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Varekai Show Review

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Vareki, one of nearly 10 continuously travelling shows from the team at Cirque de Soleil, opened in Canberra on March 15th.

Based on the journey of a man who falls into the magical world of Vareki it is both both absurd and extraordinary.

The word varekai means “wherever” in the Romany language of the gypsies the universal wanderers. This production pays tribute to the nomadic soul, to the spirit and art of the circus tradition, and to the infinite passion of those whose quest takes them along the path that leads to Varekai.

This production is extraordinary. After a slow start the action warms up with frequent breathtaking performances from an international cast. Crowd favourites include the kids from China and the amazing acrobatic finale.

The show runs until to April 8th 2007 before moving on to Melbourne (opening on April 19th). The circus is located opposite the National Library, Canberra.

Tickets are available from http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/CirqueDuSoleil/en/showstickets/varekai/Ticketsclub/Canberra_directions.htm

World Vision Child Sponsorship Campaign

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World Vision is Australia’s largest overseas aid and humanitarian organisation. With the support of around 400 000 Australians, World Vision helps over 12 million people every year. As well as providing relief in emergency situations, we work on long-term development projects with local communities to address the causes of poverty and help them move toward self-sufficiency.

As part of an Easter Campaign to help generate funds and increase public awareness about the work and impact of World Vision, information stands will be present in Westfield Woden between 16 and 22 April 2007. World Vision staff will be on hand to provide information, advice and resources to the public about World Vision and its programs, particularly Child Sponsorship. Come and seize the opportunity to sponsor a child living in poverty and help improve the long-term chances of an entire community.

For further information, please contact:

Catherine Wood
Relationship Assistant – New Supporters
PH: (02)9806 6307
FX: (02)9806 6301
Email: catherine.wood@worldvision.com.a

Yarralumla Uniting Church

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Yarralumla Uniting Church
The annual Yarralumla Uniting Church Winter Arts & Craft Show takes place from Friday 29th June – Sunday 1st July 2007. This popular event is once again being held at the Church on Denman Street in Yarralumla in Canberra.

Along with a wide display of oil, water and pastel paintings there are a strong displays of quilt and patchwork pieces.

More details can be found at www.yarrauniting.org.au or by calling 02 6281 2750

Lanyon Garden Festival

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By Paul Webb
Saturday and Sunday
24 and 25 March 2007 10am – 4pm
Lanyon Tharwa Drive, Tharwa, ACT
Entry: $5 Adults $3 Concession $10 Family
Historic Lanyon will be at its best during the 5th Annual
Lanyon Garden Festival. Enjoy a wonderful array of garden
activities including specialist talks tours and demonstrations in the beautiful setting of Lanyon gardens.
With over 40 events, this year’s festival is sure to provide something for all ages. Visitors can join Jean Abbott as she imparts her secrets of making jams and preserves, or Judith Boden-Cummings in an informative demonstration of herbs for medicinal and culinary uses.
Graham Williams demonstrates how to prune your roses and fruit trees and Lyn Fisher uncovers the charming aspects of flower arrangements from the Victorian Period. Discover the ways of drying plants & how to use them with Judy Refshauge.
Specialist talks this year include, Establishing a new garden on rural land; Gardening at Highgrove House; From garden to table a culinary tour of the Lanyon vegetable garden, along with David Johnson’s tree tour.
Graham Williams talks on beekeeping and growing organic vegetables; Phil Spradbery runs an informative session on European Wasps and learn all you can from Geoff Price of the ACT Weeds Office.
Enjoy live music provided by Bunyip’n Bluegum, Tuggeranong Valley Band, and the Cantabile Choir. Children’s activities include badge making, coloring in, flower arranging and vase decoration, egg and spoon races and sack races. A variety of food will be available including lunch at the Lanyon Cafe (bookings required), a sausage sizzle along
with drinks and ice creams. A variety of stall holders will provide an array of garden related products for sale including Uncle Joe’s Chooks, Gray to Green, water recyclers and Environment ACT.
Discover or revisit the restored 1850s homestead and convict
outbuildings. Meet up with celebrity gardeners and visiting plant and garden societies or simply relax under the elm, listening to music played on the lawns and enjoying the atmosphere of the 5th Annual Lanyon Garden Festival.
Lanyon Garden Festival
Saturday 24 Sunday 25 March 2007
Enquiries. Lanyon Tel (02) 6235 5677
Lanyon, Tharwa Drive, Tharwa ACT

Distributors Wanted

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Earn between $200 – 300 per day as a distributor for The Word. We are looking for reliable people with their own vehicle to distribute batches of 10 – 100 papers to pubs, clubs, cafes, nursing homes, govt departments, business office blocks, high traffic shopping areas etc.
Work is availabe 2 days p/month.
Ring 02-62929061

Musica da Camera

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By Barbara Donaldson
Musica da Camera, a community string orchestra will be holding their next concerts on -Saturday 14 April, 3pm, Holy Covenant Anglican Church, Dexter Street, Cook;
Sunday 15 April, 3pm, “Mona” Braidwood.
A rich program of string music directed by Barbara Jane Gilby, including works by Mozart and Copland. Violin soloist is Alethea Coombe. Tickets at the door – $20 Adults, $15 concession and children under 12 free

007 Packs a punch!

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Boxing ACT
By Rob Barron, Boxing ACT PresidentBoxing ACT will begin another hectic year of boxing when it presents its first tournament for 2007 on Saturday March 3 at the Tradesmen’s Club Phillip.
This tournament will feature local aspiring boxers who will vie for selections to the World Championships later in this year in Russia.
Other major events coming up include the National Selections to the World Championships which are being held at the AIS between 23-25 March. This tournament will feature the best of Australia’s boxers from all states and territories over 3 jam-packed days.
A number of local tournaments throughout the year will enable both the novice boxer and more prominent representatives to gain invaluable experience and conditioning for other national tournaments like the Arafura Games (Darwin), Oceania Games (Samoa), World Championships (Russia) and National Championships (Gold Coast), as well as preparation for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
This is indeed one of our busiest years and with so many chances to represent overseas, our boxers need lots of encouragement and financial support to be able to travel away from home and work.
Boxing ACT and individual boxers seek sponsorship and welcome enquires through their office on 02-61019901.or Secretary, Julia Felton on 0411030637.

Hosting the world mountain bike championships

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Mountain Bike ride
By Andrew Barr
I welcome the announcement that the 2009 World Mountain Bike and Trials Championships will be held in Canberra.
The event is expected to attract more than 750 of the world’s top mountain bike riders, as well as 30 000 visitors from up to 40 countries and will run from the 1-6 September 2009 at the new Stromlo Forest Park. That the 2009 World Championships will be held in Canberra is great news for the City and the country.
As more than 750 of the world’s top riders compete across the mountain bike disciplines of Cross Country, Downhill, Four Cross, and Observed Trials, the event will be broadcast to an expected television audience of over 25 million people across the world.
This will provide a major boost for tourism, business and the economy and is great recognition of the world class facilities we have to offer in the ACT.
The ACT Government will provide over $1 million to support the 2009 World Mountain Bike and Trials Championships.
Given the stature of this event in the world and the growing popularity of mountain biking in Australia, this is a major opportunity to promote Stromlo Forest Park and Canberra as the number one mountain biking destination in Australia and a hot spot for mountain biking in the world.
The ACT Government joined with Canberra Off-Road Cyclists (CORC) and their event partners Apis Consulting Group in their bid for Canberra to host and manage the 2009 World Mountain Bike and Trials Championships and we will invest over $1 million to support the event. This is in addition to the $7.5 million invested in the new facilities at Stromlo Forest Park, with a major component of these facilities focusing on mountain biking.
I look forward to the great sporting feats which will be achieved on the tracks at Stromlo and the recognition our great city will achieve during and in the lead up to the Championships.

IT teacher, publisher, webmaster, poet, songwriter and digital artist!

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Jennifer Kathleen Phillips
BY KIM WELLS
Jennifer Kathleen Phillips doesn’t do things by halves. Now a local, Jennifer Phillips graduated from Massey University, New Zealand, in the top 5% of students with a degree in education and has since taught all ages from preschool to adults in a variety of settings. She is presently an IT teacher at Lake Tuggeranong College and active on a number of committees including the Computer Education Group of the ACT, Australian Government Quality Teaching Program and the Council of ACT Education Associations. In her free time she is vice president of the ACT branch of the Australian Federation of University Women, having just served two terms as president. She has published 5 books and is a poet, webmaster and songwriter as well as an artist.
For Christmas 2003 her husband bought her a copy of Adobe Photoshop and about the same time she was asked if she would paint a picture for Easter. Jennifer says,
“As I had not been making many art works I thought I would do a concept sketch on the computer, so I took photos of a rose and barbed wire and manipulated them using software tools to sharpen the image, stretch and reshape it and add texture. I was so pleased with my work that I had it printed on canvas. The response from people was so positive that it encouraged me to make more digital art works. I discovered some online galleries and digital art communities and began exhibiting my work online as well as offline and have begun selling limited edition prints to a global market!”
Jennifer entered some digital images into the ARTOTEQUE, a real time global art competition held in February 2006 in London and was one of only four exhibitors from Australia awarded prizes.
Encouraged by this success Jennifer held a solo exhibition of works at Belconnen Gallery in August 2006, which was well received by nearly 1000 visitors.
She has since won The People’s Choice at Waniassa Art’s ‘Views in the Hills’ exhibition in 2006 for her image, Loved – never forgotten. Works are currently part of the “Wasteland’ Exhibitio, a project of the MV Network, a federation of regional arts facilities and presenters bonded by the M5 motorway, stretching from the Casula Powerhouse in Western Sydney through Campbelltown and the Southern Tablelands to Canberra and Queanbeyan. The Wasteland exhibition at Belconnen is the first stage in a multi phase project that will see each of the members interpret the Wasteland theme, culminating in a major exhibition at the Casula Powerhouse in 2007
Jennifer’s art will be part of the upcoming exhibition: ‘Affluence’ by the art group Multifocus at the HUW DAVIES GALLERY situated in the Manuka Arts Centre, corner of NSW Crescent and Manuka Circle, Griffith (presented by Photoaccess). The exhibition continues until 20 February. Gallery hours are 11am to 5pm (closed Monday). Phone 6295 7810.
Recently Jennifer has established an online sales site where her prints can be viewed and purchased at www.phillips-prints.com
Jennifer has created several educational aids including easy website development and animation and a series of reading activity packs that contain interactive computer reading games to help young children learn to read. Activity Pack 1 – which contains animated reading activities and printable worksheets to help a child develop early reading skills – is now available at www.phillips-prints.com
Jennifer is also working on a children’s storybook that will be illustrated with digital art.

The imitator who struck gold in being himself

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Tom Woodward
Tom Woodward began performing at the age of fourteen, at the now defunct Gypsy Bar. They were a considerate enough venue to have an underages night, called melodic minors, every Tuesday evening. Tom played an electric guitar, had frizzy bleach blonde hair and a baby face, his voice still unbroken. Usually one or two people sat in the audience sipping lemonade, curious to see what the baby face with the girly voice had to say. A few years later, his voice had dropped three octaves and he had well and truly lost the baby face. In those days people sat in the crowd sipping wine (instead of lemonade), wondering whether they had just stepped through a vortex into Greenwich Village, circa 1961. “Is that a young Bob Dylan?” They briefly stopped to think, in between chardonnay.
Tom Woodward is now adamant that he is not trying to be Bob Dylan. He hopes and prays that his debut studio album, Blue Day Requiem, will help assuage the five year flow of such comparisons. But as much as Woodward says he is tired of the comparison, he accepts that he did ask for it. “Bob Dylan was a huge influence on me when I was fifteen. Almost overnight I went from trying to be Kurt Cobain to imitating Bob Dylan. Basically, one week I was in the Gypsy Bar with a distortion pedal and a heavy metal drummer behind me, and the next I was opening shows for David Branson at the Currong Theatre, with an acoustic guitar and ten minute songs dedicated to the age-old themes of existential angst and social justice.” If that were not enough, at 18 Tom billed at the National Folk Festival where he entered himself into the “Inspired Bob Dylan Song Competition”. An electrifying and overtly Dylanesque version of Girl of the North Country won him third place, and of course more (sometimes derogatory) Bob Dylan comparisons.
By 2005, he had almost stopped playing music altogether. “I moved to Melbourne and decided to try my luck at writing. This time I wanted to be George Orwell.” For a year and a half Tom bummed around between Melbourne and Canberra, playing music occasionally, but spending most of his time locked away, writing like a demon.
In mid 2006, having struggled on the same book for nearly two years, Tom “was depressed. I had no money, no future; no reason to stick around really. I basically just decided to quit writing, quit everything, move out to the country and work on a farm.” For three months he picked peaches on a small farm north-west of Sydney, isolated from the trappings of his old life. “Basically I saved money, and that was a novel thing for me, because I’ve never had any money.” When he returned to Canberra, the first thing he did was record the songs he had written on the farm. “I no longer felt the need to try and imitate anybody else. The new songs felt the most honest I’d ever written, and I had some of the best musicians in the country willing to put down tracks for me.” After an intensive period of writing, mixing and arranging, Tom sent the recordings off to be mastered by Don Bartley, one of Australia’s most prominent masterers.
The final product is Blue Day Requiem, an eleven song journey into the mind of a man unafraid to turn over every psychological leaf; a deeply moving discovery of the limits and capabilities of ones own existence. “I am really happy with this album,” he says. “I think it’s the first thing I’ve done I can really be proud of.”
And in a career spanning eight years, it seems the Cobain turned Dylan turned Orwell imitator, is quite happy to just be who he is: a songwriter named Tom Woodward.
Tom Woodward will be performing at the National Folk Festival where he will be officially kick off his Blue Day Requiem National Tour. To order you copy of Blue Day Requiem,
email tom@tomwoodward.net or phone 0401594865

Reclamation – culture, spirit and place

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Indigenous arts
BY SANDRA HILL
I was commissioned to do this artwork in 2004, collaborating with Ngunnawal artist Jim Williams and non-Indigenous ceramic artist Jenny Dawson. I was responsible for all design, utilizing a few of Jim’s drawings and fortunately was able to use the stainless steel silos already onsite. The mosaic was made at the J Shed Ceramic Art Studio in Fremantle, Perth.
Jenny Dawson and I have been working together on public art projects for the past ten years. The mosaic was made from wet clay, rolled on the slab. The design was transferred onto the clay and cut to the grid. Each clay tile was numbered to this grid and fits together like a jigsaw. While the tiles were still wet, the imagery was etched into the clay. The tiles were then dried, cleaned, hand-glazed and fired in the kiln at stoneware temperatures.
Tony Pankiw, a prominent metal artist from Perth, made the steel components that cover the silos. Large silk screens translated the designs to scale. These were then chemically printed onto the steel, which was then acid etched onto the metal plates. The plates were dissected using a plasma cutter and then electro plated. Once this process was completed, printing ink was rubbed into the low areas to produce the colour. The steel art work has been sealed with an epoxy anti-graffiti coating and will not deteriorate over time. Some of the panels are of rusted steel but these get better over time, like the copper of the Molonglo River.
It was a privilege to work on this project, being a Ngoongar from W.A. it is significant that another tribe invested in me and trusted me to express their culture and traditions. They trusted me to tell their story visually, in an appropriate and acceptable manner to all of the community and this is highly unusual for indigenous groups. It was an extraordinary experience to be accepted in this way by the Ngunnawal people and I would like to express my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Matilda House, Jim Williams and members of the local Indigenous community for this honour. My thanks also go to ArtsACT and the Chief Minister’s office for their ongoing support.
“Reclamation; Culture, Spirit and Place”.
Reclamation acknowledges the traditional owners of this place, the Ngunnawal people. The two steel plinths feature imagery that incorporates and reflects the rich cultural history and traditions of the original custodians of the Molonglo River, it’s waterways and tribal lands.
The four panels reference the many facets of Ngunnawal culture and heritage. Some of the animals represented are; the Eagle, totem animal of the Ngunnawal people, the Crow, Owl, Black Cockatoo, Goanna, Frog and the Crane. The Bogong Moth holds a significant place in the Ngunnawal traditions as an important food source.
The original path of the Molonglo River and the ancient rock paintings from the ‘Yankee Hat’ rock shelters in the Namadji National Park are featured in one of the panels. The animals represented are; the Dingo, Kangaroo, Echidna and Koala, all are important food sources for the local people.
The mosaic reflects past, present and future. The figures participate in a dance, representing cultural traditions of the past. The two arcs signify coolamons or ‘holding vessels’. One represents the maintenance of Ngunnawal culture, the keeping of the record and the strong and ongoing connection to their lands. The strips represent the Ngunnawal people; moving forward into the future, tall, strong and proud. The coloured tiles represent the natural environment; the land, the sea, the heavens, the earth and the blood of the people. The ‘campfire’ symbol represents home, family and community.
The artwork celebrates the survival of the spirit, the courage and the dignity shown by the Ngunnawal people, as they move forward into the future.
Principal Artist: Sandra Hill (Nyoongar)
Collaborative Artist: Jim Williams (Ngunnawal).
Ceramic Artist: Jenny Dawson
Metal Artist: Tony Pankiw

Decaying dental systemfrom the horse's mouth

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Deacaying
By Bernadette Blueday
At 8am nine people wait, lucky I am here early. The place is dead quiet.
No one at the desk yet.
Mobile phones must be off in the dentist’s surgery, that’s a problem because I don’t know how to switch mine off! And when I do, noone can ring me.
Deadly quiet, I wonder if they all have a toothache. I’m afraid of the dentist. Nice and warm in here anyway, I would like a drink, I can see some in a display cabinet – Coke and juice at one end. Healthy things like fruit, bread and water in the other end to emphasise to us what to eat for the good of our teeth.
TV is up high in the corner, mercifully it’s switched off. Four notices are stuck prominently around the walls…”Have your say about our service”.
This is an invitation to put comments on the reception desk downstairs. What can I say about this place? I wouldn’t know, I’ve had no service yet. I feel sick, probably because to get here so early I skipped breakfast.
I hear some bumps behind the screen of the reception area, but the screen doesn’t move. It is just 8.05 now, thirteen people wait including one child. I wonder if they voted for Labor or Liberal or if any of them could have made any difference to the Dental Health System. Payment is $25 but that’s only for the first tooth treated. A phone is ringing in vein, no one answers it. The screens go up and a lady with a child talks to the receptionist who tells her that children are not allowed in for emergency treatment. The mother says she rang twice yesterday and ‘they’ told her to bring in the child. I didn’t hear what the receptionist replied but the woman reluctantly went away. I hear the receptionist say to one man, “Did someone hit you in the face?” I glance at the man with a swollen face who is now looking very confused. Why would he come here if he didn’t have a dental problem? We are asked to fill in a form to describe how bad our pain is…. PAIN …..Very severe, moderate or bearable. Forms are confusing especially if you forgot to bring your glasses, like me. I wonder how long I will have to wait? Do I have a dental problem? If not, I’ll have to go on a six month waiting list. Everyone has to pay before they see the dentist. They sort you out quick, if you have a swollen face, they ask if someone hit you? I heard this several times. It points to the fact that they don’t trust people to have a ‘real’ dental problem. It is now over an hour since I came in. I’m feeling nauseas. I had no breakfast, just coffee. It’s very hot in here. There are now over twenty people waiting. I stare at Bugs Bunny on the wall, it says….Make a date with your dental therapist. How? Bribe him with some carrots? It’s 9.30, I have been here one and a half hours. Could be another couple of hours before I’m seen by a dentist.
I’ve paid my money, filled in forms for my medical history. I feel sick. I go to the bubbler, which is outside down the corridor to take a pain killer. There is no glass there and the bubbler doesn’t work. I go to the basin in the toilet and lapped out of cupped hands. I start thinking, if you had a bad toothache how could you prove it? I feel sorry for you. I go to the children’s waiting room around the corner, might be a bit cooler there, maybe a bit of fresh air. I feel like going home but then I think it may not be much longer to wait.
One of the dentists comes out and goes to the toilet. he doesn’t come out of the toilet all the while I’m there… what happened to him? He has been in there for 30 minutes at least.

My face is very hot and my tooth hurts, wish I could get some outside fresh air but I can’t go outside in case they call my name. I will miss out. They can’t give me any indication when my turn will come up.
It is close to 2.00pm when my name is called, I am the last one left in the waiting room from those who were there at 8.00am. Next time I will bring MY BED and some WATER! For my $25 I get a rough dentist who takes a long time to pull out a double tooth. They don’t fill old people’s teeth any more, they pull them out…IF THEY DON’T FALL OUT BEFORE THEY CAN GET TO SEE A DENTIST!!

Breathe right to sleep right

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Tess Graham
BY Tess Graham
Every time John stopped breathing during the night, Bronwyn would lay awake wondering if this was the big one. After 2 years of sleep disrupted by loud snoring and sleep apnoeas Bronwyn eventually moved to sleep in a separate room. Even so, John’s snoring was so loud it could be heard through two closed doors and the sleep apnoea episodes were increasing. To make matters worse, John would suffer from drowsiness during the day and was often fighting to stay awake at work. Eventually, Bronwyn insisted that he visit the doctor.
John’s doctor confirmed that he was suffering from sleep apnoea. Surgery or a machine to help him breathe were the more radical options to help control his condition. However, there was a natural method that could help him by addressing the root cause of his troubles: – the way he was breathing.
Snoring is disturbed breathing, in fact ‘over-breathing’. It causes a loss of carbon dioxide from the lungs. Carbon dioxide is very important for normal bodily functioning; it is logical to assume that the body must have some way to prevent losing it. In a person with sleep apnoea, this defence mechanism activates to stop you breathing when the carbon dioxide level declines too much. Another mechanism by which snoring can lead to apnoea, is when the excessive volume of air passing the swollen tissues of the throat, sucks the airway shut temporarily.
The Buteyko breathing method works by helping patients regain control of their breathing volume and restoring normal levels of carbon dioxide. Practising Buteyko, John put an end to his disrupted sleep for good and regained control of his health and his marriage!
Do you snore or suffer from sleep apnoea? Do you experience restlessness, excessive movement while asleep? Do you wake up groggy, un-refreshed or get drowsy during the day? Left unchecked these symptoms could lead to more serious health problems. Take control of your health and address your sleeping problems now. Buteyko Health Solution is a physiotherapy clinic specialising in breathing related problems in adults and children. Come and find out how we can help you.
Contact Tess Graham, physiotherapist on 62325222

JACKmail

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Jack West
Jackson West, the third of four sons, is a young Canberra man who was born on the 1/1/1986. Jackson has an extra terminal band on the long arm of the 22nd chromosome which doesn’t really mean anything. What is meaningful for him and for us, his family, is how it manifests. He is classified as having a profound intellectual disability with autism.
Jackson is a young man with the potential for a great future. He is a thrill seeker, a music lover and a car enthusiast; he has enormous stamina and perseverance, rides pillion on a 750cc BMW motorbike and enjoys bush walking and boiling a billy. He also happens to have very high support needs; he needs one-on-one supervision and assistance all his waking hours. Without caring people with vision to support him to lead a good life, the typical future he can look forward to is one diminished in real and valuable roles and adventures.
Jackson graduated from Black Mountain School at the end of 2006 and in this new stage of his life, post-school, he has much to offer. However, we live in a society that often refuses to acknowledge the contribution he can make; a society which does not, to any large extent, value or respect people like Jackson. He is seen as ‘other’, a lesser kind of human who can contribute little and is not entitled to the support he needs for his life to be rich in people and experiences.
We, Jackson’s parents, think otherwise. We have established a courier business, JACKmail, created to employ Jackson part-time and designed around his skills and loves. JACKmail will collect mail from Post Office boxes and deliver it to businesses. It will collect any out-going mail and take it to the post office to be posted. “One-off” deliveries such as tender documents or small parcels can also be accommodated. A support worker will drive the JACKmail van and support and guide Jackson as he makes deliveries.
JACKmail will give Jackson the opportunity to:
. be employed
. contribute to his community
. meet many small business owners, operators, employees and customers
. have a busy, active and interesting life
. earn money
. be a positive example to others
. be an ambassador for other people with a disability
If you would like to engage JACKmail to pick-up and deliver your mail, phone 02 62810974 (office),
0421 455 913 (mobile) or email sally@jacksonwest.org To find out more about Jackson
visit www.jacksonwest.org