The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-06-26T10:15:18Z Millennials Need Credit Education to Avoid Bad Rating 2017-06-26T10:15:18Z millennials-need-credit-education-to-avoid-bad-rating Millennials are unwittingly ruining their credit score and costing themselves thousands by making multiple loan applications, according to broker 1800Approved. 1800Approved Director Rodney Michail says Australia has an 'outdated' credit system, with lenders obliged to 'mark' an applicant's credit file each time they apply for a loan, regardless of whether they proceed with the loan. Mr Michail says he has seen a number of millennials - those born between 1980 and 2000 - who think they have been savvy by comparing lenders, but have inadvertently reduced their credit score with multiple applications. He says unlike Australia, most advanced economies do not mark credit files until the loan is accepted, and applicants are then judged on their ability to meet repayments. "There needs to be better education for young people around how our credit system works and how they can avoid ruining their credit rating by making simple mistakes like this," he said. "For example, I recently had one young client who had applied for a loan online with four banks in one day and by the time he met with us, his credit score had suffered significantly. "His lower credit score, as a result of his online activity, meant he was deemed 'high risk' and therefore he was potentially looking at an interest rate around 4 per cent higher than an applicant with a better score. "We managed to help him get a better deal, but the best outcome would have been avoiding the reduction in his credit rating in the first place." Mr Michail says people can still do their research without affecting their credit rating. "A licensed broker, like 1800Approved, is able to place a 'soft' footprint on the applicant's file and check borrowing capacity with multiple lenders without impacting the client's credit file from the outset," he said. "The popularity of online shopping, and the relative ease of obtaining credit online has led to problems with the aspirational younger generation. Many of these people want to do the right thing, and may have a good credit rating if they avoid making multiple applications." "It doesn't look like our credit system will be reformed in the near future so education is the answer if we want the next generation to approach credit applications in a responsible manner." For more information, visit www.1800approved.com.au 1800Approved Finance Solutions 33 Ereton Dr. Arundel, QLD 4214 1800277768 $15K TO BE RAISED TO SUPPORT 6 SEXUAL EXPLOITATION SURVIVORS 2017-06-26T05:12:39Z 15k-to-be-raised-to-support-6-sexual-exploitation-survivors Throughout June, HerSpace is running the fundraising campaign “Her name is…” with the intention of raising $15,000 to provide mental health support to 6 women survivors of sexual exploitation that are currently on our waiting list. With 5 days of the campaign remaining, we still need help raising $10K. The needs of women who have been sexually exploited are serious and HerSpace is seeking for some financial support to ensure no women is left waiting to receive mental health support. It is estimated that 69,219 women and girls are affected by sexual exploitation each year in Australia. This figure is based on the brothel, trafficking, street-based, under-aged and forced marriage components of the sex trade. Since 2015, HerSpace has supported 28 women with 12 months of 1-on-1 counselling session as well as group mental health support. Both our 1on1 and group programs have waiting lists and we need more funds to meet the needs of women arriving at our door-step. We do not want to turn women away, we want to respond to their courage in reaching out for support to address their emotional, psychological and social needs. Women who come to HerSpace have survived years if not decades of daily imposed or choice-less sex-work. The impacts include post-traumatic stress disorder with symptoms of suicidal ideation, debilitating anxiety, nightmares and flashbacks which all get in the way of women making their own choices towards lives of safety. Given the extremely high rates of mental health issues it is essential to address sexual exploitation survivors’ emotional needs and support their journey towards healing and recovery. If you would like more information about this topic, please contact: Email: natalia.ballotin-hall@herspace.org.au Website: http://www.herspace.org.au/ Donation: Page http://herspace.org.au/get-involved/donate/ Facebook: @herspace.org.au Twitter: @herspace_org Nominate a deserving AusMumpreneur and show your support for Australian mums in business 2017-06-22T02:00:12Z nominate-a-deserving-ausmumpreneur-and-show-your-support-for-australian-mums-in-business The AusMumpreneur Conference and AusMumpreneur Awards are all about supporting Australian mums in business. This event provides a unique opportunity for women from all over Australia to come together to gain new skills, promote their business, connect with fellow mums in business, learn from leading business experts and celebrate the success of the best and brightest in the industry. Proudly presented by AusMumpreneur and The Women’s Business School, the AusMumpreneur Awards recognise the best and brightest in the Australian mumpreneur industry. The categories that will be judged are: AusMumpreneur of the Year Rising Star AusMumpreneur of the Year Emerging AusMumpreneur of the Year Regional Business Award Product Innovation Award Digital Innovation Award Sustainability Award Business Excellence Award AusMumpreneur Network Excellence Award Women’s Business School Excellence Award Global Brand Award Big Idea Award Making A Difference Award Retail Business Award Service Business Award Handmade Business Award The People's Choice Awards: Influencer Award Customer Service Award Making a Difference Award (Business) Making a Difference Award (Non-profit) Business owners or those who wish to nominate a mumpreneur, can go to: https://www.ausmumpreneur.com/ausmumpreneur-awards/ Nominations close on Friday the 30th of June 2017. Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com 0481 369 484 Brisbane Marriage Celebrant Celebrates 100th Wedding Ceremony 2017-06-20T02:29:39Z brisbane-marriage-celebrant-celebrates-100th-wedding-ceremony A Brisbane marriage celebrant and “mumpreneur” known for her unforgettable performances and non-traditional charm is about to reach the milestone of officiating 100 weddings. Alana Salm, who marries couples across Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Harvey Bay, Gladstone, even the Blue Mountains NSW, offers meaningful, personalised weddings to couples looking for a ceremony that is anything but traditional.   The busy mother and entrepreneur is also the founder of the website Whiz Bang Weddings Club, a one-stop resource that lists honest and modern wedding celebrants in one place, allowing couples to select a celebrant that matches their personal style. Alana Salm said she is most passionate about designing her ceremonies to suit the couple that she is marrying. “My wedding ceremonies are so personalised I often have guests approach me after the ceremony and ask me if I am a friend of the newlyweds,” Salm said. “People tell me I have a flair for storytelling, a wicked sense of humour and the energy of a children’s entertainer – and I don’t do boring or normal. “The weddings I craft are super happy and fun occasions, I make everyone involved feel relaxed and included, setting a vibe that is totally stress free,” she said. Salm became a wedding celebrant after an 18-year career as a hairdresser well known for doing bridal work. Her entertaining qualities and charisma preceded her, and soon she decided to shift gears into another area of the wedding industry: performing weddings. Next week Salm will be hosting her own web series with a wedding industy panel in collaboration with Picturehouse Collective. ENDS   An Interview and photo opportunity with Alana Salm is available upon request.  About Alana Salm: Alana Salm is a marriage celebrant and professional party starter. She regularly contributes to publications such as Groom and Guy magazine and produces photo and film shoots that creatively promotes the wedding industry. Alana lives on the north side of Brisbane with her husband and two children. ASI to team with Internet Vision Technologies (IVT) to deliver expanded solutions for association/not-for-profits in Asia-Pacific 2017-06-08T07:35:49Z asi-to-team-with-internet-vision-technologies-ivt-to-deliver-expanded-solutions-for-association-not-for-profits-in-asia-pacific Melbourne, VIC (8 June 2017) — Advanced Solutions International (ASI), a leading global provider of software and services for associations and not-for-profits, announced today that it has purchased the assets of Internet Vision Technologies (IVT), a Victoria, Australia based highly respected software provider to more than 160 Australian associations and not-for-profits. In joining forces, ASI will be able to deliver a broader range of products and services to IVT clients and other membership organisations and associations of all types and sizes.  More organisations in the region will have access to the performance improvement and engagement best-practices ASI has gleaned from working with more than 4,000 clients around the world.  IVT clients can take advantage of award-winning support and IVT staff will be exposed to greater career opportunities.  “IVT and ASI are a great fit — the two companies will be stronger together and can provide the very best solutions and services to the association and not-for-profit sector in Australia and New Zealand,” said Paul Ramsbottom, ASI Asia-Pacific’s Managing Director.  “ASI is committed to expanding our presence here in the AP region and this investment further demonstrates that commitment.  The agreement will not impact clients’ current use of ASI’s iMIS 20 Engagement Management System (EMS)™ or IVT’s Association Online, nor will it affect the high levels of service and support they have come to expect from both companies. The combined business will continue to invest in and develop both the iMIS 20 and Association Online products. Jonathan Oxer, IVT’s founder, and Ann Oxer, General Manager, will continue to play an active role in the business going forward.  IVT staff will have the opportunity to work from home or in ASI’s Melbourne offices.  “I am so proud of everything IVT has accomplished over the years and I am delighted we’ve found the right partner in ASI to ensure our clients are in good hands,” said Jonathan Oxer.  “These clients will now have access to solutions and resources that will help make them more efficient, flexible, and responsive to their members and supporters.  It’s a great move for us all.” Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. About ASI Advanced Solutions International (ASI) is a recognised global, industry thought leader that focuses on helping associations and not-for-profits increase operational and financial performance through the use of best practices, proven solutions, and ongoing client advisement. Since 1991, ASI has served nearly 4,000 clients and millions of users worldwide, both directly and indirectly through a network of over 100 partners, and currently maintains corporate offices in the USA, UK, Canada, and Australia. www.advsol.com  WordStorm PR is proud to be representing Project Everest 2017-06-08T02:55:47Z wordstorm-pr-is-proud-to-be-representing-project-everest WordStorm PR is proud to be representing Project Everest, a social enterprise that aims to solve the world’s most complex development problems by building financially sustainable solutions. Managed by former army officer Wade Tink, Project Everest partners with universities all over Australia to create projects in developing countries to help solve local community problems. It is currently operating in Cambodia, Fiji, Timor-Leste, Malawi and Vietnam with plans to expand to the Philippines. The company has been operating for four years with 450 students particpating in the projects. There are currently nine projects being undertaken with enrolments for trips in December closing in November 2017. WordStorm PR Managing Director Monica Rosenfeld said, “We’re thrilled to be spreading the word about Project Everest. This is such an inspiring venture and something we at WordStorm PR strongly believe in. We look forward to promoting the importance of looking outside the box and highlighting the benefits of a less traditional approach to teaching and learning.” WordStorm PR will be working with Project Everest on an ongoing basis to increase awareness and understanding of social enterprise and unconventional teaching methods. For all media inquiries please contact Rochelle on 02 8272 3208 or rochelle@wordstormpr.com.au. Olympus Australia launches new website to help emphysema sufferers 2017-06-06T06:38:18Z olympus-australia-launches-new-website-to-help-emphysema-sufferers   Breatheagain.com.au is designed to provide emphysema patients and their support network with comprehensive information about the disease, the latest on novel treatment options available in Australia, and to help them connect with respiratory physicians specialising in this field. According to Professor Hubertus Jersmann, a leading Respiratory Physician at The Royal Adelaide Hospital, “Optimal management of emphysema requires a diagnosis, the earlier the better. This website is a great resource for patients, relatives and doctors alike and helps navigate an increasingly complex and potentially confusing space.” Emphysema, a form of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), severely affects quality of life, capacity to exercise and sleep patterns. It is often associated with other health conditions including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis and depression. Not only does COPD have a negative effect on patients’ quality of life and productivity, but it also has a wider impact on Australian society. According to Lung Foundation Australia, “the direct cost [of COPD] to the Australian health care system is estimated to be $900 million with hospital use contributing the largest share of health spending ($473 million).” Natasha Botvinik, Olympus Australia’s Respiratory Product Manager, says it is important for the company to deliver an educational resource for emphysema sufferers: “As a global leader in respiratory endoscopy, Olympus has a responsibility to provide the Australian public access to the latest information on endoscopic treatment alternatives for COPD, in addition to the more traditional pharmacological options.” With the launch of breatheagain.com.au, Olympus Australia in collaboration with leading Australian Interventional Pulmonologists, aims to contribute to the wellbeing of Australian society by fostering better education about emphysema. Dr Tajalli Saghaie, an Interventional Pulmonologist from Macquarie University Hospital, believes the website is a positive step towards helping emphysema patients to better cope with their disease in the long-term: “When dealing with a chronic progressive debilitating disease like emphysema, every little attempt to better understand and manage this condition matters; just as every single breath matters for a breathless patient.” For more information, visit www.breatheagain.com.au or contact Olympus Australia. -ENDS- About Olympus Australia and New Zealand Olympus is a world-leading manufacturer and distributor of high-quality optical, electronic and precision engineering products, for scientific, medical, industrial and consumer applications. Olympus offers a range of medical imaging systems across all medical specialties that utilise minimally invasive techniques, including the latest 4K and 3D surgical imaging platforms, providing unparalleled confidence and vision without compromise.   The Olympus industrial leading edge testing technologies include remote visual inspection, microscopy, ultrasound, phased array, eddy current, eddy current array, X-ray fluorescence and diffraction and optical metrology. www.olympusaustralia.com.au www.olympus.co.nz Afford and Western Sydney Wanderers FC Ready to Kick Goals 2017-06-02T05:10:11Z afford-and-western-sydney-wanderers-fc-ready-to-kick-goals SYDNEY, 2 June 2017 - Sydney's leading not-for-profit disability organisation, the Australian Foundation for Disability (Afford), has announced its partnership with the Western Sydney Wanderers. The partnership aims to promote social inclusivity and active lifestyles for people living with disability across Sydney. Afford is one of Australia's longest serving not-for-profit disability organisations and continuously goes beyond traditional service offerings to deliver new life experiences, work opportunities and lifelong friendships. The partnership will enable Afford clients to connect with Western Sydney Wanderers Players and the Powerchair Team players at Afford Lifestyle Centres; attend Western Sydney Wanderers matches; and take part in Western Sydney Wanderers Football Clinics at the organisation's Funathon event later this year. The partnership with Western Sydney Wanderers is yet another initiative of the disability organisation, to present clients with opportunities to enjoy healthy and active lifestyles and engage in community activities in supportive environments. Steven Herald, Afford CEO, says that the partnership presents many opportunities to foster inclusivity, belonging and support for people living with disability across Western Sydney communities. “There are so many synergies in our partnership with the Western Sydney Wanderers. We share vibrant cultures that celebrate diversity and we both exist to support and uplift Western Sydney communities,” Mr Herald commented. “Many of our clients are sports fanatics – they are more excited about our partnership than anyone!” "Our purpose is to support in the best interests of our clients. Whether it is as their NDIS partner, or by developing new partnerships such as this that deliver fun and happiness through activities they enjoy, our role is to create opportunities for people with disability to learn and grow." John Tsatsimas, Western Sydney Wanderers CEO, says that the partnership with Afford will work to represents a bond between community and sport. “The Western Sydney Wanderers are an inclusive club that represent everyone in the Western Sydney community,” said Tsatsimas. “We are looking forward to supporting Afford and advocating the work they do and thank them for their support.” Afford is at the forefront of providing disability services that extend beyond convention. In 2016, Afford launched their member based program, Club Afford, to encourage clients to take part in new activities that help develop skills, social networks and fitness. Club Afford has experienced strong membership growth with more than 100 members enjoying the health and social benefits of being part of the program. “Both Afford and the Western Sydney Wanderers share a passion for healthy and active lifestyles, which Afford channels through our Club Afford initiative. Club Afford assists people with disability to lead healthy and well-balanced lifestyles in a fun and social setting.” Afford is a registered charity and has been operating in NSW for 65 years, providing a range of disability supports to thousands of people across Sydney every day. For more information about Afford, visit www.afford.com.au or call 1300 233 673. ENDS   Media Contact: Maria Crema: Crema PR m 0402 239 929 e maria@cremapr.com.au More about the Australian Foundation for Disability (Afford) - www.afford.com.au The Australian Foundation for Disability (Afford) is a registered charity providing disability services to thousands of people across Sydney. The supports provided by Afford include: Shared Living; Overnight Respite; Social and Community Programs; Transition to Work Programs; Transition to Retirement Programs; Carer Support; Disability Employment Services; Supported Employment; Allied Health Support and Support Coordination. Seasons' shines at International Eldercare Innovation Awards 2017-05-31T10:28:25Z seasons-shines-at-international-eldercare-innovation-awards Being honoured as one of six finalists from across Asia and the Pacific, the Seasons' Aged Care Communities have been recognised at the fifth annual Eldercare Innovation Awards in Singapore for its outstanding work within the aged care industry. The Awards, held in conjunction with the International Ageing Asia Innovation Forum, saw finalists from New Zealand, Japan, Singapore and Australia celebrated. Facing tough competition in the hotly-contested Facility of the Year category, the Seasons' contingent was invited to the stage for a moment of congratulations, and to be presented with a finalist's trophy. “We had our time to shine on stage, but ultimately the winner was well deserved; the Maihama Club Nursing Home in Japan,” said Emma Lingius, the Group Executive Officer at Seasons’. Dubbed the Oscars of eldercare, the Awards shine a light on the organisations across the Asia-Pacific region that provide innovative and unique solutions to the aged care industry. “The awards aim to recognise care organisations that have gone the extra mile to improve health, quality of life and independence for our elderly,” said the organiser of the Forum. While contributing to the Forum, the group from Seasons' toured a range of different aged care solutions offered in Singapore, and gained valuable insight in to the industry outside of Australia. “The aim of the Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards is to celebrate and applaud efforts that deliver dignity, health and happiness to the regions' older adults,” said Ms Lingius. -ENDS-Joanne Rahn Director zanthii communications Phone: 0402 148 334 Email: joanne@zanthii.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/zanthiiau “Local Legend” Martin Ram recognised for his dedication to Logan's elders 2017-05-31T10:25:34Z local-legend-martin-ram-recognised-for-his-dedication-to-logan-s-elders Logan local Martin Ram has been recognised as a ‘Local Legend’ for his dedication to the betterment of the elder community in Logan. The Local Legends awards was founded by Federal MP Jim Chalmers four years ago as a platform to recognise people offering outstanding services, and actively bettering the community of Logan. “I am frequently amazed by the selfless acts which help make ours a community which looks out for each other and looks after each other,” said Mr Chalmers. As an Envigor Home Care Community business partner, Martin spends his time running a team of qualified caregivers to ensure their services enable elder residents to continue to live with dignity and independence in their own homes. “When the opportunity came up to be a business partner with Envigor Home Care, I couldn’t turn it down,” said Mr Ram. “It’s what gives me the most satisfaction; helping the vulnerable in our community and making a positive change in their lives.” Martin’s understanding of the diversity of the Logan community and his passion for service has set his team apart from all other home care providers within the region. Always aware of the cultural diversity of his clients, Martin’s team caters for the many different backgrounds of people Logan is home to. “I can proudly say we are one of the very few home care providers who are equipped to deal with the multicultural diversity of Logan,” said Martin. Working with the large Muslim community and understanding their unique cultural needs is just another example of Martin’s tireless goal of bringing affordable and inclusive care to everyone. His team has strived to make the home care experience as comfortable as possible for every member of the community. For example, when the team recognised English was a second language for some of their clients, and not commonly spoken at home, Martin expanded his team to include caregivers who can communicate in Hindi, Arabic, Sudanese and Samoan. Martin was honoured to have been named a 2017 recipient of the “Local Legends” awards, and said he was chuffed to be voted for by the people of Logan. He said that the award showed him, and his team, that the level of care and dedication to service they provide is evidently resounding throughout the community. Martin welcomes members of the community to meet him and his team at the Free Aged Care Help Sessions held every second Wednesday from 10am to 12pm at St Paul's Catholic Church, at 3 St. Paul's Drive, Woodridge, There is also a specialist available at each session to assist with everything from filling out age care forms, to accessing MyAgedCare online services. Envigor offers round the clock client focused care from one to twenty-four hours per day. Priding themselves on their flexibility to accommodate the needs and wants of each and every individual client, Envigor will happily tailor a care package to suit every need and budget. “We pride ourselves on our punctuality,” said Martin. “If our client needs a shower at a certain time of day, we will be there on the dot that time and day. “We work around what the client wants, and we co-ordinate a care plan in conjunction with the client.” Clients also benefit from an increase in care hours compared to many other home care providers who receive government subsidised home care packages, due to Envigor’s unique administration fee cap of 10 percent, allowing Martin and his team to provide more assistance to the clients they passionately care for. For more information regarding Martin and Logan’s Envigor team, phone Martin Ram on 0437 058 514 or email mram@envigor.com.au. Or you can visit the Envigor website here: http://www.envigor.com.au.Kind regards Joanne Rahn Director zanthii communications Phone: 0402 148 334 Email: joanne@zanthii.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/zanthiiau Wavelength International listed in the Best SMEs to Work Asia 2017 2017-05-30T05:21:58Z wavelength-international-listed-in-the-best-smes-to-work-asia-2017 Wavelength International has made the prestigious Best Places to Work Asia 2017, one of only 3 Australian businesses to make the top 10 of the small and medium workplaces list. The Best Places to Work Australia Study is one of the world’s most comprehensive independent studies of workplace culture by global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work – More than 1,400 companies participated in national list studies in the 9 Asia-region countries where Great Place to Work® is represented. Wavelength shot into the top 10 this year, placing 9th in the top 25 Best Places to Work (20-500) employees. It is an impressive achievement, especially in an industry renowned for its high pressure work environments and high staff turnover. “It just goes to show you can be a successful high performance business by embracing a generous and supportive culture,” says Chris Riley, Wavelength’s CEO. “Just by walking through the door, you immediately sense Wavelength is a happy, motivated and engaged place to work. In my experience in this industry our workplace culture is quite unique: everyone cares passionately about the business and working collaboratively as a team." With over 75 employees, Wavelength is Australia’s largest and most successful medical recruitment agency. The company offers a range of employee benefits including: Flexible and family friendly working hours, Free breakfast Fitness classes A creative, casual and fun working environment i Monetary incentives linked with productivity and performance against key goals. Additional information Specific highlights that have made Wavelength a great place to work include: · A generous remuneration and commission scheme renowned for being extremely market competitive. Wavelength is also committed to making salary packages consistent and fair across the organisation. Employees in all roles are recognised and rewarded for outstanding performance. Individual goals created for all employees quarterly which are part of their performance criteria. Managers regularly meet with team members to provide feedback and coach them to be even better in their role. An internal mentoring program which enable employees to discover and develop their talents. · A real commitment to work life balance with a broad range of flexible full-time, part-time and job share work patterns in place. Employees can work flexibly between 7am and 7pm and have the opportunity to work from home one day a week. Wavelength also offers an additional five days of annual leave once an employee has completed four years’ continuous employment. A generous paid parental leave program and flexibility when it comes to extended leave for weddings and overseas trips. · Inspiring values of excellence, ingenuity, integrity and heart incorporated into all business processes, policies and communications. · A bright, fresh, modern and open workspace to encourage a positive working environment and work life balance. There are showers, great training facilities and plenty of room for regular health and fitness sessions. Breakfast, drinks and healthy snacks are all provided daily for all employees. · A love for celebrations – birthdays, anniversaries, individual and company achievements. · An internal social networking platform to foster a modern culture of openness and transparency. · Quarterly employee briefings to share information, business goals, successes, challenges and new initiatives. A commitment to the health sector both in Australia and overseas. Wavelength actively donates and fundraises for the Fred Hollows Foundation and Médecins Sans Frontières. The company also sponsors indigenous medical students and encourages employees to participate in other charitable events throughout the year. ### About Wavelength International Wavelength International
is Australia’s largest medical recruitment company, offering local and international candidate resourcing, medical registration and immigration services for medical professionals and healthcare employers. Based in Sydney, we work with over 300 hospitals, clinics and general practices across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. About Great Place to Work Inc Great Place to Work Inc, is a global research and consulting firm specialising in workplace excellence and development of high-trust and high-engagement workplace cultures. Our proprietary research tool, the Trust Index Employee Engagement Survey, is taken annually by over 10 million employees worldwide. Leading companies worldwide use our model to increase the levels of trust across their organisations and drive business results. For further information, please contact: Deanna Daly Marketing Executive, Wavelength International Tel: 02 8353 9032 Email: ddaly@wave.com.au www.wave.com.au www.wavies.com.au Brother and Orange Sky join forces to make a difference in the lives of the homeless 2017-05-22T02:49:03Z brother-and-orange-sky-join-forces-to-make-a-difference-in-the-lives-of-the-homeless Sydney, Australia – 22 May 2017 - When you’re a charity, every cent spent on printing is one less cent to spend helping those in need. Brother International Australia understands this and as a result were able to assist the unique and growing charity, Orange Sky Laundry, by reducing costs and valuable time spent on backend tasks, without compromising on quality. Orange Sky Laundry is the world’s first free mobile laundry service for the homeless. This unique organisation was launched in 2014 when Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett installed two washing machines and two dryers in a van and set out to wash and dry clothes for free, empowering the community through selfless acts of helping others. Orange Sky Laundry now washes over 6.9 tonnes of laundry every week, donating more than 1,300 hours of positive and genuine conversations every week. Their mission is to provide a platform for conversations, volunteering and opportunities for friends, through a free mobile laundry worldwide. Now with 15 vans and over 850 volunteers, Orange Sky Laundry is a logistically complex and admin-heavy business. To provide information to those without internet access so that they can locate the charity in the future, Brother stepped up and formed a partnership with Orange Sky Laundry, whose values are in line with their own. Brother took a consultative approach considering the charity’s challenges and solutions before providing trials for a range of printers to find the perfect fit to meet Orange Sky Laundry’s needs. The perfect product mix was built for Orange Sky Laundry, taking into consideration their printing requirements. The Brother HL-S7000DN was a core component of the printing solution offered to the organisation due to the sheer number of individual volunteers, sponsors and supporters who require a constant stream of printed documents in various forms. This one unit handles it all for the charity. With print capabilities of thousands of pages each week at up to 100 pages/minute, the HL-S7000DN is 40% quicker than its closest competitor ensuring valuable time is not wasted on administration tasks. Also, with low running costs and its 600-sheet paper capacity expandable to up to 2,100 sheets, this printer can grow as the business does. “With the reduced administration costs, we can now spend more valuable funds on helping people”, said Nicholas of Orange Sky Laundry. Brother installed a second printer, the MFC-J5920DW. This compact inkjet devices’ key job being, producing construction diagrams which require extreme accuracy. In addition, the scanning functionality saves time when adding images or photographs resulting in priceless nonmonetary value to Orange Sky Laundry, whose purpose is to go out, interact with and service the homeless. The third printer Brother provided was the MFC-L9550CDW, a midsize volume colour laser that is used for impact work, and ideal for Orange Sky Laundry’s high quality printing needs. Together with the Brother QL-1060 Professional Label Printer, Orange Sky Laundry was provided with great new solutions to overcome their challenges, allowing for complete focus on the things that truly matter. Finally, Brother are pleased to continue its support of Orange Sky Laundry for the next three years by donating all consumables required for the devices. Luke Howard, Commercial Market Development Channel Manager at Brother said, “Helping small businesses is imperative to Brother. We know that a small business can’t be experts in every single field so we try and take a small problem away from them so they can focus on the bigger ones”.About Brother International (Aust) Pty Ltd With over 100 years in operation, Brother International is globally recognised as a brand synonymous with delivering product innovation and customer satisfaction. A specialist in its product lines, Brother is always ‘At Your Side,’ with its customer first approach in all aspects of business. Brother combines this customer satisfaction and its strong commitment to environmental conservation to manufacture innovative, reliable and practical products in the printing, sewing, imaging and labelling markets. Brother International Australia was established in 1977 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Brother Industries, which was founded in 1908 in Japan. With a head office located in Sydney and State offices nationally throughout Australia, Brother has grown from humble beginnings to a diversified multinational corporation. Be a part of the fun and learn how to get the most out of life. 2017-05-04T02:49:09Z be-a-part-of-the-fun-and-learn-how-to-get-the-most-out-of-life The 7th Positive Ageing Journey Event and Exhibition will build on the success of the previous events and will be held on Monday 15th May 2017 at Kedron Wavell Services Club, Chermside from 8:30am until 3:00pm. There are currently over 1 million people living in Queensland aged 55 years and over. This is more than 25% of the total population. Baby boomers are by far the fastest growing population sector. Today, older people want to remain living independently in their own homes for as long as possible. To enable this aspiration, people need access to information and advice about services that support their independence and enhance their experience of ageing. The 2017 Positive Ageing Journey Event will provide an interactive and fun educational event for baby boomers and beyond. The event will include advice to help you get the most out of your life. Expert presenters will provide presentations to help you further improve your life, including: • A healthier, happier and more active you! • The benefits of exercising for better health • Getting away for your mental health • Travelling Safe and Safe Travel in Later Life • Growing superfoods for health and vitality • Aged Care and Retirement Considerations • Plus more An exciting inclusion in the program will be Gerrard Gosens, celebrated three-time Paralympian, blind adventurer and former “Dancing with the Stars” contestant who will provide an inspirational and entertaining keynote presentation at the event. Attendees will also have the opportunity to interact and engage with a range of information displays from organisations and businesses providing services and products to seniors. Please note places are limited, so we kindly urge you to register early: For more details and to register: Call: 07 3552 9000 Visit: https://lifetec.org.au/news-and-events/positive-ageing-journey-event-and-exhibition-2017  For regular updates “like” the Positive Ageing Journey Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/PositiveAgeingJourneyEvent/?fref=ts Eaton’s annual Blackout Tracker Report shows 3 million people affected by more than 240 power outages in 2016 2017-03-30T23:11:00Z eaton-s-annual-blackout-tracker-report-shows-3-million-people-affected-by-more-than-240-power-outages-in-2016 Sydney, Australia: Power management company Eaton has today announced the launch of its annual Blackout Tracker Report for Australia and New Zealand (ANZ), which has revealed 3 million people were affected by more than 240 power outages in 2016.   While widespread power failures in South Australia had the largest impact on individuals and businesses, New South Wales topped the list of Australian states for the third year in a row with 33 power outages - while the North Island topped New Zealand with 80 power outages.   “Every state or region in ANZ recorded a rise in power outages, highlighting an increasing need for businesses and consumers to look at the power management strategies and disaster recovery plans they have in place to deal with interruptions,” said Gordon Makryllos, Managing Director Australia and New Zealand at Eaton Industries.   The costs associated with power failures has continued to rise for businesses across the globe. The 2016 Cost of Data Centre Outages report by the Ponemon Institute has found the average cost of a data centre outage in 2015 was a staggering $740,357, up 38 per cent from 2010.    While summer heat waves dominated discussion about power supply, it was the spring season that produced the most power outages in both Australia and New Zealand with more than one third occurring between September and November.   “Australia and New Zealand is a diverse, unique climate where almost 1 in 3 power outages is caused by bad weather and trees, so businesses and individuals need to plan for the unexpected. Uninterruptible power systems (UPSs), generators and power management software solutions can help deliver reliable power during outages – reducing the risk of data loss and costs associated with downtime or IT damage.”   This World Backup Day, Eaton is offering a complimentary consultation and Critical Power Site Audit to all Australian and New Zealand businesses that will assess the business’ vulnerability to power disruption. The consultation will provide businesses with recommendations on the steps that can be taken to minimise business downtime. To register for this complimentary service, click here.   Among the most unusual causes of power outages in 2016 included: Hayes Creek, NT: On 21 October, an olive python snake with a magpie goose in its mouth was found looped over a power line following a 30 minute blackout to the area. Eurobodalla NSW: On 15 April, a flying fox plague caused a large number of safety equipment activations resulting in several blackouts over a period of weeks. Canning Vale WA: On 16 November, the maximum-security Hakea Prison and surrounding areas lost power after an earthing wire was stolen. Bathurst NSW: On 31 November, a flock of birds was blamed for leaving 1,573 customers in the dark after they hit a power line which sparked the outage. Ashburton NZ: On 23 November, a cat was lucky to walk away with its life after a fault man tried to rescue it from a power pole. Instead of climbing down the ladder, the cat climbed higher. The power was cut to help it down safely.    Blackout Tracker Annual Report data is based on a full year of reported power outages across Australia. To view and download the entire report click here. To learn about Eaton’s power management products and services, visit: www.powerquality.eaton.com or www.eatoncorp.com.au. -  END -   About Eaton Eaton’s electrical business is a global leader with expertise in power distribution and circuit protection; backup power protection; control and automation; lighting and security; structural solutions and wiring devices; solutions for harsh and hazardous environments; and engineering services. Eaton is positioned through its global solutions to answer today’s most critical electrical power management challenges.   Eaton is a power management company with 2016 sales of $19.7 billion. We provide energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. Eaton has approximately 95,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit Eaton.com.     Afford celebrates Harmony Day with music at Oran Park 2017-03-21T00:17:18Z afford-celebrates-harmony-day-with-music-at-oran-park ORAN PARK, SYDNEY, 21 March 2017 - The Australian Foundation for Disability (Afford) Lifestyle Centre in Oran Park will be filled with musical celebration, festivities and fun today, as 100 clients from Afford Lifestyle Centres across Sydney come together to celebrate Harmony Day through music and song.   Afford Oran Park Lifestyle Centre will play host to 100 Afford clients from Oran Park, Campbelltown, Green Valley, Lurnea, Chipping Norton, Canley Vale and Condell Park Lifestyle Centres to enjoy live music performances and interactive music play in celebration of cultural diversity and respect on Harmony Day.   Afford clients and staff come from diverse and varied cultural backgrounds, which, according to Afford CEO, Steven Herald, is what helps the not-for-profit identify and understand the needs of clients.   "We are proud of the rich cultures and different family backgrounds that make up our Afford community," Mr Herald explained.   "We celebrate and welcome the different cultural traditions of our clients every day across all of our Lifestyle Centres, but it is particularly special to come together in one location at Oran Park to celebrate everyone's unique backgrounds on Harmony Day."   Musical activities will be facilitated by professional musicians from The Rhythm Village and incorporate live music performances and interactive singing, dancing, and playing of musical instruments such as guitar and percussion instruments. All activities are tailored to suit the different abilities and talents of Afford clients.   All participants will be supported to participate with hitting of drums, shaking of maracas, and dancing along to the beat of the music just some of the main activities for today.   Celebrating diversity is incorporated into many activities across Afford Lifestyle Centres, with some Lifestyle Centres working with clients to choose a country of interest each month. During the month, Afford staff and clients research the chosen country's culture, language, cuisines and traditions. Traditional delicacies are made during cooking programs and art and craft activities can centre on the chosen country's culture.   "Afford has been trusted for 65 years to offer person-centred care and support for people with disability. Our dedicated staff are constantly looking for ways to customise programs to the interests of clients and embrace diversity," Mr Herald commented.   AFFORD is a registered charity and has been operating in NSW for 65 years, providing a range of disability services to over 2,000 people with disability every day in Greater Western Sydney.   For more information about Afford, visit www.afford.com.au or call 1300 233 673.   ENDS   Media Contact: Maria Crema: Crema PR m 0402 239 929 e maria@cremapr.com.au   More about the Australian Foundation for Disability (AFFORD) - www.afford.com.au The Australian Foundation for Disability (AFFORD) is a registered charity engaged in providing disability services to over 2,000 people in Greater Western Sydney. The services provided by AFFORD include: Accommodation; Respite; Community Participation Programs; Transition to Work Programs; Transition to Retirement Program; Carer Support; Disability Employment Services; and Supported Employment.