The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-03-27T05:30:42Z Interrelate continues critical support to families through online service delivery during COVID-19 crisis 2020-03-27T05:30:42Z interrelate-continues-critical-support-to-families-through-online-service-delivery-during-covid-19-crisis Interrelate offers critical relationship services that will continue to operate through modalities such as chat, video conferencing and mobile phone.  “It’s vitally important that we are able to continue to deliver these services to highly stressed families who are already experiencing traumatic events in their lives,” says Patricia Occelli, Interrelate CEO. Interrelate’s counselling, family dispute resolution, domestic and family violence specialist support services (including male victim support), and Children’s Contact Services (CCS) will continue to be provided to the community. “We understand that, in some cases, families may have limited access to internet or phone services at home and would advise that they contact their phone or internet carrier to enquire about additional access.” COVID-19 (Corona) is presenting unparalleled challenges for everyone, including added social and psychological stresses. The influx of ever-changing information will prove to be stress-provoking for many families. As COVID-19 is rapidly evolving and new details are confirmed, causing overwhelm for children and parents and resulting in increased levels of anxiety, having access to counsel from someone who understands their situation, background, community and available support systems is vital to managing through this situation “The Australian Government has announced measures restricting daily life, which we have rarely seen outside of wartime. Life as we know it has changed significantly and normality for families has dissolved as a result,” says Occelli. “Children and families have had every day activities cancelled from birthday parties, to family weddings, sporting events and play dates. In this time of social distancing, where we are being asked to keep our distance from others to minimise the spread of the virus, it is hard for children to fully comprehend.” The changes in lifestyle will result in additional strain on family relationships. Many children are completing schooling at home with parents and other family members also working from home. As families need to also distance from grandparents, this is also resulting in added pressure and the challenge of finding alternative childcare arrangements. Access to high-quality relationship services will offer additional skills that families may not have needed outside of these unusual circumstances. In addition to ensuring families have access to services that provide external assistance, Interrelate has created a series of resources that are aimed at managing relationship and family issues during times of crisis, self-isolation, and lock-down, including how to support children, staying connected and managing working from home. Interrelate is encouraging parents to ask for help if they feel overwhelmed or concerned that COVID-19 is affecting their ability to care for their family. Those needing help can visit the Interrelate website COVID-19 page to download the resources and find more information about how to get help through this crisis. https://www.interrelate.org.au/landing-page/covid-19 or they can call Interrelate on 1300 473 528 to find the best remote support solution. About Interrelate Interrelate empowers people to thrive in the most vital part of their lives – their relationships. We offer education programs, counselling services and skills development. We enable people to transform their relationships into ones that are centred on respect, and we enable people to transform their relationships. Our experienced educators empower more than 130,000 children and families through 1400 schools each year to navigate their way through bullying, puberty, sexuality and discovering healthy relationships. Interrelate has the acknowledgement of government, education and health authorities to provide relationship education in schools. You can read more about Interrelate’s relationship services for schools and families at www.interrelate.org.au   We've heard of 'green-washing' but what is 'Australia-washing'? 2020-03-17T01:10:39Z we-ve-heard-of-green-washing-but-what-is-australia-washing As our nation reels from the recent national bushfire crisis and continues in drought, we are now faced with a new global threat in the form of the Covid-19 virus. Now, more than ever, Australia needs to stay local, seek local and support local, for the long-term success of our industries and the communities that thrive on these businesses.  But, what IS local?  Forget ‘green-washing’ we now have ‘Australia-washing’  Many brands manufacture products such as food and cosmetics in Australia, sending bulk offshore for packaging before returning to Australia. This, not only, sends our dollars overseas but creates a significantly more damaging environmental footprint with the additional transportation fuels required for this process.  Likewise, many brands, manufacture componentry abroad and bring into Australia for assembly to then claim an ‘Australian made’ accolade. And this isn’t where the true-blue ‘Australia-washing’ ends.  And why do they do it? It’s simple – it’s cheaper.  For decades, Australia has been held in the highest of global esteem as a clean and green nation, with purity and quality standards of manufacture. Now, with a cloud cast over many industries, consumers need to be even more discerning to determine which brands are worth their salt.  ‘Locally made’ simply put is when a business actions ALL processes of manufacture, from product conception to market delivery, within their relative geographic location.  So how do you know if your products are really local?  Ask the question: “are you 100% Australian owned, developed and manufactured?” If the answer is ambiguous, there’s probably a reason. If it’s clear, ask where geographically they are manufactured. Does it sit right with you, that your purchase price is being reinvested where it needs to? If so, you are supporting local and that’s a great choice.  THE BUBBA ORGANICS DIFFERENCE  As a proudly Australian owned and run brand entrusted to care for the most delicate of new skin, Bubba Organics is genuine about transparency. Did you know that the entire Bubba Organics range is made in Melbourne, Australia?  That’s right. EVERY bottle, EVERY label and EVERY formulation is made locally.  Not only that, Bubba Organics produces 100% organic cotton baby swaddle wraps and wash cloths and these are also locally produced in Melbourne, from locally grown, milled and spun cotton. Of course, in bringing a product like this to you, we have plenty of partners involved. In fact, at least 8 different local businesses collaborate to deliver our baby wraps and wash cloths, each with their own local community workforce and micro-economy. How locally minded is that?  The eco award-winning brand just sees this as another way to support local businesses and to reduce their carbon footprint recognising that each small act goes a long way towards protecting the future – and most importantly, the future of our precious children.  In further efforts to help protect the environment for the future, Bubba Organics:  ✓ sources Australian made recyclable bottles.  ✓ ensures formulations are both biodegradable and grey-water safe.  ✓ uses eco-friendly printing processes for labels and marketing materials. Bubba Organics use recycled paper stock, and unbleached paper packaging where possible.  ✓ uses eco-friendly manufacturing processes.  ✓ uses compostable mailing satchels for Australian direct orders.  ✓ uses recyclable packaging filler and wrap to secure product for dispatch.  ✓ produces minimal runs of labels and stock to limit wastage.  Bubba Organics understands that parents across the globe care about how things are made, where they come from and what impact they have. Choosing eco baby products is choosing to care for the planet and all its creatures. Bubba Organics is currently available online and in over 200 independently owned stores specialising in premium and sustainable lifestyle products for families.  Bubba Organics works hard to deliver natural baby products that parents can trust – and are proud of the certifications that our premium products have earned. Bubba Organics is:  ✓ Australian Made & Owned ®  ✓ A proud supporter of the Eczema Association of Australasia Inc  ✓ Australian Allergy Certified ®  ✓ Australian Certified Toxic-Free  ✓ Made Safe Non-Toxic Certified™  ✓ Vegan Friendly Certified™  ✓ Cruelty-Free Certified™  Facebook / Instagram ENDS For more information, imagery or interviews contact:  Kerri Chadwick, Bubba Organics P: 0400987788 | E: kerri@bubbaorganics.com.au  Lindsay Spencer, Bubba Organics P: 0409409931 | E: marketing@bubbaorganics.com.au  ABOUT BUBBA ORGANICS:  Since its launch in early 2016, Bubba Organics has been providing Australian families with truly natural skincare products. Committed to be a brand that parents can trust – an ethically produced, Australian made skincare line genuine about transparency. Nothing hidden or harmful, just the very finest naturally sourced ingredients chosen for their proven effectiveness and suitability for extra-sensitive skin. Bubba Organics is an ECO award-winning brand and a respected name in natural baby skincare. Bubba Organics is not only a proudly Australian owned and made brand, but all products are manufactured in Victoria, supporting our local business partners at every angle. A ‘think globally, act locally’ approach that continues to resonate well with the brands discerning customer.  www.bubbaorganics.com.au Bushfire and Children’s Mental Health 2020-03-13T12:53:23Z bushfire-and-children-s-mental-health Saci Books, a little Sydney based publishing company that is passionate about giving voice to kids, has opened up space on their website and social media accounts for children to express what the bushfires mean to them.  Maíra Metelo, the founder of Saci Books strongly believes children must be heard. “I want children to have a voice, I want them to know that age doesn’t define the quality of their ideas.” She speaks with merit, her eldest son wrote a book when he was only 4 years old, she noticed that her son’s story had such incredible thinking patterns regarding complex topics like empathy and the environment that she did not flinch and decided to publish it. “I couldn’t let this one fade in time or build up on the pile of drawings and stories at our house”. Just over one year after being published, the book sells well and it gets great response from parents, educators and, most importantly, from other children.  “Bushfires Through My Heart” is the name of Maira Metelo’s new project and it is getting a heartwarming response from parents, teachers, psychologists and also the little ones. The project encourages children to send writings, poems, drawings, songs, vídeos and paintings that express what the bushfire means to them. She asks parents not to force the children to produce anything, “The most important thing is that it must come from their little hearts. The idea so far is to keep children’s stories on social media, blog and on their website. However, she hopes those stories will make it big into a hardcover book later in the year and donate the proceeds to libraries and schools affected by the fires.  The Australian bushfires this summer have caused unprecedented destruction and loss. It has left an entire nation afraid of losing all the land they have to live and produce food. They saw their fauna and flora burn with potential some extinction. Anxiety, stress, fear have walked hand in hand with gratitude to the kind and generous spirit that every day Australians and the international community has shown. However, that is not enough to heal from the loss of loved ones, from seeing fires burn your house down, from having to leave everything behind to flee from danger, see koalas burnt on the side of the road, to not be able to breathe.   How will these wounds be healed? Maíra thought that the best way she could help this crisis was focusing on the emotional health of the children who are dealing with it for the past 2 months and will continue to do for the next few years.  “I see so many people donating money and goods, so many people who live close to the fire volunteering and risking their lives that I thought the best way for me to help with my skills was through focusing on the emotional health of these children ”   Maíra has partnered with Marcela Nolasco, the founder clinical family psychologist from Little Steps Psychology in the Northern Beaches. Marcela is also using her skills and experience to assist in the recovery and wellbeing of children and families affected by the fires. Marcela recommends that offering children a safe space to play and to express their ideas through artistic mediums is a very effective way to help them heal from trauma and adversity.  “Children will be pleased to see they are not alone in their fears, in their gratitude to the fire fighters and people who helped. They will also see that their dreams and aspirations are very similar to other children’s. Creating a sense of belonging and mutual understanding can be very healing to those little hearts who had gone through crisis.” explains Marcela.   People in the urban centres are also affected, of course to a much lesser extent but the smoke, the fear for the country, the sadness for all that is happening has tarnished everyone.   The Internet has the incredible power to connect people by spreading the word beyond their local area. “We are based in Sydney and have received a lot of urban children poems and writings but we have also reached people from the affected towns in NSW and a few  from Victoria and Queensland. We want to use this tool [the internet] to make sure that this initiative reaches all communities.” The project can be accessed by the Saci Book website (https://sacibooks.com/bushfires-through-my-heart/) Facebook (/sacibooks)  or Instagram @saci.books You can find details of the medicare bulk-billed session on Little Steps website (www.littlestepsychology.com.au/bushfire-counselling-relief-nsw/) AUSTRALIAN STUDENTS UNNERVED BY NAPLAN 2020-03-01T22:19:20Z australian-students-unnerved-by-naplan Close to one in three Australian students (32 per cent) find tests like NAPLAN the most stressful part of school, according to new research from Cluey Learning. Despite this, over one third keep test nerves to themselves and less than 10 per cent confess their nerves to their teacher.Designed as a benchmarking assessment, the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy is a nationwide, standardised test for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. Forty per cent of students admit they start to worry about the annual assessment weeks and even months ahead of the actual tests. Students suspect their teachers are also unnerved by NAPLAN, with almost 60 per cent of pupils agreeing their teachers are stressed or worried about it.NAPLAN will take place between 12th May – 22nd May in 2020, and students are most nervous about the numeracy test (43 per cent), followed by writing (25 per cent), language conventions (24 per cent) and reading (9 per cent).NAPLAN has long generated debate among parents and educators, and discussion has made its way into the playground too. Over 70 per cent of students say they talk about NAPLAN with their classmates.Chief Learning Officer at Cluey Learning, Dr Selina Samuels, encourages parents to talk to their children about how they feel leading up to NAPLAN.“Some parents actively avoid mentioning NAPLAN in the lead up to the test in the hope that it will ease the pressure. Despite this tactic, children are thinking and talking about NAPLAN, so addressing the elephant in the room may be beneficial. NAPLAN offers an opportunity to show children how to prepare for and face situations that might make them a bit nervous.”“The lead up to the tests is a chance for parents to share personal challenges they’ve faced, and things that make them nervous, so that children can understand that these kinds of challenges are a normal part of life and can be managed. When students take on something that challenges them and come out the other end, they’ll be more resilient,” she continues.To help parents navigate NAPLAN, Cluey will launch a free webinar series this March led by its Chief Learning Officer, Dr Selina Samuels. Register for a digital ticket to ‘NAPLAN and nerves’ at http://clueylearning.com.au/naplanwebinar.STANDARDISED TESTS DO NOT EQUAL STANDARDISED SUPPORTWhen it comes to NAPLAN preparation, 66 per cent of students said their teacher helps them prepare via practice in class and/or homework. Almost 20 per cent said they are not receiving preparation and a further 14 per cent were unsure. While support and preparation arenot standardised for students, 70 per cent of pupils agree NAPLAN study and practice is helpful.STUDENTS SAY “NO THANKS” TO NAPLANOver 65 per cent of students said they would skip NAPLAN if they could do so without any consequences. Plus, one in four students are prepared to feign sickness on an exam day to avoid a test. Dreams aside, 17 per cent of students fessed up to missing a NAPLAN test day in the past and 11 per cent have already faked sick days owing to tests.Cluey’s latest research also looked into how kids felt their parents may fare if they were faced with NAPLAN. Sixty-five per cent of students felt their parents would do “okay”, 20 per cent confirmed they would do “really well”, while 15 per cent revealed their parents’ results would be “bad”.The ‘NAPLAN and nerves’ live webinar will take place Monday 9th March at 4pm AEDT.For more NAPLAN research and insights follow Cluey Learning on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter or visit https://clueylearning.com.au/naplan-tutoring/.Dive into additional data from Cluey Learning:Unnerved by NAPLAN:Over 50 per cent are “a little nervous” about NAPLAN while 18 per cent are “very nervous”Almost 50 per cent said sitting an exam is the worst part of tests, more so than the exam lead up and even receiving results“No thanks” to NAPLAN:66 per cent think schools should get rid of NAPLAN80 per cent prefer marked projects versus examsShow me the money:• 49 per cent believe they should get paid or rewarded for sitting NAPLANNAPLAN = ?• More than half know why they are doing NAPLAN however more than 3⁄4 admit they don’t know what the NAPLAN acronym stands forStudents speak:Over 80 per cent agree they do not get a say in their education e.g. what school they attend1⁄4 admit they would cheat in a test if they could be guaranteed no one would ever find out-ENDS-For interviews with Dr Samuels, a student or parent please contact:Candice Meisels | candice@candicepr.com | 0481 369 484NOTES TO EDITORS:Online Research Unit supplied the sample for this survey conducted by Cluey Learningamong 480 children in February 2020. The data has been weighted by gender, state and school type to represent ABS statistics.About Cluey Learning:Cluey Learning delivers personalised online tutoring support for students in Years 2 -12, across Maths, English and Chemistry. All content is mapped to the Australian National Curriculum and is based on the unique learning needs of each individual student. Cluey has supported over 5,000 Australian families, run over 25,000 sessions and has been rated 4.7/5 by parents and students. BUBBA ORGANICS PARTNERS WITH ECZEMA ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALASIA INC (EAA) 2020-02-28T01:13:51Z bubba-organics-partners-with-eczema-association-of-australasia-inc-eaa Bubba Organics is proud to partner with the Eczema Association of Australasia Inc (EAA), who supports Bubba Organics’ naturally soothing alternative for little ones suffering discomfort associated with eczema. The EAA provides consumers and members with valuable knowledge and first-hand experience on how to manage and treat eczema, with advice and support across a wide range of issues, from diet and irritants to clothing and managing stress. Quote attributable to Kerri & Mel, Co-Founders of Bubba Organics: “We are thrilled that our premium Australian made & owned baby-care brand is now a proud supporter of the EAA. We created our 100% natural range to offer families a gentle, soothing & effective natural solution for extra-sensitive skin, over the medicated, chemical based choices that are out there in the market. At Bubba HQ, we are over-whelmed & humbled by the positive feedback received by mums telling us that our products are a ‘miracle cream’ for their families.” Quote attributable to Cheryl Talent, President Eczema Association of Australasia Inc “As an eczema sufferer myself, I find using skin sensitive products such as Bubba Organics can help to manage my condition more effectively.” A testimonial from a relieved Mum & Bubba: “I, first of all, wanted to say thank you so much for making an amazing product that changes lives. That might sound a bit dramatic, but really, it is true. See, my little boy has had skin issues his whole life. Dry skin, eczema, allergies and irritations. The RCH allergy clinic recommended products and we have just bumbled through, trying 1000 different cream to try and manage it. Just under a year ago, on the recommendation of a beautician, I bought a bottle of your Goats Milk Moisture Lotion and we went about the business of twice daily moisturising, honestly not expecting too much to change but hoping that he would get relief for a period of time. Within days, he had stopped itching, he was not scratching himself red raw and his eczema patches and cracked skin seemed to be healing. Brilliant we thought, but let’s see how long it lasts. The bottle finished and I set out to find more local stockists to keep my boy in constant supply. Well, two weeks ago, I ran out again and my local stockist had too. No bother I thought, I will just get another cream. We have not had an incident all year, he is basically cured right? Will just get another and we will carry on. Well I was WRONG! Within a week, I noticed scratching, his behaviour deteriorated at school, his skin was red raw in patches and his skin continued to be scaly and dry. This new cream was one we had used before, is also a natural product and gets great reviews. So back we went to Bubba Organics, and honestly, my Husband and I could not believe the difference. Since using the Goats Milk Moisture Lotion his skin has been perfect, no itches, no eczema, no scratching himself raw. It was not just a bad patch he was going through. We change his moisturiser and his skin reacted. We changed back and his skin healed itself. You guys make an AMAZING product. It is incredible, and it is brilliant and it helps my little guy not be miserable. So, thank you thank you thank you, from two very relieved parents.” JESS SCOTT  Facebook // Instagram -ENDS- For more information, imagery or interviews contact: Kerri Chadwick, Bubba Organics P: 0400987788 | E: kerri@bubbaorganics.com.au Lindsay Spencer, Bubba Organics P: 0409409931 | E: marketing@bubbaorganics.com.au   ABOUT BUBBA ORGANICS:  Since its launch in early 2016, Bubba Organics has been providing Australian families with truly natural skincare products. Committed to be a brand that parents can trust – an ethically produced, Australian made skincare line genuine about transparency. Nothing hidden or harmful, just the very finest naturally sourced ingredients chosen for their proven effectiveness and suitability for extra-sensitive skin. Bubba Organics is an ECO award-winning brand and a respected name in natural baby skincare.  Bubba Organics is not only a proudly Australian owned and made brand, but all products are manufactured in Victoria, supporting our local business partners at every angle. A ‘think globally, act locally’ approach that continues to resonate well with the brands discerning customer. Bubba Organics is: ·       Australian Made & Owned ® ·       A proud supporter of the Eczema Association of Australasia Inc ·       Australian Allergy Certified ® ·       Australian Certified Toxic-Free ·       Made Safe Non-Toxic Certified™ ·       Vegan Friendly Certified™ ·       Cruelty-Free Certified™ THE WIGGLES ANNOUNCE MORE 'FUN AND GAMES TOUR! DATES INCLUDING SA AND ACT SHOWS! 2020-02-19T22:45:13Z the-wiggles-announce-nsw-fun-and-games-tour-dates-1 The Wiggles have added more tour dates to their Fun and Games Tour! This never seen before show will see Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony singing and dancing their way around the country with all their Wiggly Friends; Captain Feathersword, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and newest Wiggly Friend; Shirley Shawn the Unicorn! 2019 was a big year for The Wiggles who toured all around the world including Australia, New Zealand, The United States of America and Canada! The Wiggles TV show is available on Netflix, taking it into over 190 countries around the world as well as Hulu, Treehouse, Universal Kids in North America and of course the ABC here in Australia. A lot of our fans also see us for the first time on YouTube with over a billion minutes viewed making The Wiggles the most successful children’s entertainment group.   Get your tickets to the Fun and Games Tour! as quick as you can, during last year’s tour, The Wiggles sold out 200+ shows! The Fun and Games Tour! will run from March right through to the end of the year and you might like to 'Do the Propeller' or 'E-M-M-A', say g'day to Lachy's friend Ponso the Pony or play 'Simon Says' as well as doing the 'Hot Potato' and  'Rock a Bye Your Bear'.   Creator of The Wiggles & Blue Wiggle Anthony says “The Fun and Games Tour is a truly wonderful show and I can’t wait for our fans to experience it! You’ll hear all the classic songs you love plus new ones! The show will highlight different styles of dance that go with different styles of music. Children will see and hear drums, keyboards, banjo, guitars, bagpipes and singing. We hope to see you there!”   This is your chance to experience all the fun of The Wiggles show in person. Join us and be a part of the Fun and Games Tour! With so many sold out shows last year, you better get a wiggle on and get your tickets now as tickets to the Fun and Games Tour! will sell like hot potatoes, just like they have in Sydney where tickets went on sale this week and multiple shows sold out within the first couple of hours of going on sale!   Stay tuned as more Fun and Games Tour! dates around the country will be announced soon! Tickets for these select shows go on sale February 2Oth at 10:00am local time. Head to www.thewiggles.com/tours for all the details Wednesday 22nd April – STARplex, Evanston Park Thursday 23rd April – Hopgood Theatre, Noarlunga Centre Friday 24th April – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide Sunday 26th April – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide Monday 27th April – Chaffey Theatre, Renmark  Tickets for these select shows go on sale February 24th at 10:00am local time. Head to www.thewiggles.com/tours for all the details Tuesday 28th April – Mildura Arts Centre, Mildura Wednesday 29th April – Griffith Regional Theatre, Griffith Friday 1st May - Wagga Wagga Civic Centre, Wagga Wagga Saturday 2nd May – Playhouse, Canberra Theatre, Canberra     Parents urged to build kids’ ‘maths muscles’ to improve results 2020-02-13T06:13:49Z parents-urged-to-build-kids-maths-muscles-to-improve-results Ratika Khandelwal from Mathnasium, an internationally renowned mathematics learning centre, said there was a dire need to refocus attention on the importance of the subject following Australian students’ failure to exceed the OECD average in maths in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). “Focusing on improving skills just a little each day will go a long way to help children foster a respect for the subject and excel at it. But it starts at home. “Education is ultimately the culmination of parents, school, teachers and students working together to generate better results, but parents can do more. As a parent myself, I know we need to take more responsibility for our role in children’s education and helping shape their skills and mindset around learning.  Parents need to step up and make maths a normal part of the day. “It is as simple as getting the kids involved in activities like basic addition or subtraction at the supermarket, halving or doubling a recipe, or estimating how long it takes to get to school, for example. It’s all about doing things that make maths fun and helps build their confidence in the subject.” Ms Khandelwal’s advice is echoed by Seung Yi, National Maths Coordinator at Australian Christian College, who agreed students should be dedicating time every day to improving their mathematic skills. “We’re definitely not where we should be in mathematics in Australia, and the trend is indicating that we are continuing to fall further behind the rest of the world. It needs to be adequately addressed and fast,” he said. “It’s not hard to spend regular time at home developing basic number skills – addition, subtraction, division, multiplication. Just imagine if students worked on basic maths drills every day.” Ms Khandelwal shared her tips to make maths easy at home, based on the Mathnasium method of teaching that uses a unique combination of mental, verbal, visual, tactile, and written techniques to help children learn math. 1. Have kids use cash/coins instead of cards to pay for things. Have them calculate how much a few items will cost and the expected change. 2.  Buy analog clocks and have children tell time that way or buy them a watch with an analog clock. 3. Let them help with cooking/baking to learn about measurements and calculations - halve or double a recipe for added practice. 4. Have them measure things in the house using their hands, feet, and a ruler to compare. 5. At Easter have them create a bar chart of the types or names of lollies/eggs they get and how many. 6. At the supermarket have them weigh different produce to get an understanding of weights.   https://www.mathnasium.com.au BuzzFeed Partners with BIG W to bring Tasty cookware to Australia 2020-02-13T03:26:56Z buzzfeed-partners-with-big-w-to-bring-tasty-cookware-to-australia  BIG W and Tasty today unveiled an exclusive new line of kitchen products, bringing the fun, ease and accessibility of Tasty’s signature recipes to consumers across Australia. Featuring all the tools necessary to prepare Tasty’s recipes at home, the brightly coloured cookware range is made up of over 28 affordable products, starting from just $8, and includes non-stick cookware to high-quality bakeware to kitchen gadgets, and more. According to Teresa Rendo, GM Commercial, BIG W customers are keen to create great food at home using quality products, without the high-end price tag of many cookware brands: “Tasty’s affordable new kitchenware is ideal for customers moving out for the first time, or who want to upgrade their current cookware. The non-stick and easy to clean silicone finishes will help make cooking a breeze, whilst the pops of colour will brighten any home!”  BIG W’s focus on practical solutions that inspire aligns perfectly with Tasty’s mission of making cooking fun and accessible for beginners and experienced cooks alike, with Matt Drinkwater, Head of International at BuzzFeed commenting: “We’re so proud to partner with BIG W to launch our first cookware line in Australia. The exciting Tasty kitchen range expands the brand far beyond social media feeds, and brings it into people’s homes with products they’ll love.” Tasty reaches over 325 million people globally and can be viewed across social platforms including Facebook, YouTube and TikTok; through Tasty.co and the Tasty app. The growing Tasty portfolio includes additional brands Proper Tasty, Tasty Demais, Tasty Miam, Einfach Tasty, Tasty Japan, Bien Tasty, Tasty Vegetarian, Tasty Grill, and Tasty Jr. BIG W understands that every day’s a big day and offers many convenient ways to shop, including same day free Pick up and online delivery, as well as payment options such as Afterpay and Zip Pay. For more information, visit www.bigw.com.au  ENDS Images can be downloaded here. QLD Media Alert: The Wiggles announce Queensland 'Fun and Games Tour!' dates  2020-02-02T23:01:28Z qld-media-alert-the-wiggles-announce-queensland-fun-and-games-tour-dates THE WIGGLES ANNOUNCE QUEENSLAND 'FUN AND GAMES TOUR' DATES Queensland, get ready! The Wiggles are coming to perform for you as part of their Fun and Games Tour! This never seen before show will see Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony signing and dancing their way around Queensland with all their Wiggly Friends; Captain Feathersword, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and newest Wiggly Friend, Shirley Shawn the Unicorn!   2019 was a big year for The Wiggles who toured all around the world including Australia, New Zealand, The United States of America and Canada! The Wiggles TV show is available on Netflix, taking it into over 190 countries around the world as well as Hulu, Treehouse, Universal Kids in North America and of course the ABC here in Australia. A lot of our fans also see us for the first time on YouTube with over a billion minutes viewed making The Wiggles the most successful children’s entertainment group.    Get your tickets to the Fun and Games Tour! as quick as you can, during last year’s tour, The Wiggles sold out 200+ shows! The Fun and Games Tour! will run from March right through to the end of the year and you might like to 'Do the Propeller' or 'E-M-M-A', say g'day to Lachy's friend Ponso the Pony or play 'Simon Says' as well as doing the 'Hot Potato' and 'Rock a Bye Your Bear'.    Creator of The Wiggles & Blue Wiggle Anthony says “The Fun and Games Tour is a truly wonderful show and I can’t wait for our fans to experience it! You’ll hear all the classic songs you love plus new ones! The show will highlight different styles of dance that go with different styles of music. Children will see and hear drums, keyboards, banjo, guitars, bagpipes and singing. We hope to see you there!”    This is your chance to experience all the fun of The Wiggles show in person. Join us and be a part of the Fun and Games Tour! With so many sold out shows last year, you better get a wiggle on and get your tickets now as tickets to the Fun and Games Tour! will sell like hot potatoes, just like they have in Sydney where tickets went on sale this week and multiple shows sold out within the first couple of hours of going on sale!   Stay tuned as more Fun and Games Tour! dates around the country will be announced soon! Tickets go on-sale from 10:00am (AEDT) on Thursday, February 6 from www.thewiggles.com/tours   Sunday 5th April – Southport RSL, Southport   Monday 6th April – Southport RSL, Southport   Tuesday 7th April – Venue 114, Bokarina   Wednesday 8th April - Redcliffe Entertainment Centre, Redcliffe    Thursday 9th April – Redland Performing Arts Centre, Cleveland   Tuesday 14th April - Empire Theatre, Toowoomba Wednesday 15th April - Ipswich Civic Centre, Ipswich    Thursday 16th April - Concert Hall – QPAC, Brisbane   Friday 17th April - Concert Hall – QPAC, Brisbane   Saturday 18th April - Eatons Hill Hotel, Eatons Hill    Sunday 19th April – Logan Entertainment Centre, Logan About The Wiggles The Wiggles have recently celebrated 28 years of entertaining millions of fans across the globe. They now have more than 385,000 social media followers and have sold over 30 million CDs & DVDs and 8 million books. More than 70 CD and DVD releases later, The Wiggles have earned 18 x gold, 12 x platinum, 3 x double-platinum and 10 x multi-platinum awards for their music and DVD sales and have been awarded 13 x ARIA Awards for Best Children’s Album (making ARIA history as the most awarded ARIA winner in the one category, and being inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame).   For media enquiries and tickets for competitions/reviews, please contact Kylie Martin  0418 314 088 | kylie@martini-media.com.au Girl Guides calls for volunteers to support the next generation of Australian women 2020-01-30T23:45:57Z girl-guides-calls-for-volunteers-to-support-the-next-generation-of-australian-women-1 Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT, one of the largest organisations in Australia dedicated to supporting girls and young women, are calling for more volunteers to play a vital role in the organisation by sharing their experiences and wisdom with the Girl Guide Community. After the success of the A Place To Grow campaign in May 2019, memberships significantly increased creating a need to recruit volunteers. State Commissioner, Sarah Neill said that volunteering is not only about helping others, studies have shown volunteering helps increase your health, happiness and sense of fulfilment. “From our own research – Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT Insights Research 2018 – we know that our volunteers are making lifelong friends, gaining personal fulfilment, develop a sense of belonging and learn new skills,” Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT, offer a range of flexible volunteering positions available to suit different schedules and needs. “When considering becoming a volunteer, we encourage people to choose a position that reflects one of their passions and/or experience; to add greater value to the team, the girls and gain personal satisfaction,” said Mrs Neill. NT Region Manager, Letitia Baldwin, who has been involved in Girl Guides for 16 years said, “We are constantly looking for volunteers with unique passions to share them with our community. It is incredibly important for volunteers to love what they are doing as this provides the greatest benefit to our girls.” District Manager, Tegan McAnulty, has been a member of the Guiding community for 22 years both as a Guide and a Leader. When asked why she has been a part of Guiding for so long, her answer is simple. “The biggest opportunity – at the heart of the Girl Guiding movement, is the girls we work with; it’s the greatest privilege,” said Ms McAnulty. Tegan has participated in the recruitment campaign with other Leaders sharing their experiences as a volunteer. View the recruitment video series here: www.girlguides-nswactnt.org.au/volunteer With all these amazing benefits and the start of a new year, why not become a volunteer? www.girlguides-nswactnt.org.au/volunteer -ends- Notes to editor: Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT are devoted to the growth and development of girls. They provide a place where girls can learn, build their skills and connect with like-minded peers. The benefits also extend to the volunteers who play a vital role in supporting the girls. Guides work to serve their community and support those in need by offering to help where they can. They participate in many local activities and initiatives aimed at giving back to the community. Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT offers girls, women and volunteers A Place To Grow. For Media Enquiries please contact: Simone Gur | ZADRO Agency | simone@zadroagency.com.au | 0417 778 511 Oakley Grioli I ZADRO Agency I oakley@zadroagency.com.au | 02 9212 7867 IMAGES Images are available for use. For high-resolution images, please contact: oakley@zadroagency.com.au Image: Girl Guides at Lark in the Park, Sydney, 2019. Image: Volunteers at Lord Mayor’s Picnic. Image: Recruitment Campaign Artwork. Autism SA is excited to launch The Spectrum, a national online resource providing answers to your questions about autism. 2020-01-29T01:54:32Z autism-sa-is-excited-to-launch-the-spectrum-a-national-online-resource-providing-answers-to-your-questions-about-autism This has driven an increasing need for autism-related information across the nation, with autism SA receiving over 10,000 enquiries in the last two years. The enquiries have been wide-ranging, coming from parents, educators, GPs and other health care workers, autistic teens and adults, family members and carers, among others. Working closely with individuals on the spectrum and families, the broader autism community, other experts and allied health professionals, Autism SA has developed an online resource called ‘The Spectrum’ which provides 24/7 access to evidence-informed autism information. The creation of the website has been funded by the NDIS through an Information, Linkages and Capacity (ILC) Building – National Readiness Grant. Chief Executive Officer of Autism SA Jenny Karavolos says, “The Spectrum was born out of the need to make easily accessible pre- and post-diagnostic information for families, individuals and professionals to aid them with pertinent and reliable information. The core aim of this digital resource is to address the primary questions that people may have regarding autism”. During the research and development phase of the website, many families and individuals across the autism community were consulted and they contributed to the development of the website by providing lived experience, guidance, content, videos and generously sharing their own stories. “One of the main things I like to explain is that people with autism have varied abilities and character traits, there’s not one single experience of autism” says Zoran Bekric, a member of the site’s reference community. “This one-stop,  digital resource aims to  meet the needs of our community by offering evidence-informed information to people when they need it and when it suits them – whether it’s before school or work, late at night or during that very short time in-between life’s demands !” comments Jenny Karavolos. The information content is based on harnessing the breadth and depth of many years of rich expertise. The website’s design and content provide a user friendly and accessible resource, written with an Easy English approach and translated into five of the most commonly spoken languages in Australia. The Spectrum answers the most commonly asked questions about autism and provides a comprehensive resource list to help guide visitors towards more information and support, during any stage of their autism journey. “We’re grateful for the support and contribution of the autism community and the NDIS to develop this great resource. We are delighted we can make this available and we are confident that it will make a significant difference to Australians seeking reliable information and support about the topic of autism in their families, schools, workplaces and communities”, says Jenny. The Spectrum website, www.thespectrum.org.au launches on Tuesday 28 January 2020. The Spectrum Video: https://youtu.be/S1E4Aaq16Ok BALMORAL SWIM WILL HELP PUT AN END TO CHILDHOOD CANCER 2020-01-23T02:51:10Z balmoral-swim-will-help-put-an-end-to-childhood-cancer BALMORAL SWIM WILL HELP PUT AN END TO CHILDHOOD CANCER The Balmoral Swim  is a unique open water swim held within the beauty of Sydney Harbour, making it a safe event for all comers. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or a newcomer to ocean swimming, we have an swim option for you. The event is in it’s 30th year and is organised by volunteers, most of whom are members of the Balmoral Beach Club. However the entire local community get behind the event to make it happen. From Mosman Council, to HMAS Penguin, to the Balmoral Sea scouts, all supported by our sponsors;  Gold - Audi Mosman, Dexus & URM, Silver - Jeckra & Medilab, Bronze - Edney Ryan and Oceanswims.com. Community engagement continues to grow. This year internationally acclaimed artist Ken Done has generously designed swimsuits which capture the unique Balmoral landscape (see design images below). Also check out the winners podium constructed by Mosman Men’s shed.  We will also have a fun selfie wall to help all competitors spread the word about the work Children’s Cancer Institute. The Balmoral Swim has raised more than $1,000,000, since 1990 and this year hopes to raise $350,000.  The Children’s Cancer Institute is the only independent medical research institute in Australia wholly dedicated to childhood cancer and every dollar received from the government and granting bodies to support direct research costs must be matched with a dollar raised by the community.  “By holding this event the Balmoral Swim is helping us undertake the medical research we know will uncover a cure for childhood cancer,” says Children’s Cancer Institute's Executive Director, Prof Michelle Haber.  “Fundraising events like the Balmoral Swim enable us to continue this critical research - and demonstrate what can be achieved when communities unite for a common cause.”  This year all funds will go toward the Zero Childhood Cancer program. The most exciting childhood cancer research initiative ever undertaken in Australia. This world-class program brings together all major Australian clinical and research groups working in childhood cancer to offer Australia’s first ever personalised medicine program for children with high-risk or relapsed cancer.  Date:                   Sunday 5th April 2020  Time:                  7am - 1pm  Location:            Balmoral Beach, The Esplanade Mosman NSW  The Events:        Over 1000 swimmers will charge into the pristal waters of Sydney Harbour for the the Balmoral swim and participate in the following events: 5km swim around the bay (part of NSW leaderboard competition) NEW 2km swim around the bay 1km swim around the island School’s Team Challenge  Relay (4 x 200m) Corporate Team Challenge 200m Junior Swim - under 12yrs NEW Community relay (4 x 200M)        Opportunities:   Photo/filming and interview opportunities with:                              Event Ambassadors 2 time Olympian Elka Whalan 4 time Olympian Thomas Whalan English Channel swimmer Emily Miers                              Event participants  And if you are not a swimmer you can still be part of the fun and festivities on the day. Enjoy entertainment from a detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band, playing in the Rotunda. Visit the mock laboratory from the Children’s Cancer Institute. Or indulge in numerous food stalls.  Join the fight to help beat childhood cancer by getting involved or asking people to sponsor you. Online entries, information and donations can be made at balmoralswim.com.au  THE WIGGLES ANNOUNCE NSW 'FUN AND GAMES TOUR! DATES 2020-01-22T22:58:30Z the-wiggles-announce-nsw-fun-and-games-tour-dates New South Wales, get ready! The Wiggles are coming to perform for you as part of their Fun and Games Tour!  This never seen before show will see Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony singing and dancing their way around New South Wales with all their Wiggly Friends; Captain Feathersword, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and their newest Wiggly Friend; Shirley Shawn the Unicorn! 2019 was a big year for The Wiggles who toured all around the world including Australia, New Zealand, The United States of America and Canada! The Wiggles TV show is available on Netflix, taking it into over 190 countries around the world as well as Hulu, Treehouse, Universal Kids in North America and of course the ABC here in Australia. A lot of our fans also see us for the first time on YouTube with over a billion minutes viewed making The Wiggles the most successful children’s entertainment group.   Get your tickets to the Fun and Games Tour! as quick as you can! During last year’s tour, The Wiggles sold out 200+ shows! The Fun and Games Tour! will run from March right through to the end of the year and you won't want to miss your chance to 'Do the Propeller' or sing-a-long to 'E-M-M-A', say g'day to Lachy's friend Ponso the Pony or play 'Simon Says' as well as doing the 'Hot Potato' and performing  'Rock a Bye Your Bear'.   Creator of The Wiggles & Blue Wiggle Anthony says “The Fun and Games Tour! is a truly wonderful show and I can’t wait for our fans to experience it! You’ll hear all the classic songs you love plus new ones! The show will highlight different styles of dance that go with different styles of music. Children will see and hear drums, keyboards, banjo, guitars, bagpipes and singing. We hope to see you there!”  This is your chance to experience all the fun of The Wiggles show in person. Join us and be a part of the Fun and Games Tour! With so many sold out shows last year, you better get a wiggle on and get your tickets now as tickets to the Fun and Games Tour! will sell like hot potatoes! Stay tuned as more Fun and Games Tour! dates around the country will be announced soon!   Tickets go on-sale from 10:00am on Tuesday, January 28 from www.thewiggles.com/tours 13th March – Mounties, Mount Pritchard 14th March – Club Marconi, Bossley Park 15th March – Revesby Workers Club, Revesby 17th March – The Cube, Campbelltown 18th March – Hornsby RSL, Hornsby 19th March – Sutherland Entertainment Centre – Sutherland 21st March - Penrith Panthers Club, Penrith 22nd March – Penrith Panthers Club, Penrith 24th March - North Sydney Leagues Club, North Sydney 25th March – Hurstville Entertainment Centre, Hurstville 26th March – Riverside Theatres, Parramatta 28th March – Pittwater RSL, Mona Vale 29th March – Castle Hill RSL, Castle Hill 30th March – Enmore Theatre, Newtown 31st March – The Concourse, Chatswood   About The Wiggles The Wiggles have recently celebrated 28 years of entertaining millions of fans across the globe. They now have more than 385,000 social media followers and have sold over 30 million CDs & DVDs and 8 million books. More than 70 CD and DVD releases later, The Wiggles have earned 18 x gold, 12 x platinum, 3 x double-platinum and 10 x multi-platinum awards for their music and DVD sales and have been awarded 13 x ARIA Awards for Best Children’s Album (making ARIA history as the most awarded ARIA winner in the one category, and being inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame). Aspera Mobile launches a GEM of a 4G dual-SIM smartphone for just $149 2020-01-22T08:13:32Z aspera-mobile-launches-a-gem-of-a-4g-dual-sim-smartphone-for-just-149 Aspera Mobile has launched the latest in its range of affordable smartphones with its new GEM 4G dual-SIM device costing just $149. Aspera Mobile MD Allan Robertson explained, “We had our new Jazz 2 smartphone targeting the $99 entry-level 4G price point but could also see a gap at the $149 price point for a model that came with full Android 9 Pie and better specifications, so that’s where the new GEM came in.” Aspera’s new GEM offers snappy performance with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of ROM and a quad-core Mediatek processor. It also comes with the full version of Android Pie giving the consumer a good experience with pre-installed Android apps including Google Maps, YouTube and Google Assistant. There’s also an 8MP rear camera, 5MP front camera and for added security GEM has a fingerprint sensor and face recognition. Robertson continued, “I think most people would agree they are an excellent set of features for just $149. As usual with Aspera phones we strived to offer the best value for money at the price point in terms of display size and resolution, memory, camera and processor.” GEM’s 5.5" display has a 1440 x 720 pixel HD+ resolution and the phone offers dual-4G SIM card functionality, a set of features Robertson says the market will appreciate. He added, “The kind of person who will buy a GEM wants more than our entry level Jazz 2 but does not want to break the bank spending big money for a top end mobile. For $149 you get a big package that’s suitable for phone users young and old who also like to browse the web, use email and popular content and social media apps like YouTube and Facebook.” Aspera Mobile phones are designed and developed to be more than just about price. According to Robertson the company genuinely cares about its customers, their experience and the fact that they only pay for what they want, need and use. He continued, “The new GEM really is the best value smartphone on the market at just $149. Many of our competitors at that price point only offer Android Go not Pie, just 1GB of RAM and a single SIM option. GEM’s better specs and dual 4G SIM cards means customers can get the best BYO SIM plans to maximise their usage costs, run two numbers and pick up and use a local SIM card when travelling overseas. Fingerprint and face recognition are a huge bonus at this price point and definitely not the norm. Combined with a HD+ display and a good camera experience GEM’s appeal is very broad.” Aspera Mobile customers can easily and cost effectively step up from the company’s F40 flip phone to their first smartphone or from an entry level smartphone like the Jazz 2 to a higher spec smartphone like the GEM that offers more advanced features without a huge increase in price. Allan Robertson concluded, “Having different tiers of product experience at a reasonable cost means our customers can stay within the Aspera Mobile family and move to a more sophisticated phone whenever it suits them.” Aspera Mobile’s new GEM smartphone is available now and can be purchased outright for just $149 at BigW, Retravision, Leading Edge and BNE Express. For more information on the new Aspera GEM smartphone go to: https://asperamobile.com/phones/smart-phones/aspera-gem/ Empowering Children with One Simple Act of Kindness 2020-01-21T20:42:48Z empowering-children-with-one-simple-act-of-kindness Twice published author, Andrew Holt, has done it again! A Shooting Star is the Sunshine Coast local’s newest children’s book that encourages the core value of kindness in giving and receiving. This is no ordinary book, though, as the illustrations will be supplied by child illustrators from all over the globe and will the basis for educational programs to enhance feelings of self-worth, self and social awareness, and provide an antidote to bullying behaviour. The premise of this story is the backbone of a mental health and wellbeing program for our youth created by Andrew, whose twenty-five-year career as a teacher has seen him interact with students in over four-hundred schools, spanning many cultural backgrounds. His simple but effective program uses applied positive psychology and strength-based learning to encourage each individual (child or adult) to give and receive a “shooting star” to aid in developing and acknowledging positive character traits in themselves and others. This program has been trialled in schools over the last five years and was already fully integrated into one school in 2019, with other teachers expressing their eagerness to implement the program in 2020. Andrew sees the classroom as the ideal environment for what he calls a movement, which aims to build mental wellbeing and resilience; key factors in preventing self-harm and suicide in young people. Suicide is the leading cause of death among young Australians aged 15-24. In 2018, 22 children under the age of 14 committed suicide. Andrew has launched and successfully concluded a Kickstarter campaign, which will cover the publishing and distribution costs of the books, and to facilitate training for teachers, schools, and parents on how to implement the program. This is Andrew Holt’s third book on empowering children, following on from the first two releases from his Wise Kids Series: A Wise Water World Inspires Me and A Wise Apple Tree Helps Me. You can find more about Andrew and A Shooting Star, register your interest, or purchase a pre-sale copy at the link below: https://www.andrewgholt.com