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Help for East Timor orphans PADUA College students, parents and a company’s generosity have helped raised for an orphanage in East Timor where 100 girls are cared for by Salesian nuns. The college’s Tyabb campus raised $619 and the other campuses $2030 for the St Dominic Savio Orphanage which was then doubled by Didasko Learning Resources, taking the total to $5530. Parent Andrew Hall, who works at Didasko, was so inspired by the stories that daughter Grace and other students brought back from their trip to East Timor that he and his workmates organised a marathon along the Great Ocean Rd. The company then offered to double whatever the students raised. East Timor’s social justice organisation, which relies on donations to

exist, is visited by students who see its activities firsthand. Grace, who is in the Padua College Catholic Action Program class, visited East Timor late last year with Felix Adsett, and other selected students, and Padua staff members Michael Harrison and Bern Young. Felix and Grace went to Padua’s Rosebud campus for years 7-10 and are now in the senior campus for Year 12. “We can have a significant impact on the lives of the Timorese,” Grace said. “We can share our fortune in so many ways, whether they are big or small, they will make a difference and they will change someone’s life.” Classmates: Grace Hall becomes friends with students at St Dominic Savio Orphanage, East Timor.

Murphy joins the ‘marines’

Easy does it: Mt Eliza Lion Dennis Cleary presents Mt Eliza pupils with their First Tear Mediation vests.

Emma gets gold Duke MT ELIZA Lions Club members have praised Mt Eliza’s Emma Wiggins for completing her gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. The Toorak College student represented them in the national finals of the Lions Youth of the Year quest. “This is the highest level of the award which is outstanding and we congratulate Emma on her achievement,” treasurer Ian Davey said. “We are even more pleased to be able to recommend Emma for the ADF Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Award. We hope she is successful.” This leadership and teamwork award recognises youth who are able to maintain top school marks while demonstrating leadership and teamwork in their school life and community. It was named after a bat-

tle between Viet Cong soldiers and a vastly outnumbered Australian force during the Vietnam conflict. Emma – who also won the public speaking section of the Youth of the Year quest – was selected as part of the Lions International’s “Engaging Our Youth” policy as it heads towards it centenary celebrations in 2017. In another Lions’ youth engagement last week, Mt Eliza charter member Dennis Cleary presented a cheque to pay for vests and badges worn by Mt Eliza Primary School’s grade 6 First Tear Mediators when handling playground friendship issues at their school. “This is a highly worthwhile activity for these young students, giving them the opportunity for personal growth and responsibility”, Mr Cleary said. “The Lions club will continue to support this project in years to come.”

AS head of economic development at Mornington Peninsula Shire, Shane Murphy assisted in the establishment of many industry bodies on the peninsula. One was the Mornington Peninsula Marine Alliance, a body formed to promote the peninsula’s growing marine sector. When Mr Murphy was made redundant in March, he was soon picked up by the alliance to spearhead the group as executive officer. “I was delighted to get the role,” Mr Murphy said. “Peninsula marine industries are a major factor in our economy, and with the council adopting the Marine Precincts Strategy, the alliance will work closely with the shire to ensure the industry’s great potential is achieved. The partnership will lead to more jobs. “The member-based alliance serves a multi-faceted sector, which comprises world-class boat builders, marinas, yacht clubs, marine equipment manufacturers, transport and boat services. The businesses are professional and dedicated to being the best in their field to ensure the marine sector grows responsibly and sustainably.” Mr Murphy highlighted the continued strong growth in demand of boat ownership and the need for better local marine infrastructure. “Improving and increasing the number of boat ramps and creating more boat storage are some of the keys to meeting consumer demand and so creating more job opportunities,” he said.

On water matters: Mal Hart of Mornington-based boat-builder Hart Marine, left, and Shane Murphy, new executive officer of Mornington Peninsula Marine Alliance. Picture: Cameron McCullough

“Creating more jobs in a highly competitive global economy is a challenge for all governments and businesses, and we cannot ignore this opportunity.” The peninsula is home to marine businesses that export products and services nationally and internationally. The shire also attracts many tourists and visitors who participate in marine pursuits. “We are a hub for an incredible range of marine activities,” Mr Murphy said. “Our marine businesses allow people to enjoy and appreciate the

wonders of the region in a safe and sustainable manner. Marine businesses respect the natural environment and they want everyone to be able to enjoy the environment. The marine sector is a natural fit for our region.” Mr Murphy will be representing the marine industry to federal and state governments, industry organisations, and his former colleagues at the shire with the aim of making the peninsula the pre-eminent recreational and commercial marine centre for Victoria. Cameron McCullough

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