WAUCHOPE’S Eyecare Plus optometrists are taking part in the World Sight Day Challenge during October and inviting members of the community to have their eyes tested during the month.
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The World Sight Day Challenge is the only fundraising campaign in the world that specifically focuses on avoidable blindness caused by uncorrected refractive error – simply the need for an eye exam and glasses.

To recognise World Sight Day that fell on October 10, Wauchope’s Eyecare Plus will donate the average October day of all eye exam fees to help the more than 600 million children and adults in the world who are blind or vision impaired simply because they do not have access to an eye exam or glasses.

The campaign is run by the global charity, Optometry Giving Sight.

“We have proudly supported Optometry Giving Sight since it was launched 10 years ago” said optometrist Tony Hanks OAM, who is also a voluntary member and past Chairman of the Global Development Board for Optometry Giving Sight.

“The World Sight Day Challenge is a very positive campaign because preventable blindness is a solvable problem.”

“Most people are surprised to learn that just $5 can be enough to help provide an eye exam and a pair of glasses to someone living in an underserved community. Everyone can make a difference.”

The World Sight Day Challenge will also feature new ‘people power’ wristbands to encourage everyone who visits Eyecare Plus to make a donation and publicly show their support for Optometry Giving Sight. Participating is easy – simply make a donation or have your eyes examined during October and this will contribute to the Eyecare Plus donation of eye exam fees.

Thanks to past donations, Optometry Giving Sight has been able to fund 67 projects in 38 countries. These include El Salvador where, last year, local partner Fudem screened 64,000 school children in extremely poor communities.

Eyecare Plus optometrists are one of the biggest supporters of Optometry Giving Sight in Australia, and have taken part in the World Sight Day Challenge since its inception in 2006.

How donations can help:

– $50 can help provide a study kit to an optometry student

– $100 can help provide 20 people with access to an eye exam and glasses

– $300 can help to provide a child size trial frame

– $1200 could pay a month’s salary for an optometrist to see up to 40 patients a day

Visit www.givingsight杭州夜网 for more information.

Giving globally: Monique Young and Wayne Derrick from Wauchope’s Eyecare Plus Optometrists.

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LITTLE ATHLETICS
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2013/2014 season is well under way for the Nyngan Little Athletics Club.

Our first club night on October 10 started in unseasonably hot conditions, but about 70 children and their parents braving the heat and participating in fun activities which helped to show what Little Athletics is all about.

The club numbers have more than doubled this year, with 73 children registered compared to 36 last year. This has made for an exciting and promising start to the season.

The second club night, on October 17, the first week of the competition program, couldn’t have seen more differing weather conditions, with a cold change and the threat of rain looming over our heads.

We look forward to week two of the program this Thursday, and Sunday will see many families travel to Wellington for the first carnival of the season, the Wellington Gala Day.

Families travelling to Wellington are reminded to ensure that the correct club uniform is worn. Registration is on the day.

In addition to being excited by the enthusiasm of our many new families and children, it has been good to see so many children returning for yet another season of athletics and fun.

Many of the children form the Nyngan Little Athletics Club have had successful school athletics seasons through the winter, putting into practice the skills that they have learnt and developed through Little A’s.

We look forward to seeing what some of these kids can do this season.

If you are interested in joining, come along to the Apex Oval from 4.30pm on Thursdays and talk to our president Michelle Blake, or club secretary Monique Wye.

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I AM a white, mid-50s female Australian.
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I earn $12,000 a year cleaning private houses.

I applied for rental allowance at Centrelink only to be told that as I don’t receive benefits, I am not eligible.

I have several options: give up my cleaning and go on Newstart and receive all concessions, work 30 hours a fortnight and receive part benefits and all concessions or do 15 hours volunteer work a week and receive Newstart and all concessions.

I currently work 25 hours a week plus 10 hours travelling time but the way Centrelink works it out, on paper I only work 17 hours a fortnight.

If I could do 15 hours volunteering a week I would, but that would take my total working week up to 50 hours and physically I cannot do it.

I can choose to sit on my backside, do nothing and get paid by the government but I refuse to do that.

Rental allowance denied. Motto of the story: don’t try to help yourself, Centrelink doesn’t like it and you will get no help from them.

– JULIE STEBBINGS, Longford.

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Old Ashrose penned 94 Merino and Poll Merino rams in its main auction, all displaying large, well structured frames and carrying heavy cutting wools.
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The main auction produced a total clearance with an average of $1774, which was $305 more than last year.

The 48 rams in the mini auction averaged $714 with a total clearance as well.

The strong sale was a result of buyers chasing structure, size and wool cutting ability.

Leading the way was Mutooroo Pastoral Co., which paid the $5200 top price for a 114-kilogram Poll Merino with 20.4 micron and 99.8 per cent comfort factor wool.

The company bought a total of four rams, to add to their purchase at the Adelaide ram sale.

Local buyers were Brooks Rockwood, Booleroo Centre, who opened the sale with the purchase of lot one for $3700.

Long time Old Ashrose clients G.M and V.R Power, Orroroo and Holowilena South, Carrieton purchased seven and nine rams respectively while R.H Catford, Orroroo took four rams home.

Other purchaser’s close to home were Amra Park, Hallett, with two rams, and J.G and S Weckert Pty Ltd, Clare, purchasing four rams.

Local volume buyer was Baldina Station, Burra, bidding strongly through out the sale securing twelve Poll Merino rams.

There was the usual strong support from the West Coast and South East with fierce inter state competition.

The strong sale capped of a successful Royal Adelaide show and sale for Old Ashrose.

For the Adelaide Ram sale six rams were sold to $10,000 for an average of $5083.

The show success included Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Merino rams of the show, Champion Fine Wool Poll Merino ram, Champion Medium Wool Poll Merino ewe and Champion Merino rams fleece in the wool section. The stud also took out the Norman Wood Memorial Trophy for a pair of rams.

Old Ashrose would like to thank all buyers and under bidders at both the Adelaide ram sale and our On Property sale.

Private selections are welcome all year round.

Contact Nick Wadlow on 88942179 or 0427 088 022 www.oldashrose杭州夜网.au

PRIZE PURCHASE…Corey Frieble, left, Elders Burra, Rob Ashby holding the stud’s $5200 top- price ram at the sale with Audrey, Kate, Will and Sarah Wadlow, Alex Morgan, Outalpa, representing Mutooroo Pastoral Co. and Tom Penna Elders Stud Livestock.

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Vandals have struck Dubbo’s Victoria Park with graffiti covering the skate park bowl as well as a toilet block and day care centre for children. Vandals have struck Dubbo’s Victoria Park precinct overnight causing an estimated $10,000 of damage.
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They covered the skate park bowl with graffiti, as well as targeting a nearby toilet block and day care centre for children.

Dubbo City Council appealed for public assistance and highlighted a $2500 reward it offered for information leading to a conviction.

The attack occurred just two days after the Dubbo City Youth Council tackled graffiti in the main street with the help of the community.

“This episode is particularly disappointing after we had such success in the CBD on Sunday for Graffiti Removal Day,” council community participation facilitator Kathleen Oke said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the council’s customer service centre on 6801 4000.

More in Thursday’s Daily Liberal

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