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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : August 20 2008
26 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, August 21, 2008 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au BRIEFLY A healthy win JOINING the thousands of Olympic fans in Beijing is the lucky winner of the Australian and New Zealand- wide GE Healthcare competition, Dr Mark Ryan. The Strathfield Private Hospital cardiologist and his wife have the chance to visit the Olympic Green where he will explore the GE Imagination Centre. Dr Ryan will also attend premier sporting events and visit historical sites as the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. Bloomin' orchids IF you love orchids then Ashfield Mall is the place to be between August 21 and 24 for the Orchid Spectacular event. More than 200 orchids will take the stage and compete for outstanding prizes. Guests have the chance to speak to expert growers and have the opportunity to purchase plants at bargain prices. Electrician checks A CRACKDOWN on electrical contractors to check their compliance with electrical safety laws has been successful. Fair Trading Minister Linda Burney said most contractors throughout NSW were found to be complying with the laws. ''The Office of Fair Trading's investigators visited 69 electrical contractors and checked 873 certificates of compliance electrical work,'' she said. Ms Burney advised consumers should always check to ensure contractors can provide them with a compliance certificate. Billy (second from left) meets his Bulldogs heroes. Dogs make their day THREE high profile Bulldogs players put a big smile on the faces of 15 intellectually-challenged kids at Bicentennial Park, Homebush Bay. Event organiser Parklands Foundation with the Bulldogs club and their sponsor Maxim Home Loans, invited Karonga House, a school for intellectually chal- lenged and wheelchair-bound students, to spend some quality time with their favorite footy players last week. ''I have a disabled nephew that I wish I could spend more time with, so this makes it more special for me, just to be part of the community and support them,'' Matt Utai said. Despite Sonny Bill's absence, the kids were still excited to meet the players, get signed autographs and kick around the footy. Intellectually-challenged student, Billy, 16: ''It doesn't mat- ter because it was still fun, it was the best day of my life.'' The students were particularly fond of captain Andrew Ryan. ''I like them all but Andrew Ryan, we love him, he is a good player and he is the captain,'' Billy said. Parklands Foundation execu- tive manager Theo Fotopolulos said he was pleased to be able to bring different sides of the com- munity together. Sweet noise to the ears THE sounds that most of us take for granted shocked Faye Yarroll the day her first Cochlear implant was switched on. ''I had no idea that flushing the toilet was such a noisy event,'' she said. ''Filling the kitchen sink with water sounded like Niagara Falls.'' The 49-year-old (pictured) was born with hereditary hearing loss and has received Cochlear implants in both ears. The implants have allowed her to hear properly for the first time in nearly 25 years. Now a volun- teer for the Cochlear Awareness Net- work, Ms Yarroll is pro- moting Hearing Awareness Week. The annual event aims to raise community awareness about hear- ing impairment and ways to pro- tect your hearing. ''I can now hear better than I have ever heard in my whole life,'' Ms Yarroll says. ''I have regained my indepen- dence and confidence, I can com- municate much better at work and at home and I couldn't be happier.'' One in six Australians suffer from hearing loss. Cochlear implants allow the hearing im- paired to detect sound and under- stand speech. An external section sits behind the ear and a second internal section is surgically placed under the skin.
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