The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-01-12T04:15:48Z Parents are urged to prevent kids from overheating. 2017-01-12T04:15:48Z 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! 2017-01-05T03:01:54Z 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 2017-01-05T01:01:16Z 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. 2016-12-28T02:14:42Z 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 2016-12-22T06:37:08Z 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! 2016-12-21T01:25:47Z 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 2016-12-18T06:25:23Z 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? 2016-12-18T01:04:01Z 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 Short + Sweet: SNACKABLETV youth broadcast network for short-form content launches 2016-12-01T00:16:58Z short-sweet-snackabletv-youth-broadcast-network-for-short-form-content-launches Meet SNACKABLETV, a revolutionary digital youth network housing the best in bite-sized content. It’s an entirely new way for young people all over the world to access high quality short-form entertainment for FREE, without annoying advertisements or subscriptions. VIEW THE SIZZLE REEL Millennials are diverse, curious and engaged - so, SNACKABLETV is too. It does not discriminate against gender, sexuality, race, creed or socio-economic status, only against beige content. SNACKABLETV launches with solid collaborations and partnerships as official Youth & Content Broadcaster for Sydney Festival, co-produced podcasts with the team from Melbourne’s Sans Pants Radio and short films produced by future creative superstars from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Offering something for everyone, SNACKABLETV plays host to content across seven channels; Culture, Film, Gaming, Music, Podcast, Style, and a dedicated hub for today’s news, events, and the best of the net; What’s Hot. Original series’ will feature respected members of the creative community including; street artist Scott Marsh; music journalist Danny Clayton; celebrity fashion stylist Mikey Ayoubi; mindfulness coach Kylie Ryan; comedians Rhys Nicholson and Robbie Armfield; musicians Client Liaison, Sleep Makes Waves and The Jezabels; and so much more incredible talent in front of and behind the lens. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. The network will lead the fight against ‘Digital Litter’, a result of too much access to poorly made content. Everything on SNACKABLETV is short, sharp, and captivating. It’s video that is never boring, always inspiring, with an added dose of learning for the socially aware, completely free of charge to the viewer. SNACKABLETV Co-founders Kate Edwards and Shae Constantine said today: “We are extremely proud to be launching Australia’s first short form broadcast network made especially for young people. “SNACKABLETV is purpose built as much for the consumer as it is for the creator – it’s a conduit between the two worlds. We identified a gap, in that there is so much good content out there and before now it hasn’t had a home or a chance to get to an audience who will appreciate it. “Our doors are wide open to young creatives and creators. We want to distribute the best short-form content the world has seen, and this is only possible with a truly robust digital platform to facilitate the relationship between creator and audience. That platform is SNACKABLETV.” Content is currently available online (mobile, tablet or desktop) via SNACKABLETV.tv The bar has been set high and SNACKABLETV is committed to pushing the boundaries in both the controversy and quality stakes. New content will be released on all channels across the network constantly. Stay tuned for updates on exciting co-productions and distribution partnerships. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. Interview and content requests contact The Lantern Group: Louisa Read +61 412 955 101 louisa@lanterngroup.com.au Fiona Gulin +61 487 992 333 fiona@lanterngroup.com.au CONNECT WITH SNACKABLETV FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM #snackableTV MEDIA MATERIALS DROPBOX Fundraising Auctions helps raise over $10,000 for the Red Cross Society of Women Leaders 2016-11-27T23:09:53Z fundraising-auctions-helps-raise-over-10-000-for-the-red-cross-society-of-women-leaders The Fundraising Auctions team spent last Friday on board Holland America’s MS Maasdam, in the Sydney Harbour, to help the Red Cross Society of Women Leaders raise much needed funds for their Eastern Indonesian Humanitarian Project. The luncheon was not only held to raise money but to launch the new Emerging Leaders Program, a program designed for future women leaders to develop their experiences involving contributions to humanitarian projects being run by Australian Red Cross. The one-and-a-half-hour silent auction saw many generous bids over 52 items, which helped pushed the total funds raised in the silent auction to $11,087. Roxanne Haid, Operations Manager, said ‘It was amazing event and we are extremely delighted to be a part of such a worthy cause. Not only is it fantastic to be able to help raise such a large amount in a short time, but also to see all the excitement the attendees had bidding on the items. The project selected by Society of Women Leaders, to be executed by Red Cross, aims to empower women and children in Indonesia to live healthier, happier lives by reducing chronic malnutrition and child stunting in target communities in Eastern Indonesia. Fundraising Auctions, aims to maximise the amount of money raised for their clients by offering their comprehensive service completely free of charge. The company has offices in both Sydney and Melbourne, however they offer their services all over the country. For enquiries please contact info@fundraising-auctions.com.au Australians raise over $100K for sex slave children 2016-11-24T02:59:26Z australians-raise-over-100k-for-sex-slave-children ABOUT 100 business people from around Australia raised $100,078 for the She Rescue Home in Cambodia for sexually exploited girls last night at the 8th annual La Dolce Vita Gala Charity event at Palazzo Versace on the Gold Coast last night. (23/11) Iconic Australian mindset mentor/ author Pat Mesiti, who is urging Australians to take the focus off themselves and contribute to others to help reduce high depression and suicide rates this festive season, hosted the event. She Rescue Home founder Leigh Ramsey, who is based on the Gold Coast, said she was completely amazed and overwhelmed by the generosity of people at the event and said this was the largest one-off amount raised since the charity founded eight years ago. The home in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, provides a safe-haven for girls aged six to 15, who have worked as sex slaves, been prostituted, trafficked or had any form of sexual exploitation. “This will go along way in continuing the care and support of girls in our home at the moment, for those yet to come and for those who have been re-integrated and continue to be supported with social workers and schooling for three years,” Mrs Ramsey said. “One girl costs us $12,000 each year as they come to our home with nothing. We have to pay for things like social workers, house mums, for beds, our own transport, new sewing centre and education. “I’m incredibly grateful for this donation. It will make a huge difference to what we can do.” Pat Mesiti has raised more than $1m for charities over the last eight years including the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, Day of Difference with Ron and Sophie Delizio, Teen Challenge, Vision Rescue, The A21 Campaign and the Irene Gleeson Foundation. From being dyslexic and told he would ‘never amount to anything’ by a few teachers from LaSalle Catholic College in Bankstown, Sydney, Mr Mesiti has gone on to publish nine books, translated in 12 languages, and sell 700,000 copies worldwide. He was raised in an extremely dysfunctional home in Sydney to Italian parents, rife with violence and alcoholism. He has suffered bouts of depression, had suicidal tendencies, divorce, misinformed media scrutiny, public ridicule and almost complete financial loss, yet has gone on to speak onstage before millions of people worldwide alongside the likes of Richard Branson, Donald Trump and Jim Rohn. “The only way I could turn my situation around was to contribute,” Mr Mesiti said.“There’s never been a monument erected to a taker. The highest form of greatness is what you give to other people - your time, your talent, your treasure. Think about your community this Christmas - what can you do? For example, can you put food packages together?” Mr Mesiti founded Youth Alive NSW, which attracted about 50,000 teens every year to a free event to help them find purpose and direction in life. He spoke to nearly one million high school students from 1990 to 2001. As the Director of Teen Challenge NSW, the father of three daughters took it from virtual bankruptcy to help thousands of young Australian men become drug and alcohol free. In Australia, suicide is second only to motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of death for people aged 15 to 25, according to a report by the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian. Last year, from November to December 2015, the Mind Charity trust conducted a study into the pressures of Christmas for those with mental health issues. The results founds that more than half of participants (52 per cent) have considered harming themselves at Christmas, while nearly half (45 per cent) have considered taking their own life. Mr Mesiti, now living on the Gold Coast, has five tips for those feeling the pain over the festive season. 1. Get help, 2. Re-assess what’s important to you. 3. Plug into solid friendships 4. Remove toxic people from your life 5. Realise this is only a chapter in the story of your life. “If you’re feeling depressed, get out and help someone else. Get your mind off you and on to others. As hard as it is, I think it’s the greatest remedy of all,” he said. “Life isn’t about how much money you make. It’s about what you give. Money is like manure, if you hoard it, it stinks. If you spread it, it makes stuff grow. “Contribution has always been about helping others and is a huge part of my life.” For more information, visit www.mesiti.com. To donate, visit www.itsnotok.com or www.sherescuehome.org Mentor out to slash suicide rates this Christmas by helping others 2016-11-22T00:27:39Z mentor-out-to-slash-suicide-rates-this-christmas-by-helping-others TO help reduce high depression and suicide rates around Christmas, iconic Australian mindset mentor Pat Mesiti urges Australians to take the focus off themselves and contribute to others. Tomorrow night (23/11), about one month before Christmas, he is bringing together 100 Australian business people for the 8th annual La Dolce Vita Gala Charity event at Palazzo Versace on the Gold Coast with a target to raise $100,000 for the She Rescue Home in Cambodia. The home in Phnom Penh, founded by Gold Coast couple Mark and Leigh Ramsey in 2008, offers a safe-haven for five to 16 year old girls who have been or are at risk of being trafficked, raped or prostituted. From being dyslexic and told he would ‘never amount to anything’ by a few teachers from LaSalle Catholic College in Bankstown, Sydney, Mr Mesiti has gone on to publish nine books, translated in 12 languages, and sell 700,000 copies worldwide. He was raised in an extremely dysfunctional home in Sydney to Italian parents, rife with violence and alcoholism. He has suffered bouts of depression, had suicidal tendencies, divorce, misinformed media scrutiny, public ridicule and almost complete financial loss, yet has gone on to speak onstage before millions of people worldwide alongside the likes of Richard Branson, Donald Trump and Jim Rohn. He has also raised nearly $1m for charities over the last eight years including the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, Day of Difference with Ron and Sophie Delizio, Teen Challenge, Vision Rescue, The A21 Campaign and the Irene Gleeson Foundation. “The only way I could turn my situation around was to contribute,” Mr Mesiti said.“There’s never been a monument erected to a taker. The highest form of greatness is what you give to other people - your time, your talent, your treasure. Think about your community this Christmas - what can you do? For example, can you put food packages together?” Mr Mesiti founded Youth Alive NSW, which attracted about 50,000 teens every year to a free event to help them find purpose and direction in life. He spoke to nearly one million high school students from 1990 to 2001. As the Director of Teen Challenge NSW, the father of three daughters took it from virtual bankruptcy to help thousands of young Australian men become drug and alcohol free. On the Gold Coast during Schoolies, he said if he was running for government he would ban Schoolies Week. “There is no discipline in Australia. We are too lenient on dealers and there is nothing recreational or party about drugs,” he said. “Wouldn’t it be great if we taught young people to contribute? “Look at the mess and havoc and tell me if that’s how we want to raise our children?” In Australia, suicide is second only to motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of death for people aged 15 to 25, according to a report by the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian. Last year, from November to December 2015, the Mind Charity trust conducted a study into the pressures of Christmas for those with mental health issues. The results founds that more than half of participants (52 per cent) have considered harming themselves at Christmas, while nearly half (45 per cent) have considered taking their own life. Mr Mesiti has five tips for those feeling the pain over Christmas. 1. Get help, 2. Re-assess what’s important to you. 3. Plug into solid friendships 4. Remove toxic people from your life 5. Realise this is only a chapter in the story of your life. “If you’re feeling depressed, get out and help someone else. Get your mind off you and on to others. As hard as it is, I think it’s the greatest remedy of all,” he said. “Life isn’t about how much money you make. It’s about what you give. Money is like manure, if you hoard it, it stinks. If you spread it, it makes stuff grow. “Contribution has always been about helping others and is a huge part of my life.” For more information, visit www.mesiti.com. To donate, visit www.itsnotok.com or www.sherescuehome.org AIIA and nbn launch innovation program 2017 2016-11-21T23:19:18Z aiia-and-nbn-launch-innovation-program-2017 The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) and nbn have joined forces to launch a $150,000 grants program aimed at fostering innovation across the nation. Under the Grow with nbn Program 2017 three major grants of $25,000 and six minor grants of $10,000 are on offer, with one of the minor grants recipients in line to receive an additional $15,000 through an nbn staff vote. The grants program is designed to help promote and support organisations that are innovatively using the nbn for their business activities. In the next three years, nbn will help put Australia among the best countries in the world for high speed, universal broadband access, with broadband anticipated to become a powerful source of competitive advantage for Australia. The Grow with nbn Program 2017 encourages organisations to look at ways to take advantage of this to transform Australia’s businesses, charitable organisations and communities. Each grant will be awarded to recognise outstanding use of nbn connectivity within the relevant field of business, community of education. nbn Chief Customer Officer John Simon said the grants would be awarded under three different categories, Business, Community and Education. “This program celebrates the innovation powerhouse that is Australia’s small to medium businesses and organisations,” Mr Simon said. “The Grow with nbn Program is aimed at further fostering innovation across the entire country. This is a game of skill, not chance, and the best entry in each category will receive a major grant while two runner-up entries in each category will receive a minor grant. I urge all eligible organisations to grab hold of this opportunity to submit a grant application to continue working towards making themselves market leaders in the digital marketplace," added Mr Simon. Grants can be used for any range of initiatives to help the successful organisations further their growth. Chief Executive Officer of the AIIA Rob Fitzpatrick said that AIIA’s mission is to unearth great innovations around Australia and add to the story-telling how organisations are using technology to innovate and communicate more effectively. “Small and medium-sized business and community organisations drive a significant part of our economy and services, and high speed access through the nbn provides them an opportunity to create new business models, improve efficiency, and get closer to the customer. “We are eager to unearth stories about organisations that are using their nbn connectivity to drive growth, help their communities or improve learning outcomes. By sharing ideas, innovations and best practices, we can help everyone benefit and improve, which will lead to greater success across the board,” said Mr Fitzpatrick. Grant entries open at noon on Monday 21 November 2016 and close at midday on Friday 17 February 2017 (AEDT). Winners will be announced in March 2017. To enter, Organisations must register via the program website and platform and complete the application form, which includes recording a series of videos and providing some written responses. Entry is open to organisations currently using an internet service over the nbn™ network (based on a wholesale speed tier of 25 Mbps or higher), registered and operating in Australia with a valid ABN. Of the three million premises currently with nbn access, 70 per cent are in regional and non-metro Australia. Organisations must select which category they wish to enter. An organisation may enter this promotion in more than one category by submitting separate entry forms in relation to each applicable category. For more information, or to submit an application, please visit: www.growwithnbn.com.au and https://nbn.awardsplatform.com. [ends] For more information: Joanna Stevens Kramer for AIIA 0408.466.410 joanna@filteredmedia.com.au Kylie Lindsay for nbn 0419.850.223 kylielindsay@nbnco.com.au Introducing CoziGo - Sleep on the Go (formally Fly Babee) 2016-11-16T02:10:34Z introducing-cozigo-sleep-on-the-go-formally-fly-babee The Award Winning Fly Babee - Travel Made Easy was launched in Australia and was so successful that we're already going global. We've decided to time our international expansion with a name change. Fly Babee isn't just for flying - it's universal to every stroller. So we'd like to introduce you to CoziGo - Sleep on the Go! Emma Lovell, Creator and Director at Fly Babee states: "Fly Babee is going global and we have decided to time our expansion with a new name!" New features 2 way zippers for even more flexibility 2 hidden Velcro slits so that Cozi-Go will fit on even more airline bassinets www.cozigo.com www.flybabee.com Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com Charity Auction & Afterparty details released for BULLRUSH 2016-11-07T01:47:43Z charity-auction-amp-afterparty-details-released-for-bullrush Proudly supporting the Variety Children’s Charity, Bullrush Rally will be hostng a charity auction night on the 9th of November at Bond Bar in Melbourne as well as raising money online via Everyday Hero. To be a part of this VIP event, email melinda@curiousbird.com.au to gain exclusive access. One of the hero pieces being auctioned off is #001 of the 050 piece limited edition set from SEVENFRIDAY, that was produced specifically for Bullrush Rally.   Bullrush Rally showcases an incredible array of vehicles - including Lamborghini Aventador, Huracan and Gallardo, Ferrari 458 Spyder, McLaren 650S, Porsche 911 Turbo, Cayman GT4, Audi R8, the SEVENFRIDAY Jaguar F-Type, Nissan GTR and many more. These beauties will be displayed at Crown Metropol between 3.45pm and 5.30pm on 9th November and will be available to photograph.