Rural communities fight mental health strain

NSW farming photo Bec Ritchie Unsplash

ERIN RIETDYK There’s no arguing that rural communities in New South Wales have had it tough in recent years, being hit by drought, flood, bushfires, and now COVID-19.   But with the right amount of support and community engagement, … [Read more...]

Youth group shares the love in Brisbane

PICQ Youth hamper delivery

MAX WILLIAMSON AND STAFF WRITERS This year has been a difficult, uncertain year for people around the world thanks to COVID-19, but amongst the stress and the chaos there are local groups going to great lengths to help communities get back on their … [Read more...]

RSPCA Cupcake Day helps animals in need

RSPCA’s Cupcake Day

SERENA HERR The RSPCA’s Cupcake Day is on again this October, encouraging supporters to participate by either hosting a baking party or donating, to raise funds to fight animal cruelty.   Cupcake Day is the RSPCA’s annual national … [Read more...]

Get checked for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

BCNA Pink Bun campaign

TAYLAH GRAY Experts are reminding Australian women of the importance of regular check-ups and early detection ahead of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which kicks off on October 1.   Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) spokesperson … [Read more...]

Leukaemia Foundation prepares to Light the Night

Light the Night Leukaemia Foundation

YUAN LIU AND STAFF WRITERS Thousands of Australians around the country will take part in a special virtual lantern lighting ceremony to raise money for blood cancer on October 10 this year.   The event, called Light the Night, is … [Read more...]

Program helps new mums in Tweed Shire

Hannah Van de Werff

KIARA BLINCO New mothers in the New South Wales’ Tweed Shire now have access to a free assistance program.   The volunteer-based program known as Support for New Mums offers a free home visiting service that supports the health and … [Read more...]

‘The Mowerman’ hits Gold Coast for Bravehearts

Bravehearts White Balloon Day

SAMARA MCRAE AND STAFF WRITERS Seventy-five-year-old Robina resident Claude ‘The Mowerman’ Harvey will be pushing his famed lawn mower from Coolangatta to Hope Island and back this week to help raise money for Bravehearts’ White Balloon … [Read more...]

Cancer Council tool targets Queensland youth

Cancer Council Queensland risk calculator scores

LILY NOLAN Cancer Council Queensland have rolled out their latest tool to promote skin cancer awareness and this one is aimed specifically at the state’s youth.   The campaign, which kicked off in August, uses a Cancer Risk Calculator … [Read more...]

Pandemic creates surge in pet adoptions

RSPCA worker

KAYLA SYLVESTER Pet shelters and animal rescues around Queensland say there has been a significant increase in animal adoptions since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as an increase in the number of people donating their time to animal … [Read more...]

New joke book fights fear with fun

Laugh-A-Bull will donate 500 copies of the book to the Starlight Children’s Foundation

HAYDYN EVANS A new joke book is taking dad jokes to the next level by using puns to help families fight fear with fun during the COVID-19 pandemic.   The book, named Laugh-A-Bull, was written by Melbourne dad Daniel Stones, who came up … [Read more...]