The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-10-27T23:37:57Z QUICK-THINKING COVID PIVOT SAVED LOCAL EVENT BUSINESS 2020-10-27T23:37:57Z quick-thinking-covid-pivot-saved-local-event-business When Melbourne’s first restrictions were introduced on March 13th, Woohah Productions, an audio visual production house located in Braeside, made a decision that would transform the way they work and ultimately keep the 19-year-old business on its feet throughout the pandemic. It was estimated that cancellations in the Australian events sector would account for a $35 billion loss to the economy in 12 months and more than 92,000 jobs. With the odds stacked against them, Woohah Productions founder, Arosh Fernando, made a call that would pivot Woohah Productions into the world of front-facing event management and position the company as a leader in hybrid and virtual events throughout the pandemic. Back in March, it took four days for Arosh and his team to create Studio45, one of the largest ready to use broadcast studios in Melbourne. Through Studio45, Woohah Productions was able to pivot an upcoming client event on the brink of cancellation, the Arnold Sports Festival, into a hybrid ticketed event that streamed online to over 3,000 viewers worldwide. In under a week, Arosh and his team had undertaken an incredible feat and the Arnold Sports Festival was the beginning of a new era of events for Woohah Productions. Over the coming months, Studio45 hosted a range of hybrid and virtual events from corporate conferences, award ceremonies, Easter Sunday church services, music performances, and virtual fashion show conferences for clients such as 7/11, Victorian State Government, Jaggad, Hype DC, Accent Group, Mushroom Group, Sunglass Hut/OPSM, Woolworths Group, and Carlisle Home. When Stage 4 lockdown hit Melbourne in August, Arosh and the team had to leave Studio45 and take their event business totally virtual. By solving client problems and generating innovative solutions, the team created the Kasō virtual event platform, which hosted virtual conferences and award ceremonies through the use of 3D architectural programs and integrating with video-sharing platforms like Zoom. In these branded virtual worlds, attendees could explore different rooms, watch speeches, visit exhibitor/ sponsor stands, play games, and engage with other attendees through chat and video links. In total, since initial restrictions began, the team has hosted over 88 virtual/ live events, connecting over 81,000 people from 104 countries across the globe. With Australia beginning to move out of restrictions, Arosh believes that virtual and hybrid events will still stick around for a while to come. “We’ve been truly overwhelmed by the response Studio45 and our virtual event platform has had during the pandemic. It’s not only enabled Woohah Productions to stay on our feet, but we’ve been able to collaborate with other companies in the event space to keep their teams working too,” says Woohah Productions’ founder, Arosh Fernando. “As the country, and Victoria in particular, starts to re-open and physical events begin to make a comeback, we believe that virtual and hybrid events will still play a vital role in our company moving forward. We’re finding that companies who are investing in upcoming events are looking to mitigate risks and by creating hybrid and virtual events they’re setting up a fool-proof contingency plan. We’re proud to be bridging the gap and providing virtual experiences that are fun, interactive, and engaging and can be attended from anywhere in the world.” www.woohah.com.au ENDS For further information about Woohah Productions, or to interview founder, Arosh Fernando about his COVID pivot and the innovative work the team is doing, please get in touch: Megan Chambers || megan@olivepr.com.au KANIKA BATRA 's NEW CRIME THRILLER A HONEYTRAP 2020-10-26T22:19:41Z kanika-batra-s-new-crime-thriller-a-honeytrap NEW CRIME THRILLER A HONEYTRAP # AUTHOR IS TED BUNDY EXPERT. INTERVIEW HER! # FEMALE TED BUNDY MEETS TED BUNDY IN REAL TIME Ted Bundy wasn’t the only serial killer in Seattle in the early 70’s as true crime weaves one of the world’s most evil murderers into true fiction with Sydney author Kanika Batra’s debut novel, HONEYTRAP introducing a female serial killer who will leave you sleepless in Seattle! Honeytrap is a psychological thriller that intersects with historically accurate true crime. The anti-heroine by Maris Caldwell is a bisexual serial killer and hotel heiress who operates in Seattle in 1974, during the time of Ted Bundy’s reign of terror. They develop a relationship, and all events relating to Ted have been heavily researched and are precisely reported by the author who is an expert on all things Ted Bundy. The controversial novel is so full of killings it may make your stomach turn. It definitely did that to some of the characters in the book which features multiple killings, slaughter and bloodshed of men , women, a child and even a dog. Honeytrap is not for the fainthearted due to the heinous nature of the crimes involved.  It’s far stronger than anything James Patterson, David Baldacci and Dan Brown could come up with in their most fanciful dreams. Kanika Batra, who is a Ted Bundy expert, says “ I’ve worked on this novel for five years and have undertaken hundreds of hours of research into the mind, crimes and motives of Ted and I believe I can offer a new perspective to devout true crime fans everywhere. Ted Bundy has always drawn interest; a charismatic, handsome law student who managed to kill 35 women (or potentially more) in his spare time is unfathomable to people, and they to seek to understand him. There has been another surge of popularity as of late, particularly due to the movie “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” starring Zac Efron and the Ted Bundy Tapes on Netflix. I would like to offer these audiences the knowledge I have gained from reading every book, watching every documentary, speaking to the actual police officers that handled his case back in King County in 1974, connecting with friends and members of his family and listening to hours of conversations between Ted and Stephen Michaud/Hugh Aynesworth in a palatable and riveting manner. Honeytrap will be released on Friday 13thth November, retails for $29.95 and is available now for pre order at www.booktopia.com.au TO INTERVIEW KANIKA BATRA , to receive review copies email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412 4501 601. ABOUT KANIKA BATRA Kanika Batra is an actress, model, operatic singer and author and has been a finalist in Miss Universe New Zealand, Miss World Australia and Miss Jetset International. 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Horses are fed a cocktail of drugs to run through their injuries and push their exhausted bodies to the finish line. As a result, many horses are injured—and die—on the track. In the last racing year, 116 horses died on Australian racetracks, as a result of injured limbs and broken bones. Horses forced to race can also suffer from stomach ulcers and bleed from the lungs. Unlike the scenes we witnessed at the Shrine, all of that abuse is entirely legal. Let’s show that we care for all horses—none of whom asked to be involved in human violence. We can say “Nup to the Cup” and instead choose peaceful pursuits on November 2’s public holiday. 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Fermán (who is a multi-lingual artist that has the ability to sing in Spanish, French, English, and Portuguese) currently resides in California, which is where he wrote and recorded “La Vida” as a testimony to living life to its fullest and his unquestioning belief that God will guide us during these troubled times.  Inspired by events he experienced while here in the USA during the Covid-19 pandemic, this music was the method used to relate to individual health concerns that Joseph, his friends, and acquaintances were forced to suffer through and either endure or die from. The track was arranged by Angel Castaños and features renowned accordionist Julian Rojas.   The three collaborators blended Salvadoran and Colombian styles of music that employ cumbia vallenata rhythms and salsa influences. Sung entirely in Spanish, “La Vida” is already in heavy rotation at many radio stations in Joseph Fermán’s native country of El Salvador. It has become very popular there across the board by impacting multiple demographic groups with its message calling for solidarity amongst all the people who have suffered this disease and to those who lost loved ones because of it. Quixote Music has now set the wheels in motion and presently endeavors to cross-market this record throughout North America.  A North American radio and press campaign has now been launched to promote “La Vida”. Latin and World Music radio broadcasters are in the process of being serviced with Joseph Fermán’s current single as are entertainment publications from north to south and coast to coast. The official adding to radio rotation playlists date is slated for the week of November 9, 2020. His music is available on most major retail and streaming platform sites. Additional personal appearances will be announced in the upcoming weeks. 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Thanks to ESL for running such an event, I hope to see MARVEL Super War esports continue to get bigger here.” “After an incredible showing recently by other Oceanic Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) teams overseas, like Legacy Esports, there’s never been a better time to be competing in the MOBA scene here.” Said Ben Green, Publisher Development Lead at ESL. “We’re excited to watch these teams continue their journey in competitive MARVEL Super War, and congratulate all players that took part in our launch tournament series.” ### For media assets, please click here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1-Zcbc0By8OTyTA7H22DgrEya0TgOlcsp?usp=sharing For all media enquiries, please contact:  Alex Blaikie | PR Manager, ESL Australia | press.aus@eslgaming.com*MARVEL Super War is currently available in countries and regions including South Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macao, and India. 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Next April, the birthplace of QANTAS and Waltzing Matilda will come alive once again to host a myriad of entertainment that celebrates its roots in classic Australiana. Way Out West will be held during the Easter school holidays (Tuesday 6th – Sunday 11th April, 2021), kicking off on Waltzing Matilda Day and continuing into the weekend with a roaring curated program of entertainment to complement the stunning sunsets and iconic Aussie scenery that has brought Winton to the world stage of iconic destinations. The weekend main stage headline performances feature some of Australia’s biggest names in music.  Let’s get down to the nitty gritty and have a look at the awesome line-up… Lee Kernaghan, Sheppard, Daryl Braithwaite, Busby Marou, The Wolfe Brothers, Beccy Cole, Adam Harvey, Sara Storer, Casey Barnes, The Bushwackers, Anne Kirkpatrick, Pete Cullen & The Hurt, Linc Phelps Music, Pete Denahy, Joy McKean, The Hillbilly Goats, Jeff Brown, Greg Storer, DEAN PERRETT MUSIC, Gretta Ziller, Megan Cooper, Small Town Romance, Tracy Coster, Keith Jamieson, Raechel Whitchurch, VIC KENA MUSIC, SaltbushSix, Allan Cameron, Andy Toombs, Bush Balladeers and Cake & Cordial Sessions. See the full program here! “Winton’s Way Out West Fest has quickly become a must on the annual calendar for travellers and lovers of great music.” Says Winton Shire Mayor Gavin Baskett. “A road trip to the outback for the WWOWF in 2021 is the perfect way to help kick start our region’s tourist season and economy. Of course, we will be following the guidance provided by governments to ensure the safety of all patrons with regard to Covid-19. However, as we have not had any recorded cases to date, the Queensland Outback will be a very popular destination as restrictions are progressively lifted. So get in early, secure your tickets and start planning for an outback adventure in Winton.” Visitors are also encouraged to take time to experience this very special part of outback Australia, take in the breathtaking surroundings and enjoy the friendly atmosphere as the whole town celebrates its unique history. Winton is one of the world’s most unique locations, bringing travellers from near and far to take part in world-renowned birdwatching, embark on self-drive outback adventures, and fossick for opals in Queensland’s Opal Capital.  Check out things to do in Winton. Also known as the Dinosaur Capital of Australia, Winton is home to the world’s largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum. Learn the story of the Outback region at the award-winning Waltzing Matilda Centre, assemble a band to play the musical fence, or simply sit back and enjoy the music. Along with an extended festival program, the schedule of events family-friendly entertainment will include a series of uniquely curated offerings held in the historic Winton Shire Hall and the wonderfully rustic Royal Open-Air Theatre, including: ·         The Salute to Waltzing Matilda, a special concert held on the annual day the Shire of Winton celebrates the history and impact of Banjo Patterson’s “Waltzing Matilda”, which was first performed at Winton’s North Gregory Hotel in 1895. ·         The finest gathering of Australian musical story-tellers at the Aussie Bush Balladeers Show, inspired by the works of classical Aussie poets such as Banjo Patterson and Henry Lawson, featuring iconic songs such as ‘When the Rain Tumbles down in July’, ‘Lights on the Hill’, and ‘By a Fire of Gidgee Coal’. ·         The screening of a new-release documentary ‘SLIM & I’ which will be accompanied by a special performance by Small Town Romance which features three generations of Slim and Joy’s family, followed by a live Q&A with celebrated songwriter Joy McKean; the daughter of Slim & Joy, Anne Kirkpatrick, and Anne’s son and daughter-in-law, James Arneman and Flora Smith. “I’m really excited to be performing at Winton’s Way Out West Fest in 2021. Outback Queensland and in particular Winton, and Boulia, hold some very special memories for me of childhood days spent travelling and touring there with the Slim Dusty Show.” Anne Kirkpatrick reminisces, “I remember performing many times in the grand old Shire Hall at Winton, so it will be fantastic to be back there again and joined by my Mum Joy, son James and his wife, Flora. After being locked down for so long, it will be a real reason to celebrate live music again in the outback. I for one can’t wait for April." Tickets are on sale now with lots of hotel and camping options available as well as an exclusive VIP option. Grab your tickets here. See the VIP option. Check out the announcement video. Artist Info.  Event and Tourism Images. Facebook | Instagram | Website | Youtube For more information, please contact SueMacMedia: Sue McAullay / M: 0418 172 602 / E: sue@suemacmedia.com.au Event organized by Winton Shire Council and Chandler Shaw Events  The race that endangers the nation 2020-10-13T11:13:00Z the-race-that-endangers-the-nation The Editor, Dear Editor, Melbourne residents have endured an interminable lockdown. There is finally light at the end of the tunnel, as we strive to avoid further lockdowns. So, why put this community sacrifice at risk, by allowing Melbourne Cup Carnival to go ahead? The Victoria Racing Club has declared that the Melbourne Cup will proceed this year, “as it has done” in previous years, and hopes to attract a crowd of up to 50,000 people. This will mean attendees ignoring social distancing as they crowd onto trains, cluster at bars, and marquees, crowd into selfies, hug friends, and scream at horses. Let’s not forget the other health risks—and deaths—connected to Melbourne Cup, even in a non-pandemic year. In the last racing year, 116 horses died after being forced to run and jump on hard-packed dirt, on ankles the size of a human’s. They suffered catastrophic injuries—including breaks and fractures of their forelegs—as well as cardiac issues, internal bleeding, and head trauma. This year, we craved our own liberties—while knowing there are good reasons for communal sacrifice. Let’s allow the horses their freedom, and avoid the cruelty and viral transmission risks that come with racing. Instead, we can boost the economy with entertainment featuring safe social distancing and consenting human performers, like outdoor theatre, musical concerts, dance, and comedy. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia 1a Henderson St Northcote VIC 3070 0411 577 416 DesmondB@PETA.org.au A North Shore drive-in cinema is hosting a fright-fest in time for Halloween 2020-10-13T04:21:39Z a-north-shore-drive-in-cinema-is-hosting-a-fright-fest-in-time-for-halloween A North Shore Drive-in Cinema is hosting a fright-fest in time for Halloween   13 October 2020   It’s the spooky season and the Sunset Cinema is presenting some spine tingling titles at our drive-in this month. What better location to get the hairs on your neck prickling than parked in the eerie shadows of the St Ives Showground. After bringing you outdoor cinemas across Australia for over 7 years, the Sunset Cinema drive-in is our new COVID-safe event for the North Shore community. Gates open at 6.30pm so be sure to get in before the sun goes down and the lights go out…. Why not whip out your devil horns, scariest monster costumes and bring your halloween party to us! Starting off our fright-fest is the dark fairytale of Edward Scissorhands, starring Johnny Depp, the classic from the imagination of Tim Burton for all lovers of the freaky and weird!  Putting a sinister spin on the superhero genre, new release, The New Mutants is set in a psychiatric facility where their new abilities are put to the test… but who will make it out alive? Think twice before leaving your car or wandering into the woods whilst you watch our Halloween horror double feature Scream and The Blair Witch Project. This terrifying combo is perfect for hiding under your blankets and scaring yourself silly this Halloween. Need fright night snacks? It’s easy to order at one of our delicious food trucks. We have Caminito and Miss Mabel’s serving up drool worthy hot food, whilst Le Van is making signature bone chilling sundaes. Not forgetting all the movie essentials like hot popcorn to complete your drive in experience. With excellent value of $50 plus booking fee (up to 8 people), fill up your car with your fellow movie lovers and come enjoy Sunset Drive In Ku-ring-gai this Halloween. For the full seasons programming and to secure tickets, visit https://www.sunsetcinema.com.au/ku-ring-gai/ Hurry! We’re expecting this to sell out! Photos & Logo available HERE You can follow us on Facebook or Instagram Elmar’s 2020 Oktoberfest 2020-10-07T01:44:09Z elmar-s-2020-oktoberfest-brings-authentic-german-fun-to-the-swan-valley German Restaurant and Biergarten, Elmar’s In The Valley, brings Oktoberfest celebrations to the heart of the Swan Valley for the 15th concurrent year.  This year’s event takes place on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th October, with Sunday being a dedicated family day to ensure all ages can join in the fun. Since the inaugural event in 2006, Oktoberfest at Elmar’s In The Valley has become an annual highlight for those who appreciate great food, beer, music and general all-round good times. The team have been working tirelessly to ensure the safe delivery of this much-anticipated 2020 event, and it’s shaping up to be the perfect antidote to what has been a rather challenging year for everyone around the globe. From the huge Biergarten covering more than 2 acres, with shady gum trees, large terrace and a children’s playground, Elmar’s brings together a wonderful mix of music, traditional German Bier and BBQ, games, competitions and more. The event is strictly ticket only, with premium tickets for Saturday covering entry, one beer or soft drink and a famous Elmar’s Bratwurst with the works in a bun, as well as a piece of Oktoberfest attire to get you into the festival spirit. Tickets must be purchased in advance and cost $43.05. General admission tickets are also available for $28.73 and include one beer or soft drink. Saturday’s event is strictly 18+ and the fun starts at midday through till 6pm. There’s live music from  WA band, Moves Like Swagger, as well as the busking-style Oktoberfest band, the Polka Dots – who are guaranteed to get you up and dancing with their classic um-pa-pa sounds. Plus, Ben Merito will pump out some tunes during his DJ set. Our Märzen is the beer of day and is specially brewed for the event. Food is courtesy of a typical German BBQ, with Bratwurst galore, and this year, in addition to Elmar’s regular tap beers, wines, ciders and premix spirits, there’s also a cocktail bar. Entertainment is on-going throughout the event, from 12-6pm, with a best-dressed competition and loads of games for everyone to enjoy.  Sunday is Family Day Our family day is almost sold out! Family day takes place from 11am to 5pm and welcomes all ages to the biggest German festival in the Swan Valley. Children under 17 come free upon registration and adult tickets are only $11.86, which includes one original beer, glass of wine or soft drink. The day promises wall-to-wall family fun, as well the Oktoberfest beer - Märzen – served in 1-litre steins, an authentic German BBQ and music from the Polka Dots, Moves like Swagger and Ben Merito. Children of all ages can enjoy a variety of different games. They can also enjoy pony rides, face painting, a bouncy castle and a best-dressed competition. Children and adults alike can browse the many market stalls selling a variety of goods. With plenty of shaded areas, a children’s playground and loads of room to let off steam, everyone can party safely throughout the day in the biggest German Biergarten in the whole of the Swan Valley. Oktoberfest is a strictly ticketed event, with pre-purchase necessary. Ticket sales close at 08:00am on the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased online for the Oktoberfest 2020 event. About Elmar’s In The Valley Located in the idyllic surroundings of the Swan Valley, Elmar’s In The Valley is run by Elmar and Anette Dieran, a German couple who migrated to the region in 1987. Their authentic German restaurant serves authentic German food and bier from their on-site micro-brewery - one of the largest craft beer producers in the southern hemisphere. Since opening in 2005, Elmar’s In The Valley has become a much-loved venue for couples, families and groups, as well as being a vibrant location for events, such as weddings, festivals and social events. Find out more at https://elmars.com.au New Sesame Street Special Elmo's Playdate: Scavenger Hunt Debuts on ABC Kids Sunday, October 11 2020-10-06T00:38:45Z new-sesame-street-special-elmo-s-playdate-scavenger-hunt-debuts-on-abc-kids-sunday-october-11 Spring is in full swing on Sesame Street! 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Along the way, Monster Foodies’ Cookie Monster and Gonger whip up a tasty dessert, Amy Sedaris shares an easy craft the whole family can make, and Gabrielle Union leads Elmo and Abby in a sweet sing-along.   “Although spring and summer look different for many families this year, our Sesame Street characters once again show children that, with a little imagination, staying at home can still be fun,” said Whit Higgins, Vice President of International Media Distribution and Business Development, Sesame Workshop. “We’re grateful to our partners at ABC Kids for their continued support as we strive to meet the needs of children and families through learning and laughter in these challenging times.”   This special is the latest effort around the COVID-19 pandemic from Sesame Workshop. Through Caring For Each Other (https://www.sesamestreet.org/caring), an initiative created by the Workshop in response to this crisis, families can access free resources specifically designed to provide comfort and manage anxiety, create routines, foster playful learning at home, and help children stay physically and mentally healthy.   Caring For Each Other is funded in part by Sesame Workshop’s new Critical Needs Response Fund, a crucial source of flexible funds designed to meet the urgent needs of children and families. Sesame Street content continues to be available via ABC Kids each weekday morning at 9.30am. The episodes are also available any time on ABC iview and the ABC Kids app.   About Sesame Workshop Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organisation behind Sesame Street, the pioneering television show that has been reaching and teaching children since 1969. Today, Sesame Workshop is an innovative force for change, with a mission to help Kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. We’re present in more than 150 countries, serving vulnerable children through a wide range of media, formal education, and philanthropically-funded social impact programs, each grounded in rigorous research and tailored to the needs and cultures of the communities we serve. For more information, please visit www.sesameworkshop.org GIG UP IS SET TO MAKE THE BRISBANE MUSIC SCENE LIVE AGAIN 2020-10-05T23:38:52Z gig-up-is-set-to-make-the-brisbane-music-scene-live-again BRISBANE, QLD- On October 9th, GIG UP will be releasing a ground-breaking social network that connects fans with all gigs, events, artists, and venues.  This advancement will help Australia’s live music scene recover to the magic it once was and restore connections among artists and fans.   GIG UP was conceptualized in 2017 when founder Hugh Campbell, moved to Brisbane and couldn’t find a live and up to date source of local gigs and events.   GIG UP is a free up-to-date list of all venue gigs and events; for fans to discover new music and local gigs. Instead of surfing through dozens of different websites to find gigs, it gives fans a single source containing all events.  The engaging platform allows fans to plan your own personal gig calendar, follow venues & artists, and buy tickets to local gigs.    GIG UP aims to keep the live music industry alive in Australia by allowing venues and artists to promote all of their gigs and events directly to a targeted audience.  In addition to the networking aspect, GIG UP is designed to give insight on venues events by fans interaction.   120 venues and over 1000 gigs ready to be listed at launch. GIG UP is quickly taking over the live event hub for they are the largest gig and event guide in Queensland.  In addition to the enthusiastic support from venues and artists, GIG UP was featured on the StartUp Daily segment on AUSBIZ TV as a market disrupter.    Headliner bands to up and comer will be using this platform to manage their gig promotion and ticket sales all in one spot. There are Freemium offers to venues which include: promoted content, featured content, distributed promotional materials, featured gigup.tv promotions, and detailed fan analytic data.   GIG UP is set to MAKE MUSIC LIVE AGAIN.   For more information contact: Hugh Campbell, Founder hello@gigup.com.au +61 435 210 212   # # # Osher Gunsberg shines a light on blood cancer and hosts Australia’s first virtual Light the Night event 2020-09-30T22:58:15Z osher-gunsberg-shines-a-light-on-blood-cancer-and-hosts-australia-s-first-virtual-light-the-night-event Osher Gunsberg has today been announced as host of the Leukaemia Foundation’s first virtual Light the Night event, with the popular Australian media personality set to guide tens of thousands of people across the country through a special evening of blood cancer awareness this October.For 13 years, close to 400,000 Australians affected by blood cancer have gathered in cities and towns nationwide for the annual Light the Night event, to stand united in support for each other and a shared hope for a future free from blood cancer. Due to COVID-19, this year’s Light the Night has been reimagined as a virtual event, with registered participants now able to join with Osher and the national blood cancer community when they stream the official ceremony online on Saturday 10 October at 8pm local time.Light the Night host Osher Gunsberg said he was proud to be supporting the Leukaemia Foundation and to give back to the organisation that supported his mum during her battle with blood cancer. Osher’s mother battled the blood cancer myeloma also known as multiple myeloma, for several years and sadly passed from the disease in 2018. When my mum was battling myeloma, a highlight of her week was the support from her Sunday walks with the Leukaemia Foundation’s [volunteers]. She felt so much support, so much solidarity and was full of gratitude," Osher said. “Not a day goes by that I don’t miss my mum, however I’m grateful for the lessons she has taught me during that time."Every day, 47 Australians are diagnosed with a blood cancer including myeloma, lymphoma and leukaemia. The Leukaemia Foundation’s latest State of the Nation: Blood Cancer in Australia report confirms that in just 15 years, by 2035, this number will more than double to 100 people per day.Leukaemia Foundation General Manager of Supporters Rachael Lance said the Leukaemia Foundation warmly welcomes Osher Gunsberg as this year’s Light the Night host and is encouraging all Australians touched by blood cancer to register now and join the organisation for this very special event.   “It will be one national moment for the blood cancer community to come together – regardless of where you live, or your connection to blood cancer. Everyone will be able to join in and be part of this shared experience of support, hope and unity,” Ms Lance said. “We Light the Night to give hope to everyone touched by blood cancer now, and to cure and conquer blood cancer into the future.”   Light the Night is free to attend and all fundraising through the event provides precious relief for families affected by blood cancer as well as supporting the Leukaemia Foundation to work towards achieving zero lives lost to blood cancer by 2035.     Join Osher Gunsberg and other Australians affected by blood cancer at this year’s Light the Night event. Official Lanterns can still be secured by new participants up to Thursday, 1st October so they can be delivered in time for the night.To register or for more information, visit lightthenight.org.au or phone 1800 500 088.   To watch Osher's video message, please click here. Please email media@leukaemia.org.au if you would like to interview your local Light the Night host or the Leukaemia Foundation’s Supporters General Manager. AUSTRALIA: IT’S TIME TO DITCH THE CYNICISM AND BUY INTO SELF-CARE 2020-09-30T21:07:23Z australia-it-s-time-to-ditch-the-cynicism-and-buy-into-self-care SYDNEY, Australia, Oct 1, 2020  — From the creators of the podcast “Happiness for Cynics” and just in time for World Mental Health Day, comes a little book of happiness, “Self-Care is Church for Non-Believers” (eBook ISBN: 978-0-6489180-0-4) A decline in church attendance and an increase in overall scepticism mean that many Australians don’t practice self-care activities. Yet, we need to prioritise strong self-care habits more than ever. Around the world, we're seeing a rise in loneliness, anxiety, stress and depression: The Pew Research Center estimated that 52 per cent of working dads and 60 per cent of working mothers found it somewhat or very difficult to balance work and family life. The 2020 Edelman Trust Barometer revealed that 83 per cent of employees feared losing their job, attributing it to the gig economy, a looming recession, a lack of skills, cheaper foreign competitors, immigrants who will work for less, automation, or jobs being moved to other countries. The World Health Organization noted that depression and anxiety have an estimated cost to the global economy of $1 trillion per year in lost productivity. Even worse, since the pandemic hit, there has been a dramatic increase in stress, anxiety and overall poor mental health across Australia. “Quite simply, we have to do a better job of looking after ourselves, and the self-care activities we used to practice at church like kindness, service to others, and practicing gratitude are proven to help,” says co-author Marie Skelton. “People who no longer go to church are often neglecting the habits that lead to resilience, happiness and mental wellbeing.” Let's be clear. This is not a book about religion. This book is for people who are looking for more… more happiness, more satisfaction, more contentment. Or maybe they’re looking for less... less stress, less pressure, less anxiety.  “Australians are sceptics and cynics by nature, which means self-care has often been seen as self-indulgent or just fluff. However, the self-care interventions we discuss in the book are science-backed and proven to help build resilience,” says co-author Peter Furness. “It’s time we opened up the conversation and start prioritising our own mental health. This isn’t fluff, it’s science.” In their funny and light-hearted way, authors Marie Skelton and Peter Furness break down misconceptions, discuss the science, and show readers the path to a happier and more fulfilling life.  About the Authors   Marie Skelton is an Australian writer, speaker, and change and resiliency expert, currently living in Sydney. She started her career in journalism before working in public affairs and then specialising in organisational and culture change for some of the world’s largest tech and financial services companies, both in Australia and the U.S. Marie played volleyball for Australia and on scholarship in America, but following a motorbike accident overseas that nearly took her life, and leg, she began researching change and resiliency to find out how people cope with major life changes and why some people are resilient while others struggle. She is passionate about mental health and writes about happiness, resiliency and maintaining mental wellbeing at www.MarieSkelton.com.    Peter Furness is the owner of Max Remedial and a qualified remedial therapist. He has worked all over the world with professional athletes, dancers, sporting organisations and medical professionals. Peter is now settled in sunny Sydney. His practice is influenced by his interest in Eastern philosophy and he works closely with Western, Chinese and Ayurvedic practitioners, approaching the body from the principles of classical medicine alongside Western-based science. Peter has practiced Ashtanga yoga for 20 years, currently trains in movement and gymnastics and combines these principles with his approach to health. Peter was also an award-winning contemporary dancer in Australia and in the UK.    ### Contact us for an interview or a free review copy of the book. For more information, visit our website at https://marieskelton.com/book/ or download our Media Kit from Dropbox. MEDIA CONTACT Marie Skelton E: marie.skelton@gmail.com P: 0423 364 811 W: www.MarieSkelton.com Twitter @MarieSkelton Self-care is Church for Non-Believers Paperback ISBN: 978-0-6489180-1-1 eBook ISBN: 978-0-6489180-0-4 Available from Amazon.com Money to burn 2020-09-24T10:31:39Z money-to-burn Dear Editor, Last year, in the middle of those terrible bushfires, the NSW government refused to cancel the New Year fireworks, despite calls from within its own coalition ranks to do so. Despite the devastation, we were told it was too late to cancel the display. It’s not too late this year, yet the Premier is already promoting the event, three months out, and offering to pay for it, with taxpayer money. If the government has money to burn (literally) on fireworks, why not invest in twenty-first century technology used in other cities, such as little drones fitted with lights and able to create anything from flags to people to spectacular designs. And they are silent, which would prevent dogs, cats, wildlife, and humans from being alarmed by explosions. Each year, animal centres have to rescue lost dogs who panic and break loose from leads or jump over fences or even through glass windows in an attempt to get away from the terrifying sounds. Best of all, drones don’t leave a pall of smoke over the city, polluting our lungs and acting as an unwelcome reminder of the past year. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 DesmondB@PETA.org.au