The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2016-12-01T01:16:58Z Short + Sweet: SNACKABLETV youth broadcast network for short-form content launches 2016-12-01T01:16:58Z 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 Australians raise over $100K for sex slave children 2016-11-24T03:59:26Z 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 2016-11-22T01:27:39Z 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 Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Call for Papers DEADLINE 23rd October 2016 & ECI Excellence Awards 2016-10-10T01:49:46Z early-childhood-intervention-eci-call-for-papers-deadline-23rd-october-2016-eci-excellence-awards 27th NSW/ACT Conference - Call for Papers Call for Papers DEADLINE EXTENDED - 23rd October 2016 In order to build the best conference program, we are seeking papers for sessional workshops. ECIA NSW/ACT is inviting professionals to submit abstracts for presentations, workshops or panels that explore innovative practices, challenges, research and policy directions. Click here to view or download the 'Call for Papers' Flyer. Click here to view or download the Abstract Submission Template to aid with your submission.* *Note: The Abstract Submission Template may automatically begin downloading in your default browser. Check your browser or go to the Downloads folder on your computer to access this document. Read more... Excellence Awards The Excellence Awards aim to honour and recognise outstanding achievements in the ECI sector that have contributed to the improvement of the lives of children with disability and/or developmental delay and their families. The Excellence Award categories celebrate and acknowledges teams and organisations that demonstrate excellence, passion, vision and a commitment to assisting children with disability and/or developmental delay and their families to achieve their goals. The ‘Excellence Awards’ will be presented for outstanding achievements in the ECI Industry at the NSW/ACT Conference on 25th - 26th May 2017 at the Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach. Award Categories The following award categories will be open for nominations: Outstanding family-centred practice Champion of Inclusion Team around the child Innovative practice Applications and Nominations Applications will open on 14th November 2016. Nominations must be for a team or organisation in the early childhood intervention sector operating in NSW or ACT and includes; early childhood educators, special educators, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, audiologists, social workers and psychologist. Applicants can self-nominate their team or organisation or nominate another team or organisation. Nominations for individuals will not be accepted. ECIA Members and Non Members are eligable to apply.* *Note: ECIA Members can nominate at no cost. Non ECIA Members are required to pay an application fee of $99 (inc. GST). Theme: ECI: Beyond Possibilities - Investing in the Future Location: Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach Dates: Thursday 25th and Friday 26th May 2017 Early Childhood Intervention Australia NSW/ACT 2017 Conference has as its theme ‘ECI: Beyond Possibilities - Investing in the Future’. This provides an exciting opportunity for service providers and professionals interested in Early Childhood Intervention and Early Childhood, to come together with a focus on building the capacity of our sector and the community, understanding the NDIS and the impact on children with disability and/or developmental delay and their families. The conference will have a strong focus on the key issues affecting practice in early childhood intervention, now and into the future. State Conference Registrations NOW OPEN Register now to receive the Early Bird discount! Registrations for the NSW/ACT Conference ECI: Beyond Possibilities - Investing in the Future are now open. You can register to attend the two day conference on: Both days – Thursday 25 & Friday 26 May 2017 Day One Only – Thursday 25 May 2017 Day Two Only – Friday 26 May 2017 Two Days One Day Early Bird ECIA NSW/ACT Member Rate* $505 $305 Early Bird Non-Member Rate* $585 $345 ECIA NSW/ACT Member Rate $560 $360 Non-Member Rate $640 $400 *Early Bird rates will finish on 24th March 2017 If you have any queries about registering for the conference or need any further information, contact Libby Forsyth on (02) 9873 2593 or admin@ecia-nsw.org.au. Read more... Help LGBTQIA+ youth shine bright at Stepping Stone House’s annual ‘Sleep Under the Stars’ 2016-09-26T03:26:30Z help-lgbtqia-youth-shine-bright-at-stepping-stone-house-s-annual-sleep-under-the-stars Monday 26th September, 2016, Sydney, Australia. Sydney’s transformational organisation for youth at risk, Stepping Stone House, today announces their upcoming ‘Sleep Under the Stars’ – an annual fundraiser to support youth at risk – including LGBTQIA+ youth – and raise awareness for youth homelessness in Sydney. Many young homeless people identify as LGBTQIA+ and have been forced to leave home due to their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. With a distinct shortage of crisis support and accommodation for LGBTQIA+ youth in Sydney, SSH aims to nurture and support this vulnerable group of young people in the long-term. So sign up and come along on Friday 7th October. Join the SSH family for an overnight sleep out at Hickson Reserve, underneath the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. Wake up to a beautiful sunrise over the harbour and experience first-hand one night on the streets, raising awareness for SSH and Australia’s homeless and LGBTQIA+ youth. “More than 40% of our homeless people in Australia are under 25,” said Jason Juretic, CEO of SSH. “Our Sleep Under the Stars is a fantastic way to empathise with what it’s like to have nowhere to go and no-one to turn to; a situation that many of our young people find themselves in before they come to us.” Last year’s event raised $54,000, helping SSH to provide care and education for at least four extra teenagers for a whole year. Just one night of support can help SSH to skyrocket youth at risk into a brighter future, through a unique combination of mentorship, adventure education, learning and development programs, and community volunteering. “An amazing 87% of our youth complete Year 12, compared to teens in similar circumstances. Fundraisers like the sleep out make all difference in ensuring that our young people have a secure and sustainable path in life,” said Mr Juretic. To get involved in ‘Sleep Under the Stars’ or donate to the cause, visit: www.steppingstonehouse.com.au/events/sleep_under_the_stars_2016/ For volunteering opportunities or further information, go to www.steppingstonehouse.com.au or email info@steppingstonehouse.com.au. About Stepping Stone House (www.steppingstonehouse.com.au): For more than 25 years, Stepping Stone House has paved the way for vulnerable youth aged 12 - 24 to develop and grow into self-sufficient and independent adults, starting with a safe and secure home environment. Through their unique ‘Stepping Stones to Success’ model, the non-profit aims to transform the lives of vulnerable youth; many of whom have been homeless and are unable to live with their families. Stepping Stone House is a nurturing ‘home away from home’, where young people stay for years as part of a dedicated family. Help young people shine bright at Stepping Stone House’s annual ‘Sleep Under the Stars’ 2016-09-21T22:30:00Z help-young-people-shine-bright-at-stepping-stone-house-s-annual-sleep-under-the-stars MEDIA RELEASE Help young people shine bright at Stepping Stone House’s annual ‘Sleep Under the Stars’ Thursday 21st September, 2016, Sydney, Australia. Sydney’s transformational organisation for youth at risk, Stepping Stone House, today announces their upcoming ‘Sleep Under the Stars’ – an annual fundraiser to support vulnerable youth and raise awareness for youth homelessness in Sydney. Come along on Friday 7th October and join the Stepping Stone House family for an overnight sleep out at Hickson Reserve, underneath the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. Wake up to a beautiful sunrise over the harbour and experience first-hand one night on the streets, raising awareness for Stepping Stone House and Australia’s homeless youth. “More than 40% of our homeless people in Australia are under 25,” said Jason Juretic, CEO of Stepping Stone House. “Our Sleep Under the Stars is a fantastic way to empathise with what it’s like to have nowhere to go and no-one to turn to; a situation that many of our young people find themselves in before they come to us.” The inaugural event brings people of all ages and backgrounds together, from young people to families to community groups. Last year’s event raised $54,000, helping Stepping Stone House to reach their 2016 target of $150,000 and provide care and education for at least four extra teenagers. This year’s event promises to kick similar goals. Just one night of support can help Stepping Stone House to skyrocket youth at risk into a brighter future, through a unique combination of mentorship, outdoor education, learning and development programs, and community volunteering. “An amazing 87% of our youth complete Year 12, compared to teens in similar circumstances. Fundraisers like the sleep out make all difference in ensuring that our young people have a secure and sustainable path in life,” said Mr Juretic. To get involved in ‘Sleep Under the Stars’ or donate to the cause, visit: www.steppingstonehouse.com.au/events/sleep_under_the_stars_2016/ For volunteering opportunities or further information, go to www.steppingstonehouse.com.au or email info@steppingstonehouse.com.au. About Stepping Stone House (www.steppingstonehouse.com.au): For more than 25 years, Stepping Stone House has paved the way for vulnerable youth aged 12 - 24 to develop and grow into self-sufficient and independent adults, starting with a safe and secure home environment. Through their unique ‘Stepping Stones to Success’ model, the non-profit aims to transform the lives of vulnerable youth; many of whom have been homeless and are unable to live with their families. Stepping Stone House is a nurturing ‘home away from home’, where young people stay for years as part of a dedicated family. AIIA undertaking significant survey on analytics and data usage by Australian businesses, government and NGOs 2016-09-12T02:46:08Z aiia-undertaking-significant-survey-on-analytics-and-data-usage-by-australian-businesses-government-and-ngos FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12 SEPTEMBER 2016 Encourages new and established organisations in all sectors to participate in order to develop the most comprehensive report possible The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, today announced it is undertaking a major survey of Australian organisations on analytics and data usage. The purpose of the survey is to find out what differentiates those business, government and NGO organisations that effectively use data and analytics for senior decision making. The survey is open to individual respondents via the AIIA website until 31 September 2016. It is anticipated that a whitepaper will be published towards the end of the year incorporating an analysis of the results and providing a body of knowledge that will help guide business leaders on ways to incorporate data and analytics into their organisation in order to remain competitive. Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), says, "On a global scale, we see those organisations that know how to use data effectively are usually the strongest performers. If Australia is serious about driving an ideas boom and creating new employment opportunities, we need to ensure that we help local organisations better understand and then take advantage of data to be competitive. “This is not just a survey for tech companies. The information generated will benefit all industries and we encourage participants across all sectors whether they be in education, retail, finance, or others, as well as established and newer companies to participate,” added Fitzpatrick. This initiative is being led by the AIIA’s Data and Analytics Special Interest Group, which is chaired by Dr Roger Kermode, director of business consulting firm Alimua Pty Ltd and former practice principal for analytics and data management for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Graeme Wood, general manager of marketing for Semantic Software Asia Pacific. “There is mounting evidence that data-driven organisations tend to require fewer assets, execute with greater insight and less risk, and ultimately generate higher returns. We believe incorporating these practices is an important part of creating a sustainable and growing economy in Australia and is crucial to seeing our standing in world innovation and growth rankings improve,” says Dr Kermode. The data collected will be analysed by data scientists at the University of Technology Sydney. Professor Michael Blumenstein of UTS Sydney says, “Much has been published on big data, automation and the use of analytics at an organizational level. However, despite the recognition of data increasing in importance, the use of data between and within organisations varies widely. The AIIA survey has been constructed to find out why. It’s designed to enable deep diagnostics and analysis of what actually take place inside organisations across different functions and different levels, not just what is visible externally.” Numerous leading Australian organisations are encouraging their members to complete the survey, including: Data61, The Knowledge Economy Institute; NSW State Government; Advance Australia; FINSIA; CPA Australia; StartupMuster; UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT; and, the UTS Business School. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 the AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. MEDIA CONTACT For more information, please contact Joanna Stevens Kramer at 0408 466 410 or email joanna@filteredmedia.com.au For more information about the AIIA please visit https://www.aiia.com.au Trail blazing Australian teen lights a path to Rio 2016 2016-06-12T00:17:21Z trail-blazing-australian-teen-lights-a-path-to-rio-2016 Trail blazing Australian teen lights a path to Rio 2016  Tasmanian teen’s community contribution earns him a place in the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay   HOBART – 12 June 2016 - A Tasmanian teenager has been selected for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to represent his country by running in the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay in Saõ Paulo, Brazil. 16-year-old Geoff Papi-Watson of Glenorchy, Hobart, who finds inspiration in helping others, was selected based on his outstanding community contribution through his extensive volunteer work with the Glenorchy Youth Task Force whose mission is to make a difference to young people in the local area.   The inspirational teenager has been recognised and hand picked for his great involvement in the Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle, as well as other local community initiatives through the Glenorchy Youth Task Force such as RUOK? Day, Mental Health Week, Bike Kitchens and Gig in the Gardens.     The Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle - a national program that has seen 10,000 Australian teens receive a brand new bike since its launch in December 2013 - chose Geoff for this unique experience, which will see him travel to Saõ Paulo to run a 200m leg of the Olympic Torch Relay on 23 July, two weeks before the commencement of the Games.   Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle ambassador and Olympian Sam Willoughby, said when the opportunity came up to nominate a candidate to carry the Olympic torch, there was no doubt that Geoff was the deserving teen for the job.   “We first met Geoff two years ago at the first Hobart Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle event where his passion, enthusiasm and leadership skills really stood out. Since then, Geoff has not only returned as a program volunteer, he continues to encourage locals in his community to keep riding. It was this commitment, along with Geoff’s extensive community volunteer work, that earned him a place in the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay,” said Willoughby.   To be selected by Coca-Cola South Pacific as an Olympic Torchbearer came as a huge surprise to Geoff, who hasn’t previously travelled overseas.   “To be chosen as a torchbearer by Coca-Cola South Pacific was really exciting. I’m thrilled to be given the chance to go to Rio and carry the torch. My sister introduced me to the Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle two years ago; I enjoyed being a volunteer for the Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle so much, I had to do it again. It's great to be recognised for something I love to do, giving back to the community, which I think is really important,” said Geoff.   Glenorchy City Council Mayor, alderman Kristie Johnston commented, “Glenorchy City Council is extremely proud of the contribution that young people make in our community through the Glenorchy Youth Taskforce. The Taskforce is the longest continuous running council supported youth group in the nation and its members assist with delivering great programs such as the Happiness Cycle. Geoff is a fantastic ambassador for Glenorchy young people as he models a commitment to his community through volunteering with many organisations and stepping up to be a voice for younger people.”   Roberto Mercadé, Coca-Cola South Pacific President said Coca-Cola’s partnership with the Olympic Torch Relay has spanned many years.   “We are proud to be sponsoring Geoff’s Olympic journey in recognition of his positive contribution and support for his local community. Coca-Cola chooses its torchbearers in-line with the Olympics’ fundamental values of inspiring positive change, hence why we have chosen Geoff as our Rio 2016 Olympic torch bearer,” said Mr Mercadé.   Geoff has been selected by Coca-Cola South Pacific to join 2,400 other Coca-Cola torchbearers around the world, as part of the Company’s sponsorship of the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay.   Coca-Cola first partnered with the International Olympic Torchbearers program in 1992.   For more information on The Happiness Cycle, visit: www.thehappinesscycle.com.au   - ENDS -  Media enquires: Josephine George, DEC PR Telephone: (02) 8014 5035coca-cola@decpr.com.au  About the Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle The Happiness Cycle is a youth engagement program of Coca-Cola South Pacific. Each year, the program travels around Australia visiting communities in each state. To date, it has donated almost 10,000 bikes to teenagers across the country. In 2016, the Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle program is preparing to improve the lives of thousands more teens across Australia, offering them the opportunity to own a brand new bike. The Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle has been held in New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, Queensland and Western Australia with the cooperation and participation of Beacon Foundation member schools.  About The Coca-Cola Company The Coca-Cola Company is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands.  Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world's most valuable and recognizable brands, our Company's portfolio features 20 billion-dollar brands including, Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, Powerade and many more.  Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and juices and juice drinks.  Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy our beverages at a rate of 1.9 billion servings a day.  With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate.  For more information, visit Coca-Cola Journey at www.coca-colajourney.com.au. Coca-Cola Amatil (Aust) Pty Ltd is the authorised manufacturer and distributor of The Coca‑Cola Company’s beverage brands in Australia.  Coca-Cola South Pacific Pty Ltd, an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Company, provides marketing and technical/quality services to The Coca-Cola Company in Australia. SumoSalad and OzHarvest #HeatUpTheStreet this winter - One soup at a time! 2016-06-06T01:11:44Z sumosalad-and-ozharvest-heatupthestreet-this-winter-one-soup-at-a-time Turning up the heat to help those in need SumoSalad, the country’s leading healthy food retailer, has joined forces with food rescue organisation OzHarvest to help make a positive impact on the lives of those less fortunate. This winter, as part of its in-store #HeatUpTheStreet campaign, Sumo will donate 50c per soup slammer sold to OzHarvest to help people in need. Luke Baylis, CEO and Co-Founder of SumoSalad, says, “Our ongoing partnership with OzHarvest and annual in-store #HeatUpTheStreet initiative aims to make a real difference and allows us to give a little warmth and happiness to disadvantaged people living in Australia.” Fitting with the partnership, Sumo has introduced a new range of ‘harvested’ seasonal soups and salads with a proportion of the proceeds from the sale of these items going towards helping provide nutritious meals to those in need of help. The knowledge that every Sumo soup slammer sold is making a positive impact on someone less fortunate has Sumo soups tasting even better than usual! This winter why not tickle your taste buds—and share a little warmth—with a Kale & Quinoa soup or a delicious Laksa? SumoSalad’s Heat Up The Street campaign runs from 2nd June until August 31st 2016. Together, through the small purchase of a soup slammer or an item from the ‘harvested’ menu, we can make a BIG difference to the lives of those in need of a helping hand. About SumoSalad SumoSalad is Australia’s first and largest healthy fast food retailer and the acknowledged market leader, with over 120 stores across the globe. The first SumoSalad store opened in 2003 on Liverpool Street in Sydney’s CBD and was an instant hit, with customers queuing out the door. SumoSalad’s products are of the highest quality, using only the freshest local ingredients. By never using unnecessary fats, artificial colours, flavours or genetically modified products, we can ensure that fresh is best and quality is key. That’s the SumoSalad guarantee. Visit www.sumosalad.com For more information: Invisible Thread PR Director Kristina McHugh Kristina@invisiblethreadpr.com.au 02 9949 2211 Taylia Collis Account Executive Taylia@invisiblethreadpr.com.au 02 9949 2211 U-Store-It Shows its Support 2016-06-03T03:39:18Z u-store-it-shows-its-support U-Store-It are proud supporters of South Australia Ambulance Service and Teddy the Trauma Bear. Trauma Teddy™ is a special bear knitted by volunteers and given to children and adults during traumatic times. U-Store-It would like to thank SA Ambulance Service for giving us the opportunity to be involved in such a great cause. These teddies light up the faces of the children who receive them. By providing free storage at U-Store-It to house the materials the Knitting Ladies of Teddy the Trauma Bear use for the Trauma Teddies, we would like to think that U-Store-It assists in forming the essence of what makes Australia such a great country. It is a small token of our appreciation, but one given the utmost humility. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the tireless dedication of the volunteers at both the South Australia Ambulance Service and Teddy the Trauma Bear support services. Make a sandwich. A simple solution to conquering hunger in our immediate society. 2016-06-01T10:10:59Z make-a-sandwich-a-simple-solution-to-conquering-hunger-in-our-immediate-society PR Consultant, Candice Meisels, walked passed a less fortunate person in a walk way at a main Sydney station. Candice states, “I saw so many people walk past. I get that they don't want to give money. I thought how can we create a solution, simply and not just talk about creating a solution... Next time you make a sandwich for work, school lunch or to eat on the way into the city... Make another simple sandwich and hand it to someone you know will be at a station or on a city street... It's that simple... .” Candice believes that this simple concept can work anywhere in the world where you know a less fortunate person or homeless person frequents. She believes that it will work really well in Australia, as Australia is a nation of ‘mate ship’, community, compassion and warmth. Candice Meisels encourages you to like the Facebook page and remember to make an extra sandwich to hand to someone less fortunate that you pass on the way to work, a meeting or to catch up with friends in the city. Candice adds: " Many people make a sandwich for work, for their kids school lunch or just as a snack for their commute or car journey. Next time you prepare a sandwich, think about where you are going to be and if there may be a less fortunate individual at that particular train station or city street. You don't have to give cash or coins but a sandwich is something that is immediate and can satisfy hunger immediately." https://www.facebook.com/Make-A-Sandwich-793935230737513/ TCS Awarded for Empowerment of Woman 2016-05-01T22:00:00Z tcs-awarded-for-empowerment-of-woman Sydney | Mumbai, May 2, 2016: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS) a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, was named Platinum winner in the “Empowerment of Women Award” category at the Global CSR Conference and Awards recently held in Bali, Indonesia. The Global CSR Summit & Awards raises awareness of corporate social responsibility (CSR) as a core strategic corporate function. It honors outstanding individuals and companies around the world for their contributions in seven areas of focus on environment preservation, community transformation and poverty alleviation, women’s rights and welfare, workplace practices and product innovations. Out of 200 entries received worldwide, a final selection of 42 companies were honored in seven award categories. TCS prevailed in the Empowerment of Woman category, named the Platinum awardee in a category that also included Bank Indonesia (Gold),
Mastercard Asia Pacific (Gold),
Qualcomm Wireless Reach (Silver),
PT Omron Manufacturing of Indonesia (Bronze). Melvin Chan, Founder of The Global CSR Summit & Awards commented: “This category was strongly contested. While the other contenders scored high in some areas, the overall highest average score went to TCS where they were excellent in showing the close integration of their gender equality policy with their business practices. The success of TCS' culture of inclusiveness and diversity is clearly evident in the strong contribution of their large women workforce towards their bottom lines." TCS won the Empowerment of Woman award specifically for its “TCS Go4IT” program in Australia. TCS Go4IT is designed to overcome the shortage in Australia of woman who pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (“STEM”) and to inspire interest for young woman to pursue careers in the ICT sector. (recent data shows 75% of the fastest growing roles in Australia require STEM backgrounds, and that woman occupy 20% of roles in ITC, compared to 45% in all occupations nationwide). TCS Go4IT is assisting to alleviate this national concern, providing an intensive work experience program available for young woman. By the end of 2016, over 250 young woman from over 75 schools in Australia will have competed the TCS Go4IT program. Key outcomes of the program thus far include: increased interest of students to study technology at high school and university; increased interest in a exploring a career in technology; changed perceptions of gender in technology; and Increased confidence and employability skills. More about TCS Go4IT can be read here: http://www.tcs.com/about/corp_responsibility/corporate-social-responsibility/Pages/TCS-Go4IT-work-experience-program-girls-IT.aspx Girish Ramachandran, President, TCS Asia Pacific added: “TCS is committed to creating opportunities for woman in technology and dismantling gender stereotypes that exist in the industry. As one award-winning example we are very proud of, the TCS Go4IT program in Australia is successfully offering opportunities for young woman to become passionate about careers in technology, helping to inspire a new horizon of national innovation and leadership in an exciting, dynamic and highly-in-demand profession”. The Empowerment of Woman award is the latest recognition for TCS, a company on a global drive to make gender equality a core tenant of its operating model. TCS is committed to enabling women to fulfill their professional ambitions across all areas of its organization, while championing everyday equality in the workplace. On 20 April, TCS was named as one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women in the UK. TCS employs over 100,000 women globally, a third of its total workforce. TCS also invests in training to help women at all levels excel in their roles, including one-to-one coaching when they take up senior roles, a Rising Stars Program for women with three-to-five years’ of experience, and the Pathways to Success Workshop, a leadership programme for women with five-to-eight years’ experience. TCS has had a formal Diversity & Inclusion corporate function since 2010, designed to provide strategic guidance and support for diversity programmes across the globe. This initiative is led by senior managers who act as role models and help to demonstrate the positive impact that diverse teams and recruitment can have on the business, with a focus on gender equality. About Global CSR Summit and Awards The Global CSR Summit & Awards 2016 was started 8 years ago. The event has grown from strength to strength and attracted a strong following of over 200 global and regional companies globally that participated or followed the event. The Global CSR Summit & Awards has become known as a global brand known for raising cutting edge ideas and topics in matters of societal transformation, product innovations that change the world and controversial topics that aim to inspire bold ideas to drive large scale changes and improvements to the environment, people and the planet. This year, the organisers have incorporated a new dimension into the Global CSR Summit by co-locating a new event, The Global Good Governance Award. More about the Global CSR Summit & Awards can be found here: https://globalcsr.pinnaclegroup.global/2016/ About Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (TCS): Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization that delivers real results to global business, ensuring a level of certainty no other firm can match. TCS offers a consulting-led, integrated portfolio of IT, BPS,infrastructure, engineering and assurance services. This is delivered through its unique Global Network Delivery Model™, recognized as the benchmark of excellence in software development. A part of the Tata group, India’s largest industrial conglomerate, TCS has over 353,000 of the world’s best-trained consultants in 46 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of US $16.5 billion for year ended March 31, 2016 and is listed on the National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange in India. For more information, visit us at www.tcs.com. For TCS global news, follow @TCS_News. Contacts Global: Email: pradipta.bagchi@tcs.com Phone: +91 22 6778 9999 India: Email: h.ramachandra@tcs.com | shamala.p@tcs.com Phone: + 91 22 6778 9078 | +91 22 6778 9081 Asia Pacific: Email: sean.davidson@tcs.com Phone: +65 9139 3668 News: ADMA Launches One for One Education Program to Invest in Australia’s Digital Future 2016-04-27T23:00:00Z news-adma-launches-one-for-one-education-program-to-invest-in-australia-s-digital-future-2 Sydney, Australia, 28 April 2016 – The Association for Data-driven Marketing and Advertising (ADMA) today announces that it has launched the ADMA One for One Program donating one free course for every single ADMA IQ course sold.   The course will be given to someone from outside the industry who would benefit from having marketing, data and digital skills but may not be in a position to fund themselves. Recipients will include small businesses, start-ups, those who have been out of the workforce due to unemployment, ill-health or maternity/paternity leave, regional and rural communities with restricted access to training and women who wish to enter the data sciences and data disciplines.   $500,000 dollars of free courses will initially be distributed via the established networks of ADMA’s five foundation partners, Australia Post, Bupa, Optus, Stockland and Westpac before being extended to additional distribution networks in May. ADMA expects to donate over $2.5 million in training by the end of 2016. Details of courses, selection criteria and the process can be found adma.com.au/iq/oneforone.    Jodie Sangster CEO of ADMA commented “ADMA has been vocal in its concerns over the lack of appropriately skilled marketers in Australia, so now we are quite literally putting our money where our mouth is. I’m proud that ADMA is taking direct action to help ensure Australia has the skills its needs for its digital future. The One or One Program will extend the reach of our education curriculum to individuals and businesses most in need of acquiring the tools necessary to remain competitive and relevant in a post-digital world.”   Globally, data-driven marketing is becoming increasingly critical for businesses.  The second annual Global review of Data-Driven Marketing and Advertising[i] report produced by Winterberry for the Global Direct Marketing Association (GlobalDMA) found that 81.3 per cent of marketers see data as important to their efforts, whilst 59.3 per cent described it as critical, up from 57.1 per cent year on year.   Ben White, Acting Managing Director of Product and Marketing, Optus, said “Professional development is critically important to us at Optus, and this program will enable us to share the investment in our people with the broader business community.”   “The ADMA’s education programs are an invaluable resource, providing foundational training and aligning marketing professionals with global best practice, so to make this available to individuals and smaller organisations will broaden the local talent base in the key skill areas of digital and data.” According to LinkedIn’s annual survey[ii], 18 out of the 25 most in-demand skills were in the STEM, data and data-driven marketing areas but research studies[iii] by ADMA and its sister industry associations IAPA (Institute of Analytics Professionals of Australia) and AIMIA (the digital industry association of Australia) consistently highlight the lack of appropriately skilled marketers as a key challenge for businesses. Further, A report by global IT consultancy firm Infosys released at the World Economic Forum  in January 2016 found that young Australians are less prepared for the digital world than comparable countries, ranking last out of nine countries (Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States) for young people being confident in their job skills and feeling optimistic about their employment prospects.   Jodie Sangster concluded “It is critical for Australia’s long term competitiveness to invest in a highly skilled workforce in digital growth areas. We are extremely fortunate to be working with partners who recognise the urgent need to invest in digital and data-driven marketing skills for the good, not just of their own company, but also for the wider Australian economy.”   Further details on ADMA IQ can be found at www.iq.adma.com.au  /EndsAbout ADMA The Association for Data-driven Marketing and Advertising (ADMA) is the principal industry body for information-based marketing, media and advertising as well as the largest marketing and advertising association in Australia. ADMA has over 600 corporate members including major financial institutions, telecommunications companies, energy providers, leading media companies, travel service companies, airlines, major charities, statutory corporations, educational institutions and specialist suppliers to the industry, including advertising agencies, software and internet companies.About ADMA IQ ADMA IQ is Australia’s most comprehensive marketing education program offering flexible online, in class or in-house courses designed for the Australian market by industry experts. Further details on ADMA IQ can be found at www.iq.adma.com.au Media enquiries: Jo Balfour – ADMA One for One Programjo@progressiva.com.au 0405 542 018       [i] http://globaldma.com/survey [ii] http://www.bandt.com.au/media/did-you-make-linkedins-list-of-hottest-skills-of-2015 [iii] http://prwire.com.au/pr/58131/aimia-digital-industry-salary-survey-reveals-demand-for-skilled-digital-professionalshttp://www.iapa.org.au/Article/2015IAPASkillsSalaryReporthttp://www.adma.com.au/connect/articles/ADMA-Launches-New-Education-Curriculum-ADMA-IQ/   Australian Red Cross and AMES Australia unite with the tech community for social good at Techfugees Melbourne Hackathon 2016-04-08T05:56:34Z australian-red-cross-and-ames-australia-unite-with-the-tech-community-for-social-good-at-techfugees-melbourne-hackathon Techfugees Melbourne Hackathon is set to bring human-centered Tech design and humanitarian problem-solving to whole new level. Melbourne, Australia 8,April 2016- Techfugees Melbourne is pleased to announce Australian Red Cross and AMES Australia as non-profit partners for the upcoming Techfugees Melbourne Hackathon. The hackathon will run from 15 to 17 April 2016 at LaunchPad in Richmond, and will bring together the Australian non profit sector and the tech community to co-design and develop tech solutions to help refugee families settle into the Australian community. The Hackathon weekend is set to build collaboration, inclusion and connectivity among a diverse range of participants including developers, designers, entrepreneurs and community members. Former refugees who have already settled in Australia will also participate and help teams understand problems and challenges faced by new settlers and assist to co-design solutions. Leaders from the Melbourne tech community will mentor teams through the weekend. On Sunday teams will pitch their solutions to judging panel of tech and community leaders. “Red Cross is known across the world for helping people in need, building stronger communities and helping people connect with each other. This hackathon is a terrific opportunity to go one step further - connecting different and distinct groups who might not ordinarily meet but who have a common interest – that is, a movement which supports refugees,” said Judy Slatyer, CEO Australian Red Cross. “By linking up the start up industry, migrant communities and the community sector this hackathon is the chance to bring valuable new skills and innovative ways of working to supporting refugees as they live in Australia.” “AMES Australia welcomes all initiatives that improve settlement outcomes for refugees and new arrivals to this country. The Techfugees Melbourne Hackathon is a great opportunity for the technology sector to work directly with our clients to jointly identify and solve barriers to successful settlement. We thank all those generous partners who have donated their valuable time and expertise to help improve the lives of our clients and their families,” said AMES Australia CEO, Catherine Scarth. Techfugees Melbourne Hackathon is non-profit event organised and curated by people for people. Techfugees Melbourne volunteer organisers consists of: • Shelli Trung, Angel Investor • Lama Tayeh, LULUMPR Founder & CEO • Michael Coburn, Full Stack Strategy • Lynda Ford, iGen Foundation Director • Wesa Chau and Jieh-Yung Lo, Co-Founders of Poliversity • Frank Arrigo, Telstra API Evangelist Techfugees Melbourne Hackathon weekend is supported by the generosity of a number of event sponsors that include: Telstra Foundation, LaunchPad, Stripe, LawPath, Dropbox, Amazon Web Services, General Assembly and Wide Open Road. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ For all media inquiries and interview requests with Melbourne Techfugees Hackathon sponsors, non-profit partners and organisers,please contact: Lama Tayeh | E: lama@lulumpr.com | M: +61 478 933 154 Open Good Friday - Members ANZAC Dinner FUNdraiser 2016-03-08T04:28:23Z open-good-friday-members-anzac-dinner-fundraiser Easter Trading Hours Good Friday Open 1pm - 11 pm It's on again this year Easter Good Friday ANZAC Fundraiser at the Semaphore & Port Adelaide RSL. Open on Good Friday for MEALS + Live Music + Guests + Open Mic + Easter Egg Hunt for the Kids + Easter Raffle + Plus much much more TBA + 8Ball (Henley RSL VS Semaphore RSL)| Snooker | Darts Comps. ALL Welcome. Members "GOOD Friday" ANZAC Day FUNdraiser Each Year it cost's the Sub-Branch between $15,000 - $30,000 to Stage the ANZAC Day Dawn Service and other activities on the day for the Community of Semaphore & Port Adelaide. The Members ANZAC Dinner FUNdraiser held on Good Friday each year helps raise some of the costs that go into staging ANZAC Day. As part of the Licencing for the Day Everyone will need to be a Member and purchase a Meal. If you are not a member You can Join on entry for the Year $40 or you can buy a Day Membership $(T.B.A.). Last year was such a Fun day for everyone and a Great Success for the club. See Pics from Last year   Fish & Chips $12Salt Pepper Squid $12 | Crumbed Calamari $12Fisherman’s Basket $15   Schnitzels also Available ALL Day Entertainment featuring + Guests + Open Mic•    Easter Egg Hunt for the Kids•    Easter Raffle•    Plus much much more TBA•    8Ball | Snooker | Darts Comps Easter Trading Hours Good Friday Open 1pm - 11 pm Semaphore Port Adelaide RSL 10 Semaphore Road ALL Welcome