Jack Riewoldt kicks off the pie-fect partnership to support community and sporting groups


Austalian football legend Jack Riewoldt has kicked off the National Pies for Local Heroes in January that aims to support community and sporting groups.  Tasmanian Bakeries is celebrating over 80 years of baking the tastiest pies in Australia by giving back to the community with a series of grants that are now up for grabs. The National Pies for Local Heroes grant program launched in January with Australian football legend Jack Riewoldt, who kicked off the campaign as its ambassador. Each month during 2024, a local community organisation will be awarded $1,000 from National Pies. There will also be the…

Make-A-Wish Australia announced as Cox Plate Charity Pin Partner for 2022 and 2023


The Moonee Valley Racing Club (MVRC) is proud to announce that Make-A-Wish Australia will be its Cox Plate Carnival Charity Pin partner for the next two years. In what is a milestone year for the Club with the Centenary running of the W.S. Cox Plate, the Club is delighted to be able to spotlight this important charity in the lead-up to the feature event in October. MVRC CEO Michael Browell is delighted at the expansion of this existing partnership “Make-A-Wish Australia has been a long-standing charity partner of the MVRC for a number of years, and it brings me enormous…

UNICEF Australia thanks generosity of Australia cricketers for Sri Lanka


The Australian men’s cricket team has generously donated its’ prize money from their recent tour of Sri Lanka to support children and families impacted by the nation’s worst economic crisis in decades.   Led by captains Pat Cummins and Aaron Finch, the team nominated UNICEF Australia to receive the $45,000 donation for the Sri Lanka appeal. UNICEF operates in more than 190 countries in some of the world’s toughest places to reach the most disadvantaged children. UNICEF Australia works with local partners to raise children’s voices, defend their rights, and help them reach their potential at all stages of life,…

High mental health risks among athletes during the pandemic


ONE in three current and former athletes are struggling with troubling relationships to food and worsening body image during the pandemic, according to new research published by Swinburne University.  The University’s lead researcher Dr Georgina Buckley found current and former athletes are a particularly high-risk group for disordered eating. “Disordered eating is essentially the subclinical state of eating disorders that occurs along a continuum of body dissatisfaction and a complex relationship with food,” Dr Buckley said. “Treatment for disordered eating presents a far higher success rate for intervention as opposed to clinical eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia…

Equal access to sport is a significant need


WHILST the Paralympics has come to a close, all ability opportunities to compete and be successful in sport is ongoing at Blind Sports and Recreation Victoria (BSRV). The non-profit organisation encourages meaningful inclusivity by tailoring sports and recreation programs for the likes of blind and vision-impaired Victorians.  CEO and president of Blind Sports Victoria, Maurice Gleeson believes diversity in sport needs to be substantial. “Often people will create sport or recreation programs that offer inclusivity but not in a meaningful way,” he said.  “By meaningful participation, I mean adapting the activity where possible, to involve the person who is blind…

Sydney athlete wins first Australian boccia Paralympic medal in 25 years


AUSTRALIAN Paralympian Daniel Michel and his ramp assistant Ashlee McClure took out the men’s BC3 individual Bronze Medal for boccia yesterday in Tokyo. The pair defeated Great Britain’s Scott McCowan 6-1, achieving Australia’s second-ever boccia Paralympic medal – and the country’s first individual boccia win. Mr Michel said he was excited to win the first boccia medal for Australia in 25 years. “It’s a massive achievement,” he said. “I’m happy I was able to pull it out.” Athletes with severe physical impairment, competing in a wheelchair with an assistant, throw, kick or use a ramp device to propel leather balls…

We fish, we care


FISHCARE Victoria is a community-operated not-for-profit working to promote responsible fishing practices and increased stewardship of Victoria’s aquatic environments, funded through the Recreational Fishing Licence trust fund. Enthusiastic volunteers operate with regional groups across Victoria, from Warrnambool in the west to Ballarat and as far east as Mallacoota, engaging with communities since 1995, with the motto ‘We Fish, We Care’ Fishing is one of the most popular recreational pursuits in the country. The organisation aims to promote responsible approaches to fishing and to share in the care and management of our precious aquatic environments. Shaping the sustainable future of recreational…

Global clothing giant Patagonia joins calls for Tasmanian Premier’s intervention on takayna Trail event ban


Patagonia, the global outdoor clothing giant has joined trail runners calling on Tasmania’s Premier to allow the takayna Trail 2021 to go ahead. Last week, Forestry Tasmania refused to allow the iconic sporting event, takayna Trail, to go ahead in Tasmania’s takayna / Tarkine,  an area containing the Savage River National Park in north-west Tasmania, Australia, which environmental non-government organisations (ENGOs) claim contains significant areas of wilderness. “Patagonia has been a long-time supporter of Bob Brown Foundation and their campaign for World Heritage protection of takayna / Tarkine,” Dane O’Shanassy, country director Patagonia Australia & New Zealand, said. “We’ve been working alongside the Foundation…

Ian Thorpe AM challenges Aussies to swim in support of youth mental health this March


Ian Thorpe AM, Patron and Board Member of Australia’s most accessed online mental health service for young people, ReachOut, is calling on people across Australia to jump in the water in March for Laps for Life – a month-long swimming challenge. Laps for Life raises funds and awareness for young people in Australia living with mental health difficulties and to help prevent youth suicide. This is a particularly significant cause this year with young people’s mental health being heavily impacted by COVID-19 restrictions.  Ian Thorpe AM said that now is a vital time to get involved in this important cause. “The mental…

“Unpopular and unnecessary”: studies show no reason for whips in racing


RSPCA Australia has welcomed a new study that calls into question the use of whips in horse racing, and strengthens the case for whip-free racing. The peer-reviewed study – published late in October in the journal Animals – effectively debunks traditional arguments by the racing industry, that the whip is needed to maintain “racing integrity” – ensuring every horse has a fair chance of winning – and the safety of riders by helping with steering. The study of 1,178 starters from 126 races compared stewards reports from 59 “whipping-permitted” and 67 “whipping-free” races in the UK, and found no link between the use…