New wheelchair transforms young Bulldogs fan

30 May 2014

Jihad is 15 years old; when asked if he likes the Bulldogs he laughs and said, “Yes, I like the Bulldogs and so does the whole family. All my brothers play football. I wish I could play too.”

There are lots of activities Jihad says he would love to do but is restricted by his rare neurological condition, Ataxia Telangiectasia (A-T).

“It makes me sad because I could do them when I was younger; I used to be able to kick a ball with my twin brother and run around with him. Now I just sit and watch my brothers playing football,” said Jihad.

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Innovative new menu to jumpstart Canterbury diners

28 May 2014

Canterbury has teamed up with leading nutritionist Matt O’Neill to produce a brand new kilojoule-controlled menu for Banyan Brasserie.

Starting from June 2, Banyan diners who want to kick start their fitness goals will be able to order from the fresh and innovative Matt’s Picks menu which includes:  

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Tasty treats raise money for Biggest Morning Tea

26 May 2014

Hungry supporters of Canterbury’s Biggest Morning Tea on May 21 have helped raised over $1,000 to go towards the Cancer Council’s cancer research, prevention and support services.

Throughout the morning, tables were set up in front of C-Life Health Club and covered with an assortment of muffins, cakes, brownies, muesli, yogurt cups, fruit, and baked goods. Food was either made and donated by C-Life and Canterbury staff members or supplied by the Canterbury catering team.

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Furry pooches do their bit to stop animal cruelty at Million Paws Walk

22 May 2014

Canterbury staff members and their doggie friends were amongst the thousands of people who participated in RSPCA’s May 18 Million Paws Walk at Sydney Olympic Park.

Dubbed RSPCA’s biggest and most important fundraiser, the beautiful day attracted an estimated crowd of 6,000 and 5,000 dogs of all shapes and sizes. There were merchandise and food stalls set up, sausage sizzles, music and entertainment, and fun competitions on the day for people and their pooches to enjoy.

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Giving kids the right tools for school

22 May 2014

A local Belmore pilot project into early childhood education may provide evidence that can enhance current group intervention models for school-starting children.

The Ready Set Go 4 School, a program run by Koorana Child and Family Services, uses a trans-disciplinary team approach – consisting of an occupational therapist, early childhood educator and speech pathologists – to promote a young child’s readiness to attend the first year of formal school.

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Isolated migrants to engage and connect to their community

21 May 2014

A pilot program run by the Australian Nursing Home Foundation (ANHF) is helping improve the mental health of socially-isolated elderly people.

Aptly named the Positive Journey project, it is aimed at the elderly Chinese community housing residents in Campsie who live alone and lack family support. The underlying message of the project is that positive thinking and volunteering can enhance the livelihoods of its participants and encourages them to get involved in the community as a way to combat social isolation.

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Mother's Day Treat for Winners

12 May 2014

Two special ladies were the lucky winners of Canterbury’s Mother’s Day social media competitions.

In the Club’s Facebook competition, the winner was Amber Nissen and she won a Moet Chocolate Delight Bouquet that she was excited to share the prize with her family on Mother's Day.

“Beautiful! This would be enjoyed with three generations if I won – my grandmother, mother and myself (a new mother)!” - Amber Nissen

The Canterbury Mother’s Day Instagram competition was won by Sarah Chaina who received a bouquet of chocolate flowers. 

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Edna celebrates her 101st birthday

5 May 2014

Earlwood staff presented long-time member, Edna Taylor, with a birthday cake to celebrate her 101st birthday.

Edna has been a familiar friendly face at the Club for many years now and has been a great supporter of the Thursday night raffles. While her birthday celebration was relatively low-key this year, she has had large parties at Earlwood with over 100 people for her 90th and 100th birthdays.  

When asked for her secrets to long-life, she mentioned the best way was to just keep on going and keeping busy.

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