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Josh Cowling giving the thumbs up
Josh Cowling giving the thumbs up

THOSE who know Parkes man Josh Cowling well, would know he loves a life in the fast lane.

And last Christmas he was given the Christmas gift of a lifetime, thanks to his father Mark Cowling and Spinifex Recruiting.

Josh swapped his wheelchair for the passenger seat of Spinifex Recruiting’s racing BMW in December.

According to Spinifex Recruiting, during his nine-lap session, the car clocked 230 kilometres per hour down the straight at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Spinifex Recruiting Chairman Peter O’Donnell said the 35-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, is “the most excited person ever to sit in the passenger seat of the racing car”.

“Josh’s dad Mark mentioned to me earlier in the year [last year] that Josh is very passionate about cars and especially racing,” Mr O’Donnell said.

“He asked if there was a possibility of coming to a race meeting and watching from the pits.”

But Mr O’Donnell and the Spinifex Recruiting team were able to go one better than that.

“When we got the opportunity to participate in the passenger day, we invited Mark and Josh with the offer to actually get in the car rather than just be a spectator,” Mr O’Donnell said.

“Josh had an absolute ball, you could not wipe the huge grin off his face.

“It took three men to get him from his wheelchair and into the car but we all knew there was no way he was not going to get in.

“Occasionally we are in a situation where we share these experiences that mean the world to someone, and it’s an equally special and rewarding experience for us too.”

Mr O’Donnell said the trip to Sydney to ride in the Spinifex Recruiting-sponsored racing car was also just as rewarding for Josh’s dad, Mark.

He organised the ultimate Christmas present for his son, but he too got to have a ride session.

“We are just so appreciative of Peter and his team for giving Josh such a memorable day he will never forget,” Mr Cowling said.

“Spinifex Recruiting may have grown beyond Parkes over the decades but this generous gesture to Josh shows just how much of a local Parkes business they still are.”

(Story and photo courtesy of Parkes Champion Post)

Sanu Maliyil Sunny has passed Auslan Cert II along with Kylee Martin
Sanu Maliyil Sunny has passed Auslan Cert II along with Kylee Martin

WHEN Sanu Maliyil Sunny and Kylee Martin began their Cert II Auslan Sign Language course a year ago there were five people doing the course. Fast forward 12 months and the CDS support workers were the only two to complete the challenging program. They did this despite balancing family and working life and invested two nights a week each into the course and now have attained their Cert II accreditation as a result.

“Every Monday and Wednesday from 5-9pm via video conference Kylee and I would talk to our teacher from Dubbo,” said Sanu.

“When we started there were about five people doing the course but only Kylee and I finished it.

“I am extremely happy to have another skill as it was a challenging but rewarding course,” he said.

Sanu added that it was easier once he learnt numbers and letters. Forming words and sentences was much easier than basic counting and alphabet.

“I definitely recommend the course to anyone who wants to go further in the disability sector,” he said.

“It is a universal language but some differences do exist between Australian version and other countries (like any language) but most of it is similar.

“They also offer an Auslan Cert 3 which I’m planning to do later on,” he said.

Well done Sanu and Kylee!

Joe Ozzimo
Joe Ozzimo

IT was only 2018 when Joe and Leisa Ozzimo came to PARKES for the first time last year. A “huge Elvis fan” and a singer, Joe had always been keen to check out the festival.

“We decided to come back this year and get right into the spirit of the event with me busking and entering the senior tribute contest,” said Joe.

“My wife went all out with her costumes. On arrival we saw that other buskers were getting tips and selling CDs and we thought that we could do something charitable.

“We asked Ken McGrath if we could make a donation of any money earned and he let us know about the local Currajong Disability Services and that made perfect sense to us,” said Joe.

Having worked in the medical device industry and having some knowledge of the NDIS, Joe and Leisa have been exposed to the plight of many people less fortunate than them and wanted to help where and where they could.

“With my singing particularly, I have supported charities such as White Ribbon, the CFA in Victoria and soon to support a beyond Blue event,” said Joe.

“It allows me to do what I am passionate about and hopefully provide some support to those less fortunate any small way we can.

“We are just glad we could help Currajong and we hope the $112.65 goes to good use.”

From everyone at Currajong, thank you!

Karen Willis, Cherie Lovett and Dearne Callaghan created two unique Elvis quilts
Karen Willis, Cherie Lovett and Dearne Callaghan created two unique Elvis quilts

THE Currajong Disability Services Sewing Group has recently made two one-of-a-kind Elvis quilts that are currently on display with our friends and partners Parkes Services Club in the main foyer.

Tickets can be purchased at the Parkes Services Club main bar and are $2 each or 3 for $5 and will be drawn during the Parkes Elvis Festival.

Denis Lane of the Parkes Services Club was elated to be involved with the fundraiser.

“We are more than glad to support Currajong as they support us and this is another example of that,” he said.

“The Elvis quilts look amazing and hopefully they will be popular.

“They are the only ones of their type so get in and buy a ticket as demand for these items will be great!”

The quilts, which were created by Dearne Callaghan, Karen Willis and Cherie Lovett have been well-received and proving a real talking point among those who have seen them.

Shaquille Peachy, Debbie Hewitt, Peter Boschman and Jarrad Simpson.
Shaquille Peachy, Debbie Hewitt, Peter Boschman and Jarrad Simpson.

PARKES IGA has again tapped into the Christmas spirit by donating a cheque from their IGA Community Chest program giving $564.43 to Currajong Disability Services.

Proprietor/ Director Peter Boschman said Currajong were a worthy recipient and the local support was in line with the national agenda held by IGA towards people with disabilities.

“Our funds are dispersed from certain promotional products through the network,” he said.

“A proportion of those funds go to local nominated groups.

“Currajong are a very important organisation within the local community and we are more than happy to support them,” Peter said.

IGA nationally is a supporter of the Special Olympics and locally have been a big contributor to Currajong Disability Services for many years.

For Currajong Disability Services Debbie Hewitt it is no surprise that IGA again has come to the party – exhibiting kindness above and beyond.

“Such a donation is a tremendous bonus for Currajong,” Debbie said.

“Given the increased costs and new framework we operate under it is even more important now than at any time before.

“We can’t thank IGA enough for all they do for us and the Parkes community.”

Forbes Golf club captain Steve Grallelis presents the charity day proceeds to Dane Millerd from Currajong Disability Services.
Forbes Golf club captain Steve Grallelis presents the charity day proceeds to Dane Millerd from Currajong Disability Services.

A charity golf day has raised a total $1338.50 for Currajong Disability Services.

Green fees, an auction and barbecue on the day all combined for the total.

Currajong Disability Services’ Dane Millerd said the funds helped CDS deliver its services, helping provide respite or transport for clients from Forbes or Peak Hill to the service based in Parkes.

It can also help provide respite, for example clients enjoyed a trip to Bateman’s Bay last week.

Mr Millerd said disability services were growing, and with more clients from Forbes CDS was looking to expand its involvement in the community.

He thanked Forbes businesses for their generous support of the charity golf day.

“The support of the town was amazing,” he said.

The feedback from the day, which attracted golfers and non-golfers, has also been very positive.

IT’s taken plenty of sweat (and tears) but the first sign of promise is beginning to flower at the jujube farm on Akuna Road. For Currajong’s Wayde Kriedemann, the progress has been slow and steady but the flowering buds from the 2016 crop are the strongest indication yet that Wayde, Neil and the team are on the right track.

“This week I have been setting fly bait traps,” said Wayde out at the farm.

“Over the next few weeks I will spray and water them.

“We are hopeful that these plants will give us something around March or April some time,” he said.

Jujubes, which can fetch between $15-$20 per kg depending on the condition are extremely popular Asian grocery items and among Asian consumers and Currajong is looking at tapping into that.

CDS Chairman Neil Unger also added that jujubes can also get up to $90 per kg/ litre if juiced.

“They can be dried if freight and time becomes an issue and we then have 6-8 months to sell them,” said Neil Unger.

“They are like a date so much so that the Chinese call them a sticky date.

“They taste tremendous and have great health benefits,” he said.

Rest assured, Neil and the team will leave no stone unturned trying to make a mark in the jujube market. Watch this space for more updates!

Jaime, Tammy and Blake
Jaime, Tammy and Blake

FORBES SHIRE COUNCIL PLANNING BIG DAY FOR INTERNATIONAL DISABILITY DAY

WHILE International Day of People with Disability has been a world-wide event since 1992, every year since 1996, the Australian Government has been supporting International Day of People with Disability and provided funds to promote awareness around the country.

This year, Forbes Shire Council is also planning a series of big events on December 4 rather than the actual day of December 3 in a bid to recognise and acknowledge people with disability around the region in what promises to be an action-packed day of fun.

Forbes Shire Council is calling on all NDIS providers to jump on-board and already interest has been significant with Currajong Disability Services the latest to get involved in this flagship day.

“We are extremely happy Currajong is a very active participant in promoting awareness for people with disability,” said Currajong Communications, New Business Development and Marketing Manager Dane Millerd .

“After the success of the Currajong Golf Day fundraiser recently we are tickled pink to be involved.

“Like last year,  the event will be held at the Forbes Memorial Pool where  a series of games and activities for people including volleyball will be held and Forbes Shire Council will also run a BBQ,” Dane said.

The theme for International Day of People with Disability for 2018 is ‘Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality’. According to the United Nations, 2018’s theme focuses on empowering people with disabilities for an inclusive, equitable and sustainable development as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In Australia, the National Disability Strategy 2010–2020 commits all governments to a nationwide approach aimed at improving the lives of people with disability, their families and carers. The Strategy’s ten-year national framework for reform focuses on better inclusion for people with disability and seeks to create a society that enables people with disability to fulfil their potential as equal citizens.

“We are glad to be a part of this and continue to engage with the Forbes community – in particular our relationship with Forbes Shire Council,” said Dane.

“This event promises to be the best yet.

“I hope we see a strong turn-out not just supporting local enterprise but as a way to help our people with disability”.

For more details check out the Forbes Shire Council website at this link –

http://www.forbes.nsw.gov.au/

Sanu Maliyil, Thomas Davis and Jeff Evans of CDS ready for the Forbes Currajong Charity Golf Day.
Sanu Maliyil, Thomas Davis and Jeff Evans of CDS ready for the Forbes Currajong Charity Golf Day.

THE inaugural Forbes Currajong Disability Services Charity Golf Day was held last weekend on Sunday November 4 at Forbes Golf Club.

The event, which was a fundraiser for Currajong Disability Services, was a three-person Ambrose team competition and attracted entries from Parkes, Forbes and Condobolin. In total there were 66 players.

“We have absolutely floored with the interest and turn out for the event,” said Currajong Disability Services Communications and Marketing Manager, Dane Millerd.

“We held a BBQ, lucky door raffles and trivia on the day as well.

“There was also a silent auction for some blue chip items,” said Millerd.

In total there were 21 sponsors and 13 major prize events with final fundraising numbers still being counted.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our supporters Wan Wah Chinese Restaurant, Forbes Services Club, Subway Forbes, Local Legends Entertainment, Westpac Forbes, Forbes Golf Club, Bunnings, Target Parkes, Gotta Love It, Spotlight Forbes, InkheArt, Roylances, Dolly Allan, Post Office Hotel, Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Power Tools Plus, Forbes Pre-School, Parkes Caravans, Blue Sky and of course Bernardi’s for the food and Forbes Shire Council who kindly came on-board to run the BBQ and promote the event.

“We couldn’t have a day like this without them!” said Millerd.

“The difference all our sponsors, staff, volunteers and contributors have made is immeasurable and it cannot be stated enough how much we at Currajong appreciate all that has been done.”

THE inaugural Forbes Currajong Disability Services Charity Golf Day is looming as preparations are finalised for this blue chip event on Sunday November 4.

The event, which is a fundraiser for Currajong Disability Services, is a three-person Ambrose team competition with a 10am shotgun start.

“We have 18 hole and 9 hole competitions for both golfers and non-golfers,” said Currajong Disability Services Communications and Marketing Manager, Dane Millerd.

“Naturally, we encourage everyone to come along and there will be a BBQ, raffles and trivia on the day as well.

“The cost for the 18 hole competition is $20 per person and $14 per person for 9 holes,” said Millerd.

With bookings filling fast now is the time to get your teams of three together and dust off the golf clubs!

“We have some tremendous prizes on the day and an event like this couldn’t be held without them,” said Millerd.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our supporters Wan Wah Chinese Restaurant, Forbes Services Club, Subway Forbes, Local Legends Entertainment, Westpac Forbes, Bunnings, Target Parkes, Gotta Love It, Spotlight Forbes, InkheArt, Roylances, Dolly Allan, Post Office Hotel, Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Power Tools Plus, Forbes Pre-School, Blue Sky and of course Bernardi’s for the food and Forbes Shire Council who have kindly come on-board to run the BBQ and promote the event.

“We couldn’t have a day like this without them!” said Millerd.

Some of the other keynote items include a signed Penrith Panthers cap by Panthers legend Royce Simmons, a 2018 GWS Giants AFL ball signed by the team and a signed Mad Max piece of memorabilia by Australian screen legend Roger Ward. It all bodes well for a great spectacle.

To sign up your team call 02 68511554 or to donate call 02 68634713.