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18 September 2017

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Latin culture set to come alive Latin food, music and dance will descend on Springvale for a two-day celebration. The September Latin Festival will showcases the Latin culture, known for food, wine, dancing, a strong sense of family, vibrancy and passion, and is expected to attract more than 15,000 visitors each year. It brings together community groups to showcase Latin American cuisine, art, dance, music and language. There’ll be a kids corner, seniors hub and young Latin time area, cooking demonstrations and a stallholder of the year award. The September Latin Festival will run from 11am to midnight on Saturday 23 September and 10am to 10pm on Sunday 24 September at Sandown Racecourse, 591-659 Princes Highway, Springvale. Tickets are $18 for adults, $10 for pensioners, and free for children under 12. Visit www.septemberlatinfestival.com.au or call Gladys on 0412 171 816 or 8521 3431 for more information.

Dancing will be a drawcard at the event.

The event will feature dancing from different Latin cultures.

■ ‘Courageous and selfless on and off field…’

Tributes for hero The local community is mourning Noble Park man Shaun Oliver who drowned trying to save a stranger’s child on a NSW beach on Sunday 10 September. The 32-year-old has been lauded as a hero after diving into rough seas on Wollongong’s City Beach to rescue a 12-year-old child who had become caught in the large waves. A local surfer ultimately saved the child but

Mr Oliver was swept out to sea. He was on business at the time, and was due to fly back in to Melbourne the next day. Mr Oliver was a popular sportsman and a talented footballer and a passionate supporter of the Keysborough Football Netball Club after playing with the club as a junior and a senior. “It’s no surprise to anyone at the club that he would put himself in that situation and without question would do what he did,” Keysborough Football Club’s Matt Ferguson said.

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“Shaun consistently showed throughout his time at Keysie that he was both courageous and selfless on and off field, the ultimate team mate. “Post his playing days, Shaun continued to be a very well-liked person around the club. He was one of those supporters who was never negative, a really fantastic person.” Both the Keysborough and Murrumbeena Football Clubs paid tribute to Mr Oliver prior to their preliminary final on Saturday, observing a minutes’ silence and wearing black arm bands

while his close friend, Jason Neville, said a few words as part of the pre-game tribute. The funeral will be held on Thursday 21 September and friends and family will gather directly after at the social rooms at Rowley Allen Reserve, Keysborough. Shaun leaves behind his wife Carla and three young children. GoFundMe page, www.gofundme.com/shaunoliver-died-saving-others has been set up to raise money to support his young family.

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By Nick Creely

Dandenong Journal Star - 18th September 2017