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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : May 6th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, May 7, 2009 3 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Identical twin vets Audrey and Alison with their babies Kiana and Ethan, and dogs Peanut and Jojo. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP260353 Everything comes in twos for twins FIONA BRADY FIVE Dock's identical twin vets Audrey and Alison Shen do everything together -- even having babies. When Alison gave birth to her first child -- son Ethan -- earlier this year, Audrey was there to hold her hand. And a month later, when Audrey gave birth to her first- born -- daughter Kiana -- Alison was in the delivery room. So it's no surprise that on Sunday they'll celebrate their first Mother's Day together. ''We're having high tea at the (Gunners) Barracks,'' said Alison, the younger twin by one minute. The sisters own Happy Tails Veterinary Hospital on Great North Rd, which they opened in 2007. Since having their babies, they job share, with the twin who's not working taking care of the babies. ''It's like having twins,'' Alison said. And she said the double pregnancy, which wasn't planned, caused a lot of amusement among staff and customers. ''They all think it's a freak of nature,'' she said. ''But it was perfect timing.'' Coincidentally, Audrey's husband Frank is also an identical twin. Nathan's message is getting across VERA BERTOLA Is bullying a problem at your school? Tell us at www.innerwestweekly.com.au Anti-bullying campaigner Nathan Cassar met Chris Heighington and Robbie Farah at Concord last week. AS A victim of bullying, school student Nathan Cassar refused to submit to his tormentors. Instead, he wrote a program geared at primary school students, It's Not Cool To Be Cruel!!. Last Thursday stood proudly as NRL club Wests Tigers and anti- violence organisation Enough is Enough came on board to deliver it to the community. The 16-year-old's objective was to get the program into schools, but he discovered that getting the funding was a huge stumbling block. Last year Wests Tigers brokered a partnership with the teenager to spread the anti-bullying message. Then, in February, Enough is Enough anti-violence movement, an organisation dedicated to re- educating society's attitudes towards violence, asked if it could be involved. The three-way partnership will involve Enough is Enough present- ing the program in schools and Wests Tigers having a presence through community liaison officer John Skandalis. Nathan will attend school launches too, depending on study commitments. At the program launch at Con- cord Oval the resilient young man said he was certain the partnership could make a difference. ''I strongly believe bullying is wrong and it must be stopped. My project aims to instil no-bullying attitudes while children are still young,'' he said. Enough is Enough CEO Ken Marslew, who's son Michael was killed in a botched robbery in 1994, emphasised the need for a pro- active approach to bullying. ''The partnership between Nathan Cassar, Wests Tigers, Enough is Enough and local pri- mary schools . . . will help to stem the ongoing issues created by bully- ing in schools,'' he said. Nathan's mother Nancy said the launch had fulfilled her son's dreams to take his program into the larger community. ''(Lack of) funding had been a big thing. . .hewassoproudtobewith Wests Tigers. It's worked out absol- utely brilliantly,'' she said. Visit www.notcooltobecruel.com for more details. City of Canada Bay presents Wellness Week Public Health Forum Library Events Wellness Week Activities Special Offers and Discounts Healthy Kids See page 12 for further details 18-24 May 2009 www.wellnessweek.info
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