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HELPING to build a hospital
overseas can be as simple as en-
joying a night out in Meeniyan.
The Music Night for Nokor Tep Wom-
en’s Hospital, Cambodia, will be held at
the Meeniyan Hall on Saturday, May 28, at
Funds raised from the evening will go
towards construction of the hospital for
women in Phnom Penh.
More than three million people lost their
lives during the Khmer Rouge genocide
and the regime destroyed the country’s in-
frastructure, education, financial and health
systems, rendering Cambodia one of the
poorest in Asia.
Cambodian women face harsh lives,
with an average life expectancy of just 49
years. Eighty five percent of women have
difficulties accessing healthcare and 90 per-
cent suffer from untreated gynaecological
The Nokor Tep hospital will offer inten-
sive gynaecological medical care for wom-
en, undertake research and education about
women’s health issues, and include mobile
outreach clinics for education, evaluations,
treatments and patient transfer.
Construction has begun, funded solely
by donations from people, groups and busi-
nesses from around the world, including the
Nokor Tep Foundation Australia.
Meeniyan’s link with the Cambodian
cause is Camille Shaw of Mirboo, a nurse
who works across South Gippsland.
She has helped build houses in Cambo-
dia and is keen to support the hospital proj-
ect. Camille has joined with Tarnya Wilson,
a driver of Meeniyan’s tavern nights, to
present the extravaganza later this month.
“It’s about giving hope to those who do
not have any, and about raising awareness
of another culture and that what we have,
others don’t,” Ms Shaw said.
“The Cambodian women are just hum-
bled by what everyone is doing. It’s giving
the Cambodian women hope and a second
chance at life.”
The Meeniyan night of musical celebra-
tion will feature local performers donating
their time and talent.
There will be music from Beggs to
Differ, acapella women’s group Acoustic
Kitchen, Danny and the Detonators, Travel
Light and guitarist John Budileanu.
Guests will enjoy comedy by Steve Hor-
ton, Yvette Stubbs and The Pregnant Lentils,
plus look out for the usherette Mrs Brown
and raffle prizes.
Cambodian wares and merchandise will
be sold on the night.
All age groups welcome. Tickets are $20
at the door. Table seating provided. BYO
drinks and nibbles.
To book, phone Camille Shaw on 0422
275 310 or email shawcamille@hotmail.
com, or Tarnya Wilson on 0427 647 473 or
To fi nd out more about Nokor Tep Foun-
dation Australia, see the website www.
Ready for fun: Sarah Price (left) donated Arbonne products for the raffle at
the Music Night for Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital at Meeniyan on Saturday,
May 28. She is with event organisers Camille Shaw (centre) and Tarnya
Wilson. Sarah is one of many people in the community to support the worthy
fundraiser by donating, performing or helping on the night.
Music night to
IF you have been
tempted by the desire
to learn a craft, then
lock in tomorrow
A speed crafting eve-
ning will be held at Leon-
gatha Memorial Hall, Mc-
Cartin Street, Leongatha,
from 6pm for a 6.30pm
Over four, half hour
sessions, participants will
learn how to bake scones,
knit or crochet, decorate a
cake and propagate seed-
The evening is open
to anyone aged eight and
over, and is being pre-
sented by the volunteer
members of the Country
Women’s Association of
Victoria’s Leongatha Twi-
Branch vice president
Ellen-Jane Browne said,
“Think of it as speed dating
for craft. It’s a quick and
easy introduction to the
Each session will be
run by CWA members,
many of whom have won
awards for their expertise.
RSVP appreciated but
not necessary by emailing
Discover the fun of craft
Taking note: participants enjoy learning a new skill at a previous speed
crafting event hosted by the Country Women’s Association of Victoria’s
Leongatha Twilight Branch.
Entry by gold coin
This is the third speed
crafting event run by the
CWA in Leongatha and
gives prospective members
an insight into the CWA.
“It’s about keeping
the traditions of the CWA
alive,” Ms Browne said.
The branch has grown
from six members to 18
members since 2013, and
meets at Bairs Otago Hotel,
Leongatha on the first
Wednesday of every month
at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
Members are welcome
to enjoy a meal before
could include a business
meeting, a guest speaker
and CWA activities.
The branch takes an
active interest in social
issues and has tabled two
motions for discussion at
the CWA state conference
relating to government
action on climate change
and the value of V/Line’s
public transport services
to country Victoria.
Members are aged from
their early thirties through
to baby boomers.
ondary College is
gearing up for its up-
coming production A
Following the success of
Peter Pan and Cinderella in
previous years, A Midsum-
mer Night’s Dream promis-
es to be just as spectacular.
Full of enthusiasm, there
are 60 performers in the cast
and a total of 83 students
involved in the production
across all year levels.
Most of the leads are
in years 10 to 12 but Year
7 student Dustan Britt has
also stepped up to play
Shakespearian story comes to life
Jake Benson as Nick
Bottom the Weaver
from A Midsummer
Right, Stars: Ben Riel-
ly will play Demetrius
and Jessie Burns will
play Helena in Wont-
haggi Secondary Col-
lege’s production of
A Midsummer Night’s
Rehearsals are in full
swing. It is now week eight
and the students were en-
couraged to have memo-
rised their lines without
scripts and started to bring
the scenes together by this
“They are doing really
well and – because of the
used in the play – they’ve
learnt their lines a lot quick-
er than in previous years
because they are more con-
scious of it,” drama teacher
Danni Hradsky said.
“To be able to memorise
the lines of a Shakespearian
play is a great skill to have
and will help them in future
Though rehearsals have
been demanding, the stu-
dents were also given the
opportunity to experience a
professional photo shoot in
their costumes to promote
While the performers
have put together the play,
the crew has helped with
a range of tasks including
painting and building sets,
decorating costumes, sound
and lighting, and hair and
makeup, to bring the pro-
duction to fruition.
The production opens on
July 22, to be performed at
the Wonthaggi Arts Centre.
Tickets will be avail-
able from the Wonthaggi
Secondary College from the
start of June.
INVERLOCH artist Annette Spinks
is a finalist in the 2016 Calleen Art
Award now on show at the Cowra
Regional Art Gallery, NSW.
Her painting Looking Through Windows
was named in the annual acquisitive award for
contemporary painting in any subject or style.
The award was established in 1977 by Patri-
cia Fagan OAM and is made possible with the
generous support of the Calleen Trust.
The award encourages originality, creativ-
ity and excellence in the visual arts. This year
272 entries were received from across Australia
and 47 artworks covering an engaging range of
themes and subjects were named finalists.
“I was so excited when it was announced
that my painting Looking Through Windows
had been selected as a finalist,” Spinks said.
“The painting took a long time to create and
was very personal to me. As it’s a large scale
painting at two metres long, I never felt that it
was presented properly in my own studio, so
I’m thrilled that it will be hanging with the other
national finalists in a major regional gallery.”
In the running: Inverloch artist Annette Spinks is a finalist in
a major award with a different piece to that pictured.
Artist named a national finalist
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