The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-08-18T07:31:15Z Life-long volunteer finally puts her feet up in Cairns 2017-08-18T07:31:15Z life-long-volunteer-finally-puts-her-feet-up-in-cairns A Queensland for all ages is the theme for this year's Senior's Week, and Lesley Kerr is a prime example of a Senior who has committed her life to the community. Lesley, 74 has lived a life of fulfilling her passion for the community, and the betterment of the lives of others. Lesley and husband Don, 79 made the move from Gladstone to Cairns in 2010 for the warmer weather. The dedicated Senior was actively involved in the Gladstone community – Lesley acted as the Gladstone Geneaology Society Treasurer for many years, managed the local library roster from 1992 until 2010, and was a proud member of the Collinsville Lions Club for seven years, along with husband Don. Married for 54 years, the couple have been blessed with three children, eight grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. In October 2016, both Lesley and Don acquired home care from Envigor and continuously praise the care, support and awareness provided by the home care givers. “Envigor’s available to help when we need it,” said Lesley. “They work around our lifestyle and flexible around any changes needed. “Although we don’t need much support, only domestic help fortnightly, we know that we will need more support later on so we wanted to be a part of the community from the start.” Before marriage, Lesley worked with the Commonwealth Bank for five years. “I’ve been the home organiser all my married life as employers didn’t take married women back then,” said Lesley Lesley’s main hobbies include family history, genealogy, crossword puzzles, reading and ten-pin bowling. “Lesley's dedication and contribution to the community and her family is greatly appreciated, and an inspiration to all those around her,” said DonJoanne Rahn Director zanthii communications Phone: 0402 148 334 Email: joanne@zanthii.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/zanthiiau Breakthrough Study on Not-for-Profit Workforce launched to reveal insights and opportunities for NFP organisations and workers 2017-07-17T21:05:32Z breakthrough-study-on-not-for-profit-workforce-launched-to-reveal-insights-and-opportunities-for-nfp-organisations-and-workers The Australian Not-for-Profit Workforce Study, the largest on and for NFP organisations, employees and volunteers, was launched today. It supports the sector and helps our communities by informing: > NFP Practice: for enhanced leadership, capabilities and impact of NFP organisations, > NFP Policy: for increased efficiency and sustainability of the NFP sector, and > NFP Funding: for better investments in and conversion of NFP capacity building. The national study is using state-of-the-art cloud technology to provide free, science-driven workforce analytics to all participating organisations and respondents, something never seen before in the sector. “The Workforce Study addresses staff development, well-being, engagement, and productivity. It also charts the needs for developing critical knowledge, skills, and abilities to succeed in the NFP sector.” said study leader Dr Ramon Wenzel, from the Centre for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia. With 1 million staff employed in the NFP sector and an additional 5 million volunteers across Australia, their health, engagement, and continuous learning are key for NFP organisations to survive and thrive. Paul Murnane, Executive Chair of the Australian Scholarships Foundation, said that “NFP organisations spent more than half of their expenses on staff, meaning employees and volunteers are simply irreplaceable. Investing in the sector’s people is the single biggest opportunity for greater impact“. NFP organisations are under increasing pressure to deliver more, innovate, adapt and compete. The new study follows on from the pioneering research on the Social Return on Education Training that has shown that NFP organisations that focus on and develop their staff, do better. Now it is about the How to do it. “Every day, all Australians benefit from the essential work of the NFP sector, but there is a distinct lack of attention and resources directed to these employees and volunteers. The study will bring more scientific rigour and practical evidence to the management of NFP organisations and people.” said Dr Wenzel. All findings will be freely shared with the sector. No invitation is needed. Go to learningforpurpose.org/study Participating NFP organisations will receive their own free Workforce Analytics Dashboard: at-a-glance reporting to understand staff learning, engagement, well-being, and more than 30 key metrics that matter for people, performance, and purpose. NFP organisations can invite all their employees and volunteers to get immediate insights and compare their relative position to NFP sector benchmarks. Participating NFP employees and volunteers will obtain a free Personal Analytics Report with insights and suggestions on their job satisfaction, work autonomy, professional development, well-being, and more. Wenzel said “Measurement is key to inform practice, policy, and funding so that NFP work can translate to bigger impact. We built the infrastructure and dramatically lowered the cost, the analytics are free.“ Dr Ramon Wenzel, Study Lead, Univ. Western Australia, ramon.wenzel@uwa.edu.au, +61 421 165 801 Paul Murnane, Australian Scholarships Foundation, paul.murnane@scholarships.org.au, +61 414 447 488 The national study is realised by Learning for Purpose, an initiative by the Centre for Social Impact, The University of Western Australia, and supported by the Australian Research Council, EY, Australian Scholarships Foundation, and Australian Executor Trustees. To learn more, complete the survey, and invite staff, go to www.learningforpurpose.org/study To understand and see the Workforce Analytics, go to www.learningforpurpose.org/analytics Explainer Video (2min) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ib82m5_MA8 Inquiries research@learningforpurpose.org | (08) 6488 5353 Media Kit: Illustrations, Photo, Bio, Logos, Content www.learningforpurpose.org/research/not-for-profit-workforce-study/media Learning for Purpose | An initiative by the Centre for Social Impact, The University of Western Australia Learning for Purpose is an independent, non-partisan, national initiative to research and realise capability development in the Australian Not-for-Profit Sector. We seek to systematically understand and improve the means through which individuals and organisations gain and sustain the knowledge, skills, and abilities for a better world. The initiative is led by the Centre for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia Business School in collaboration with the Not-for-Profit sector, social enterprises, universities, government partners, industry and philanthropists. We have a vision for a thriving Not-for-Profit sector that attracts, develops, retains and motivates the best talent to achieve great things. www.learningforpurpose.org/about Twitter @LearnForPurpose Facebook LearningForPurpose LinkedIn learning-for-purpose Youtube channel/UCcQyNB2_SLszKitZEM8Z1qQ Partners of the Australian Not-for-Profit Workforce Study The Australian Not-for-Profit Workforce Study is realised by Learning for Purpose, an initiative by the Centre for Social Impact, The University of Western Australia, in collaboration with researchers at the University of New South Wales and Swinburne University; and through the support of the Australian Research Council, EY, Australian Scholarships Foundation, and Australian Executor Trustees. This is not a commercial survey; all data is confidential, used for research only, and will not be shared or sold. UWA Human Research Ethics Approval (RA/4/1/8885). 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. XTM’s Heat the Homeless 2017: Australians’ wasted jackets could change lives this winter 2017-05-31T03:08:24Z xtm-s-heat-the-homeless-2017-australians-wasted-jackets-could-change-lives-this-winter • More than 105,000 men, women and children will be sleeping rough around Australia this winter • Australian snow and outdoor label XTM wants to get 10,000 second-hand jackets into the hands of homeless people in 2017 • XTM’s Heat the Homeless initiative saw 2,500 pre-loved jackets handed out to homeless people in 2016 Wednesday 31 May 2017, MELBOURNE: As temperatures drop, on one end of the spectrum winter sport enthusiasts are getting ready to upgrade their gear ready for next season. On the other, men, women and children face chilling winter nights without shelter, and the next few months will see many lives lost or threatened by the freezing nights. This chilling dichotomy of excitement and adventure, and terrible struggles troubled Pete Forras and his team at leading Australian snow and outdoor brand XTM Performance, so they came up with the idea to re-home second hand winter jackets that could bring some warmth to those that need it the most this winter. “If you are living on the streets, a jacket that might be sitting at the back of someone’s closet can make it a little more bearable out there, especially on those really cold and wet nights,” XTM Performance founder and CEO Forras said. "At XTM, we get to work with these innovative technologies and materials to make really cool, highly technical clothes that people want to get their hands on the newest and best of every season, which is great. However the flip side is lots of clothes are being retired early when they still have plenty of life left in them to do what they are essentially made for - warming bodies through winters. We want people to give their old jackets a second chance – get them to the collection sites and on the backs of our friends on the streets as soon as we can,” Forras said. This winter, the socially-conscious label will partner with their retailers and a group of organisations in the hope of collecting 10,000 second-hand winter jackets from around Australia; adding new partners Anaconda who have collection points at all their stores nationally, and bringing back 2016 charity partners Anonymous X and Hutt St Centre who will be getting the jackets to the people who need it most. “Winter really puts a spotlight on the divide between those who have all the luxuries and those who are in need. We have the ability to redistribute and reconnect between these social extremes. We are hoping to get people pulling out their old winter jackets and bringing them into our retail partners’ stores where they can make a little difference to people’s lives,” Forras said. An idea that was initially thrown around in a staff meeting, the Torquay beach based company launched its national XTM Heat the Homeless initiative for the first time in 2016. “It just made sense to us - we thought, ‘there are so many high quality jackets now, some only getting a few weeks of wear before being replaced. It would be great to get more life out of these products we are making and get a few hundred of those out to people who could use a warm jacket this winter’.” explains Forras. Also on this list of legends working together to redistribute some of the wealth and warmth of the snow and fashion industry and share it with the homeless, Humans in Melbourne and Melbourne I Love You founder Chris Cincotta has played a big part in making sure that as many Australians reconsider binning their old jackets this year, getting the word out via his huge social following. After a post on Cincotta’s Humans In Melbourne page, two days and ten thousand likes in, the 2016 target had been smashed with collection points inundated with hundreds of donated jackets. By the end of winter, more than 2,500 jackets were handed out to men, women and children sleeping rough on Australian streets. In 2017, they hope to get four times as many second hand jackets out warming bodies on Australian streets. To donate to XTM’s Heat the Homeless initiative, you can either send your jacket to the XTM Performance team directly at PO Box 422, Torquay VIC 3228 or visit XTM’s Heat the Homeless page for more distribution sites and information. - ENDS - For media enquiries, please contact: Emma Hornsey | PR Manager, XTM Performance | E emma@xtm.com.au | M 0415 842 801 About XTM’s Heat the Homeless We’ve all got some old ski and snowboard jackets in our closets - the goal of the team at XTM Performance is to get them out of there and give them a second chance. Every year, XTM’s Heat the Homeless initiative hopes to collect as many of these warm, technical jackets as possible and get them to people where they can make a difference to the lives of our friends living on the streets. Since its launch in 2016, XTM’s Heat the Homeless initiative has focussed on redistributing some of the luxuries of the winter clothing industry and giving back to the men, women and children who have no alternate but to spend their nights sleeping rough on Australian streets. To donate to XTM’s Heat the Homeless initiative, you can either send your jacket to the XTM Performance team directly at PO Box 422, Torquay VIC 3228, or visit www.xtm.com.au/heat-the-homeless for more distribution sites and information. Pete Forras – Bio Peter Forras is living every business owner’s dream – running his successful international retailing business from Torquay, a renowned surf spot on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road. After representing Australia as a professional skier, Pete wanted to start a business based on his love of snow sports. With two friends, Gary Rae and Bill Dalton, he came up with the idea of creating a brand specialising in ski apparel and accessories, which launched in 1999. Beyond his passion for his family, lifestyle and the winter and outdoor sports that he has built his business around, Pete is also a strong advocate on the impact of climate change, the social responsibilities of his company and the industry it operates in, fostering Australia’s upcoming winter sports talent, and the importance of creating a company culture that embraces balance. About XTM Performance XTM, an abbreviation for the term ‘cross the mountain’ or ‘X-The Mountain’, has carved out a niche supplying accessories and skiwear internationally. Returning as Olympic partner for the fourth time in 2018, XTM Performance’s is a brand that caters for all types of adventurers. Lessons learned from working with the most talented athletes on the planet are showcased throughout the entire XTM range. Working with the world’s most advanced materials and technologies, XTM Performance manufactures more than half a million units each year, which are sold in 24 countries. As one of Australia’s leading outdoor and snow brands, XTM will forever endeavour to work with the most advanced materials and technologies in the world to continually create products of gold medal quality - all from their Torquay beach shack. 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/