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Epic tour awaits Ben Brooksby and his Naked Farmer team

The Naked Farmer, Ben Brooksby, and his dog Sasha at St Helens Plains.

It started as a joke between a couple of mates and soon sparked a mental health awareness campaign based on encouraging people living and working on the land to get their gear off.

PHOTOS: Natimuk and District Gymnastic Club hosts annual mini comp

Lucas Puls, at Natimuk and District Gymanastic Club annual mini-comp.

Natimuk and District Gymnastic Club hosted its annual ‘mini comp’ at the weekend with 110 club gymnasts taking to the floor. The event provides gymnasts with an opportunity to showcase new skills learned and introduces younger gymnasts to competition in a friendly environment. Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER The entire June 20, 2018 edition of The Weekly […]

Stan Watson living positively with MND

FIGHTING MND: Stan Watson, surrounded by Stawell Amateur Athletic Club members and friends, is behind the Big Freeze for MND campaign, which raises money to find a treatment and cure for motor neurone disease. Mr Watson was diagnosed with MND in 2016.

We all have our problems, some serious enough to rightly ache and complain about, while others have bellyaches so trivial that the former puts the latter to shame. Stan Watson is 62 and has MND – motor neurone disease – a debilitating illness that over time affects a person’s ability to speak, walk, swallow and […]

Family violence session in Stawell

Lifeline Ballarat will host a free domestic violence awareness workshop in Stawell on Tuesday. Lifeline Ballarat program manager Michelle MacGillivray said one woman a week died as a result of domestic and family violence in Australia. She said the shocking statistic needed to be addressed by everyone in the community and encouraged people to attend […]

Trauma expert Donna Reggett extends hand in Wimmera

Wimmera Veterans Centre leaders have called on the community to participate in a region-first event aimed at helping people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

A pathway to new skill sets

I don’t have the skills or time; someone else will do it; I have to commit to an organisation; I’m too young, too old; I’m not as valuable as a paid staff member… we’ve all heard the myths surrounding volunteering and, again, I say they are completely untrue. Volunteers can be of all ages and […]

Making a Mark for YMCA Open Doors

Horsham Aquatic Centre Open Doors volunteer Mark Radford has won recognition from the YMCA for his dedication to raising money for disadvantaged members of the Wimmera community. The Horsham Rural City councillor is stepping down as the centre’s Open Doors volunteer after 11 years, however that does not mean the father of three adult children […]

Chance to help people ‘doing it tough’

Wimmera residents can help wage a war against hunger this winter by helping to raise money to deliver meals to people in need. With as many as one in eight Australians living below the poverty line, shoppers can show their support to people doing it tough by buying a $2 donation card at Horsham Coles. […]

Damien Thomlinson set to inspire at Horsham breakfast

Ex-commando, actor, aspiring Paralympian and keynote speaker Damien Thomlinson will be Leadership Wimmera’s special guest at a breakfast meeting this month. Thomlinson is an Afghanistan war veteran and former member of the elite Second Commando Regiment. Like many of his comrades in the armed forces, Thomlinson can accurately be described as a war hero, but […]

Doin’ pink for breast cancer research

Horsham business Doin’ Pizza will ‘go pink’ next week to raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The foundation has encouraged people to ‘go pink’ from June 18 to 24 to support the thousands of mothers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives and children whose lives have been – or will be – affected by breast […]


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