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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : March 18th 2009
14 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, March 19, 2009 MB NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Rachel Parmeter with Learning Links CEO Warren Johnson and Caltex manager Asim Shahid. Prize boosts learning difficulties link RACHEL Parmeter's essay ''Lvinig with Dislexya -- or (Living with Dyslexia)'' has seen her named one of five winners in ther annual Caltex Best All Rounder Award national writing compe- tition. Entrants had to submit a per- suasive piece explaining why Caltex should donate $1000 to an Australian community group or charity of their choice. Rachel, who lives in Strathfield, was misdiagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) as a child and convinced the judging panel to donate $1000 to Learning Links, a non-profit organisation commit- ted to helping children with learn- ing difficulties. ''I was misdiagnosed and thought to have ADD as a child because I wasn't able to focus on words,'' Rachel said. ''That's why I want to raise awareness of programs like Learning Links and the wonderful assistance it offers children with dyslexia.'' Rachel, who was determined to show that a learning disability needn't prevent people from achieving their academic goals, wentontogetaUAIof96.80inher HSC last year. Learning Links CEO Warren Johnson said Rachel's success showed what people could achieve with the right intervention and support. Rachel also won $500 for her former school, The McDonald Col- lege at North Strathfield, and $500 for herself. Neighbourly PM message IN tough times, Australians come together. We have seen this in the cata- strophic bushfires in Victoria, and the devastating floods in North Queensland. When adversity strikes, Aust- ralians know that we are all in this together and we need to work together to make it through. Our commitment to help each other out -- friend helping friend, neighbour helping neighbour, stranger helping stranger -- is one of our greatest traditions. It's easy to take that tradition for granted, but the truth is that it is under threat. Many of us lead busy lives, with little time to connect with the people who live in our neighbour- hood, our street or even the corri- dor of our apartment building. Neighbour Day is an oppor- tunity to make those connections with people in our communities. It is a great initiative and I hope you can join in the activities on the seventh annual Neighbour Day on Sunday, March 29. It's only by each of us playing our part in our local community that we can sustain local com- munity activities like volunteer fire brigades, sports clubs, SES teams, Scouts and Girl Guides, and keep building strong com- munities in our schools, churches and cultural groups. Strong communities start with strong streets. Strong streets be- gin with neighbours who care and look out for each other. No matter what you do to cel- ebrate Neighbour Day -- whether it's a beer, a barbie or just a cuppa with the people next door or across the street -- don't forget to say thanks. Thanks for being a great neigh- bour and thanks for being there when I needed you most. Kevin Rudd MP Prime Minister of Australia Rosebank College: An independent co-educational Catholic college, preparing young men and women for a contemporary world. Rosebank College recognises that students have many varied interests and talents outside of the classroom. Our unique co-curricular program promotes an active, engaged and creative lifestyle involving sport and cultural activities. Professional trainers, coaches and managers guide students to develop a high level of skill while also offering an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Find out more about our co-curricular program and many other aspects of Rosebank College at our Open Day. Open Day Sunday 3 May, 11--3pm. An Alumni reunion will also be held on the day. Rosebank College, 1A Harris Road, Five Dock, NSW 2046 • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org • Phone: 9713 3100 www.rosebank.nsw.edu.au 725828
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