Play with mental health message SUICIDE prevention charity R U OK? and Health Play will host, Out of the Blue, a play with a message, written by playwright Stig Weymyss, in Rosebud on Saturday. R U OK? ambassador, actor Steve Bastoni, will emcee the afternoon to be held at the Rosebud Secondary College Theatre (Southern Peninsula Arts Centre). “I’m looking forward to hosting Out of the Blue here in my own home town because we all struggle from time-to-time and we need to talk about it more,” Bastoni said. “As someone who has gone through my own tough times - as well as supporting loved ones through theirs - I know how life-changing a heartfelt conversation can be.” R U OK? CEO Brendan Maher said the play’s storyline was “something
all Australian adults will be able to relate to and see themselves in - or their mates - it’s very relatable”. “We hope the play reminds everyone that having a solid social network around you - and mates you can call on when you’re struggling with life’s ups and downs - is something we should all be striving to cultivate more consistently.” The afternoon will also feature a panel discussion from experts in the mental health and suicide prevention fields, including Mr Maher and CEO Mental Health Victoria, Angus Clelland. Out of the Blue is on Saturday 28 April, 1.30pm at the Southern Peninsula Arts Centre, 245 Eastbourne Road, Rosebud. The free event also includes a light lunch. Reserve tickets at : ruok.org.au/events.
Charity’s online mission for views MISSION Australia wants 15-19 year olds from Frankston, Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone and the Mornington Peninsula to get involved with its annual youth survey. The charity says this year’s survey will “delve deeper” into issues around social media, alcohol and drugs, barriers to employment and how young people feel about their community. Mission Australia hopes more than 30,000 young people throughout Australia will complete the survey before the end of July. Last year there
were 4783 respondents in Victoria out of 24,000 nationally. “Victorian participants in 2017 identified alcohol and drugs, equity and discrimination and mental health as the most important issues in Australia today. These were the top three issues identified nationally, however in a different order,” Mission Australia CEO James Toomey said. To take part in the survey, go to missionaustralia.com.au/youthsurvey. The survey closes 31 July with results to be released in late November.
Creative bunch: CWA exhibition entrants Judith Hanna, Amelia Bicknell, Barbara Hunt, Cheryl Umbers and Maggie Holdsworth. Picture: Yanni
Craft on show as CWA marks 90 years JAMS, cakes, crochet, needle work and photography will be among the hotly contested entries at the Country Women’s Association’s creative arts exhibition at the Peninsula Community Theatre next week. They will feature among a wide range of arts, crafts and cookery exhibits from 10am, Saturday and Sunday, 28 and 29 April, at the venue in Wilsons Road, Mornington, as the association celebrates 90 years of service. Market stalls will sell handmade goods. Mornington Peninsula Group president Marnie Turner said the local
branches will “go head to head in what’s always a tight competition”. “The ladies get quite competitive,” she said. “We’re talking about our junior members right through to our over 90s. “The crochet and knitting categories have always been extremely competitive, as have the fruit cakes and scones. In recent years the floral arranging has really taken off and so has the photography.” The CWA has 10 branches on the Mornington Peninsula after opening in Red Hill and Somerville last year. Three branches meet in the evening
and seven during the day. “We continue to see younger women joining us,” Ms Turner said. “At its core the association is about friendship. “It’s about women supporting women as well as advocating within our communities and giving back.” She invites visitors to “come along, grab a scone and chat about the association’s achievements and how you could be involved!” Entry is $5; children Under 14 free with accompanying adult. Details: CWAMorningtonPeninsula on Facebook or call 0409 140 508.
WHAT’S NEW... 1 in 4 people on the Mornington Peninsula will be affected by cancer. Chances are, it will be you or someone you love. www.takeabreakforcancer.org.au Take a Break for Cancer this May and June to support your local cancer services at Frankston and Rosebud Hospitals. Get involved today: • Host a fundraiser • Make a donation • Join events across the Peninsula
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Close to home ‘chemo’ a comfort MARGARET Wood was caravanning around Queensland when she experienced sharp pains on the right side of her stomach. “I thought it must be my appendix, I better go to the hospital,” said Margaret. “That’s when I found out I had bowel cancer and spots on my lungs and liver.” One month later, she was back in Victoria having life-saving surgery at Frankston Hospital. “They removed part of my bowel and I spent 16 days in hospital recovering before starting chemotherapy.” The Rosebud resident of 23 years was relieved to be able to have chemotherapy close to home at Rosebud Hospital. Demand continues to grow for our chemotherapy service, which is why Peninsula Health is asking the community to Take a Break for Cancer and raise funds to expand cancer services on the Peninsula. This will ensure more people like Margaret have access to fast diagnosis, fast treatment, and the care and support they need, close to home. “Every three weeks I had intravenous chemotherapy – however that was making me terribly
sick.” “I’m now doing this new chemo with the bottles, where I wear that around my neck at home for 48 hours. I come in to the Chemotherapy Unit twice a week for blood tests and to make sure everything is working.” The chemotherapy and surgery have worked so well that Margaret recently received some very good news from her oncologist. “I had a CT scan and the shadows on my liver are still there but they’re like empty shells, so the cancer is gone. The spots on my lung were fairly insignificant and they’re gone as well.” The great-grandmother is encouraging others to get behind Take a Break for Cancer. “It’s good to do whatever you can to support the hospital – whether it’s volunteering or making a donation to help expand the cancer services here. It is such a big saving to a lot of people to have the care they need close to home.” Take a Break for Cancer today by hosting your own fundraising event or making a donation online. http://www.peninsulahealth.org.au/takeabreak
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