School for Life dinner

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GROW Katuuso, a fundraising dinner hosted by the School for Life Foundation, took place in Bowral last week.

Held at Biota Dining, the dinner focused on raising money to provide support to Katuuso Primary and Vocational School in rural Uganda.

Tim Macartney-Snape, one of Australia’s best-known mountaineers, was a special guest at the evening and spoke of his two expeditions to the summit of Mount Everest.

Since 2008, School For Life has provided high-quality primary education, vocational training, three nutritious meals per day, health care, clean drinking water, agriculture and literacy programs to more than 500 Ugandans.

School for Life Foundation co-founder Annabelle Chauncy OAM said the foundation had purchased an additional 30 acres of land to build another primary school, and a secondary school in the nearby community of Bujuuko.

“It was amazing, a hugely successful event,” Ms Chauncy said.

“We ended up raising $24,000, with more than 140 people attending from the Southern Highlands.

“That was well above our expectations,” she said.

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Corinna Philpott and Kirsty Siedentopf.

Jess and Ali Malcolm at Grow Katuuso.

Kevin Fizgerald and Natalie Lane from Fitzgerald Lane. Photo by Mindy Hindmarsh

Liz Uliana and Sam Beresford at the School For Life fundraising dinner.

Margie Stuart and Patricia Dudley.

Melissa Alison and Christina Boyd Jones.

Alison Lalak and Natasha Wainberg at the School for Life Foundation fundraiser.

Brett Morgan with Andrew Bailey showed their support.

Jill Chauncy, School For Life co-founder Annabelle Chauncy, Anne Crisp and Peter Chauncy. Photo by Mindy Hindmarsh

Robbie Edwards and Kate Boyle at the School for Life Foundation fundraising dinner.

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Greeny Flat in line for award

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FINALIST: Andrew Lemann with his Greeny Flat. Photo by Megan DrapalskiTHE Greeny Flat in Mittagong is one of two finalists in the residential category for the Green Globe Awards.

The flat’s builder, Andy Lemann, will find out whether he has won the Excellence in Sustainability – Built Residential category in mid October.

Mr Lemann said it was the first time the awards had included a residential category.

“I’m hoping if we win it will give credibility to what we have achieved,” he said.

Those achievements include the flat exporting more than three times more energy to the grid than it imports, maintaining comfortable temperatures year-round with no additional heating or cooling, and using on one-fifth of the main water of the average two-bedroom home.

“I would like to see change on a broad scale. Our current housing situation is appalling; we have the biggest, most inefficient houses in the world. I would like to see the money that goes into building bigger houses redirected towards building smaller, more sustainable houses,” he said.

The Green Globe award recognises organisations or individuals that are demonstrating excellence and innovation in environmental management and sustainable practices in designing, constructing, retrofitting and managing residential buildings and improving the sustainability of the built environment.

Mr Lemann hoped that exposure through the awards would give him access to people such as project home builders and industry regulators.

“Even if I can just get a foot in the door so I can bend their ears. I would like to ramp up the Greeny Flat concept so that people start to think about building houses that are affordable to live in, not just to buy,” he said.

The Green Globe Awards are run by the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage.

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Electric atmosphere for baseball grand finals

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Gavin Carney pitches on Saturday. Pete Preston in action in the field.

Marc Barnes about to let one go.

THE atmosphere was electric and the teams pumped for the Hastings Baseball grand final day at Blackbutt Park.

Giants took out premierships in A and B grades in a big day for the club on Saturday.

In the B grade, Giants beat Spartans 11-8.

Spartans came in as minor premiers after going through the season undefeated.

Giants were considered by many as the underdog, but they were up for the challenge.

They got off to an impressive five run start with the bat, but Spartans never let them get too far away.

Giants’ best with the bat was Tony Brown, who hit two doubles and two singles from four at bat.

He was followed closely by Andrew Campbell and Bailey Smith, with a double each. Jo Bonney hit two singles.

Mick Dagert hit two sacrifice flies to score two runners.

Spartans’ Andrew Taylor had a double and single.

Bryden Kouwenberg, Chris Oliver, Howard Marzan and Matt Allen all hit singles.

Giants backed up the minor premiership with a 10-4 win over Pirates in the A grade final.

The game was a thrill a minute, with excellent batting and fielding from both sides.

Matt Adkins, fielding at right field for Giants, took a brilliant diving catch just millimetres from the ground.

He also just missed another similar catch though quickly recovered to fire the ball to Adam Pelley at shortstop, who tagged second base then threw to Michael Pelley at catcher to tag the runner there for a top double play.

Luke Hawkes at leftfield took four great catches.

Giants’ strength is in their batting. Adam Pelley hit three from three at bat. Trent Begley hit in three from four. Greg McPhee two from two.

Pitching for Pirates, Marc Barnes had two innings, four hits and four walks.

Gavin Carney had four innings, nine hits, three strikeouts and two walks.

Giants’ Jon Waite pitched seven innings for eight hits, six strikeouts, six walks.

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A walk of art

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Project co-ordinator Gerry Kroon welcomed more than 50 people to the opening of the Empire Art Walk.EVERYONE knows Empire Cinema is the place to see a movie, and now you can see art work there too.

Visual arts students from each of the region’s high schools produced a work themed around the history of film, to tie in with the Empire Cinema’s centenary celebrations.

The Empire Cinema Art Walk, in the walkway outside the cinema, was officially opened on Friday afternoon by esteemed artist John Olsen.

Local artist Carlos Barrios was also in attendance, with the attendees welcomed to the gathering by project co-ordinator Gerry Kroon.

The project will see artworks by each school shown for a period of time, before they are sold and the profits returned to the schools – to be replaced by updated works so that the cycle can continue in perpetuity.

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Distinguished artist John Olsen was impressed by the quality of works included in the Empire Art Walk. Photo by Victoria Lee

Chevalier College student Jemma Malloy (Year 11) spoke about her inspiration for her school’s contribution to the art walk.

John Olsen discusses Frensham’s artwork with students Willa Robinson, Katie Marsh, Maddy Conomos and Stephanie Markerink.

Alexia Cheaib (Year 11) from Oxley College, pictured with John Olsen, discussed the collaborative process of creating the art work with students from Year 7 to 11.

Artists John Olsen and Remke Veness-Kroon.

Southern Highlands Christian School teacher Emma Llewelyn with Bri Graham and Bethany Herford from Year 9 who undertook the artwork with peers Emily Knowles and Celeste Murdoch.

Magic Young (Year 8) from Bowral High with her school’s contribution to Bowral’s newest art scene.

Moss Vale High School students Kristie Moore (Year 10), Margaret Fitzgerald (Year 9) and Sarah Head (Year 10) with their Empire Art Walk work.

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Last jump for thrill seeker Lucky Chance

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Lucky Chance died following a jump from what is known as the “death swing” at Hanging Rock, seven kilometres from Blackheath.

Lucky Chance was a well-known circus performer and adventurer.

Police and a NSW Ambulance helicopter with a doctor and paramedic were called to the spot at 1pm last Tuesday after Mr Chance hit a ledge, but efforts to stabilise him failed and he died about 3.25pm.

Blue Mountains Detective Inspector Dietmar Almer said yesterday there didn’t appear to be any suspicious circumstances and police were currently preparing a brief for the coroner.

“There were at least 10 other people that were there that were witnesses to the incident and that’s why the investigation has been a bit lengthy at this stage … There are still further statements that need to be obtained,” he said.

Mr Chance was almost killed at the same spot in 2011 when his parachute got tangled around his leg and failed to open. Miraculously, he landed on his feet without a scratch.

– with Catherine Armitage

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