibly between 7am and 7pm and have the opportunity to work from home one day a week. Wavelength also offers an additional five days of annual leave once an employee has completed four years’ continuous employment. A generous paid parental leave program and flexibility when it comes to extended leave for weddings and overseas trips. · Inspiring values of excellence, ingenuity, integrity and heart incorporated into all business processes, policies and communications. · A bright, fresh, modern and open workspace to encourage a positive working environment and work life balance. There are showers, great training facilities and plenty of room for regular health and fitness sessions. Breakfast, drinks and healthy snacks are all provided daily for all employees. · A love for celebrations – birthdays, anniversaries, individual and company achievements. · An internal social networking platform to foster a modern culture of openness and transparency. · Quarterly employee briefings to share information, business goals, successes, challenges and new initiatives. A commitment to the health sector both in Australia and overseas. Wavelength actively donates and fundraises for the Fred Hollows Foundation and Médecins Sans Frontières. The company also sponsors indigenous medical students and encourages employees to participate in other charitable events throughout the year. ### About Wavelength International Wavelength International
is Australia’s largest medical recruitment company, offering local and international candidate resourcing, medical registration and immigration services for medical professionals and healthcare employers. Based in Sydney, we work with over 300 hospitals, clinics and general practices across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. About Great Place to Work Inc Great Place to Work Inc, is a global research and consulting firm specialising in workplace excellence and development of high-trust and high-engagement workplace cultures. Our proprietary research tool, the Trust Index Employee Engagement Survey, is taken annually by over 10 million employees worldwide. Leading companies worldwide use our model to increase the levels of trust across their organisations and drive business results. For further information, please contact: Deanna Daly Marketing Executive, Wavelength International Tel: 02 8353 9032 Email: ddaly@wave.com.au www.wave.com.au www.wavies.com.au Aboriginal Housing Company announces the launch of “Leading the Way” Fund 2017-05-25T04:45:00Z aboriginal-housing-company-announces-the-launch-of-leading-the-way-fund The Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) is proud to announce the launch of their new initiative “Leading the Way” on June 10th 2017. The initiative will have a primary focus on education, apprenticeships and employment for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community driven by the Aboriginal Housing Company’s ambition to create a positive and sustainable future for the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The AHC is focused on implementing a strong skills base for community members and providing guidance to the right outlets for success. “Leading the Way” will assist in further development of employment and education strategies within the Indigenous community including: educational scholarships, employment, trade and apprenticeship opportunities and accommodation for students at Pemulwuy. The new student accommodation will offer students a conducive environment to complete their studies. Speaking of the initiative, AHC Chairperson Alisi Tutuila, highlights the importance of an increased focus on educational and employment opportunities. “We are seeing a steady increase in the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people gaining vocational qualifications and degrees, but there still needs to be greater options available to them when they leave school. “Leading the Way” will have pathways in place for people to either gain employment, an apprenticeship, or higher education,” said Mrs Tutulia. “The “Leading the Way” fund is committed to community development and integration through education and employment. We are building a network of positive and innovative business partnerships that will promote leadership and drive change within our communities,” Mrs Tutulia concluded. “Leading the Way” will provide assistance in the following areas: Tertiary education Trades and apprenticeships Employment To launch the fund of “Leading the Way” the AHC will host a Cultural Race Day at the Australian Turf Club’s Royal Randwick, on Saturday 10th June 2017. The event will showcase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, arts and business innovations to celebrate the cultural diversity of Sydney. There are a number of sponsorship opportunities from Gold Race Sponsorship to corporate tables. For more information on these sponsorship opportunities please contact Ben Hansberry ben@boabtreewines.com.au -ENDS- For further information please contact: Cathy Yao | cyao@heardagency.com D +61 02 8279 7860 Lucy Jones, Senior Account Manager | ljones@heardagency.com About the Aboriginal Housing Company The Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) is an independent non-profit charity and the first community housing provider in Australia, incorporated in 1973 as a company limited by guarantee. It is an all Aboriginal governed organisation, located in the heart of Redfern, which lies in the traditional lands of the Gadigal People, part of the Eora Nation. The company was formed in direct response to the widespread discrimination Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and families experienced in the private rental market. The AHC is self-funded and operates on income derived from rental properties. Affordable housing is located across Sydney and country regions in NSW. A current focus is the redevelopment known as Pemulwuy Project. The redevelopment will breathe new life into Redfern and restore a strong and healthy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community with an emphasis on cultural values, spirituality and employment. The Pemulwuy Project will make Redfern the best urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Australia and in doing so, set the benchmark for all other communities. About the “Leading the Way” Fund: The “Leading the Way” fund established by the Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) in 2017 – launch date 10th June 2017. The fund offers multiple levels of assistance to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people through encouraging, enhancing and developing further education and training opportunities. The fund will provide grants to students for accommodation, scholarship and foundational studies to guide Indigenous people towards their chosen career pathways. 200 SHITBOXES DEPART ADELAIDE EN ROUTE TO CAIRNS 2017-05-23T00:54:09Z 200-shitboxes-depart-adelaide-en-route-to-cairns Shitbox Rally, now in its eighth year, is on track to raise $1.5 million – adding to the remarkable $7.52 million it has raised since 2010. The brainchild of SA man James Freeman, the rally has become the largest independent fundraiser for the Cancer Council nationally. James founded Shitbox Rally in 2009 after both of his parents died from cancer within 12 months of each other. When:             Saturday 27 May                         8.15am interview available with founder James Freeman 9.00am cars begin departing in team groupings Where:            Torrens Parade Ground                         Victoria Drive, Adelaide What:              Colourful cars of all shapes and sizes Dressed-up team members Available:       James Freeman, founder Shitbox Rally                         Team members     Background Shitbox Rally is not a race, but a challenge to drive cars worth $1,000 or less across Australia via some of its toughest roads to raise money for cancer research.  This colourful event attracts a loyal following of ‘Shitboxers’  – some of whom have completed the rally every year since its inception. They are brought together after experiencing cancer themselves or seeing cancer impact family and friends. It’s a chance to meet like-minded people and see Australia’s vast and beautiful country via its red dirt roads, hills and creek beds, ending each day at sports ovals and race courses and more, camping under the stars and enjoying rally friendships. To participate, each team must raise a minimum of $4,000. James Freeman has also developed Mystery Box Rally and held two Shitbox Rallies in New Zealand. The rally has become the largest independent fundraiser for Cancer Council nationally, raising more than $10 million for cancer research. The 2017 route and itinerary   2017 marks the eighth Shitbox Rally. It travels a 3,800km, seven-day route from Adelaide to Cairns via the Oodnadatta Track and Plenty Highway, from 27 May to 2 June. Stopovers include Roxby Downs and Alice Springs.   Images   Shitbox Rallies has a small dedicated production team on each rally, capturing stills and vision each day. See image galleries here https://www.flickr.com/photos/shitboxrally/sets   Social media footage can be seen on the official Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/pg/shitboxrally/videos/   Shitboxes driving to a fundraising record 2017-05-18T23:12:17Z shitboxes-driving-to-a-fundraising-record The annual Shitbox Rally is already the largest independent fundraiser for Cancer Council nationally, and has raised $1.3 million so far this year. “There are some serious dollars being raised and I am excited to see if by the end of the rally we break our fundraising records and get over the $1.54 million mark,” founder James Freeman said. “The rally teams are putting in an incredible effort to raise money for cancer research, with the top fundraiser – Tasmania’s Team 42 Degrees South Baby – sitting at an amazing $24,000. It’s inspiring and we couldn’t be more grateful.” The rally departs Adelaide on Saturday 27 May, driving via the Oodnadatta Track and Plenty Highway to reach Cairns by 2 June. It’s not a race, but a challenge to drive cars worth $1,000 or less across Australia via some of its toughest roads to raise money for cancer research. James Freeman founded Shitbox Rally in 2009 after both of his parents died from cancer within 12 months of each other. Details of the Adelaide departure:   When:             Saturday 27 May                         8.15am interview available with James Freeman 9.00am cars begin departing in team groupings Where:            Torrens Parade Ground                         Victoria Drive, Adelaide What:              Colourful cars of all shapes, sizes and themes Dressed-up team members     Fundraising achievement: ·         Shitbox Rally has raised $7.52 million since 2010 and is on track to raise $1.5 million this year. ·         The “baby brother” event, Mystery Box, has raised $1.94 million since 2013 and is on track to raise $825k this year. ·         Shitbox Rally NZ has raised $829k over two years.     Images: https://www.flickr.com/photos/shitboxrally/sets   Parents are urged to prevent kids from overheating. 2017-01-12T05:15:48Z parents-are-urged-to-prevent-kids-from-overheating According to NSW Health’s website: “Hot weather can affect your baby or child because their bodies cannot adjust to changes in temperature as well as adults. Babies and children sweat less, reducing their bodies’ ability to cool down, and they generate more heat during exercise than adults. They are at risk of overheating and developing a heat-related illness. Heat can also make existing illnesses worse”. NSW Health's website recommends that parents should: Check that your child is drinking enough fluids. ·Make sure your child is dressed in cool clothes, wears a broad-brimmed hat and sunscreen Never leave babies, children or pets alone in a car, not even for a moment. Babies and children can overheat very quickly in cars. The temperature inside a parked car can be 30-40°C hotter than outside the car. Never cover a baby capsule in the car with a rug or towel as this will restrict air moving around the baby, making them hotter. An enclosed pram can get very hot; try to ensure that the air circulates around your baby by removing the back panel (if possible) or placing them in more open strollers. Emma Lovell, founder and Director of CoziGo (formerly Fly Babee) and mum of two says: “CoziGo was designed with the Aussie climate in mind. Too many people grab whatever is at hand to cover their stroller without thinking about how safe it is for their baby. CoziGo is 100% breathable but most importantly it's air permeable meaning that air flows freely through the canopy without restriction. The unique dome shape also gives lots of freedom of movement for bubba. These two aspects stop the stroller becoming a hot house - unlike other types of fabric often used to cover prams. It also offers sun protection of 50+.” Emma adds: “So many of us spend lots time researching our strollers and lots of money on the purchase and don't properly research an appropriate sleep and sun cover.” Sun Smart states on their website: “Childhood and adolescence are critical periods during which exposure to UV radiation is more likely to contribute to skin cancer in later life. Parents have an important role to ensure their children establish healthy sun protection habits during the early years.” References: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/beattheheat/Pages/babies-children-hot-weather.aspxhttp://www.sunsmart.com.au/communities/parents Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com Finally, a solution for January birthdays! No more receiving re-gifted Xmas gifts! 2017-01-05T04:01:54Z finally-a-solution-for-january-birthdays-no-more-receiving-re-gifted-xmas-gifts Over the last ten days, bins around Australia have been full to capacity with rubbish, packaging, gift tags and wrapping paper. Sydney Mums, Julie Tylman and Ali Linz, created Group Together to avoid waste from unwanted gifts, packaging and wrapping paper. Julie Tylman, co-founder of GroupTogether, explains: “Ali and I have seven children combined. We met for coffee one day after a weekend of ferrying kids to and from birthday parties. We were exhausted from the driving, parking, buying, wrapping gifts, drop offs and pick-ups involved in attending kid’s parties. We were also gob-smacked at the amount of money we had spent (7 kids’ x 2 parties’ x $20ish gifts + wrapping & card) only to find out that the birthday kids either already had the gifts, were given multiple copies of the gifts or didn’t love them.” They created GroupTogether, an easy online tool that makes it easy to pool funds to give one gift that’s really wanted without the waste. Friends can also add a photo and message to the group card. For those who want to “give back”, there’s the option to donate a portion of the gift pool to your favourite charity. The business has grown and now has 20 000 users who have organized group gift collections through GroupTogether. One of the most popular types of collections at the end of 2016, was end of year teacher’s gifts. Ali Linz, co-founder GroupTogether, continues: “As well as cutting out the waste, we also felt that there was an opportunity to create a culture of mindful giving. That’s why we made it easy to donate a bit of the group gift to charity so kids can learn the joy of giving back.” Julie Tylman, co-founder, GroupTogether concludes: “I really feel for the January babies, they struggle. No need to give the sad, re-gifted Chrissie present, instead friends can keep their new year's resolution and stay on budget by pooling their money together and giving one great gift.” Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com Group Homes Australia and Heathley celebrate business growth by donating to Orange Sky Laundry 2017-01-05T02:01:16Z group-homes-australia-and-heathley-celebrate-business-growth-by-donating-to-orange-sky-laundry Sydney, Australia, 5th January 2017, Group Homes Australia, who offers a unique model of dementia care in a luxurious, friendly and safe, home environment, celebrates a successful 2016 by giving back to the community. Group Homes Australia and Heathley have donated to the innovative charity, Orange Sky Laundry. Group Homes Australia and Heathley recently entered into a property partnership. The partnership, which is designed to drive future growth, has Heathley agreeing to fund the purchase and development of Group Homes Australia (GHA) residences through its existing Heathley Aged Care Property Fund No.1 (Fund). GHA and Heathley have chosen to support Orange Sky Laundry because they are keen to support a charity that works with the homeless. The teams at GHA and Heathley love the Orange Sky Laundry concept. Jonathan Gavshon, General Manager at GHA says: “At GHA we are able to offer people living with dementia a beautiful home environment, with round the clock, best in class care. As the business grows and more people are able to benefit from living in a Group Home Australia environment, we wanted to acknowledge people living without a home. We are enormously impressed by the innovation, vision and revolutionary care that Orange Sky Laundry offers and are delighted to be able to demonstrate our support with a monetary donation to ensure they can continue the amazing work that they are doing.” Lucas Patchett, Co-founder of Orange Sky Laundry says: “Orange Sky Laundry believes in treating others how they want to be treated and providing a platform for positive and non-judgmental conversations. Donations such as this allow us to continue operating our 12 vans around Australia, run by more than 700 amazing volunteers who facilitate over 7.2 tonnes of free laundry and 1,200 hours of conversations.” Group Homes Australia and Heathley are passionate about the community and giving back to those who require support. In 2017, Group Homes Australia will run a series of local community events to allow locals to see the homes and engage with the residents and staff at Group Homes Australia. -ENDS- About Group Homes Australia: Group Homes Australia offers a unique model of care in a luxurious, friendly and safe, home environment. Our mission is to ensure that people living with dementia also live with dignity. We have homes located across Sydney, including in Waverley, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, St Ives and Warriewood, and were recently independently benchmarked by Alzheimer's Australia as best in class in every area of dementia care against over 80 competitors. Our model is the first of its kind in Australia and focuses on creating a non-institutional way of living that emphasises a resident’s abilities rather than their disabilities. Our homes are traditional houses in traditional streets and are an integral part of the community, with a maximum of 10 residents living together in private rooms. Each home has trained staff on site 24/7 and approximately 1 member of staff for every 3 residents. Our caring team members are homemakers, and they support and assist residents with their daily needs and activities. They encourage residents to be engaged in shopping, cooking, gardening… The full range of daily tasks that bring a sense of purpose in a home. We have no call bells or nursing trolleys, no rigid routines around waking, personal care or singalongs. We actively welcome friends and family to come and visit and stay for a cup of tea and sample our latest freshly baked treats. www.grouphomes.com.au or 1300 015 406 About Heathley Limited: Since incorporation in 1977, Heathley has had a proud history of finding, structuring and managing property investment portfolios for wealthy individuals, families, and institutions. The principal operations of Heathley is property funds management - having successfully established 40 property funds throughout its 40-year history. The Board and Management of Heathley Limited have a diverse mix of experience and skills and currently manage nine property funds with total funds under management of approximately $550 million. Website: www.heathley.com.au Group Homes Australia is so confident in their unique model of care that they are offering a free trial to live in one of their homes. 2016-12-28T03:14:42Z group-homes-australia-is-so-confident-in-their-unique-model-of-care-that-they-are-offering-a-free-trial-to-live-in-one-of-their-homes Sydney, Australia, 28th of December 2016, Group Homes Australia offers respite, dementia and high care in a sophisticated and luxurious environment, supported by a team of fully qualified homemakers who are there 24/7. Each home is designed to accommodate the needs of people living with dementia but looks, feels and smells like a home. Each group home houses 6 to 10 residents in beautifully appointed, private bedrooms. There are numerous living and dining areas for residents and their visiting families to enjoy. Each home boasts gorgeous garden and outdoor leisure settings. The homemakers focus on residents’ abilities and interests. The residents are encouraged to participate in weekly outings and the activities that they enjoy such as baking, gardening and laundry. Alzheimer’s Australia ranked GHA significantly above 80 aged care competitors. Tamar Krebs, CEO and Founder, Group Homes Australia, states: "We are so confident in our unique model of care that we would like to invite you to trial living in one of our group homes completely free of charge*. Please get in touch mentioning this offer. Places are extremely limited. We look forward to welcoming you to one of our homes so that you can experience the GHA difference for yourself." For more info about the free trial go to: http://grouphomes.com.au/freetrial/ To learn more and to arrange a visit contact call 1300 015 406. *** About Group Homes Australia: Group Homes Australia offers a unique model of care in a luxurious, friendly and safe, home environment. Our mission is to ensure that people living with dementia also live with dignity. We have homes located across Sydney, including in Waverley, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, St Ives and Warriewood, and were recently independently benchmarked by Alzheimer's Australia as best in class in every area of dementia care against over 80 competitors. Our model is the first of its kind in Australia and focuses on creating a non-institutional way of living that emphasises a resident’s abilities rather than their disabilities. Our homes are traditional houses in traditional streets and are an integral part of the community, with a maximum of 10 residents living together in private rooms. Each home has trained staff on site 24/7 and approximately 1 member of staff for every 3 residents. Our caring team members are homemakers, and they support and assist residents with their daily needs and activities. They encourage residents to be engaged in shopping, cooking, gardening… The full range of daily tasks that bring a sense of purpose in a home. We have no call bells or nursing trolleys, no rigid routines around waking, personal care or singalongs. We actively welcome friends and family to come and visit and stay for a cup of tea and sample our latest freshly baked treats. www.grouphomes.com.au or 1300 015 406 5 Christmas Tips for those with older parents or parents who have dementia 2016-12-22T07:37:08Z 5-christmas-tips-for-those-with-older-parents-or-parents-who-have-dementia Tamar Krebs, CEO and Founder of Group Homes Australia has some great advice for making the most of this festive season. 1.Don't try and replicate Christmas of the past - be prepared to approach it differently. Bring food in, or offer to do the cooking. Instead of eating in, head to the beach and use the public BBQ. 2.Try and focus on creating new memories and living in the moment, rather than focussing on how things “used to be”. Celebrate what your parents can do, rather than what they can no longer do. 3. Do not waste time and energy worrying about whether Mum or Dad will be around for next Christmas, but instead enjoy the fact that they are around for this Christmas. Be sure to tell them how much you love them and how happy you are to be spending this Christmas with them. 4. Christmas is a popular time for reminiscing. Looking at old photo albums or mementos is a very powerful tool to help remind that person of who they are, what they were capable of, and what makes them unique, rather than just being a person who is living with a diagnosis of dementia. 5. Not everyone who is living with dementia has family around to help care for them. Suicide rates peak at this time of year as it can be an incredibly lonely and isolating experience if you are not surrounded by friends and family. If you know someone who is living with dementia who will be alone this Christmas, please reach out to them and include them in your celebrations. Tips for driving, flying and camping holidays with kids! 2016-12-21T02:25:47Z tips-for-driving-flying-and-camping-holidays-with-kids Paediatric Sleep Consultant, Cheryl Fingleson offers tips on driving with little or bigger kids. 1. Leave at night or very early in the morning It’s a good idea is to leave at night when children have all been fed and it is bedtime so they can have a good long sleep, as the motion of the car will also help them sleep. If you prefer to drive when it is lighter then leaving in the early, give bub a feed and get the older children in the car so you can get a good start while they are tired and still need to sleep. 2. Pack Refreshments Drinks and snack foods are a must for the car age appropriate. 3. Stop for breaks If you have tired, grumpy or bored children in the car it is no fun. Remember children are hard wired for movement. Stop for breaks so the babies can crawl, walk and the older kids can run around for a while, then back into the car. Put the nursery rhymes on, sing along. 4. Pack the technology Ipads, mobiles and movies can be one of the most valuable things you pack and more importantly may keep you sane.. This may be the key to eliminating whinging and fighting children. 5. Routine. Routine. Routine. While travelling try keep to your babies and toddlers usual routine. 6. Clean as you drive Keep a roll of paper towels and a box of wipes in the front seat for easy cleanups. Keep a rubbish bag handy too. There are five things I tell people when they ask about taking kids camping or hiking or paddling: They get cold faster. They get hot faster. They get hungry faster. They get bored faster. They get tired quickly. Cheryl Fingleson, The Sleep Coach, says: "Babies and kids need to eat regularly and sleep on their schedule. I recommend you make sure kids nap and sleep at their usual time. Babies can nap in a front carrier, pram or backpack. Having their schedule and routine the same makes them feel secure. Take their own toys, games, books and anything you child loves to play with from home. Making them have their own belongings helps them adjust to the different surrounding. Consistency and routine will be the magic that make a great relaxing holiday." If you are travelling by plane, then pack these life saving products that were invented by Mums: Cozigo (formerlly Fly Babee) can be used as a sleep, sun and travel cover. It is air permeable, UPF 50+ and 100% breathable. It also blocks out 97% of the light allowing bubs and toddlers to sleep whilst travelling anywhere, anytime... www.cozigo.com Fly Tot Once your baby is too big for the air line bassinet, make sure that he or she is comfortable so they he or she can sleep in their seat. Fly Tot is an inflatable cushion for older babies, toddlers and kids to stretch out, relax and sleep. www.flytot.com.au Please contact candice@candicepr.com for more info. Wishing you all a beautiful, relaxing Festive Season! My Emergency Dr App launches just in time for Christmas 2016-12-18T07:25:23Z my-emergency-dr-app-launches-just-in-time-for-christmas Sydney, Australia, 18th December 2016, The future of healthcare has launched in the form of an app that puts you directly in touch with an emergency specialist doctor. Save time by avoiding the hospital trip and long wait. My Emergency Dr is a video-based smartphone app that puts you in touch with an Australian-trained and qualified Emergency Specialist Doctor when you need one. If you or a family member are sick, the team of Emergency Specialist Doctors at My Emergency Dr can remotely assess you, make a diagnosis, provide expert medical advice and in many cases arrange the treatment you need. Justin Bowra, CEO and Founder of ConnectedMed and an experienced senior emergency specialist physician states: “Our vision at My Emergency Dr is to give every Australian urgent video access via your smartphone to an Emergency Specialist, wherever they live and whenever they call. All of our doctors are qualified specialists in Emergency Medicine. Simply download the app and connect to an Emergency Specialist who will be able to assist you wherever you are.” Dr. Bowra adds: “Registered clients have 24 hour-a-day immediate phone and video access to a team of Emergency Specialists who can remotely assess, diagnose and arrange treatment. My Emergency Dr will email you a copy of the consultation record to take to your GP. If medications need to be organised, we can email you an electronic prescription. Similarly, we can also email you referrals for x-rays or blood tests.” Just download My Emergency Dr from the App Store or Google Play, open it and follow the instructions. A free trial of the service is available until 25th December 2016. Media Enquiries: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com -ENDS- About My Emergency Dr: My Emergency Dr is a video-based smartphone app that puts you in touch with an Australian-trained and qualified Emergency Specialist Doctor when you need one, at the touch of a button. We can be there at times when your GP can’t be, as our service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please note that this is not a replacement for the emergency 000 service. If you suffer a time-critical emergency such as chest pain or difficulty breathing, call 000 without delay. The key steps are: Download our app My Emergency Dr from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Open the app & register your name & mobile number. When an urgent health problem, illness or injury affects you, open the app and connect via built-in video to the emergency specialist doctor. The doctor will assess you and make a diagnosis, then arrange what is needed, e.g. prescription for medication, referral for an x-ray, or even urgent admission to hospital. The doctor will also email you a summary of the consultation for your GP. http://www.myemergencydr.com/ Email: admin@myemergencydr.com.au Australian Generosity Revisited: How Charitable Will We Be This Christmas? 2016-12-18T02:04:01Z australian-generosity-revisited-how-charitable-will-we-be-this-christmas A new analysis of 2013-14 taxation data by MapDeck.com sheds some very interesting light on the donations habits of Australians. It provides a detailed picture of charitable donations made across neighbourhoods of our eight capital cities.  Many Australians are happy to give a helping hand to various worthy causes throughout the year and it would be natural to think we are pretty generous as a nation. Indeed, each year Australian taxpayers hand over an impressive $2+ billion in tax deductible gifts and donations for charitable causes. But collectively, are Australians as generous a nation as we claim to be? The verdict? Well, the analysis showed that 37% of all donations in 2013-14 came from only 5.3% of Australian taxpayers categorised as the most generous in terms of the rate of donations per local population, as well as the average value of donations. These 677,093 individual donors collectively contributed a billion dollars for charitable purposes. Impressive. However, it also means that of the remaining taxpayers, 30% contributed relatively very little and that 65% of all taxpayers donated nothing at all. So, sadly, it appears that many of us won't be digging deep this Christmas... Overall, the analysis concludes that Australians are not quite as charitable as we would like to believe. Perhaps this is something we should all consider when choosing our New Year resolutions this year... Curious which neighbourhoods and cities around Australia were the most generous? If you'd like to find out more, the extended version of the analysis is published on #All-Things-Spatial blog and the associated interactive maps can be explored on MapDeck.com (see links below). Please use this invite code to sign up for a free account: f10dc1f2 - access to some resources may require paid subscription.Resources: Main Article: Australian generosity mapped – how charitable are we really?Map (free):  Gifts and Donations by Individuals, Australia 2013-14 Map (free):  Gifts and Donations: Well-to-do Non-participants, Australia 2014 Data (free): ATO Gifts and Donations by Individuals, Australia 2014 Data (paid download): Generosity Profile Table, Postcodes, Australia 2014 Data (paid subscription): Generosity Profile of Taxpayers by Postcode, Australia 2014 About MapDeck:MapDeck’s mission is to empower individuals and organisations to make better choices, more informed decisions – so they can reach their goals sooner, succeed faster and on a grander scale.  MapDeck is an online marketplace for spatial information and simple-to-use, task-oriented tools to support a variety of activities, be it business or investment related, environmental, community or policy focused.  Media Contact:w: https://MapDeck.come: info@mapdeck.com