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WHEN Sue Kemp heard an-
ti-family violence campaigner
Rosie Batty’s speak at an In-
verloch event last year, she was
inspired to support Rosie’s
Sue, from Leongatha, joined
‘Never Alone’ online
community and is now do-
ing what she can to support
victims of family violence and
stop its occurrence through
the Luke Batty Foundation.
She received an email from
the foundation recently about a
fundraising trek on the Larapin-
ta Trail in the Northern Territory.
“It’s rated among the top 10
walks in the world,” Sue said.
“A group of 15 of us along
with Rosie will be doing se-
lected sections of the trail in
August, but we have to raise
$3000 for the Luke Batty
Foundation to take part.
“I’m well on the way and
have raised $1000 already.”
To boost that total further
Sue hosted ‘A Pleasant Satur-
day Afternoon’ at Mountain
View Retirement Village in Le-
ongatha at the weekend.
“My parents live here so I
suggested I’d put on an after-
noon tea for the residents as a
“Rosa from Mountain View
said we should open the event
to the public so we’ve invited
Diana (piano) and John Rees
(violin and guitar) and Wendy
O’Keeffe (flute) to provide live
music and they’ve very kindly
donated their time.
“We’ve had a huge amount of
support from the residents and
local businesses have also donat-
ed some wonderful raffle prizes.”
If you’d like to contribute to
the Luke Batty Foundation and
help Sue get to the Larapinta
Trail, go to www.mycause.com.
WONTHAGGI Secondary College Year 9 stu-
dents recently took part in the new ‘movement’
taking off across Australia, and more impor-
tantly in the Bass Coast.
With more than 200 students over a two week
period, in the last units of their Science/Maths
days out, students were involved in learning
about the environmental impacts of plastic in
the ocean, and about Boomerang Bags.
They used templates to cut out more than
400 bags, pockets and handles ready for mem-
bers of local Boomerang Bags groups to sew.
These bags are an environmentally friendly
alternative bag as they are made from recycled
material which would otherwise end up in land-
fill, and they replace single use plastic bags.
They also learnt how to make an environmen-
tally friendly newspaper origami bin liner and
The hope is that they may be able to supply
these for free to new parents to use instead of
the single use plastic scented nappy bags.
Students completed more than 200 nappy bags
and logos to encourage their use, with the option
of hopefully supplying them continually to ma-
ternal health centres locally or supplying them
alongside the Boomerang Bags in the future.
Some students will be continuing working on
both types of bags as a winter project to stay out
of the cold, but also to have a chat with friends
whilst helping reduce plastic in our world.
“It does make you feel warm and fuzzy,” a stu-
Once completed, the Boomerang Bags will be
distributed into the community at local shops,
at the upcoming Whale Festival on Phillip Is-
land and at other events.
In addition to all the work completed by the
students and the Maths/Science department at
the college, this would not have been possible
without the wonderful donations of used mate-
rial by the Bass Coast Community Health Op-
portunity Shop and Wonthaggi Salvos, and Dol-
lar Curtain remnants sourced from a Rotary
warehouse in Melbourne.
The local project has recently made another two
boxes of Boomerang Bags for Inverloch Foodworks
to further reduce the use of plastic bags there.
The group took a box into Wonthaggi IGA last
week and hope have approval to distribute the
bags (free) along with IGA’s green bags which
are for sale.
THE success of Wonthaggi
asylum seeker Gomathy Sava-
si’s Indian cooking classes will
see her introduce weekly cook-
ing sessions, starting this Sat-
urday, May 13.
Classes consist of a demon-
stration and instructions about
use of spices, combination of
foods, where to purchase foods
and spices not available locally,
how to combine spices and
A printed recipe of each dem-
onstrated dish is provided and
guests share a meal together at
the end of the class.
Classes are only $30 and
start at 10.30am. Email Felicia
Di Stefano via sgrar07@gmail.
com to book a spot.
Boomerang Bag makers, from left, Zali Anderson, Mayson Vanderkolk, Keith Robinson,
Dimitri Van Oss, Winni Graham and Emma Graham.
Boomerang Bags: Shopping
bags that keep coming back!
Entertaining the guests on Saturday afternoon at Mountain View in Leongatha were, from left,
Diana Rees, Wendy O’Keeffe and John Rees with Sue Kemp who organised the event. N121917
A Pleasant Saturday for
Luke Batty Foundation
Indian classes every Saturday
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