The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-04-09T03:20:41Z Remote Western Australian communities to benefit from Yoga and Mindfulness 2021-04-09T03:20:41Z remote-western-australian-communities-to-benefit-from-yoga-and-mindfulness Yogazeit, an Australian registered Charity and Not for Profit organisation dedicated to the prevention and management of both psychological and physical health conditions has partnered with Healthway, Here to Be, Act Belong Commit and Fair Game to launch the first West Australian Yoga and Mindfulness Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders training program in May to some of the most remote communities in Australia known as the Ngaanyatjarra Lands Schools (NLS).   Facilitated by three Yogazeit educators, this four-week yoga and mindfulness training program will introduce students, staff and the community to yoga and mindfulness through interactive sessions, and its scientific mental and physical health benefits in the classroom and beyond.  The NLS comprises of eight campuses spread across the vast Western Desert of Western Australia and encompasses cultural groups including Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Pintupi. Yogazeit founder, Regina Cruickshank has worked throughout 2020 to fund, partner and curate a yoga and mindfulness training program to address and improve Aboriginal wellbeing, especially after reading this report revealing Aboriginal people experience higher levels of depression (52%) and anxiety (59%) than non-Aboriginal Australians (32% and 47%). “It’s scientifically proven that practising and learning about yoga and mindfulness, enhances our wellbeing by improving our focus, decreasing stress responses and managing emotions – a life skill to strengthen our resilience no matter what our age, location or circumstance. Yogazeit have worked with Ngaanyatjarra Lands Aboriginal elder Daisy Tjuparntarri Ward, (recipient of the  Director General’s Women of Achievement Award for International Women’s Day in 2020), school staff and supporting partners to co-design this unique yoga and mindfulness training program that integrates traditional languages, storytelling, illustrations, and history to support and improve Aboriginal wellbeing ,” said Regina. “Partnering with Aboriginal elders, and school staff and students to design this cultural training immersion is key to ensuring we're developing a sustainable program customised to the Ngaanyatjarra School Lands.”  Aboriginal elder, Daisy Tjuparntarri Ward says, "Learning to be mindful to look after our health and wellbeing will be relevant for many generations to come.  I’m looking forward to welcoming the team from Yogazeit to our Land and sharing our knowledge to help them support our young generations with breathing, mindfulness and movement."  Learning to live mindfully helps us to increase focus, decrease stress and manage our emotions, and ultimately helps us to cope in difficult times. To learn more about the NLS program, partners and/or support our vison, please visit  Yogazeit . This project has been funded by Healthway and Here to Be and is supported by Act Belong Commit and Fair Game Australia and the Ngaanyatjarra Lands School. Renowned StretchLab Franchise Arrives in Australia 2021-04-09T00:46:38Z renowned-stretchlab-franchise-arrives-in-australia-1 Having taken America by storm, one-on-one assisted stretching brand, StretchLab, is now set to arrive in Australia. Boutique Fitness Studios, the Master Franchise Ownership group behind CycleBar, announced today that they have partnered with former AFL player Tory Dickson and professional cricketer James Pattinson to bring StretchLab, a unique assisted stretching franchise, Down Under.  The franchise will cater to the growing demand for wellness services, which has seen a worldwide surge following the coronavirus pandemic. Owned by Xponential Fitness, a curator of leading boutique fitness brands, StretchLab has become one of the group’s fastest-growing brands over the last three years, with more than 300 studio franchises awarded. The concept offers customised assisted stretch sessions with trained FlexologistsⓇ who are trained in StretchLab’s proprietary material. The sessions provide an easy, quick and much-needed solution to the growing awareness among consumers for the importance of recovery to everyone – regardless of how active they are.  Matt Gordin, CEO of Boutique Fitness Studios, immediately recognised StretchLab as an exciting business model and an affordable entry into franchise ownership for Australians.  “The unique beauty of this concept is that it complements almost every other fitness brand out there. It’s adding value rather than creating competition. The franchise opportunity is an affordable, scalable way for entrepreneurs of all types to bring a proven and sustainable business model to their market. It also aligns perfectly with our ethos to encourage fluid mobility and positive energy and wellbeing in the community. It hits the target in every way,” he said.  Dickson and Pattison were motivated to invest following their own experience with remedial stretch, its myriad wellness benefits, and the franchise’s prolific growth across the US.   “Throughout my sporting career, I’ve experienced first-hand the role stretching can play to mitigate and recover from injury. It is no surprise this concept has taken off overseas. I’m looking forward to it succeeding here as a business and as a tool to help achieve or maintain individual well-being,” said Pattinson. “The buzz around personal wellness is now huge and only getting bigger. The relevance and appeal of stretching are so widespread, making it a great investment. From elite sportspeople and amateur athletes to ageing bodies and people who understand the benefits of maintaining positive, fluid movement, StretchLab caters to all,” said Dickson.   The first StretchLab opens in Currambine, WA, mid this year with direct involvement from stretch guru Brad Walker, the original Course Creator and Chief Stretch Adviser for the StretchLab Flexologist Training Program.  To learn more about the StretchLab franchise opportunity, please contact Matt Gordin, matt@stretchlab.com.au or visit https://www.stretchlab.com.au/franchise Recreating the early 6th Century! Period Instruments. Baroque Music. Incredible Cast. Mock Sword Fights. A unique night of music under the stars. 2021-04-08T02:32:21Z recreating-the-early-6th-century-period-instruments-baroque-music-incredible-cast-mock-sword-fights-a-unqiue-night-of-music-under-the-stars Sydney musician Jack Stephens, 25, is both the Producer and Director of tomorrow's unique outdoor performance of Purcell’s Operetta King Arthur within the grounds of Australia’s oldest University College. He is also singing one of the Bass parts and even working with the cast to pull together costumes to support the production.  Currently working to complete his Doctorate of Music from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Jack is the principal lay-clerk and Choir Tutor at St Andrew’s Cathedral and is used to singing and playing great music, having worked extensively within choral music and as a soloist.  He is also an accomplished brass player, having recently performed as a soloist in Schumann’s Konzertstück (Concerto for Four Horns) alongside Robert Johnson (Principal Horn of Sydney Symphony Orchestra). As part of his studies, he is the driving force behind this one off concert performance being performed at the University of Sydney this Friday. Purcell’s Operetta King Arthur  Hailed as one of the greatest works of western music Tells the story of King Arthur’s Britons as they battle the Saxons. Medieval re-enactment society performing mock fight scenes at the interval Unique one-off event - 7:00pm, Friday 9 April Semi-staged in the open-air Quadrangle of St Paul's College - Australia’s oldest University College within the University of Sydney  The event promises to transport the audience back to the early 6th Century- taking them on a tale of medieval adventure and mysticism.  A local medieval re-enactment society is even planning to add some additional colour at the interval, performing some energetic mock fights scenes! “This is a real cross-generational event – seasoned professionals will be pairing up with some of Australia’s best young musicians - including Soloists from Pinchgut Opera, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Sydney Symphony,Opera Australia and the Song Company, “ said Jack.  “In performing this extra-ordinary event, I have the privilege of working with some incredible performers including the legendary Peter Cousens, Artistic Director of the Talent Development Project Foundation, who will be narrating our version of the operetta.  “We also have some amazing soloists – all backed by an 18 period piece  orchestra,” he said. One of those soloists is the talented Chloe Lankshear, currently Principal Soloist with Pinchgut Opera, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and the Song Company. “A highlight on Friday will be Chloe singing ‘Fairest Isle’  - one of the most loved songs throughout the world.   “I invite anyone who will be in Sydney who loves classical music to secure some of the limited tickets, grab their picnic rug, bring along some food and drinks, and be transported to medieval times and be immersed in this great sounding tale of King Arthur,” said Jack. INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES IN SYDNEY THIS WEEK Peter Cousens, Jack Stephens and Chloe Lankshear are available for interview this week. NOTE: Some of the cast in costume can be arranged. EVENT DETAILS Purcell’s Operetta King Arthur  When: Friday April 9 at 7pm Where: Quadrangle, St Paul's College, University of Sydney, 9 City Rd, Camperdown, NSW 2050 Cost: $40-$60 Tickets: tinyurl.com/kingpurcell THE PERFORMERS AND PLAYERS Conductor | Ross Cobb Concertmaster | Fiona Ziegler Narrator | Peter Cousens Soprano | Chloe Lankshear, Josie Ryan, Elise Morton Mezzo soprano | Stephanie Dillon, Hester Wright Tenor | Joshua Oxley, Elias Wilson Bass | Jeremy Boulton, Jack Stephens Violin | Fiona Ziegler, James Tarbotton Viola | Sophie Nickel Cello | Zoltán Szabo Bass | Will Hansen Harpsichord | Nathan Cox Bassoon | Harley Milano Oboe | Edward Wang, Joshua Ning Recorder | Isabelle Palmer, Aimee Brown Trumpet | Simon Wolnizer, Jonathan Baker Timpani | Adam Cooper-Stanbury     Voice - you don't know what you've got til it's gone 2021-04-07T13:24:16Z voice-you-don-t-know-what-you-ve-got-til-it-s-gone At no time in recent history has the power to communicate by voice, been more important. With International and National borders closed to travel this past year, our ability to remain connected has relied even more heavily on long distant communication like video or telephone calls.   But let’s stop for a moment to think - how would this be possible without the magic of the human voice?  This is the challenge faced every day by people living with chronic Dysphonia.   Simply put – the term ‘dysphonia’ means ‘difficulty making voice sounds’ . BUT unlike vision and hearing, no-one ever thinks about their voice; it's the forgotten one of the 3 Wise Monkeys.    Dysphonia can be associated with other health conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons Disease, Myasthenia Gravis just to name a few… or it can stand alone.  It can be a short, one-off  episode, or like for many members of the Australian Dysphonia Network, it can be a chronic and life changing condition that impacts on employment, relationships and in many cases, the mental health of those affected.   Most of us don’t give our voice a thought until it’s gone, so The Australian Dysphonia Network aims to change that by raising awareness, and funds for research into early diagnosis and management of voice issues. They want voice disorders to be recognised and valued alongside vision and hearing issues.   World Voice Day, April 16th is the perfect day to do just that.   World Voice Day was founded in Brazil back in 1999 with the aim of drawing attention to the science and phenomenon of voice production. It soon grew to highlight the significant role that the voice plays in every aspect of our daily lives.  World Voice Day has gained momentum across the globe, and currently over 50 countries join the annual celebration with events, lectures, performances and media strategies to promote it’s message.   The Australian Dysphonia Network will also use this time to remind everyone that any voice change that lasts longer that 4 weeks in the absence of a ‘cold’, should be fully assessed by a Laryngologist or Speech Pathologist whose expertise is in Voice issues.  CLICK HERE for 90 sec promo clip – ‘The Value of Voice’   CLICK HERE for Published media moments on Dysphonia in Australia. Including: ·      ABC HealthReport ·      9Honey ·      Studio 10 Blacktown's Plumbing Experts 2021-04-07T06:59:46Z blacktown-s-plumbing-experts Plumbing issues never come at a convenient time. They are, however, not inevitable. A plumbing issue that causes downtime can be extremely dangerous to your kitchen or other company. Clients may notice leaking toilets, faucets, or hot water problems, which is not a good first impression. Particularly in heavily populated areas such as Blacktown. Natural gas leaks and burst pipes can put your business at risk. In short, we provide the best Blacktown Plumbing Services. Time spent questioning these problems would only cost your company more money, so employ one of our expert plumbers to fix the problem right away. In the event of a plumbing emergency, our fully licenced plumbers are available to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Get in contact with emergency plumbing facilities as soon as possible! Why hire Plumbing Services Sydney? Plumbers deal with plumbing problems 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and can diagnose the problem with a single inspection, so the response is YES you should because it will save you money and time in the long run if you don't. Also, if you do your own plumbing and make a major mistake, the cost of repairs will be higher than the original repair if you had called a plumber in the first place. It is always a good idea to contact our Blacktown plumbers. Name: Plumbing Services Sydney Contact Number: 1300 237 246 Email: info@plumbingservices.sydney Website: https://plumbingservices.sydney/ New app helps supermarket shoppers buy Australian made 2021-04-07T05:17:28Z new-app-helps-supermarket-shoppers-buy-australian-made A new app to help Aussie shoppers easily identify Australian-made goods, has been released. The Strayan app provides a fast, simple score of “Australian-ness” for almost a quarter of a million everyday supermarket products. Strayan is designed to inform Aussie shoppers about the origin of a product so they can choose to buy Australian. It makes reading labels and second guessing a thing of the past. When consumers have clear information, they can start making informed buying choices and create shopping lists as Aussie as they want.   It works by using the "Speedy Scanner" to scan the barcode of a product, and then provide a 0-100 score of how ‘Australian’ it is. The score is based on where ingredients are sourced, where it’s made and who owns it. At a quick glance, users can see a simple colour-coded score on the wombat logo and decide to buy - or not!    Each product is scored – no matter where it’s from – removing any ambiguity. There is no pass or fail mark. In some cases, the result may merely provide a means of comparison, and a low score may even be a consequence of unavoidable circumstances, such as the ingredients not being produced in Australia. Strayan presents the information as simply as possible and leaves it to the user to decide.    Strayan is available as a standard version allowing the user to view the scores of hundreds of thousands of products. The MAX subscription allows a user to personalise the app to their values – customising their score metrics to create a ‘MyScore’, having the options to favour or un-favour countries of origin and save favourite products to multiple lists.   Basic Standard version features: View the “Strayan score” for almost a quarter of a million everyday products from major supermarkets (Coles, Woolies, IGA, etc) and retailers Use the Speedy Scanner to quickly get the score for a product while you shop Browse categories, search, etc Strayan MAX! subscription ($12/year, only $1/month) also features: Customise the score to your own personal preferences, adjusting the importance of owned, ingredients and made are to you Favour and un-favour countries Create and save your favourite items to lists View unlimited items in the Speedy Scanner Remove advertising Support ongoing data costs and development of the app  More information, and FAQ’s can be found on the Strayan website: https://www.strayan.net.au/    A note from the founder: “Aussies love to support Australian businesses, and that support is growing. I wanted to develop an app that made it very easy for people to put Aussie products at the top of their shopping lists. This app is for those committed to buying Australian, and thus helping Aussie businesses, farmers and families. We have many features planned to materially move the needle to Aussie businesses, this is only the start.” Alex Black, Managing Director, Strayan -ENDS- See the launch blog post at https://www.strayan.net.au/blog/3qxn5ubqx3o1ig3xdauhiq  Visit the Press Centre for high resolution assets at http://www.strayan.net.au/press-centre    For more information or to interview Alex Black from Strayan, please email gday@strayan.net.au. Rising Australian classical music stars and seasoned professionals brought together for a unique event 2021-04-06T06:01:30Z rising-australian-classical-music-stars-and-seasoned-professionals-brought-together-for-a-unique-event Sydney musician Jack Stephens, 25, is both the Producer and Director of this week’s unique outdoor performance of Purcell’s Operetta King Arthur within the grounds of Australia’s oldest University College. He is also singing one of the Bass parts and even working with the cast to pull together costumes to support the production.  Currently working to complete his Doctorate of Music from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Jack is the principal lay-clerk and Choir Tutor at St Andrew’s Cathedral and is used to singing and playing great music, having worked extensively within choral music and as a soloist.  He is also an accomplished brass player, having recently performed as a soloist in Schumann’s Konzertstück (Concerto for Four Horns) alongside Robert Johnson (Principal Horn of Sydney Symphony Orchestra). As part of his studies, he is the driving force behind this one off concert performance being performed at the University of Sydney this Friday. Purcell’s Operetta King Arthur  Hailed as one of the greatest works of western music Tells the story of King Arthur’s Britons as they battle the Saxons Unique one-off event - 7:00pm, Friday 9 April Semi-staged in the open-air Quadrangle of St Paul's College - Australia’s oldest University College within the University of Sydney    The event promises to transport the audience back to the early 6th Century- taking them on a tale of medieval adventure and mysticism. “This is a real cross-generational event – seasoned professionals will be pairing up with some of Australia’s best young musicians - including Soloists from Pinchgut Opera, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Sydney Symphony,Opera Australia and the Song Company, “ said Jack.  “In performing this extra-ordinary event, I have the privilege of working with some incredible performers including the legendary Peter Cousens, Artistic Director of the Talent Development Project Foundation, who will be narrating our version of the operetta.  “We also have some amazing soloists – all backed by an 18 period piece  orchestra,” he said. One of those soloists is the talented Chloe Lankshear, currently Principal Soloist with Pinchgut Opera, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and the Song Company. “A highlight on Friday will be Chloe singing ‘Fairest Isle’  - one of the most loved songs throughout the world.   “I invite anyone who will be in Sydney who loves classical music to secure some of the limited tickets, grab their picnic rug, bring along some food and drinks, and be transported to medieval times and be immersed in this great sounding tale of King Arthur,” said Jack.   INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES IN SYDNEY THIS WEEK Peter Cousens, Jack Stephens (pictured) and Chloe Lankshear are available for interview this week.   NOTE: Some of the cast in costume can be arranged from Wednesday onwards (costumes being finalised right now!) EVENT DETAILS Purcell’s Operetta King Arthur  When: Friday April 9 at 7pm Where: Quadrangle, St Paul's College, University of Sydney, 9 City Rd, Camperdown, NSW 2050 Cost: $40-$60 Tickets: tinyurl.com/kingpurcell THE PERFORMERS AND PLAYERS Conductor | Ross Cobb Concertmaster | Fiona Ziegler Narrator | Peter Cousens Soprano | Chloe Lankshear, Josie Ryan, Elise Morton Mezzo soprano | Stephanie Dillon, Hester Wright Tenor | Joshua Oxley, Elias Wilson Bass | Jeremy Boulton, Jack Stephens Violin | Fiona Ziegler, James Tarbotton Viola | Sophie Nickel Cello | Zoltán Szabo Bass | Will Hansen Harpsichord | Nathan Cox Bassoon | Harley Milano Oboe | Edward Wang, Joshua Ning Recorder | Isabelle Palmer, Aimee Brown Trumpet | Simon Wolnizer, Jonathan Baker Timpani | Adam Cooper-Stanbury     SCHOOLS WIN GRAND PRIZE IN NATIONAL BATTERY RECYCLING CHALLENGE 2021-04-01T00:38:25Z schools-win-grand-prize-in-national-battery-recycling-challenge Schools across Australia participated in the 2020 Big Battery Rescue recycling challenge, sponsored by Stockland in partnership with The National Theatre for Children. Despite the impact of COVID, the schools together collected nearly 1 tonne of batteries and diverted these away from landfill to be recycled. Three schools took out the top prizes with Woodcrest State College QLD winning $500 in third place with 89kgs, Leppington Public School NSW winning $700 in second place with 144kgs, and Hercules Road State School QLD winning the grand prize of $1,000 with 196kgs of batteries collected. As part of the national challenge, all participating schools received a free educational program which included live-in-school educational theatre performances of The Energized Guyz & The Battery Bandit by professional actors from The National Theatre for Children. Schools also received student workbooks (print and online versions), teacher guides, info-graphic posters and digital games and activities that align with the important educational concepts. During the 2020 school year, students collected used batteries from home and across their community, dropping them into their school-based battery recycling buckets. The entire program was supported by Stockland to ensure curriculum-aligned content was provided to 5,877 students, while driving the community-wide environmental effort. Penny Austin, Sustainability Manager, Stockland said as one of Australia’s largest property developers and a world leader in sustainability, these types of initiatives help create meaningful change within communities. “In Australia, each year[i] lithium ion battery (LIB) waste is growing at a rate of over 20 per cent. Only two per cent is recycled. By 2036 LIB waste could exceed 100,000. Working with the National Theatre for Children to support this important initiative was a terrific opportunity to assist in an important community-wide sustainability project.” The Big Battery Rescue will now continue for 2021, expanding to reach over 10,000 students. More information can be found at www.BigBatteryRescue.com About Stockland Stockland (ASX: SGP) was founded in 1952 and has grown to become one of Australia’s largest diversified property groups - owning, development and managing a large portfolio of retail town centres, workplace and logistics assets, residential communities and retirement living villages. Stockland is recognised as one of the most sustainable real estate companies in the world by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) and as a Global Sector Leader by the Global Estate Sustainability Benchmark. Stockland is also an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality, as recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency. www.stockland.com.au About NTC NTC is a premium provider of educational programming with operations in the Australia, New Zealand and the USA. NTC works directly between schools and clients to promote beneficial behaviours and life skills to students in grades K-12 on a local, regional and national level. Our award-winning educational programs are provided free for schools and are customisable to accommodate specific messages and goals for clients. Through formats including live performance, in-class discussion, graphic novels, print curriculum, and digital games and activities, we present topics such as energy conservation, safety, financial literacy, STEM, water and environmental stewardship, and health and social responsibility in ways that engage and empower students. In doing so, we are helping our clients to be forces of change for students, parents and communities. To learn more, visit www.ntccorporate.com.au [1] CSIRO: Lithium-Ion battery recycling WAYNE MATTEI AUSTRALIAN MAN MOUNTAIN STARS WITH THE ROCK! 2021-03-31T21:50:19Z wayne-mattei-australian-man-mountain-stars-with-the-rock AUSTRALIAN MAN MOUNTAIN STARS WITH THE ROCK!   # THE ROCK’s NEW TV SERIES – YOUNG ROCK # GENTLE GIANT WAYNE MATTEI IS SGT SLAUGHTER! # CELEBRITY BODYGUARD STEPS INTO THE HOLLYWOOD SPOTLIGHT! # THE ROCK USES HIS 226 MILLION INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT TO PROMOTE WAYNE !   Australia’s 6ft 3in Man Mountain and gentle giant, Wayne Mattei, co-stars alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in new series Young Rock as WWE wrestling superstar, Sgt.Slaughter.    TO INTERVIEW WAYNE MATTEI email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412 501 601   Already showing in 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.    “ It was amazing filming Young Rock in Brisbane last year during Covid. Playing an iconic character like Sgt. Slaughter was fun and the feedback we are getting for the show in the US is extremely positive. I can’t wait till it airs here in Australia” says Wayne.    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. Young Rock will be available to view in Australia later this year. Follow Wayne on Instagram @hellsvigilante   TO INTERVIEW WAYNE MATTEI email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412 501 601   This World Health Day over 25,000 Early Learners across Australia are set to tune in and Namaste for Children in emergency care! 2021-03-31T08:33:21Z this-world-health-day-over-25-000-early-learners-across-australia-are-set-to-tune-in-and-namaste-for-children-in-emergency-care Every year tens of thousands of children in Australia enter emergency accommodation – some arrive with only the clothes they are wearing. The process can be swift and traumatic, leaving children facing new and unfamiliar surroundings. Many will have experienced violence and suddenly find themselves separated from parents or siblings. This is simply not fair! That’s why Little Rockers Radio and Alannah & Madeline Foundation are inviting early learning centres, family day care and families around the country to host their very own Buddy Yoga Class, pressing play for a purpose on World Health Day, Wednesday 7th April 2021, at 10am. Encouraging the country to Namaste together, funds raised go to The Alannah and Madeline Foundations’ Buddy Bag program - backpacks full of basic, essential items for vulnerable children in emergency accommodation.  “Alannah & Madeline Foundation is extremely grateful for the support from Little Rockers Buddy Yoga. This support for our Buddy Bags program helps vulnerable children entering into emergency accommodation, by providing them with a backpack of basic essential items on arrival. It is theirs to call their own, no matter where they go,” says Lynne Kearney, from The Alannah and Madeline Foundation. Designed to foster compassion, gratitude and strength in our early learners, this Biggest Ever Buddy Yoga get-together will lead children through an enchanted yoga sequence and soothing meditation, perfect for littlies (and biggies too!). “We’re responding to the WHO objectives by running a healthy campaign that supports children in need and are anticipating over 25,000 children will take part,” says Sarah, founder of social enterprise, Little Rockers Radio. “It’s a really cute, healthy way to make an impact!” Little Rockers Radio and The Alannah and Madeline Foundation are delighted to be welcoming Goodstart Early Learning and their 671 centres nationally to the campaign.  “We are proud to be the major sponsor of Buddy Yoga. At Goodstart we’re for ensuring the best outcomes for children right across Australia, particularly those in vulnerable circumstances. It’s a wonderful alignment with Buddy Yoga as we are equally passionate about physically active play in the early years which made the decision to be involved an easy one.” Goodstart’s Head of Marketing Tim Cochrane said.  “We’re a not for profit organisation as well and we hope through our network of centres in every state we can help raise awareness and support to create some comfort for children entering emergency accommodation.  Also joining the campaign as Buddy Yoga HEAD YOGI is well known Australian family travel and lifestyle blogger, Jade from @mumwithwings, who found herself grounded from her role as an International Qantas Flight attendant due to recent world events. Jade took the opportunity of being grounded in her community to create her kids health venture, Kids with Wings Yoga and has created and voiced a gorgeous friendship yoga garden class for the thousands of children to follow. Registrations are now open via: https://www.littlerockersradio.com.au/fundraising-with-little-rockers-radio and we’re asking all Early Learning Centres to Namaste with us for this important cause.   The details: -          World Health Day, April 7 2021, 10am -          Goodstart Early Learning and other Centres PRESS PLAY on World Health Day at 10am -          Individuals can also take part in their homes: Registration is $10 -          Early Learning Centres: $25 -          Listen via Little Rockers Kids Radio: Live Stream, Station Apps, iHeartRadio or TuneIn Radio. Photo Opportunity: Children in Goodstart Early Learning Centre doing Buddy Yoga!   World Health Day 2021   On World Health Day, 7 April 2021, the World Health Organisation (WHO) invites you to join a new campaign to build a fairer, healthier world. As COVID-19 has highlighted, some people are able to live healthier lives and have better access to health services than others - entirely due to the conditions in which they are born, grow, live and work.   All over the world, some groups struggle to make ends meet with little daily income, have poorer housing conditions and education, fewer employment opportunities, experience greater gender inequality, and have little or no access to safe environments, clean water and air, food security and health services. This leads to unnecessary suffering, avoidable illness, and premature death. And it harms our societies and economies.   This is not only unfair: it is preventable. That’s why Little Rockers Radio and The Alannah and Madeline Foundation are running BUDDY YOGA on World Health Day to raise funds for Children in Emergency Care.     About The Alannah and Madeline Foundation: The Alannah & Madeline Foundation is a national charity protecting children from violence and from bullying. The Foundation was set up in memory of Alannah and Madeline Mikac, aged six and three, who were tragically killed with their mother and 32 others at Port Arthur, Tasmania, on 28 April 1996. The Foundation was launched in 1997 and has been operating for more than 20 years. The Foundation’s key objectives are to care for children who have experienced or witnessed serious violence, reduce the incidence of bullying, cyber bullying and other cyber risks, and, advocate for the safety and wellbeing of children. Their programs are in one-third of all Australian schools, and more than 75 per cent of all Australian public libraries (reaching all 1,500 within the next three years). They support 10,000 children in refuges or foster homes across Australia every year and have reached more than two million children and their families nationwide since the organisation was established in 1997. About Little Rockers Radio: Little Rockers Radio is an online children’s radio station playing favourites from The Wiggles, Play School, Teeny Tiny Stevies and more. Press PLAY any time day or night to listen to fun music, nursery rhymes, story time, lullabies and more. Kids Radio is used as a platform for change. Little Rockers Kids Radio is a social enterprise with a simple mission. Every child has the right to be safe, happy and healthy and they exist to make this happen. To date, the station, founded by Bentleigh Mum of two, has helped to raise over $220,000 for charity. Buddy Yoga is the concept of founder Sarah Morrissey. About Kids With Wings Yoga: Well known Australian family travel and lifestyle blogger, Jade from @mumwithwings found herself grounded from her role as an International Qantas Flight attendant due to recent world events. Jade has taken the opportunity of being grounded in her community to start a children’s Yoga hub in her home region on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, establishing kid’s health venture, Kids with Wings Yoga in Mt Eliza.   Jade has joined this campaign as the Buddy Yoga Head Yogi. Jade has created and voiced a gorgeous friendship yoga garden class for the thousands of children to follow. Jade has practiced Yoga for over 10 years. She trained with @yogawithgeorgia to gain her 200hr Teacher Qualification in 2019 in between flying duties. In 2020 she trained with @zenergykidsyoga and is a qualified 95hr Children’s Yoga Teacher. She currently teaches Kids Yoga at Lavana Yoga Studio in Mt Eliza twice a week and holds regular school holiday workshops. Jade lives the Yogic Values on and off the mat and believes that yoga has the ability to heal and help us all on our life journeys. COVID STRESS AND OUR KIDS EDUCATION 2021-03-30T04:54:26Z covid-stress-and-our-kids-education-1 What a year. Coronavirus Pandemic. Frightening words for adults, and frightening emotions for our children. A new book has been a savior for students battling end of year exams in unprecedented conditions. And now it’s used to prepare students for a brand new school year, not knowing what to expect. Author of ‘My Coping Skills Handbook’, Amanda Dounis, just watched her child complete the HSC during COVID-19, and knows all too well the importance of empowering kids with the tools to succeed during these trying times. Giving them the ability to cope with anything at any time. Now Amanda is helping the new cohort of final year students get ready for another unpredictable year. Her simple 4 step C.O.P.E formula encourages children to: C - become a curious detective O - observe thoughts and feelings P - imagine a positive outcome E - think like an explorer and explore options Amanda has also acknowledged the importance of the beginning of school year, by supporting school aged kids with anxiety and challenging thoughts. Each year Dounis offers support via workshops and short sessions for kids.  She has done the same this year and modified her methods to attend to the fears and curiosities of students. The Positive Thinking Clinic is a place where change takes place.  Amanda uses a variety of modalities to get the desired outcome that her clients aim for. She uses integrative techniques and that’s why the Positive Thinking Clinic is unique.  She shows you how to cope with anything anytime, regardless of your age. Amanda is available for in-person or online interviews. (Children and parents benefitting by using the formula can be made available for interview upon request) Amanda Dounis Positive Thinking Clinic [Author, Psychotherapist, Early Childhood Teacher, Counsellor and Hypnotherapist] PH: 0458 850 850 amanda@positivethinkingclinic.com.au https://www.positivethinkingclinic.com.au Aboriginal Women: Time to Change Your Future 2021-03-29T23:27:45Z aboriginal-women-time-to-change-your-future In 2014, ABC News stated that ‘Aboriginal women are forty-eight times more likely to be hospitalised from family violence and almost eleven times more likely to be killed as a result of violent assault.’[1] This statement engendered discussions that Aboriginal women are probably, the most legally disadvantaged group in Australia. For Tina Haywood, author of recently published, We are Warriors: An Aboriginal Woman’s Life, the word, disadvantaged, is offensive. ‘I stand against violence against women and children,’ Tina passionately states, ‘and this affliction transcends colour and creed.’ Nevertheless, Tina shares raw and disturbing insights, in her debut publication, about being one of these Aboriginal women. Growing up, her father was quick with his fists and his verbal abuse to all family members. Further, Tina was sexually abused at a young age by someone claiming to be a friend to the family. Yet, despite such a traumatic upbringing, Tina has found the strength and determination to rise up from an environment that could have trapped her in a spiral of depression and substance abuse; a legacy that overwhelms many Aboriginal women. Yet, when searching for more information on statistics, data is outdated. In fact, The Conversation, undertook a fact-check in 2016, on the above ABC quote, and as reported by Professor Marcia Langton[2], at that time, the Federal Government should have made this malaise, ‘a high-priority issue’. Tina agrees with this, but also states that a movement about this should be self-engineered. As she explains in her memoir, everyone reaches a point trying to figure out what on earth to do with their life stating that, ‘It’s up to each of us to take control of our lives.’ Tina, who now works for the Department of Defence, is determined to spread the message to all Aboriginal women. By sharing her story, she wants to lead by example and hopes to provide guidance and encouragement. [1] ABC News Australian Broadcast (2014), Aboriginal women 48 times more likely to be hospitalised for assault ABC News Australian Broadcast, viewed October 2020, <https://YouTube/w-UKFQo4uE0> [2] The Conversation (2016), FactCheck Q&A: are Indigenous women 34-80 times more likely than average to experience violence?, viewed October 2020, <https://theconversation.com/factcheck-qanda-are-indigenous-women-34-80-times-more-likely-than-average-to-experience-violence-61809> Positive Thinking Clinic working with emotional wellness for under 5's 2021-03-29T03:56:05Z positive-thinking-clinic-working-with-emotional-wellness-for-under-5-s Author and Course Creator Amanda Dounis is handing down age appropriate tips for educators to deliver to the under 5's in her 4 early learning centres. Parents have reached out with concern that their preschoolers are watching their older siblings stress and struggle with their emotions during the new 2021 school year. "We need to demonstrate to our youngest children that every day challenges are normal.  We role model with our behaviour and language that we can get through anything" States Dounis. As a basic start, preschoolers are learning to be curious detectives when emotions arise.   From here they are taught to become observers Then create something positive e.g a thought And lastly explore their options. "My child loves being a detective, and I help him with exploring options" (Parent of a 4 year old). Dounis is offering online and face to face short workshops over the coming holidays Staff of Banbury Cottage, Rainbow Cottage, Little Dolphins, and Babyland are invited to participate in the workshops so they can share new skills with the under 5's.   This has really boosted interest in our learning centres as parents are so concerned with raising resilient children. PLANAR RESTAURANT'S AFRICAN JOLLOF NIGHT 2021-03-26T00:21:54Z planar-restaurant-s-african-jollof-night IT’S TIME FOR AFRICA! Travelling may be on hold right now but Planar Restaurant and Industry Night Sydney have teamed up and are bringing Africa to you with a special African Jollof Night on Friday 26th March from 6pm to 11:30pm at Planar Restaurant in Darling Harbour, Sydney.   It’s time to put your fashion to the test and wow your friends in traditional African attire or a bright coloured outfit for the chance to win the ultimate prize giveaway!   The night will feature a host of culture, traditional performances, live music all the way from Kenya, along with a specialised 2 course African cuisine set menu created by Chef Ben. Take in the Darling Harbour views as you dance the night away from Afrombollo & DJ Zinger beats. To purchase your tickets, click the link below: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/african-jollof-night-tickets-144732630193?aff=ebdssbeac     Proof: A lot of dating sites only want to make money from your personal information 2021-03-25T21:09:21Z proof-a-lot-of-dating-sites-only-want-to-make-money-from-your-personal-information You are single and you turn to a dating to help you find the right partner for you. If you are not careful you might be heading right into a scam. The Educated Singles Club provide the proof in this article. Many, so-called dating sites, have no interest at all in helping you finding a partner. They only want to collect as many information as possible about, which they then can sell of to 3 party companies. Free is very expensive Maybe you are tempted by a dating site, where you can get a profile for free. But think twice. If you are getting a profile for free, then who is paying for their website, administration and often huge marketing budgets? Yes — YOU are. And the price you are paying is very high. You pay with all your personal details, which can be sold to anybody who wants to buy. The Educated Singles Club has been offered thousands of fake profiles We have been offered thousands of fake profiles (could be your profile if you have signed up on one of these scam sites). The sales argument was that it would look like we were much bigger than we actually were. Later when we have grown organically we could remove the fake profiles. Naturally we, The Educated Singles Club, rejected the “offer”. Read the terms and conditions carefully How often do you read the terms and conditions when signing up on a webpage or app? When it comes to dating sites you definitely should. Below are the terms and conditions for a dating site that is active in our segment. Please read it. "Effective January 1, 2020 - the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) grants California residents additional rights regarding their personal information. Please note that for us to determine the best dating site for you, your personal information must be shared with one or more of our partners. When your information is accepted by a third-party in order to create your dating profile, this would constitute a sale of your personal information. If you do not consent to the transmission or sale of your personal information, you may no longer continue the registration process to receive these offers, any follow-up materials from our partners, or have your profile created on their respective services unless you are subscribed with them directly." The Educated Singles Club NEVER sell or disclose your information to anyone. In Europe, where The Educated Singles Club is based, transparency and privacy protection has been mandatory for years. In California, USA, where this company resides it is very recent and still not at European levels when it comes to consumer protection. But it has forced some player to reveal their real purpose, in this case collecting and selling your private information. You don’t want that do you? The Educated Singles Club is different - Here is how: The mission of The Educated Singles Club is to provide a safe environment for well-educated singles where they can be certain that the fellow members are who they pretend to be. And they can be sure, that the information they provide will not be shared with anyone else — ever. We guarantee your privacy and we do not share your information with anyone. We are a club where you, as a member, pay a membership fee. That is how we are financed. That means we have no other interest than keeping our members happy As we are a global club, based in Europe, we submit to the European privacy laws, which are the toughest in the world All our members have at least a masters degree. We have a thorough ID and education level check during the membership application approval process. We reject more than 90% of the membership application. You can view some of the members here