October, 2018

Festival full of sweet delights

One of the most wickedly delicious festivals on the state’s calendar –Chocolate Winterfest, Latrobe–takes place on Sunday,August 14, from 10.30am until 3.30pm, with a couple of special treats a day or two before.
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Festival patrons can indulge in 38 events, individually or successively, at 26 locations in and around the township. Park in Latrobe and jump on and off the free shuttle buses atkey venues.

In this13thstagingof the festival, a variety of favourites return, and new activities emergeto tempt, inform, astound, amuse and above all, celebratethe wicked treat.

The core ofChocolate Winterfest, Latrobeis, of course chocolate, but it is alsothe chance to escapeWinter and enjoy a day out with family and friends. The varietyof events caters for all, from the very young to the young at heart.

As with any festival, the more involved you are, the more fun you have.

All-time favouritesChocolate Wonders of Wearable Art, the Chocolate Corner, Chocolate Mousse Mayhem and Latte Art on Hot Chocolateare enhanced with Cookie Wiggle, Chocolate Readings and the“In the Raw” Chocolate Cake Competition for men only. There’s alsoCupcake Decorating Competition, Guess How Many Chocolates, Painting with Chocolate, The Science Behind Chocolate, Chocolate Henna and Truffilicous.

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The official opening Saturday night includes the community lantern walk from Kings Park at 5.45 pm and the simultaneous Cement Australia Lights on Fire, relocated to the Latrobe Recreation Ground (not Bells Parade) from 6pm.


Passionate equestrian, Ruby Gardner of Sassafras Primary School is this week’sEmerging Leader chosen for her resilience, respect and responsible actions.

“Ruby works very hard to become one of the best school leaders that she can be, continually striving to reinforce the school’s values,” teacher Mrs Kleinman said.

In after school activities, Ruby is inspired by dressage rider and riding instructor, Mrs Sue Lamont, and aspires to teach others how to ride horses,

“Everyone should have the opportunity to ride a horse and enjoy learning about horses,” Ruby said.

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Polimeni family overwhelmed by support

Polimeni family overwhelmed by support WITH LOVE: Lui’s friends gather at Ronald McDonald House where a plaque has been erected in honour of Lui following a generous donation fundraised by the Harden Hawks and Boorowa Bushrangers as well as gathered in his honour at his funeral.
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A plaque has been placed in Lui’s memory on the corporate donation tree at the front door of Ronald McDonald House.

A beautiful family who will always be in the hearts of so many (from left) Jenny, Lui, Joey and Gino. Photo: Forever Rose Photography

15-year-old Lui Polimeni will always be part of the Gundagai Tigers RLFC despite his time being cut tragically short. Photo: Tahlia Crane Photography

TweetFacebookThe memory of Lui Polimeni, 15, lives on as the rugby league community and wider community in generalrallies around his parents Gino and Jenny and younger brother Joey.

Lui passed away in hospital in Canberra aftersufferingmassive stroke symptoms andcollapsing on the football field while playing for his beloved Gundagai Tigers in May this year.

Lui will be remembered as a talented sportsperson, a great mate and a beloved son and brother.

Below are the words of loving mother Jenny Polimeni who, with her family, continues to be brave finding a way forward while always remembering her eldest child.

“Thank you for walking in our shoes

During May this year Gino, Joey and I suffered the worst news any family could be delivered when we suddenly and tragically lost our loved son and brother Lui.

Lui was a newmember of the Gundagai Tigers under 16s playing in the Sullivan Cup.

From the start of the season Lui was dedicated and determined, he loved his coach, his team mates and the Gundagai Tigers Football Club.

He constantly talked about training and upcoming games.His easy going and friendly nature meant Lui fitted in well with the Tigers.

His team and his coach could see he cared and was willing to have a go.

Lui was soacceptedat this great club and itis a huge tribute to him and his beautiful character.

This has not only been an immense loss for us, we feel the sincere pain from the members at the club and wider community.

For us to see 1800 people at Lui’s funeralwas overwhelming and sad as well as humbling and honoured.

With enough donated food for 4000 people,erected tents for many, all hands on deck and the love of a universe.

Weacknowledge andappreciate it so much.

“Everyone is afraid of dying, until you lose your child,thenyou’reafraid of how to live.”

I read this somewhere this week and it really sums up how Gino and I feel.

We will never get over losing our beautiful Lui, although we slowly learn to live again in a different normal.

We are grateful for theTigers committeebeing with us every step of the way andorganisinga fund to help usout.

We arenowable tohave somegentle time away from our businessand gather some thoughts on the future ofGino’s Fruit and Vegas we know it’s such a special part of the community.

People from all over the area have been doing their own fundraising and contributing.

We are totally overwhelmed with the love and support.

We have been told the money has come from Tigers’ players, other football clubs, community members holding their own raffles,the NRL and CRL,children with $1or more, adults with whatever they can give and one community member who made a considerable donation.

This brings tears to our eyes as we never thought this would ever happen to us.

It is also a great tribute to our very beautifuland talentedyoung man Lui; whoeveryone loved.

We are also grateful for The Harden Hawks and Boorowa Bushrangers love and support.

They fundraised for RonaldMcDonald House where we found some comfort at our worst time.

Along with donations from the funeral, nine of Lui’s friends were honoured to travel back to Canberra with me last Thursday to present them with $10,000.

There is now a plaque in Lui’s memory on the corporate donation tree at the front door of Ronald McDonald House.

We will be forever proud of Luiand forever grateful to theextraordinarycommunity we live in.THANK YOU”

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Feeding the needy with one meal

Lending a helping hand: One Meal volunteers Matt Harward and Kristy McCormack with celebrity chef Manu Feildel, who is one of the organisation’s ambassadors.
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A new food service for the homeless has launched in Sutherland Shire, with the hope of reaching as many people in need as possible.

FriendsMatt Harward, of Gymea, and Kristy McCormack,of Cronulla, started the local arm of One Meal –a non-profit community organisation that carries the motto ‘it makes a difference’.

Originally established at Campbelltown, and also operating at Darlinghurst, One Meal helps feed underprivileged individuals and their families.

Mr Haward got involved because he wanted to help others.

“I got divorced a couple of years ago, started drinking, and realised how easily one could end up an alcoholic,” he said.

“So I started looking for somewhere to volunteer, but struggled to find a place.

“A friend put me onto One Meal, and I started volunteering at Darlinghurst.”

He realised the Shire could benefit from the service.

“I thought, there’s not one of these happening in the Shire, aside from some held by the Uniting Church, but ones with an ulterior motive like religion can make people unsure,” he said.

“All we do is offer free food.”

Volunteers make a dish from home,such as a pasta, rice, meat, soup or muffins, which are served with coffee, tea, bottled waterand a breakfast pack of milk, cereal and a muesli bar.

Mr Haward says the aim is to reach out to the homeless each Sunday from 4pm, at their Sutherland base –a car park opposite Boyle Street(751 Old Princes Highway).

“At the first service on one came, but at the second,we served five people,” he said.

“Everyone from teens to older people came along – themajority in their 40s.”

With thesupport ofSutherland Shire Council and Orana, the Shire service aims to expand its exposure in the region.

“We have about 100 volunteers lined up ready to go but getting the word and trust out to those in need is the hardest part,” Mr Harwardsaid.

“We also have celebrity chefs involved, including Colin Fassnidgefrom My Kitchen Rules.

“His restaurant 4Fourteen donates a dish every week to the Darlinghurst service.”

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Hoff heads home

Unable to get game time in aBarossa, Light and Gawler junior colts grand final win in 2000 andnot playingstate football until a single match at under 20s level in 2005,Justin Westhoff is the ultimate story of perseveranceand self-belief.
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The following season(2006), he made his SANFL league debut and now, a decade later, Justin Westhoff has become just the seventh200-game player for Port Adelaide Power.

His journey started at the Tanunda Football Club, where his parentsDanny and Robyn were local sporting stars who came across from Eudunda, when that club joined the North Eastern association in the early 1990s.

Last Tuesday, Westhoff returned to the Tanunda Magpies and had a chat about his journey, despite the fact the media commitments of an AFL footballer are among his least favoured parts of the profession.

“When we were kids, Mum and Dad gave us the best opportunity to play in a good football environment,” Westhoff told the Herald.

“We’d be at the football club all day Saturday.We would watch dad play each week.

“Mum was also important; she always wanted us to make the most of our opportunities.She was the first to give us advice and along with my wife Bec, has had a huge impact on my life.

“Looking at the old photos around the club brought back a lot of fond memories.

“With the week-to-week intensity of AFL, you get caught up in just playing the game, but getting to look back on where you’ve come from gives a little time to reflect.”

Like his siblings, older brother Leigh and four-game AFL footballer Matthew, Westhoff ventured to the Ponderosa and started his SANFL league career in 2006, being selected by Port Adelaide at pick number 71, the penultimate pick in that season’s draft.

He debuted in round 10 the following year and, except for two months on the sidelines as a result of a foot fracture at the start of2009, Westhoff has been amazingly durable.

“The opportunity that Port Adelaide gave me 10 years ago was critical,” Westhoff said.

“I have been lucky I’ve got good genes.Dad rarely missed a game in his career.”

Despite the Power’s poor 2016 campaign, including a big lossagainst the SydneySwans on Saturday, he believes the “window is open” over the next couple of years for the Power’s second AFLpremiership.

He played in a SANFL season decider in his first year at league level with Central District, and also played in the 2007 AFL grand final at the start of the Geelong dynasty.

“I have come close a couple of times,” Westhoff said.

“That’s why you play football.Playing in a flag is the main objective I want to tick off over the next couple of years.”

When the Herald suggested –despite his 199cm, 94kgframe –that because of his game acumen and skill-set, Westhoff was perfectly suited to an old fashioned ruck-rover’s role, he agreed,and suggested he has been passing that message on to the coaching staff.

Now he has a place in local football folklore, being the first Barossa, Light and Gawler Football Association export to play 200AFL games, beating Angaston lad Shannon Hurn to the mark by four games.

Along with his wife Bec and three young children –Bodi,5, Tully,3,and Piper,11 months –the extended Westhoff family were at the SCG for Westhoff’s milestone game.

Siblings Leigh and Matt even took a week off from their commitments at Tanunda to see their brother join the 200club.

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Amazing youth race a big success

On their marks: Participants catching exercise at Macquarie Fields Skate Park as part of the Amazing Race challenge. Picture: Ben ChenowethWhile NetworkTen is busy bringing back Survivor, Campbelltown Council has brought back The Amazing Race.
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On Friday, four teams of young locals looked for clues and completed a series of challenges in the inaugural Campbelltown Amazing Race event.

The teams started the day at Simmo’s Beach in Macquarie Fields and worked their way through locations featured in the council’s 30 Things for Young People to do in Macarthur Under $15 list.

Teams worked to be the first to arrive at Campbelltown Arts Centre.

Campbelltown mayor Paul Hawker said the event was designed to connect the council with the youth community.

Taking a stand: Participants take a selfie with the #FistsDown anti-violence message in one leg of the challenge. Picture: Ben Chenoweth

“Showcasing the variety of leisure opportunities available to local young people through a fun and challenging event like this was a great way to engage our community,” Cr Hawker said.

“The initiative provided an opportunity for local young people to explore their city and gain a broader understanding of how their local council is part of their community, as well as the range of services and facilities available to them.”

The team from Eagle Vale High School was victorious on the day.

Getting involved: In the first challenge of the Amazing Race at Simmo’s Beach participants dug in the sand. Picture: Ben Chenoweth

The challenges including digging for clues at Simmo’s Beach, exercise activities at Macquarie Fields Skate Park and taking selfies with an anti-violence banner (#FistsDown).

The Amazing Race also visited the Greg Percival Library, Macarthur Square, Bradbury basketball courts and Dumaresq Street Cinema.

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