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Curves Point Cook Waives Service Fee in Partnership with Cancer Council for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in OCTOBER

2011 Finalist Service Medium Category Wyndham Business Awards My Story My Name is Rose Leckie and I own and operate Victorian Babysitting Service. I have been working in childcare since 1986, with 15 years experience working in family day care co-ordinating units as a Fieldworker/Area Manager. I am a qualified Pre School Mothercraft Nurse, completing my Diploma of Community Service (Childcare) in 1997 as a mature aged student. I continue to babysit for the agency. Our History Victorian Babysitting Service began its life in a small room of a family home in Newport, during the mid 1990s. Its founder, a man named James, was the primary carer for his children, whilst his wife was the family breadwinner. The business grew quickly, and in 1997, James employed an office manager to run the office during business hours, while he took any calls outside of office hours. In 1998, I applied to become a babysitter with the Agency, as at the time, my temporary part-time position was coming to an end. I began babysitting the day after my interview and was soon working consistently. In December 1999, the office manager resigned. James, knowing my work history, offered me the position of office manager, which I accepted. Six months later James advised me that he was selling the business. He asked me if I would consider buying it from him.

Curves Point Cook has pledged to lend its support to Cancer Council in an effort to raise funds for vital research and support programmes. Curves Point Cook will help raise money for the not-for-profit organisation through a series of events and initiatives throughout the month of October. Curves Point Cook clubs will also promote the benefits of prevention and early detection activities such as regular exercise, being breast aware, and for women 50-69, having a mammogram every two years. The women’s-only fitness centre, located on Main Street will waive the service fee for new members during 1-31 October in return for a donation to Cancer Council Australia or another breast cancer organisation. Any money raised on behalf of Cancer Council will be used to fund vital breast cancer research, education and support services. For example, funds provide information booklets for breast cancer patients, along with training and resources to breast cancer support groups, and contribute towards clinical trials which test new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. Linda, Manager of Curves Point Cook, said: "Fundraising for breast cancer charities is something which unites the Curves community globally and we’re delighted to be able to support Cancer Council, whose goals of supporting and strengthening women match Curves’ core values extremely well."

Curves Australia has been fundraising in Australia for breast cancer charities for the past five years and has so far collected in excess of one million dollars. "With one in nine women at risk of developing breast cancer by the age of 85, Curves and its members cannot afford to ignore such a pertinent health matter," said Linda. “We are committed to not only support research through funding, but also to increase awareness by encouraging our new and existing members to be breast aware and to lower their risk through exercise." About Curves Curves is a facility especially designed for women featuring a complete 30-minute cardio and strength training program that has been proven to be clinically effective with a positive effect on body composition, metabolism, and resting heart rate. Curves appeals to women of all ages who want a fitness routine that differs from typical gyms, struggle with their weight and fitness and find attending traditional gyms very intimidating.

In May 2000, I became the second owner of Victorian Babysitting Service. The office moved from Newport to Hoppers Crossing and a new beginning! We moved to Altona during 2008 and returned to Hoppers Crossing in 2010. I am proud that Victorian Babysitting Service has always been based in the Western Suburbs, while also providing the service to the Southern, Eastern and Northern suburbs. Our Sitters All of the sitters registered with the agency have experience caring for children, have had a Police Check and Working with Children Check, have first aid training and have public liability insurance. All sitters are over 18 years old and up to 70 years plus. Please visit our Website www.vicbab.com or give me a call on 03 9974 3995 or 0418 302 834. Rose Leckie

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