COMEDIAN Denise Drysdale paid a visit toPortlandon Wednesday night to entertainPortland’s unpaid carers. The visit was organised by the South West Carer and Respite Network in partnership with Kyeema Support Services, which helped pay for the visit and provided free respite care so the carers could attend the appreciation dinner arranged as part of Carers Week. The evening, held at Sandilands Restaurant and Reception Centre, attracted about 45 unpaid carers fromPortlandand 10 carer agency representatives. Kyeema representative Barb Enscoe was among those who attended the evening, and she said Ms Drysdale was well received by the crowd. Although the evening started with the first two courses of a meal, the highlight was Ms Drysdale’s performance, which covered a range of topics including her career and her experience as a carer for her mother. Ms Drysdale kept the audience laughing throughout her performance, and caused a few sore sides, according to Ms Enscoe. Read more in Friday’s Portland Observer.
UNITED WAY Glenelg is hosting Mohammed (Mo) El-leissey as its guest speaker at its annual general meeting on Monday. Mr El-leissey is best known as a contestant on 2011’s Amazing Race Australia but he is also a well-known comedian and community worker. He is also involved in promoting multicultural issues, especially breaking down barriers and misconceptions about the Muslim faith. This will be Mr El-leissey’s first trip to Portland and he is looking forward to the visit. “I have never been to Portland before, but I am excited to come. I had a quick look on the Internet the other night and saw some photos and it looks like an incredible place,” he said. Mr El-leissey is passionate about the United Way fundraising model, working previously with the organisation in Melbourne. He will speak about the power of United Way to bring together people from different backgrounds for a common cause. “The power of people coming together, especially those from different backgrounds, is amazing,” he said. Read more in Friday’s edition of the Portland Observer.
UNITED Way Glenelg and the Committee for Portland will host comedian and writer Jean Kittson at the 2012 Administrative Professionals’ Breakfast, in May. The breakfast will be the second of its kind, after last year’s sold out event, when more than 200 people attended to listen to guest speaker Ita Buttrose. United Way Glenelg executive officer Nicole Reefman said all administrative professionals were invited to attend. “We’re encouraging workplaces to send along their administrative professionals for a morning of celebration as thanks and reward for their hard work, enthusiasm and dedication,” she said. “This year we will announce the South West Administrative Professional of the Year and nominations are now open.” Read more in Monday’s edition of the Portland Observer.
Originally written by Spectator-Observer Partnership HAMILTON Spectator senior photographer, Josie Hayden, has won the Rural Press Club of Victoria award for Landscape Photography with a picture of a windmill during a lightning storm. And this time Josie made sure she received her cheque from Treasurer John Brumby in Melbourne on Friday evening Ñ with some help from MC and comedian Bryan Dawe. In 2002, Mr Brumby had unintentionally pocketed Josie’s winning cheque instead of presenting it to her after she scooped the pool with three RPCV awards.
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