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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : June 10th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, June 11, 2009 9 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Vampire Victoria at expo SHIREEN KHALIL Rachelle Lefevre, who plays vampire Victoria in the Twilight series, is coming to Sydney Olympic Park for Supanova. Read the full interview online at www.innerwestweekly.com.au RACHELLE Lefevre who plays the evil vampire Victoria in the successful Twilight series is head- ing to the Inner West for the Supanova pop culture expo this month. Lefevre, who will be signing autographs and answering ques- tions at the expo, revealed to the Inner-West Weekly what fans can expect from the New Moon movie, why she chose the role of Victoria and not Bella and why teenage girls go ga-ga over Robert Pattinson. Lefevre's character, who was left seeking revenge at the end of Twilight, will feature more prominently in New Moon. ''In Twilight, Victoria has no back story, you just meet her as James' mate and in New Moon she is very present, all they did is bring the scenes that Victoria is alluded to, to life,'' Lefevre said. She said that people ''are going to be absolutely floored'' by Taylor Lautner's (Jacob) trans- formation. ''Not just physically, he liter- ally grows -- he started training the day we wrapped up Twilight,'' she said. Fans will have the chance to meet Lefevre at the Supanova Expo at The Dome, Sydney Olympic Park on June 27 and 28. Other celebrities attending the expo include Star Trek's Dr Bones McCoy, Karl Urban, and Star Wars Episode 1 actor Jake Lloyd. Visit www.supanova.com.au New literacy centre for strugglers Wayne Swan meets Bill Crews. FEDERAL Treasurer Wayne Swan opened a new literacy tutorial centre for Bill Crews's Exodus Foundation last week. The centre in the refurbished Ashfield School of the Arts build- ing on Liverpool Rd will give more than 100 struggling students in Years 5 and 6 the chance to improve their skills. Students attend the centre each morning, before going to their regular schools in the afternoon. Previously the centre operated out of the nearby Exodus Foun- dation headquarters. ''Many of these students come from disadvantaged backgrounds and risk failing the mainstream school system without our help,'' the Rev Crews said. ''Our new building will make a huge difference. We will be able to provide more successful help to more kids.'' Mr Swan said the work of the foundation helped make Aust- ralia a much better place. Ashfield mayor Ted Cassidy ap- proved of the new use of the historic School of the Arts build- ing. Specsavers help detect serious eye diseases Specsavers Optometrists can be found at Westfield Burwood Shopping Centre, 100 Burwood Road and contacted on 02 9744 2900. Specsavers opened over 150 Australian stores in partnership with local community based optometrists last year and are set to open a further 60 locations in 2009. SPE10144_SC before they begin to damage your vision so by the time you notice you have a problem, your eyes could already be irreparably damaged. This is why detecting them early is vital," Rachel said. "The retina is the part of the eye which acts like the film in a camera. It receives light through the lens of the eye, and converts that light into images that the brain interprets as our 'visual' world. Diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma damage the highly sensitive retina and can lead to significant vision loss. But if we can catch them early, we can slow-down or even stop vision impairment that results from certain eye diseases. This is why it is very important to have regular eye examinations every two years -- even if you don't think your prescription needs updating." Specsavers stores are owned and operated by a network of local optometrists and their extensive range includes fashionable designer brands such as Osiris, Tommy Hilfiger, Jasper Conran, Ben Sherman and Quiksilver. Local optical dispenser Rachel Churcher is providing state of the art eye care technology to residents of Burwood with a retinal camera in her Specsavers Burwood store. The camera provides a detailed colour image of the back of the eye, assisting with early detection of diabetic eye disease, glaucoma and macular degeneration. "With the traditional method of ophthalmoscopy, the optometrist looks at your retina through a hand-held instrument. While this is a very effective way to examine the eye, the advantage of retinal photography is that photographs are stored permanently," said Rachel. "This means I can compare photos taken over time and identify subtle changes in the eyes that could indicate serious eye diseases." Rachel said diagnosing serious eye diseases early could protect people from going blind or suffering serious irreparable vision loss. "Some of these diseases don't exhibit early warning signals With access to advanced world class equipment and our prices from just $59, this is the kind of value that is going to force our competitors to re-evaluate their own practices. This helps lower the cost of glasses and optical care across the board, which we are already starting to see and can only be a good thing for the Australian public," said Rachel. Rachel Churcher reassures her customers that Specsavers low prices do not mean a compromise in quality. "What we're offering at Specsavers is great value -- and there is a big difference between a good value product and a cheap product," she said. Rachel continued, "We are providing the highest quality glasses, including a range of well-known designer brands like Ben Sherman, Roxy, Quiksilver and Jasper Conran, for much less than you would normally expect to pay. And all glasses in my store come with PENTAX lenses and a scratch resistant coating, included in the price as standard. It is unbeatable value." Specsavers Burwood not only offers great value to their customers, provides free retinal photography, but is also committed to ensuring all prices are clear and customers know what exactly what they have to pay for before they get to the register. Rachel said, "Customers might accept not knowing what they are going to pay upfront from their plumber, but why should that be the case when you need a new pair of specs?" "At Specsavers, we believe it should be easy to compare prices and you should know exactly what you are getting, up front, which is a first in Australia. That is what our Clear Price philosophy is all about." Rachel is encouraging residents from Burwood who are overdue for an eye test, or even concerned about the health of their eyes to drop in and see them and be one of the first to try their new retinal photography service. Newly installed advanced equipment helps Specsavers Burwood detect serious eye diseases ADVERTISEMENT
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