The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-05-17T04:36:17Z HUGE CROWDS GATHER FOR SURFING DOG CHAMPIONSHIPS 2021-05-17T04:36:17Z huge-crowds-gather-for-surfing-dog-championships Over 4,000 surfing dog fans of all ages gathered in the sun at First Point, Noosa on Saturday 15 May for the 10th annual VetShopAustralia Surfing Dog Championships. Held on the first day of the Noosa Festival of Surfing, the Surfing Dog Championships always draws the biggest crowd of the entire festival and the 2021 event was no exception despite the international travel ban and moving from its usual dates in March. The dynamic duo of Dan Bleicher and Pickles the Pug were the eventual winners of the 2021 Best Wave Award, impressing the judges with Pickles skill in her dismount. The competitors were determined to put on a show for the crowd and had to work hard to impress despite less of a swell than previous years. Leading the pack out for another year was former world champion tandem surfer Chris de Aboitiz accompanied by his dogs Rama and new addition Fearless Foily. Three-time winners Paul “Jonesy” Jones and his 11-year-old Spanador (Spaniel x Labrador) Hugsley were not far behind with kids Opal and Hughie coming along for a surf also. Fan-favourite Porkchops the British Bulldog and his owner Sam travelled up from the Gold Coast to show off their surfing skills. Rescue dog Spike and his owner Rob and Teddy the cat travelled all the way up from Melbourne once more to compete, with the pair donning their signature Hawaiian leis for the event, happy to be in the temperate waters of First Point. Border Collies Indi and Anna rode out with owner Caitlin, alongside Eliza and her Kelpie x Retriever William, and newest members of the Surfing Dog pack, Michele and her Groodle (Golden Retriever x Poodle) Poppy, the first ever -Oodle to compete. They were joined in the waves with Chris and ball-mad Kelpie Banjo, Jay and his giant Golden Retriever Cooper, and Blue Staffy Bu and owner Dane. Crowds were treated to a display of acrobatic agility thanks to Border Collie Sage and her owner Dan, who would go on to win the event with Pickles the Pug. New co-sponsor Simparica Trio were thrilled to join the event and promote the importance of choosing the right kind of protection for dogs living the enviable Sunshine Coast lifestyle. VetShopAustralia head veterinarian Dr. Mark Perissinotto was a part of the judging panel for the 2021 Best Wave Award and spoke of the difficulty the judges had in picking a winner. “This year’s competition was closer than ever before and we had a really hard time picking a winner as everyone brought their A-game this year.” “After over five minutes of deliberation we agreed on Dan and Pickles as we were impressed with the confidence the little Pug cross showed despite having only taken up surfing the previous week.” Surfing dog fans can see all the photos and videos of these amazing dogs in action at About VetShopAustralia VetShopAustralia is an online pet retailer that has been proudly serving Australian pet owners since 1999. With its head office and distribution centre located in Forest Glen, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, VetShopAustralia stock a huge range of over 4000 pet-related products; including international brand name animal health products such as Simparica Trio, Revolution Plus, Bravecto, Advocate, Hills Pet Nutrition and Royal Canin. Awards 2009 – AIMIA Online Retailer of The Year 2011 – QLD Telstra Business Award People’s Choice 2013, 2014, 2016 & 2017 – Word of Mouth Service Award – Queensland 2015 – EY Entrepreneur of The Year Finalist (Mark) 2016 – St. George Business Champion 2017 – Power Retail Top 100 Retailer 2017 – Golden Brontos Most Successful Campaign Finalist 2017 – Google Regional Online Heroes (Steven) 2018 – Power Retail Top 150 Retailers 2019 – Internet Retailing Top 50 in e-Commerce (Steven) Sponsorship 2012 - 2021 – Sponsor of the largest Surfing Dog Competition in the world, the VetShopAustralia Surfing Dog Championships, part of the Noosa Festival of Surfing \\ ENDS Graphic Design Services that make your business memorable! 2021-05-14T07:45:46Z graphic-design-services-that-make-your-business-memorable At Pepperit. we understand the importance of creating a strong brand identity. We listen to your needs, creating a graphic design project that makes your business’s personality shine. 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This year’s theme, 'A case of resilience for the First Nations People of NSW' highlighted Aboriginal communities’ successful responses to COVID-19 global pandemic.   Panellists praised the actions of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) in communicating clear information about the global pandemic very early to Aboriginal communities to keep them safe. “ACCHOs were prepared earlier than much of mainstream Australia, and because of the need to protect culture, understood the risk and took steps to mitigate any risk by closing off communities.”   “Communities worked together embracing covid measures – not complaining or resisting the limitations of the COVID Guidelines promoted by ACCHO…and provided practical help to each other, networking and sharing what was working,” said Dr Peter Malouf.   Dr. Summer Finlay explained the success in dealing with the pandemic: “One of the key strengths is our culture of connectivity which served us during the pandemic as we were all communicating/connected/informed.”   Robert Cooley, whose team of park rangers turned to fishing and coordinating food hampers for vulnerable elders in the La Perouse community during lockdown said, “Communities find ways to care for each other on the land on which they live and are connected to. It was a privilege for me, and the other rangers, to be able to look after our community during this great time of need.   I think the younger rangers really felt empowered and that they made a difference.”   The panel also warned of new health epidemics looming – even higher trends of intergenerational trauma, overrepresentation of kids in out of home care and juvenile justice.   Megan Williams said “The highly effective community protective factors that worked outside of correctional facilities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples were a massive failure internally, with ACCHOs locked out due to the battles in state/federal funding.” Those incarcerated or otherwise separated from communities during the pandemic have been left even further isolated from community, services, family, health care access etc.   “What is needed is a working co-designed health response and support systems for our communities, based on our learnings during the pandemic…and jointly funded (State and Federal) Aboriginal led programs that support the health of Aboriginal people particularly for,” said Dr Peter Malouf. Watch the recording on the Reconciliation NSW YouTube channel:    Panellists: ·       Dr. Summer May Finlay (Yorta Yorta), Postdoctoral Fellow with University of Canberra and lecturer at the University of Wollongong ·       Dr. Peter Malouf (Wakka Wakka and Wuli Wuli), Executive Director of Operations, Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council for NSW ·       Associate professor Megan Williams (Wiradjuri) - Assistant Director and Research Lead, National Centre for Cultural Competence, Sydney University ·       Robert Cooley (La Perouse and NSW South Coast communities), Senior Ranger, Gamay Botany Bay Rangers Electrician in the Sutherland Shire now give a Lifetime Workmanship Warranty 2021-05-13T00:29:28Z electrician-in-the-sutherland-shire-now-give-a-lifetime-workmanship-warranty True Local Electricians, the only electrical company that provides all organizations and ventures of different sizes with the highest rated electrical service. 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Leading 1 million women with the courage to step in, step up, and start up.     Barriers to entry in male-dominated fields have reached unprecedented high levels to the detriment of women in the past. At present, the positive movement for female representation in leadership positions, entrepreneurship, and in the workplace gathering momentum comes as a welcome relief. But while this cultural progress may signal a paradigm shift, it is of little or no significance without societal frameworks to give expression to this progressive wave that is catching up with modern societies.    McDonald Inc. is one of such societal frameworks innovated to champion the cause for women by paving ways for women inclusion in male-dominated spaces, through empowerment and education. Women who find themselves in these positions in their careers and would love to transition seamlessly into entrepreneurship and become business owners and founders are given all the enlightenment they need.  This is made possible through the Executive Pivot program under the auspices of McDonald Inc.   “The inception of this organisation could not have come sooner given the purposeful and meaningful impact that our operations are bound to foster for potential women leaders,” said CEO and Founder of McDonald Inc., Sonia McDonald. “By harnessing the power of innovative thinking and approaches driven by entrepreneurial insight, savvy and altruistic concern for women’s welfare, all major stakeholders including us, the people we work with, and young and emerging leaders are unto a seismic shift in the world of women globally.”   Unwaveringly devoted to helping women achieve that good-to-great transformation they desire, McDonald Inc. boasts a membership platform that fosters camaraderie with flexible membership options. From extensive tools to resources, hacks, courses, programs, and information, McDonald Inc. demonstrates savvy and rock-solid dedication in empowering women to become courageous, authentic, and kind leaders in their careers, and lives.   In a recent interview with Sonia, she enthused: “These are exciting times for us. There has never been a more critical need and urgency for a company such as McDonald Inc. to provide strategies and programs that help women, communities and companies with end-to-end solutions helping women back into the workforce, get that seat at the leadership table, and become owners and founders of fantastic businesses.”   A renowned speaker, Sonia evidently ‘walks the talk’ as far as her oft-referenced lectures on inclusionary leadership go with McDonald Inc. allowing for strategic tie-ups and collaborations with corporates to provide them with impactful leadership programs.   These collaborations set the tone for an increased focus on women’s development and recruitment in the corporate space, the result of which yields high representation in leadership positions and on boards, improved women participation, and retention rates. These companies become willful agents of change, further enhancing their brand image as an organisation that is diverse, inclusive, and supportive of women in the workplace.   Sonia added, "I see a world that provides businesses and companies with the strategies and leadership to attract, create and build women for the workplace and outside the four walls of the workplace — in leadership and entrepreneurship. But first, we can only achieve this when we recognize that the time to act is now.”   To learn more about McDonald Inc., the incredible membership and strategies we offer our members, clients, and organisations we work with, and our array of programs geared towards fostering great leadership, visit:   Contact: For more information or to interview Sonia McDonald, contact: Sonia McDonald or Katie Watts 0424 447 616 | 1300 719 665   Related Links:   From online to onsite, awesome local deals you didn’t know existed until now 2021-05-11T21:37:58Z from-online-to-onsite-awesome-local-deals-you-didn-t-know-existed-until-now MELBOURNE, Victoria, May 12, 2021 - Warrp is the latest in Australia’s ecommerce platforms with a hive of hidden bargain buys that won’t stay hidden for long. And Melbourne users will soon discover that some of the most rewarding deals can be found beyond the computer screen.    Warrp has pioneered a Trusted Partner network that provides users a range of free and discounted offers at local businesses across Melbourne, from half-price car washes to free croissants.   It is incredibly easy to download the Warrp app and create a free account, and start taking advantage of the growing list of Partner Offers straight away.   Check out some of the amazing Partner Offers found exclusively through Warrp: 50% off the price of any pre-designed salad from Bluebag 50% off the price of a car wash at Prestige Hand Car Wash Buy one pizza, get one free at Franco & Co 50% off the price of pre-purchase vehicle inspections at Karworx Free croissant with any coffee purchase at Young Leopard $4 off the price of a Nene Dosirak Lunch Box from Nene Chicken Spend $20 to get 50% off any side at Khartoum Centre Restaurant 15% off any first month membership item at 4KitsonCo    How does it work?    Warrp users earn free Partner Offer Credits (POC) through Warrp’s Loyalty Rewards Program. Each POC can be redeemed at any Warrp Trusted Partner place of business by simply scanning the QR code instore, which means instant rewards for Warrp users and direct support for local businesses.    Users earn POCs via automatic monthly top ups, buying or selling pre-used goods through Warrp, and inviting others to join the Warrp revolution.    CEO and Co-Founder, Matthew Ng, said Warrp was urging local Melbourne businesses to visit the Warrp website and join the Trusted Partner Network.    “We are a Melbourne start-up company with ecommerce at its core, but we really want to partner with other local businesses who may have done it hard during the pandemic and give something back to the community,” said Mr Ng.    “Businesses who partner with us enjoy plenty of benefits such as increased foot traffic and patronage, free directory listings, a verified Warrp Partner icon, amplified item and social commenting features, and free business promotion boosts through the in-app storyboard and across Warrp’s social channels.   “We are encouraging any local business to sign up and take advantage of our Trusted Partner network to grow their own customer base and get to know their locals.”    Franco & Co cafe owner and successful Melbourne restaurateur, Francis Chehade, said he immediately signed up when Matthew told him about Warrp and what he needed to do to help his local community.   “We became a little territorial about other businesses partnering with Warrp because we saw the huge benefit the platform provides from a local business outreach point of view, but luckily for us we came in early,” said Mr Chehade.   Frank Lannazzo, owner of Karworx, said he knew online promotions worked through platforms such as Cudo and Groupon, but Warrp had created a direct business-to-consumer approach that made it more affordable for customers.    “With Warrp’s Trusted Partner network there are no middleman charges or fees so through our Partner Offer we can pass the savings on to the customers,” said Mr Lannazzo.   “It was a no brainer for us to sign up, especially to service those who are buying and selling cars privately, offering half off on any vehicle pre-purchase inspection.”  To sign up and take advantage of Warrp’s incredible Partner Offers, visit the Apple App store and download the Warrp App to your iPhone today. Warrp will be available on all other smart phone and web devices at a later date.   -ENDS-   About Warrp: Warrp is a digitally innovative iOS marketplace app that takes the hassle out of peer-to-peer shopping online with a world-first dynamic marketplace, Trusted Partner program, Loyalty Rewards program, and Secure Escrow facility. Easily list products to sell or browse thousands of items to buy all from the Warrp app. As a proud Australian online start-up company, Warrp’s end-to-end experience is designed to change the way people buy and sell. Currently servicing Victorians but available to download nation-wide, Warrp’s vision is to grow its presence globally as an online marketplace built on strong community values, innovation, safety and ease of use.  Discover a marketplace where you are in control of the journey and destination.   Media Contact: Press Room: Government fiddles while seniors & disabled continue to be shut out of housing 2021-05-11T04:55:27Z government-fiddles-while-seniors-amp-disabled-continue-to-be-shut-out-of-housing Seniors and disabled are paying the price for Spring Street and local councils’ obsession with overdevelopment said Fawkner Residents Association (FRA) spokesperson Mr Joe Perri.    Commenting further Joe Perri said, “This was rammed home last month when Moreland Council set a new low and precedent for Fawkner by approving the construction of six triple storey units on a single block at 110 Jukes Road that also included the waiver of statutory carparking requirements”.    For the Residents Association, the most disappointing aspect of Council’s approval for the project was the revelation that the “standard” for housing accessibility is the ability for a senior or disabled person to get their walking frame or wheelchair through the entry of a multi-storey building in order to be deemed “acceptable”.   Joe Perri continued, “Time and again, the growing tally of similar projects by commercial developers that are coming to Fawkner that do not meet the Liveable Housing Design gold and platinum level guidelines has been pointed out to Moreland.   “Instead, Council preferred to ignore the appeals, objections and protests highlighting the reality that seniors and the mobility challenged are being deliberately deprived of access to housing suitable for their needs.    “In doing so, it makes a mockery of Moreland Council’s own policies of inclusivity and non-discrimination”.   Out of sight out of mind has been the preferred approach to this matter by the state government and local council.    Is it any wonder that seniors and disabled feel abandoned by councillors, politicians and government when council applies abysmally low accessibility standards for housing?    A reality that will not be addressed in the near future as reflected in the lack of urgency contained in the narrative of the recent Building Ministers’ Meeting: Communique April 2021.      Joe Perri concluded, “The ability of seniors and disabled to live normal lives in overdevelopment obsessed Melbourne and inner-city municipalities like Moreland is becoming a significant challenge.    “Forced to live lives shut indoors because of age and disability, the elderly and disabled now find themselves shut out of access to housing as well”.   Issued by the Fawkner Residents Association   Media enquiries:      Mr. Joe Perri                                     Mobile:  +61 412 112 545    Email: Sonia McDonald’s New Book — ‘First Comes Courage’ Sets A Paradigm For Courage-based Leadership Driven By Bravery, Kindness, And Inclusion 2021-05-06T03:38:07Z sonia-mcdonald-s-new-book-first-comes-courage-sets-a-paradigm-for-courage-based-leadership-driven-by-bravery-kindness-and-inclusion A timely, actionable guide for leaders, teams, organisations, and anyone looking to take on a deep and abiding sense of courage — one that inspires a people-first leadership that drives meaningful impact and organisational success. A plethora of book releases serenades our online and brick-and-mortar bookstores regularly. Once in a very blue moon, there seems to be that one that ticks all the boxes for a resource of incalculable value — career advancement, personal development, and a ‘bull’s-eye’ timing given its high social relevance. “First Comes Courage”, written by Sonia McDonald, founder of LeadershipHQ and McDonald Inc. as well as one of the globe’s leading speakers on Leadership, Courage and Kindness, is just such a case.   In a world plagued with poor leadership fueled by power tussles, poor vision, a cling to popularity, and appallingly scarce levels of human empathy, and at a time where we face new realities that are bound to test leadership capabilities to its humanistic core, ‘First Comes Courage’ offers nothing but answers. In her book, Sonia chronicles inspirational stories of courage from her experience and others to empower readers with kind, courageous and inclusive leadership that helps them to win at their workplace and in life. Sonia’s watershed book is a valuable addition to her first book releases namely ‘Just Rock it!’ and ‘Leadership Attitude’, both of which are also centered around helping to build capacity for leadership in individuals, teams, and organisations. ”While researching and writing this book for many years before the COVID pandemic, I knew it would create the impactful change we need in the leadership space, and for everyone globally.” said author and founder of LeadershipHQ and McDonald Inc, Sonia McDonald, “I never anticipated the need and impact being so overwhelming. Now more than ever, we need that courage, impact, and kindness for 2021 and beyond. And that is all down to us now knowing that the secret sauce to ultimate leadership lies in courage.” From voyages of self-discovery to experiments of self-evaluation, practicable hacks for personal growth that help you find your inner courage, and everything in between, the book, featuring 15 chapters, sets out to demystify purposeful leadership using courage as an emotional conduit. Sonia also takes stock of the Courage Compass — an introspective intervention primed to help people struggling to find their inner courage by rendering insights into your belief, behaviour, and value system against the four pillars of Courage: Kindness, Purpose, Resilience, and Impact.   Whether a clarion call to a new-and-improved dimension to leadership that our global society is currently begging for or a carefully considered selection of contemporary, practicable solutions to grace you with some pep in your steps for your next courageous career move, this book is the ultimate blueprint.   Reader testimonials tell the story. Have a glimpse into what Daniel Maddison had to say “Sonia’s philosophy of leadership in her book is not just worth pondering, but also practicable. It’s remarkably easy to digest. ‘First Comes Courage’ is a wonderful blend of leadership savvy, relational insight, and a solid appreciation of a topic of global relevance in a new era. This one stays on my bookshelf as a worthy reference. Highly recommended!”   Another raving fan of Sonia’s book is Edward Bonel “Easy to read, insightful, and full of examples. Every chapter is well-crafted to provoke and inspire long-term action. It provides a stepwise approach to being a Courageous Leader. This book is very relevant in building the sort of leadership that assists in executing strategy into action. I highly recommend this book to individuals who want to become more effective in their leadership style.” An award-winning author, Sonia is renowned for a brand of inspirational leadership that beckons on leaders to set them on a path to emotional intelligence and purposeful leadership. She does this with courage, commitment, and candour. Her life and work are irrefutable proof of the impactful change leaders can drive within their communities, and globally.   To learn more about this novel-yet-inspiring take on leadership, ‘First Comes Courage’ is available on Sonia’s website, Amazon and Booktopia. To contact Sonia as a keynote speaker at your conference, workshop or event, visit:   Contact: For more information or to interview Sonia McDonald, contact: Sonia McDonald or Katie Watts 0424 447 616 | 1300 719 665   Related Links:     Agency for the Next Economy 2021-05-05T08:22:06Z agency-for-the-next-economy Underpinned by a proprietary model for predicting future human behaviour, the founders have affectionately named “BE.AP.S.” – Behavioural Economics x Applied Psych. x Strategy.   BE.AP.S. provides sustainable and socially conscious brands with a cheat sheet for the next economy. By embracing conscious consumerism, it’s flipping the agency model on its head and partnering with brand clients to navigate this new way of consumer thinking. Says Todd Sotheren (left), co-founder and creative director at Agency: “Increasingly, consumers are voting with their wallets for the World they want to live in.” Agency promises to· Create clarity for brands in an uncertain future· Align mindful purchases with your bottom line· Enable brands to be a force for positive change Says Nicholas Mason (right), co-founder and strategy director at Agency: “It’s why at Agency, we say ‘Don’t be a Can’t’. Because consumers won’t cop it any more.” BE.AP.S. modelling is available now for inherently good brands turning over between $2 – $100M. For more information on Agency, please visit Sip and paint with pride, an epic Gold Coast event not to miss 2021-05-04T03:33:15Z sip-and-paint-with-pride-an-epic-gold-coast-event-not-to-miss Clear those calendars honey, because Paint Juicy located in Burleigh Heads is opening the doors to their fierce Paint and Sip studio with a dazzling twist for Pride Festival Gold Coast over the 24th and 25th of May, 2021. What better way to begin your week than by sitting in front of a canvas, unleashing your inner Picasso, wine glass at the ready with a side of fabulously sassy drag queens by the names of Carmen Taykett and Shushu Funtanna from 6pm to 9pm? We don’t know either.  Owner of Paint Juicy, Trenton Mabbott said he is beyond excited to be bringing Paint Juicy alive alongside the LGBTIQA+ community. “We can’t wait to collaborate with the Pride Festival Gold Coast to bring awareness and support for those in the community.” Trenton Mabbott said.  Snatch up those tickets priced at only $55 to the Grand Opening event, located on the Paint Juicy website for you to book now. This is a BYO alcohol event, so make sure to bring a bottle or two and your most fabulous dancing shoes.  Don’t fret, this aint’ no two night stand - Paint Juicy will be hosting ongoing nights with cracking playlists from 80s, 90s, Britney, Kylie, Boy Bands, Disco, Rock and One Hit Wonders from now until forever. Mic drop. Purchase Tickets Here:  THE ROCK STARS WITH AUSTRALIA’S WAYNE MATTEI in YOUNG ROCK ON FOXTEL 2021-04-30T06:29:25Z the-rock-stars-with-australia-s-wayne-mattei-in-young-rock-on-foxtel THE ROCK STARS WITH AUSTRALIA’S WAYNE MATTEI Comedic TV series YOUNG ROCK starts this Sunday 3rd May at 6.30pm on Foxtel and stars actor and celebrity bodyguard Wayne Mattei as WWF wrestler Sgt. Slaughter.Already shown on prime time on NBC in America, the comedic series starts with The Rock’s 2032 Presidential bid as he looks back at the life of a young Dwayne Johnson and how he grew up to become famously known as “The Rock”. The series covers Johnson’s father, Rocky Johnson, and his career as a WWF wrestler alongside Andre The Giant, Macho Man Randy Savage and Sgt.Slaughter played by Wayne.  TO INTERVIEW WAYNE MATTEI email or call Max Markson 0412 501 601 ABOUT WAYNE MATTEI Born in Glenelg, South Australia, Wayne has had a long and dynamic career of over 30 years as a pro wrestler, champion bodybuilder and providing security to high profile clients and celebrities across the globe. In the last few years he has worked with A-list Hollywood stars that include: John Travolta, Jean Claude Van Damme, Steven Seagal and David Beckham to name a few, as well as Rock bands, Models, Athletes, corporate figures and MAFS personalities Jessika Power and Cyrell! Alongside this Mattei  has acted in several movies, television shows and commercials; “Maniac – Protector & Enforcer” – Web Series (2019), Broken Hill (2009), The Boys Are Back with Clive Owen (2009), Craziness (2015), Jesus Walks (2017), Johnny Depp’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) and most recently, Never Too Late (2020). Never Too Late saw Mattei act as the giant male nurse alongside James Cromwell, Jackie Weaver, Jack Thompson, Shane Jacobsen and Dennis Waterman. Follow Wayne on Instagram @hellsvigilante     Two Mates Tackling The Mental Health Crisis In Australia With Help From Mazda 2021-04-29T18:54:57Z two-mates-tackling-the-mental-health-crisis-in-australia-with-help-from-mazda Since 2018, co-founders of TradeMutt and former tradies, Dan Allen and Ed Ross have been on a mission to reduce the rate of suicide and start conversations about mental health amongst tradies, truckies and blue-collar workers by creating colourful and vibrant workwear. TradeMutt is also committed to providing a solution for those who are struggling with their mental health by removing barriers to assistance through their discreet and free text or call mental health support service, TIACS, which stands for This Is A Conversation Starter, a message embroidered on the back of every TradeMutt workshirt. In just under a year the service has already provided over 2000 hours of free, professional mental health support and already employs 4 full-time psychologists, with no plans to slow down anytime soon. When local, family-owned businesses Mount Gravatt Mazda and Wippells Mazda saw the impact the brand was making, they offered to come on board to help take the conversations on the road.  “Dan and Ed are such likeable characters and their shirts are almost as colourful as they are.  They are both making positive waves in the community and what better way to strengthen their message than providing moving billboards in the shape of two Mazda XTR 4x4 BT-50’s” - Julian Mason - Director, Mount Gravatt Mazda TradeMutt, which already has a cult-like following in the industry and over 42,000 tradies across Australia wearing their conversation starting workwear were ecstatic with the idea and thought that a uts wrapped in their most popular print was a perfect way to reach tradies. Samantha Bailey, Director of Bailey Print Group who supported the collaboration by overseeing the design, printing and wrapping of the utes couldn’t agree more. “Blokes and cars- it’s a part of the Australian culture and something that they openly talk about. We were convinced that by partnering with Trademutt to wrap the BT50’s in their eye catching design that we would help Ed and Dan make a real difference by creating an icebreaker for men to not only start a conversation about a car but help them open up about their mental health issues and emotions.  “We have learnt a lot from the boys working with them on this campaign and hope that the cars create real conversations that can help, save or change people and their lives.” The teams at Mount Gravatt Mazda, Wippells Mazda and TradeMutt are hoping that this collaboration will not only act as a conversation starter on the roads around Brisbane but that it will serve as a reminder to everyone that sees the cars that TIACS is a safe environment for them to seek help. Wippells Mazda Director, David Russell added, “this collaboration is very special to everyone involved and something money doesn’t buy”.  See the collaboration in action here ***ENDS*** Media Contact Daniel Allen | Co-founder | 0413 377 912 | Emanuel synagogue to host Fill the Void film screening and discussion 2021-04-28T11:39:53Z emanuel-synagogue-to-host-fill-the-void-film-screening-and-discussion-4 Emanuel Synagogue and Plus61J announce a film screening of acclaimed Israeli drama, Fill the Void, on Thursday 9 May at 7pm in Woollahra. This will be followed by a discussion of the themes of the film.   This multi award-winning 2012 film tells the story of how devout 18-year-old Israeli girl Shira Mendelman (Hadas Yaron, ‘Libby’ from Netflix hit, Shtisel) is pressured to marry the husband of her late sister.    The film’s drama lies in the conflict stemming from how Shira declaring her independence is not an option in Tel Aviv's Hasidic community, since religious law, tradition and the rabbi’s word are absolute.   Reviewed on Rotten Tomatoes, the film was described as "...graceful, complex, and beautifully layered… a sympathetic portrait of an insulated culture by exploring universal themes."   SBS described it as “a delicate romance and a complex coming-of-age tale.”   Fill The Void won 7 Israeli Academy Awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay, and Yaron was named Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival.   Following the screening, there will be a conversation with Rabbanit Judith Levitan to discuss the issues raised by the film.    Rabbanit Levitan is a lawyer with over 15 years’ experience in the field of social justice, currently at Legal Aid NSW where she uses Human Centred Design to innovate and improve legal services for disadvantaged people.    She has studied in a range of institutions for women’s higher learning including Midreshet HaRova and Nishmat.    Most recently, she received smicha from Yeshivat Maharat in New York; one of the first Orthodox women in Australia to do so.   Where: Emanuel Synagogue, 7 Ocean Street, Woollahra 2025When: Thursday 6 May 2021Times: 7pm – 9.30pm Cost: Emanuel Synagogue members $10; non-members $15   Bookings:   For more information call Marina Capponi on 0431 425 832 or email     ENDS   About Emanuel Synagogue: The largest in Australia, Emanuel Synagogue is regarded as one of Australia’s most inclusive and dynamic congregations. It is known for its commitment to social justice works (especially concerning refugees and the homeless), other matters of human rights as well as as animal rights, and environmental action. The synagogue regularly hosts cultural events including the Sydney Sacred Music Festival, Shir Madness Music Festival, Sydney Art Quartet and Australian Chamber Orchestra. See: