Hervey Bay Independent : 9th October 2014
Take This Test: Are your dentures: Call Today 80s fever sweeps Bay ahead of relay Less than one week after Jasmin Baltzer suggested her dance school enter this year’s Relay for Life, her peers had rallied and raised more than $1,000. Enthusiasm quickly grew as the Hervey Bay Dance School community threw their support behind the Cancer Council’s annual relay - so much so the dance school had to form a second team to cater for the large number of young participants keen to support the fundraising initiative. The Hervey Bay Dance School will be two of 65 teams that will pitch a tent at Seafront Oval in Pialba this weekend and take turns walking around the designated relay track from Saturday afternoon until Sunday morning. While the team members are walking, live entertainment, amusement rides, novelty games and competitions - all geared towards raising funds for Cancer research - will take place around the grounds. No obligation - 100% Free Just come and see us for an initial free consultation AFFORDABLE solutions for every smile FREE Consultation or Assessment – No obligation at all to proceed PLENTY of parking VALUE - plans to suit everyone’s budget FAST Repairs WHILE YOU WAIT – includes a FREE clean SAME DAY Relines NO referral required GUARANTEE that includes all adjustments and repairs ONSITE modern laboratory VETERANS ONLY Certified BPS® Laboratory - LOCAL- since 1991 Introducing Vertex™ Premium Partial Dentures VIRTUALLY UNBREAKABLE! - No Wires Hervey Bay School of Dance Relay for Life team members don their 80’s Fameinspired costumes ahead of this weekend’s Relay for Life at Seafront Oval. Mentors’ skills in demand Since 2006 Warren McLaughlin has been a pillar of support for more than 25 young people who have, in one way or another, been at risk of falling through the gap. Mr McLaughlin is one of the Hervey Bay Youth Mentoring Program’s longest serving mentors. While he says no two of his mentees are the same, he has developed a range of techniques and exercises designed to subtly bring the young charges out of their shell and help develop their social skills, spark their interest in education and give them a male role model to look up to. At the moment there are more than 60 mentors working with students at 11 schools across the Bay. Michael Carson a Shop 4, 10 Liuzzi St, Pialba p 4124 0800 e firstname.lastname@example.org w mydentureplace.com.au 42 / Hervey Bay Independent, October 9, 2014 However, Hervey Bay Youth Mentoring Program co-ordinator Rowena Allen said the group was keen to recruit new volunteer mentors to work with both primary and high school students. “Mentors meet with students once or twice a week for one hour sessions in the school setting, and in some cases mentors also work with groups of students in the classroom,” Ms Allen said. While Mr McLaughlin had been a tutor at Urangan State High School before moving in to a mentoring role, Ms Allen said the program welcomed mentors from all walks of life and educational backgrounds. All mentors complete free training through Fraser Coast TESS before taking on their first students. Mr McLaughlin said one of the most important points he took away from his early training was that what is discussed between the mentor and mentee is always confidential. Mr McLaughlin said he likes to have two students in his mentor sessions - the student who has been identified as in need of mentoring and a friend or peer - as he finds that the students are more comfortable and it gives them the opportunity to talk freely without the fear of being judged or saying the ‘wrong’ thing. “We play games where there is always a lesson to be learned,” he said. “But while we have fun, it is important to realise why we are doing this.” If you are interested in becoming a Youth Mentor, or would like more information, contact the program coordinator Rowena Allen on 4194 3074 or email email@example.com. While Jasmin’s dad Andrew Baltzer admits that the most challenging part of the overnight fundraiser will be staying awake in the early hours of the morning, he and his wife Julie are keen to enjoy the relay atmosphere and have a good time with their friends and family. “It is all a last minute rush, but everyone has wanted to do it,” Mr Baltzer said. “Because it has the 80s theme, I said to Jono (the Hervey Bay Dance School Relay for Life team captain) the other day, why don’t we go as Fame?,” Mrs Baltzer added. Last weekend the Hervey Bay Dance School community were decked out in their Fame-inspired costumes, hard at work perfecting a dance routine to the song Reach Out which they will perform as part of the Relay for Life’s opening ceremony. As of Tuesday, Hervey Bay’s Relay for Life teams had raised a combined total of more than $30,990. This week the Relay for Life committee is encouraging residents to ‘paint the Bay purple’ by wearing their purple Relay for Life tops as much as possible in the lead up to Saturday’s main event.
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