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SOME people ride cycle for
health. Jacquelyn Beckett is cy-
cling to help beat cancer.
The part-time Inverloch resident is
taking part in the Great Cycle Chal-
lenge to raise money to support staff at
Children’s Medical Research Institute
develop treatments and find a cure for
She aimed to ride 400km throughout
October and is seeking to boost her spon-
sorship tally of $1195, as of last week.
Jacquelyn was inspired to act after her
the death of her godmother Judi Sheehan
from cancer in June.
“Her death had affected me emotion-
ally as I was close to her. I wanted to
contribute to something that will help me
keep her memory alive,” she said.
“As Judi didn’t want a funeral, I
wasn’t able to move on, so found this
Great Cycle Challenge through Face-
book so I signed up on the spot.
“I’m doing this in memory of
Judi. It’s also a good motivator to lose
some weight and get fit again.”
Jacquelyn has been cycling on the
road and on a spin bike in wet weather,
as she is deaf and relies on hearing aids
and cochlea implants that are not water-
“I used to cycle so much in the past
before I had children. My childhood years
have been on the bike. I had a dream that
I would like to ride from Warrnambool
to Melbourne when I was a child. I never
achieved that dream,” she said.
“I have done the HBA bike ride
and triathlons. Last year I got back on
the bike and realised how much I have
To sponsor Jacquelyn, go to: https://
Riding for a cause: Jacquelyn Beckett is clocking up kilometres on two wheels to raise money for cancer
Cyclist pedals for
By Brad Lester
ONE star at a time, Penny Duffield is
raising awareness about ending violence
The Leongatha woman coordinates the Gippsland
Star Weaving Community, a group that has pledged
to create 10,000 stars from ribbon as part of the One
Million Stars to End Violence international weaving
The stars will be part of the One Million Star in-
stallation at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games
in 2018 and so far, Gippsland weavers have created
The project was instigated by artist weaver Mary-
ann Talia Pau of Brunswick in 2012 in response to
the murder of Jill Meagher in Melbourne, and now
targets the elimination of domestic violence, racism,
harassment, bullying and other forms of violence.
“We can all relate to experiences of harassment
and bullying, and this is a way of getting together.
It’s about solidarity really,” Penny said.
“This project is just making people aware they
should be mindful and take care. Violence is not just
about physical actions, it’s about words as well.”
She has coordinated community weaving events
from Leongatha through to Dumbalk and Mirboo
North, involving people from age five to 85 years.
Participants so far have included Artspace Mir-
boo North, Dumbalk Community Centre, Mirboo
North Playgroup, Mirboo North Primary School,
Mirboo North Scouts, Mary MacKillop Catholic
Regional College, Mums Groups at Chairo Chris-
tian School in Leongatha, Station Art Galleries at
Yarragon and Trafalgar, Stay Creative After School
Program at Leongatha Primary School, St Peter ’s
Church community of Leongatha, and St Peter ’s
Church car making group, as well as Penny’s family,
friends and work colleagues.
“It’s a good de-stresser. People think they will do
a few but they get hooked on it,” Penny said.
She became involved in 2014 while looking for
a meaningful way of contributing to the community.
Penny discovered the project online and became a
local contact, establishing a stand at the Leongatha
Daffodil Festival that year.
The project has evolved to the point she has con-
ducted many presentations and workshops.
Star kits are available from Artspace, Mirboo
North for $2.50 including ribbon to make five stars.
Penny forwards completed stars to Maryann.
Her late husband George made 3000 stars.
To fi nd out more, including tips about how to
weave, email Penny: firstname.lastname@example.org
or for a tutorial see the website: http://www.onemil-
Artspace in Mirboo North will be holding Star
Weave workshops at 2pm on Thursdays, November
3, 10 and 24, and Sundays, November 6 and 13 from
All stars woven at the Mirboo North schools,
Creative for a cause: crafters weave stars
at a workshop at St Peter’s Church Hall,
Leongatha, for the One Million Stars to End
Violence international weaving project, and
inset, the finished goods.
Stars spread message of peace
THE Rotary Club of Leongatha
is pleased to welcome Max Sut-
terluety from Austria.
Max is a Rotary Youth Exchange stu-
dent who will be living in South Gippsland
for 12 months.
Max gave a presentation to Leongatha
Rotarians recently about his family and his
life in the small rural town of Egg where
his father is the mayor.
Egg is near Switzerland and the beauti-
ful Swiss Alps are visible from the town.
He enjoys drama, playing guitar, sing-
ing and break dancing.
Max played Francis Flute in A Midsum-
mer Night’s Dream recently, performed by
Lyric Theatre in Leongatha, and would
like to thank Bernadette Grainger for cast-
ing him in the play. He really enjoyed per-
forming Shakespeare’s play even though it
was challenging speaking in English.
“Performing in German would have
been much easier,” Max said.
He appreciates the support and encour-
agement all the cast and crew gave him.
Max has been hosted by Sue Fleming
and Trevor Walder, and Sarah and Harri-
They have helped him settle into Le-
ongatha and made the transition as easy as
They have taken him to the Melbourne
Cricket Ground to see a football match,
shown him the city, and visited Wilsons
Promontory and surrounding areas in
Max is playing netball in a mixed team
and enjoying that too.
He would like to play volleyball and
learn to surf.
Max is grateful to Sue, Trevor, Sarah
and Harrison for welcoming him into their
home, showing him around, meeting new
people and feeding him.
The Keily family are now hosting Max
for the next 10 weeks in Inverloch.
Rotary appreciate both families for
their generous hospitality and care they are
Rotary Youth Exchange students attend
camps at Forest Edge in Neerim East every
three months to have time with each other,
share experiences and plan activities.
The camps are for students leaving
Australia going on exchange overseas (out-
bound students) and for the students on ex-
change from overseas (inbound students).
Rotary youth counselors are at the
camp to supervise the students and help
them integrate into Youth Exchange so
each person has a wonderful, supportive
Max will attend the Rotary Conference
in Tasmania in March next year along with
other Rotary Youth Exchange students.
They will then head off on their Aus-
tralian Rock to Reef Tour, travelling to
Uluru and across to the Great Barrier Reef
for three weeks.
“You only get an opportunity like
this once in a lifetime, and if you get the
chance you should take it because you will
never get another experience like this,”
Rotary Youth Exchange Program is for
students aged 15 to 18 years.
The Youth Exchange is for 12 months.
For more information www.ryea.org.
au or ask a Rotarian.
Mary Dortmans, Shirley Seabrook and
Nick Dudley are the Leongatha Rotary
Youth Exchange Team.
New experience: Leongatha Rotarian Mary Dortmans welcomed Max
Sutterluety to Leongatha. Max has travelled from Austria as part of the
Rotary Youth Exchange program.
From Austria to Australia
Scouts and Artspace will be displayed before Christ-
mas in Mirboo North.
The Boolarra Community Against Domestic Vio-
lence hosted a Star Weave workshop on October 24
and the 1st Yinnar Scout Troop will stage a workshop
on November 8 at 6.30pm at Yinnar Scout Hall.
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