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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 23rd 2009
MB INNER WEST COURIER, Thursday, July 23, 2009 7 www.innerwestcourier.com.au NEWS Kids design to a tee Fiona Brady Karlii, Carlos, Alejandro and Stephanie Robles of MooBear Designs. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP299280 MEET the designers of a funky new T-shirt label based in Sum- mer Hill. No, it's not the two adults -- it's the children. All the T-shirts in the MooBear Designs clothing range were cre- ated or inspired by eight-year old Karlii (Moo) and three-year-old Alejandro (Bear). Their mum, Stephanie Robles, 28, began making the T-shirts as a hobby during the school holidays. ''We were making T-shirts for friends and family; it felt good for my soul,'' she said. ''You know how you have an inkling that this could work as a business but you don't know where to start? ''There was an article in a magazine about a woman who was a stay-at-home mum who got her break from doing a course called Bizness Babes,'' Ms Robles said. ''So at 11 o'clock at night, I googled Bizness Babes, had a look and went 'wow, this might just be for me'.'' There was just one problem -- she was due to give birth to baby Cruz (Bubble) halfway through the course. ''I spoke to Chrissy, the organ- iser, and she said, 'look, if you're willing to do it...'.'' ''She knew from talking to me how strongly I felt about it.'' After completing the course, Mrs Robles got an interest-free loan from American Express for start-up costs and launched the business online in May. Husband Carlos has given up his job to work with her full-time. ''It is completely family run,'' Mrs Robles said. ''The children have a big input because it's their designs. ''They enjoy it; we don't push them to do anything.'' The handmade T-shirts are available in sizes 000 to 10 and are made of recycled fabrics. Mrs Robles described them as ''ethically made and eco-friendly''. ''They are designed by children and made by adults, not the other way round,'' she said. Visit www.moobeardesigns. com.au Entrepreneurs BIZNESS Babes is a free three-month program run by the The Body Show and the Wise Foundation to teach mums how to set up their own business. There is complimentary on-site child-minding. Visit www.biznessbabes.com.au Rotarians celebrate a fantastic first BREAKFAST Point Rotary Club recently celebrated its first annual changeover dinner. The night was attended by 70 members and guests. Outgoing president Brian Lawrenson thanked club members for a successful first year. Mr Lawrenson reported that more than $18,000 had been do- nated to local and overseas chari- ties as well as programs support- ing Rotary's youth projects. Concord Hospital's intensive care unit was the biggest benefici- ary of the club's fundraising ef- forts, with a donation of $10,000. The club has attracted five new members since being chartered in May, 2008. It now has 25 members and is looking for new people to join. The special guest for the even- ing was Paul Reid, the 2009 district governor-elect of Rotary. Mr Reid complimented the club and all its members on an out- standing first year. He assisted Mr Lawrenson in handing over the Rotary chain of office to the new Breakfast Point Rotary president Margery Foss. Ms Foss introduced her 2009/2010 board and briefly outlined the club program to sup- port the theme of the year, The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands. The club meets every Thursday from 7.15am to 8.25am at the Breakfast Point Country Club. Burwood Council invites residents to get walking. Heart Foundation Walking (HFW) is an organisation that encourages people to create walking groups within their locality and to reap the healthy benefits of participating in regular low impact exercise. We're fortunate to have several beautiful parks and scenic green areas that would facilitate this type of activity perfectly and Council is calling for interested parties to contact Council and help establish an active Walking Group in the Burwood Local Government Area. Walking is an exercise that suits most lifestyles; regular walking can help you lose body fat, maintain a healthy weight, improve your fitness and reduce your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease. For more information on Walking Groups contact Council on 9911 9935 Get Active... Get Healthy Burwood Mayor Cr Lesley Furneaux-Cook Accent on Burwood projects We should all aim to walk for 30 minutes a day; however any amount is better for your health than none.
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