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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : February 25th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, February 26, 2009 9 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au BRIEFLY Kudos to readers BURWOOD Council has marked the end of the national Summer Reading Club with a presentation at Burwood Library. The program aimed to encourage children aged 7 to 12 to read over the summer holidays. Over 50,000 children across Australia participated in the program, with 100 local children taking part. A total of 950 books were borrowed from Burwood Library, with two entrants, Minni Giridnar and Ami Li, each reading 100 books. Burwood Mayor Lesley Furneaux-Cook said: ''It's wonderful to see so many children enjoy literacy and reading as part of their school holidays and it demonstrates the value of our community libraries.'' Fun at new store THE new FoodWorks North Strathfield will celebrate its official opening this Saturday with a family fun day from 11am to 2pm. Canada Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas will officially open the store at 1pm. The store is located at BG 02, 27-29 George St, North Strathfield. Simpson play wins A SHORT play directed by an Inner West woman was declared overall winner of the Short + Sweet Sydney 2009 festival. Fleur Beaupert from Five Dock was the director of A Safe Pair of Hands, a humorous retelling of the legend of Simpson and his donkey in Gallipolli. Criteria for the award included script, directing and acting. Rugby idol shares skills SHIREEN KHALIL Timana Tahu with some of his fans from Haberfield Public School. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP247541 See the video of Timana Tahu in action on our website www.innerwestweekly.com.au WHEN the bell struck 3pm at Haberfield Primary School, hun- dreds of children ran out to meet Wallaby, Waratah and West Har- bour player Timana Tahu, who was there to promote Try Rugby. About 10 players from West Harbour junior club, who also attend Haberfield Primary, were invited to have a kick-around with the star rugby player. One player in particular, little Yannick Bulckens, 6, was so starstruck he couldn't take his eyes off Tahu, but managed to overcome his shock and get into the activities with a helping hand from his idol. The day was organised by the Australian Rugby Union to promote Try Rugby with junior players who have little or no experience in the game. Tahu said it was a very import- ant program to increase young- sters' skills and wished he had the program when growing up. ''I would have liked a program like this when I was young be- cause it focuses on developing the kids' skills which will only make them more confident and better players,'' Tahu said. ''It's very important because the rules we have now are a bit confusing to kids, but this program will help them and not confuse them and they will learn and gain a lot of experience out of it.'' Junior rugby player of four years, Matthew McCrea, 10, said he was excited to meet Tahu and learn a few new skills. ''I have tried a few other sports but I really enjoy rugby and Timana is a great player and I like the Wallabies,'' Matthew said. Despite having a long list of students fighting for Tahu's auto- graph, he said he loved coming out and visiting the kids. ''It's good for kids to see their idols come out and teach them a few things and it makes them more confident, they think, if he can do it I can too,'' Tahu said. Try Rugby is run by pro- fessional trainers who teach boys and girls passing, kicking and evading skills. The program runs from February 27 to March 20 at St Lukes Oval, Concord. The $60 fee includes a ball, cap and water bottle. For details and registration visit www.rugby.com.au/ tryrugby
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