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Local volunteers recognised .................................page 4 Live and Let’s Save............................................pages 8–9 Wellbeing ...................................................... pages 16–18 Travel ..............................................................pages 21–23 What’s On ..............................................................page 24 Puzzles ....................................................................page 27

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Simple pleasures MERRY Christmas readers. What a joy to see the signs of Christmas emerge throughout the Sunshine Coast and hinterland. Enormous trees have taken up their regular Summer residence in the middle of towns, golden stars, baubles and angels swing from from their branches and their fairy lights flash their festive message. If you are fortunate, Christmas is a time of choice; take it easy, speed up the

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entertainment, travel, take time out to catch-up on social time, swim, sun and barbecue. Certainly people like Francis Holmes personify the many people in the region who not only love to do all these things, but also make time to organise huge Christmas drives to

ensure that everyone shares in the joy of Christmas. I’m really grateful to these great organisers who spend months seeking donations and more time to sort out distribution. We’re a better community for this act of giving. This year Seniors Newspaper Network has also been able to share with readers some very nice competition gifts. Lucky readers have won Maggie Beer cook books, Ken Done’s fabulous biography and bundles of

the best 2016 Australia book titles. But together with Palm Lakes Resort we have definitely set a benchmark this month with the Garoover Caravan Giveaway worth $69,990.00. Congratulations to the winner, I bet this will one Christmas you will remember. On behalf of all Seniors Newspaper staff, I wish you, our readers and advertisers, a very happy and safe Christmas. See you in the New Year. — Gail

Seniors Newspaper in the giving mood AS WE near Christmas, many of us are thinking about the gifts we will give loved ones. But here at Seniors Newspaper, we have been in the giving mood throughout the year, with a series of wonderful competitions. Here we announce some of our most recent winners. CARAVAN COMPETITION: See the announcement about the winning entry on page 19.

Yvonne Biddle, the Wide Bay region books pack winner.

Linda Wilson, the Brisbane region books pack winner.

Moira McNally, the Central Coastbooks pack winner.

MILES FRANKLIN BOOK PACK WINNERS: Seniors Newspaper recently drew the winners of our Miles Franklin books competition. The lucky winners from each region were: ■ Sunshine Coast:

J. Barnes, Caloundra. ■ Toowoomba: D. Marrie, Toowoomba. ■ Brisbane: L. Wilson, Bribie Island. ■ Gold Coast: M. McDonnell, Surfers Paradise. ■ Wide Bay: Y. Biddle,

Wide Bay. ■ Northern New South Wales: K. Podboj, Casino. ■ Central Coast: M. McNally, Canton Beach. ■ Coffs and Clarence: B. McKinnon, Coffs Harbour.

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You are welcome here “For those of us who have much, much is expected”... BY ALISON HOUSTON

“CHRISTMAS is nothing until you do for others.” That’s the drive behind Frances Holmes and her family sharing 13 years of Christmas lunches with the less fortunate in the community. This year, Christmas Day lunch is on again at St Luke’s Hall from 11.30am–1pm and anyone disadvantaged or lonely is welcome to join in the party atmosphere. There’s roast chicken and potatoes, salad and rolls, and pavlova, fruit salad and ice-cream for desert, all served to your table. But this is a meal that nourishes souls as much as bodies. Frances tells of two older ladies, both alone, who met at the lunch several years ago and have returned together each year since. Then there’s the families who have been hit by troubles and can’t afford Christmas lunch, or those who have been left

homeless, or lost their loved ones. Up to 70 people attend each year, many of them seniors. “I’ve always lived by the motto that from those of us who have much, much is expected,” Frances said. “I think we have to be aware that circumstances can change for people and bang, they find they have nothing or no-one to share with. That’s the people who come to us – life hasn’t maybe been as kind to them as it has to us and it’s heartbreaking. “Our message is, if you are on your own, or life’s been tough, you are welcome to come and join us.” Even pets are welcome to attend, albeit with their own Christmas munchies outside the hall. The festive fun has had the same people behind it from the start, including Toowoomba Rotary, Betros Brothers, Orchy, Me-n-u Catering and Nat Spary from the Basement. The room is beautifully

CARING AND SHARING: Frances Holmes looks forward to hosting the annual Christmas lunch for the lonely and the underprivileged. PHOTO: KEVIN FARMER

and professionally decorated and there’s music courtesy of a piano accordion-playing elf! Well, you would expect

Frances, who owns her own event management company, to know how to throw a party! If you would like to

attend, call Frances on 0408 070 300 for catering purposes by December 21. But Frances adds,

“we’ve never turned anyone away over the years; we just open the doors and everyone is welcome.”

Updates from the Toowoomba Region The Regional Access and Disability Advisory Committee will hold its December meeting on the 5 December at the Toowoomba City Library. If you have any questions please contact council 131 872.

Council Cabs

Council is trialling a cab service to help older people and those with a disability travel to their local shopping centre. The cab picks you up from your home and takes you to your local shopping centre once a week. The service will need to be pre booked by calling 1300 811 394 before noon on the day before your trip. You will travel in a shared taxi. It then takes you home at a set time a few hours later. It costs $2 per person, per trip (which is $4 there and back). Council subsidises the rest of the cost of the fare. If you live in one of the service areas, and are aged 60 or over, have a disability or hold an eligible concession or pension card, then you qualify to use the service. You can also bring a carer or dependent children (under 10) with you for free. When you book, the operator will check to make sure you qualify.

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Each year, approximately 140,000 people are admitted to hospital due to medication mismanagement. Our Pharmacists can organise medications in convenient and disposable weekly Easy Meds packs to ensure that medicines are taken safely and appropriately to achieve optimal health outcomes.

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They are perfect for people who take multiple medications, take them at different times of the day, or forget to take their tablets. Our Pharmacists can also manage your scripts and liaise with your doctor to ensure you never run out of your medication.

Christmas is in the air! Come along and celebrate the 4GR Mayoral Carols by Candlelight on Sunday 4 December 2016 in Queens Park, Cnr Lindsay and Margaret Street. Booklets and Candles can be purchased on the night – Booklets $1 and Candles $2.

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Mark your calendars for a game of bingo and free morning tea at: Crow’s Nest Community Centre Wednesday 1 February 2017 Toowoomba City Library, Level 3 Thursday 2 February 2017 Oakey Cultural Centre Friday 3 February 2017 Pittsworth Function Centre Tuesday 7 February 2017 Millmerran Cultural Centre Wednesday 8 February 2017 Booking are essential, call council on 131 872 after 14 December to ensure you get a seat.

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Volunteers give it life Recognition given to the people behind the scenes were husband and wife Sam and Faye Nixon, who have each given 15 years of service to the cause. Sam was pragmatic when asked about the award, saying he had been glad of “something to do” since retiring. He started work at Lifeline’s furniture shop, but moved to the Perth St shop after a few years when the heavy work got too much for him. Similarly, despite back problems which have limited her mobility, Faye remains keen to play her part and now works from home, pricing jewellery and doing button work for the shop. According to Sam, it’s a win-win situation. He enjoys doing something for others, but also keeping himself active, and he says friendships

WE COULDN’T do it without them, was the simple message from Lifeline Darling Downs chief executive officer Derek Tuffield on the presentation of 10, 15 and 20-year service awards to volunteers recently. “Without our volunteer workforce … we would not be able to continue to fund our life-saving and life-changing crisis support services which we offer free to so many in need across Toowoomba, the Darling Downs and South West region,” Mr Tuffield said. “We simply could not celebrate our success as an organisation without the dedicated support of our volunteers.” Among those honoured

MAKING THE DIFFERENCE: Lifeline Darling Downs and South West Queensland vice- chairman Andrew Taylor, volunteers Joyce Ballon, Kathy Van der Meulen, Faye and Sam Nixon, and regional chairman Shane MacDonald.

develop both with other volunteers and “over the counter” with customers, many of whom he knows by name. Lifeline has more than 350 volunteers, a large majority of whom are over 55 years old, who collectively put in close to 13,000 hours per year and become the public face of the organisation by working in the 17 retail

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Tadpoles get the gold Fun, fitness and a bit of competition at the Masters BY ALISON HOUSTON

AT 90, Toowoomba’s Ann Todd has added another six gold medals from the recent Pan Pacific Masters Games on the Gold Coast to her collection The oldest member of the Toowoomba Tadpoles swimming club did not just take gold in the 50m and 400m backstroke, she also earned state and national records in both. Her other golds were awarded for the 50m freestyle, 50m breaststroke and the 100m and 200m backstroke. Having swum at school, Ann had an almost 50-year hiatus from the sport when she lived 145km out of Longreach. It was only when she returned to Toowoomba and saw her grandson excelling in the pool that she decided to return to swimming. That was about 15 years ago, and she admits that on her first attempt,

she couldn’t even get to the end of the 25m pool. But the woman who went on to claim the record for the fastest 1500m backstroke at 80 was not going to give up. "It’s been wonderful for me," she said. She marvels at the fact that having grown up in an era when overseas travel for pleasure was almost unheard of, she has now swum in World Masters in Canada, England, Casablanca, Italy and Sweden. And her next stop is the 2017 Games in Budapest, Hungary. "It’s better than couch-sitting," she laughs. "It’s good to be able to get out and do something. There’s life in the old girl yet. "I’m 90 now, so I intend to enjoy life and make the most of it." Ann, who gave up tennis and golf only at the start of this year, swims three mornings a week and has taken up bridge to, "exercise my brain as well as my body".

TERRIFIC TADPOLES: Front from left, Rosalie Lutvey, Ann Todd, Beres Hindman. Back, Lionel Scotney, Sue Walker and Vanessa O'Sullivan. Missing is Mary Dolphin. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

A total of seven Tadpoles attended the Games, with Beres Hindman gaining a gold, silver and three bronze, Rosalie Lutvey two silver and a bronze, Vanessa O’Sullivan three bronze, Sue Walker a bronze, Mary Dolphin scoring a number of personal bests and

Lionel Scotney swimming in eight events and two relays. Club vice-president Lou Hill said the club, which has a membership of 68, was all about fun, fitness and friendship. Members could train as hard as they wanted or felt comfortable with, and

while many travel to competitions throughout the year, others just enjoy a social swim. The only prerequisite is that you can swim the length of the 25m pool. Coaching and stroke improvement are available. But do you have to be

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Talk ‘n’ Court a bright light in Michelle’s FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK GAIL FORRER Group editor Seniors Newspapers network

STRONG: Michelle has had a tough life.

MEET Michelle. She’s a warm and stable 64-year-old lady, divorced with two adult children and lives in Brisbane. She is one person who doubts if she would be alive today without this assistance. If you checked Michelle’s CV you would find an impressive work career including administration in prime minister Gough Whitlam’s office, secretary to an

SBS chairman and, with her husband, she owned and managed a successful coast tourism business. In the private sphere, she boasts two children in their late 30s, who are educated, employed and good people. She was divorced after 20 years of marriage. What won’t be noted down is how her daughter battled a dreadful drug addiction at 19 years old, followed by a diagnosis of thyroid cancer, and how Michelle had to leave her own career to care for her and ensure her daughter’s passage to health. “I just did what any mother would do,” she

said. After that, her divorce further damaged her financial situation. “I had a little money,” she said. “And while I didn’t have to pay full rent, I managed.” For some time a friend rented her their holiday house. When that ended, her former husband let her live in his unit and pay just $100 per week. When he wanted to raise more rent, she had to leave. His money was from his family, not from their marriage. Michelle’s personal grooming portrays an innate stylishness.

Her smile is warm and she’s ready to be upfront with me, but she is challenged. Due to cancer treatment, she has lost all her teeth. She shows her underarm, where a long scar has replaced skin excised to replace her cancerous tongue. Nevertheless, she’s happy to make the effort to speak and is easily understood. “The doctor said that it’s only because I was such an articulate speaker that I am managing to speak this clearly now,” she said. Michelle is also speaking now because she was fortunate to find

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NRAS (National Affordable Rent Assistance Scheme) 2014: The Abbot-led federal government abandoned the fifth instalment of the National Rental Affordability Scheme (known more commonly as NRAS). Applicants who applied for the fifth round of approvals (which closed in August 2013) were abandoned entirely. Conversely, those projects already formally approved still received government concessions. To date (2014), NRAS delivered 14,575 dwellings, with another 23,884 in the pipeline.

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★ Discount stores will have the cheap, thin paper but does it really matter when it gets ripped off and thrown away? ★ If you buy the expensive wrap, you can always recycle it for next year. ★ You can make your own wrapping paper by buying a roll of brown paper. Add some ribbon in Christmas colours and tie off with gum nuts or holly. ★ Save your boxes and containers of various sizes from the recycling bin. ★ Wrap them in Christmas paper and use for the more delicate gifts.

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or vase with Christmas bush or some greenery from your garden, add water and a tea-light for a floating candle effect. ★ Wreaths – get artistic by using many materials such as flowers, leaves, fruits, twigs, ornaments and candy canes. ★ Pine cones – spray paint them gold or silver or roll the pine cone in some glue and then in some glitter for a sparkly finish. ★ Hang from your tree with a ribbon. ★ Cinnamon bundles – take five cinnamon sticks and form a bundle. Tie with a piece of ribbon or string and make a bow on top and use as a place setting on the table. ★ Bauble ornaments – remove the top off the clear balls and add glue and glitter or tinsel inside for a brighter, more decorative effect.

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★ If you’re over dragging out the old artificial tree, go evergreen and use a live plant or tree. You can decorate it for the festive season then use in your home or garden after the season is over. ★ Alternatively, find an old spray of branches and paint them gold or silver, add some fairy lights and you have a festive look and an up-cycled tree. Have a very merry and thrifty Christmas.

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YES, IT is possible to enjoy your Christmas lunch without breaking the bank. The best way to do this is to share the load and a budget. Don’t hesitate if a guest asks if they can bring something. Have a list ready to go and write down who is bringing what so you get a good coverage and don’t double up. Make it simple and just remember don’t overdo it. Start with a punch and a few dips and nibbles. Just a few as you don’t want to ruin your lunch: also ask guests to BYO drinks. If you decide to go with the seafood lunch you can go to your local fishing co-op before Christmas and order the prawns. Buy green and frozen prawns as they are much nicer when you poach your own.

CHEAP EATS, NO TRUFFLES CHRISTINE PERKIN The sweet, meaty flavour of prawns makes them perfect contenders for poaching and helps to retain moisture and gives the opportunity to add flavour by adding aromatics to the poaching liquid. Prawn cocktails are a nice starter. Making your own dressing for prawns is so quick and simple instead of paying $. If you buy in bulk, you can reduce the cost per kilo quite significantly. Why not see if a friend wants to go halves in a 5kg box of prawns?

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it simple Calamari and mussels are tasty and cheap seafood so don’t hesitate using these delicious sustainable morsels on a platter. If you buy sliced leg ham from the deli instead a large piece or leg you will only use what you need far less outlay. Buying cheaper cuts of meat can save bucks and will taste wonderful when marinaded and cooked slowly. This can save quite a few dollars off your budget if you use a shoulder cut instead of leg of lamb or pork buy early before the rush and freeze. Roast chicken is also a better idea than turkey much cheaper and less prone to drying out. Making your own sauces can be very simple, quick and cost effective and yum. Why not have a baking

day and make your own mince tarts and plum pudding? Home-made always taste better. The process is fairly simple for mince tarts. Buy the pastry and a jar of fruit mince from your local supermarket and bake a batch. Shortbread is also another simple treat to make. Plum pudding can be fiddly but well worth the effort. Cold desserts can be made of fresh fruit with dipping sauce, pavlova and my all-time favourite trifle. Just remember less is more so you can enjoy your day. Try to make sure most of your preparation is done the day before or earlier and write that list of what you need to do and when to do it. Have a very tasty and Merry Christmas!

Even though Christmas is an annual event, many people don’t prepare themselves financially in the lead-up to December. It is actually the perfect time to create a personal budget. Allocating money in advance is a great way to prevent finances from going into the red during one of the most expensive times of year. Before deciding on the amount of money for Christmas spending and gift buying, put together a comprehensive budget and cash flow forecast as this will help determine the final figure. In the budget, include all additional expenses such as food, drinks and socialising. For parents, sticking to one main present per child is a good way to prevent overspending.

2. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ONLINE SHOPPING

Get in early and make online bargains part of your Christmas shopping mix. Completing payments with debit cards rather than credit cards avoids the risk of being hit by a seasonal spending surcharge – in the form of unwanted interest payments in the new year. A great way to make sure you stay within the Christmas budget you have set is by keeping an ongoing tally

of your spending.

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If your family still spends up big at Christmas, it’s time to introduce them to the delights of Kris Kringle. Not only does it have an element of surprise, but it also helps to considerably reduce the cost of gifts for everyone. Kris Kringle involves buying one significant gift of meaning for one person, rather than lots of little ‘obligatory’ presents that people either don’t need or don’t want.

4. SET UP A SAVINGS PLAN

Saving $20 per week might not seem like a lot but it adds up. A set-and-forget periodic payment of this amount in your internet banking will give you $1000 to spend on Christmas this time next year. This proves the old adage that little and often really does fill the purse or wallet.

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SNAPSHOTS OF LIFE ANN RICKARD ann.rickard@apn.com.au

AT FIRST I was enchanted, but then it turned on me. Now I’m not so sure. I’m talking about being called aunty. Aunty Ann. I am a fair-dinkum aunty to a few nieces and nephews and it is one thing to be called Aunty Ann by them (even though I’d rather they just dropped the Aunty bit to make me sound younger), but when an entire country starts on with the Aunty Ann business… well… as I said, I’m not so sure. It happened in the Cook Islands, a most friendly and warm and beautiful place. We were greeted at the airport by Cook Island tourism ambassador Aunty Nane. Her head bedecked with flowers and with a garment we used to call a mu-mu cascading dramatically over her wonderfully plump curves, Aunty Nane embodied the

essence of everything you’d expect in a seasoned Cook Islander. She kissed our cheeks and put strings of perfumed gardenias around our necks and we loved her immediately. “How come you’re called Aunty Nane,” we asked when we’d got to know her (a whole five minutes after meeting). “Any woman over a certain age is called Aunty,” she said giving me a knowing look “It is what we do here, Aunty Ann.” Well, it was all Aunty Ann coming at me from then on. At first I enjoyed it. It had a personal affection about it, a ‘you-are-my-family-now’ inclusion. But the small problem was, I was travelling with a couple of younger women, both in their mid-30s, and each time we were introduced to others, it was a case of “This is Miss Penny and Miss Angela… and Aunty Ann.” That’s when the ‘not so sure about this’ part kicked it. Everyone we met automatically called the

girls by their first names and then tacked an ‘aunty’ onto mine. My age became a glaring factor in the Cook Islands. Now, this was not a bad thing. But it took a lot of getting used to in the week I spent in this tropical island haven and just as I had accepted it, and was almost basking in the ‘aunty’ title, came a real downer. One man, a distinguished European hotelier who hadn’t been in the Cook Islands long himself, called me ‘Mamma Ann.’ Mamma! It was said with respect, but still Mamma! This title, I learnt, is reserved for really old Cook Island women. What could I do? The Cook Islanders love and revere their seniors and there is no doubting I am a senior. If I am fortunate enough to go back to the Cook Islands, I’ll make a point of travelling with women much older than me. See Aunty Ann’s Cook Island adventures on p21.

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THE Eternity Tree has raised another $5000 recently for the local charity. The solid bronze tree consists of 574 individually designed leaves in memory of a relative or friend that can be purchased for $195 each. After purchase, the leaves are inscribed (2 lines, with an additional 2 lines available at $30/line) and restored to the tree, where they will be preserved in the beautiful garden setting at TS Burstow Funerals. At the ‘re-fertilising’ Mr Jim Sampson from Toowoomba Garden City Rotary said it would be great to sell the remaining

GOOD TIMES: Cabarlah and the Lockyer Lovelies red hat chapter at the Sundowner Saloon at Haigslea farewelling Vice Queen Susan.

219 leaves so the club can make another donation to the Hospice. Money raised from the Eternity Project has

contributed to new floor coverings in the Hospice clinical area, as well as the repainting of the inside and outside of the

entire building to give a fresh look. For details about the Eternity Tree Project call 4636 9600.

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U3A IN Toowoomba Inc. have enjoyed a most interesting 2016 year. We now look forward to the future with great enthusiasm as there are many new classes as well as the majority carrying on into the New Year. If you are interested in meeting new friends, continue to learn without the hassle of exams then come and look around on the Open Days where you can meet and talk to the majority of tutors and committee members. Open Morning is on January 23 from 9.30am to 11.30am at Philharmonic Complex, 7 Matthews Street, Toowoomba. The Pittsworth Open Morning is on January 24 from 9.30am to 11.30am at the Pioneer Village, Pittsworth. The Toowoomba Office will be open from January 11 to

13 and January 16 to 20 from 9am to midday each day to give those loyal members a chance to pay and get the early bird discount. There will be committee members there to explain about U3A in Toowoomba and the different classes if you are new and interested in joining. There are approximately 160 classes held each week, so there is plenty of variety, days and venues to suit all interests. Details call 4687 7659.

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WANTED – Old Corflute Signs. Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc. is seeking the community’s support through the provision of old corflute signs that can be reused for their 2017 programs of events, projects and other activities. So, if you have old promotional, advertising, event or election signs that you no longer need, please consider donating them to HOPE. Please drop off the unwanted corflute signs to the HOPE office situated at 22 Vacy Street, Newtown, Toowoomba.

CHRISTMAS FUN: Garden City-Toowoomba National Seniors members Dell and Len Penrose enjoyed their Christmas Luncheon at the Drayton Bowls Club.

GARDEN CITY/TOOWOOMBA NATIONAL SENIORS

THE LAST activity of Garden City - Toowoomba National Seniors, for 2016, was their Christmas Party. Over 110 members and visitors enjoyed each others company, the entertainment by Scott Tweedie and the lovely lunch served by the Drayton Bowls Club members. The next meeting of our branch will be on Monday January 16 commencing at 9.30am at Drayton

Bowls Club. Cost $7. Visitors welcome. For more information call Hazel on 4635 4519.

GATTON CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL THE MAGIC that is Christmas will transform Gatton’s main street into a festive wonderland for the annual Gatton Christmas Carnival. Come along from 5.30pm on Friday 16 December to share the Christmas spirit with family and friends. With heaps of entertainment

for young and old, Council’s Mayor Tanya Milligan encouraged residents to join in the fun. There will be everything from ham wheels to food stalls, free face painting and wrist bands for unlimited rides up for grabs for only $5. And of course, Santa will arrive at 5.30pm and be on stage at 8.25pm. Add to the night the Lockyer Valley Celtic Pipe Band, fitness and dance performers, Lockyer Valley Highland Dancers and Starlite dancers and it really will be a wonderful

night. There will be live music by country sensation Bridget O’Shannessy and local band "Island Vibes". Winners of the Gatton Christmas Carnival Colouring Competition will also be officially announced on the night. Top it all off with the final Town Proud draw and it’s sure to be an evening not to miss! Come along and join the community and spread the joy of Christmas across our region. Visit www.luvyalockyer.com.au or call 5466 3426 for details.

TOOWOOMBA QUILTERS CLUB INC

AT THE recent morning tea and presentation of a prize quilt and monies from the Toowoomba Quilters Club Inc. Toowoomba resident, Yasmine Allan, received her prize quilt from the Toowoomba Quilters Club recently, while the proceeds of ticket sales were presented to Mark Munro for The Toowoomba Hospice at the same presentation. Toowoomba Quilter’s Exhibition Convener Ms Betty Fawcett said the magnificent prize quilt is a

hand appliquéd design of Dianne Johnston’s featuring hand dyed fabrics. "At least nine members of the Toowoomba Quilters Club with needle turn appliqué skills collaborated to produce all the blocks and sashings to make the large quilt. The quilt was superbly custom quilted by Quilt Affair and bound by another keen member." The quilt took 18 months to complete and won 2nd prize in the Collaborative Quilt section of the 2016 Qld Quilt Show and was authentically valued at $3,720. Ms Fawcett said the club was delighted with the end result of $7,414.00 being raised The Hospice was chosen as Art Union recipient following their exceptional palliative care of one of our former members. Toowoomba Hospice Administration and Fundraising Manager Mr Mark Munro Adopting a Room provides the Toowoomba Hospice with financial assistance to maintain client facilities and to continue to provide professional palliative care. For more information on being part of the adopt a room campaign you can call the Hospice on 4659 8500.

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Riding their way to the win

THE Palm Lake Resort and Seniors Newspapers’ $69,990 Majestic Caravan Giveaway competition brought out the creativity and sense of humour in hundreds of entrants. There were so many great entries, it was hard to pick. But in the end, there is only one winner and that is ... Rodney and Jenny Simmons, who were helped to victory by an internet-savvy son with a larrikin streak. Rodney, 70, said his son spotted the caravan competition online and sent an email off to Seniors Newspapers to request a sticker, after telling him it would be the perfect prize for he and Jenny to try for. When the sticker arrived in Windsor, NSW, where the family has lived for all of Rodney’s life, its Retired Not Expired slogan struck a chord. “We’ve retired all right, but we’ve not had it yet,” Rodney said. The couple’s three sons have a small farm at Pitt Town where the grandkids go to ride their bikes and get away from it all – and it was there the creative spark arrived for the

DELIGHTED WINNERS: Rodney and Jenny Simmons were the lucky winners of the $69,990 Majestic Caravan Giveaway with this creative photo. BELOW: Some of the other entries in the competition.

photo. Rodney, who often visits the farm to mow the lawns for the kids, said one son had come across a life-size bull statue some years ago that had pride of place in the

paddock. “We were walking past and my son said to his mother, ‘Jump on that bull!’ ” Rodney said. “She told him she’d never be able to get up on

it and he went and got her a ladder. Old mother climbed up the ladder and I pretended to be getting chased over the fence. “It was funny. We were having a scream of a

laugh about it.” Rodney said in 70 years they’d never won anything of note, until now. “It doesn’t happen to us. We’re just little old parents who’ve got three

boys, two granddaughters and four grandsons,” Rodney said. “You cannot believe how pleased we are.” Palm Lake Resort chief executive officer Manuel Lang and Seniors Newspapers general manager Geoff Crockett chose the winning entry at PLR headquarters on the Gold Coast on Monday, November 28. Mr Lang said it was a great photograph that really captured the spirit of the Retired Not Expired motto. He said it was wonderful to see the prize going to such a deserving family. Mr Crockett agreed, saying the judging process had been a lot of fun and generated lots of laughs and plenty of challenges. He congratulated all the entrants on their efforts and wished the Simmons happy travels with their new van. The Win a $69,990 Majestic Caravan Giveaway competition opened in August and has been a partnership between Palm Lake Resort and Seniors Newspapers. Thanks so much to all those who entered.

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CAROL Archer has never been a slouch when it comes to health and fitness, with a background in pilates and exercise for women. But at 60, and having retired about 18 months ago, she became determined not to become inactive, in fact, to become more active than ever. That’s where Toowoomba Council’s free four-week Healthy Habits program came in. Part of the Change Project, and run in partnership with Willows Heath and Lifestyle, it offers residents online challenges and easy tips to improve their health and well-being. Figures show that almost half of Australian adults do not participate in sufficient physical activity. The project began on

November 14, and after just one week Carol had already begun integrating aspects of the program into her daily life. Over the past year, she had begun doing more dance, tennis, tried croquet and discovered the joys of walking, which led to adventures including her first wilderness hike in Tasmania. However, Healthy Habits starts by asking participants what health and well-being means to them as an individual and goes on from that point. There is information which makes you aware of your habits and tips and ideas on how you can change. Ideally, she says, the program allows you to change one small thing at a time so that you don’t become overwhelmed. “I think there’s something in Healthy

Habits for everyone,” Carol said. For instance, she was already walking a short distance, but has now added some vigorous walking to that – not too hard with Toowoomba’s hills! Her 10-minute walk has turned into an hour and she now walks to the shop instead of driving. She’s also realised it’s important to add in relaxation and stretching sessions. “I love being active, but I need to give my body time to recover as well, so I’m choosing to take time out every day just to breathe, out in a beautiful spot, or to put on some music at home and stop and breathe. It’s about awareness.” Carol has also found that using a step monitor and the program’s tracking system has made her more mindful of her activities, so that she now

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CRUNCHING NUMBERS ❚ 27,519 healthy years of life are lost by Australians every year from exposure to air pollution ❚ 3000 Australians die preventable deaths each year from air pollution ❚ $2.4billion – the total economic cost in the year 2000 of air pollution from motor vehicles alone. ❚ Up to $8.4 billion – the annual estimated health costs of air pollution in Sydney. ❚ Zero – the safe level of exposure to many of the major air pollutants.

MORE than 3000 Australians die premature deaths each year from SOURCE: ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE AUSTRALIA urban air pollution, with seniors among the most susceptible, experts have warned. World Health Organisation Director in the department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health Dr Maria Neira said the evidence of health issues and deaths linked to air pollution was too big to ignore. "The risks from air pollution are now far greater than previously thought or understood, particularly for heart disease and strokes," she said. "Few risks have a greater impact on global health today than air HIGH RISK: An estimated 3000 Australians die each year from air-pollution. pollution; the evidence signals the need for concerted action to clean disadvantaged, those Few risks have a greater up the air we all breathe." living near major roads or WHO estimates indoor industrial areas and in impact on global health air pollution was linked to some cases rural areas. today than air pollution; the 4.3 million deaths The people most evidence signals the need for worldwide in 2012 and susceptible to health externally 3.7 million issues caused by air concerted action to clean up the air deaths from urban and pollutants are the elderly, we all breathe. rural sources. children, pregnant women — Dr Maria Neira, World Health Organisation It states the increasing and unborn children and number of factories and people with chronic motor vehicles, which disease. Department of effects, he said it all came release harmful gases, is The Chairman of Elanra Pharmacology and down to the balance of a major contributing factor Medical, a Gold Bioclimatology (Hebrew ions in the air. to respiratory issues in Coast-based company University Israel) said, it is “These winds cause a western countries. which specialises in air a direct result of this type large increase of positive Griffith University’s quality and its impact on of hot, dry wind with low ions in the air. It is this School of Engineering the human body, Joshua humidity that is notorious mixed with the pollutants Professor Igor Agranovski Shaw, said the recent hot, for causing depression, that is bad for mankind,” said major air pollutants dry wind in Victoria which allergies, asthma, fatigue, he said. affecting Australians right saw hundreds of people migraine, irritability and Positive ions are now were inorganic and suffer asthma attacks and moodiness plus more,” Mr believed to be linked to organic gases, particles of allergic reactions, was Shaw said. making people feel mineral nature and proof air pollution was rife Having spent more than lethargic, tired and biological particles. in our society. half a century studying depressed whereas He said those most at "Just as Professor F G this phenomena and negative ions are linked to risk were the Sulman of the trying to reverse its feelings of energy and

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upset stomach for quite a while. “Like most men I wasn’t keen on going to the doctor but thankfully my wife kept pestering me to go and when I did the doctor ordered a blood test and also ticked the PSA test on the form. “It was lucky he did because, while the upset stomach turned out to be nothing to do with my prostate, the PSA test came back showing a higher-than-normal level, and that continued to increase rapidly over the next few months, so in my case if I hadn’t had that first check-up, there’s no doubt that I wouldn’t be

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here today. I would encourage all blokes, once they turn 40, to go to their GP, have a general check-up, and make sure they ask to have a blood test to check their prostate. “Not having a simple check could mean the difference between detecting something early, getting treatment and surviving, or not being around to live out the rest of your life, or worse, leaving your family without a husband and father." To contact the Movember foundation for fundraising details call 1300 GROW MO (1300 476 966).

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TOOWOOMBA-BASED prostate cancer specialist nurse Jo Hiscock was part of a group helping to take the Movember message to staff at Acland New Hope mine recently. “Movember is all about reducing the number of men who are dying too soon from treatable diseases, so it’s fantastic that we’re able to come out here and give the men some education about prostate cancer and the importance of monitoring their health,” Ms Hiscock said. “If we can encourage the men to keep a check on themselves and monitor their PSA (prostate specific antigen) level through a yearly blood test then that’s a big step towards them maintaining their health for a lot longer.” The Toowoomba prostate cancer support group, in conjunction with workplace wellness program provider Live Well Australia, organised to have a special guest speaker talk to staff at Acland New Hope mine. Live Well Australia program manager Bella Reynolds said the staff at Acland appreciated

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Radiation Care Jenny, a 48-year-old pelvic cancer survivor started experiencing symptoms of chronic radiation damage seven months after her treatment and she sought help from the Wesley Centre for Hyperbaric Medicine, Australia’s largest, private and fully comprehensive hyberbaric facility. “I found it difficult getting out of cars, bending down, getting off the couch or from a sitting position,” said Jenny. “My experience was also one of instability or a sense of instability, I didn’t feel strong and so stopped wearing shoes that had a heel on them as I felt I might fall. Even coughing caused discomfort. Internally I felt swollen and tender. They were vague symptoms in many ways but things just didn’t feel right.

“After my consultation at the WCHM I was keen to start straight away. In the end I undertook the full 40 treatments. Initially, there was no improvement after the first 10 treatments but that is to be expected. Between 10-20 treatments I thought I felt more comfortable. From 20 treatments on I knew I was improving. Gradually less discomfort, no pain.”

Jenny continued to improve after her HBOT sessions ended and it wasn’t long before she was back in high heels. See www.wesleyhyperbaric.com.au www.wesleyhyperbaric.com.au for more information

Almost half of the 131,000 new cases of cancer that will be diagnosed in Australia this year will be treated with radiation therapy as part of the overall healing process. The advancements made in radiation therapy means it can now target tumours more accurately and minimise damage to the surrounding tissue. However, despite these improvements, the normal tissue surrounding the tumour may be affected with the impact not realised for months, sometimes years after the treatment ends. This chronic radiation damage can affect the bone and or soft tissue and is generally a result of scarring or the narrowing of the blood vessels in the treatment area. During radiation, many of the smallest of blood vessels may be damaged or destroyed, which then limits the access of ingredients necessary for healing such as oxygen, antibiotics, nutrition, vitamins and growth factors. If the process is prolonged and the healthy tissue does not receive enough blood, then the tissue can die and in the past would have required surgery to remove it. But doctors are finding excellent success with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) which works by improving blood circulation, supplying more oxygen to damaged tissue, reducing scarring and increasing stem cell activity.

Patients have 30 - 40 two-hour sessions in a pressurised hyperbaric chamber like the world-class facility at the Wesley Centre for Hyperbaric Medicine which operates on the grounds of the Wesley Hospital in Brisbane. The combination of the pressure and 100% oxygen drives the dissolved oxygen into the plasma giving the body the building blocks it needs to repair itself. Generally, oxygen is transported around the body only by your red blood cells but HBOT allows the oxygen to be dissolved into the plasma, central nervous system fluids, the lymph glands, even the bone and can therefore be carried to areas where circulation has been reduced. So oxygen can reach the damaged tissues and support and enhance the body’s healing process. HBOT has had its most publicised success in treating the damage to the jaw bone as a result of cancers of the head or neck but it is also helpful for people who have had radiation therapy for the pelvis for prostrate or gynaecological cancers and developed injuries to the bladder and bowel. Research published in medical journals also point to benefits to women who have complications after surgical reconstruction following a mastectomy and radiation.

See www.wesleyhyperbaric.com.au for more information The Wesley Centre for Hyperbaric Medicine is a fully registered and accredited private day hospital and has contracts with most of the major health funds. As we are a day hospital patients are admitted and discharged daily and all our doctors participate in the no-gap scheme. Most patients have very little to no out-of-pocket expenses for their treatment with us, making this a very cost effective treatment especially if they have wounds/woundcare as this is all covered during treatment. We will also look after uninsured patients as long as their condition attracts a Medicare MBS number.

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Travel Ann Rickard proves seniors can be pleasantly active on a tropical island. JUST A five and a half hour flight from Australia’s east coast takes you into another world of dazzling island landscapes and delightful cultural differences that make a week in this idyll feel like a month-long holiday. The Cook Islands in the South Pacific offer the perfect escape for mature travellers: not too far to get to, an island to laze on if you are so inclined, but also a place for soft activities if you like a little adventure with your island lolling. The main island of Rarotonga is small (just 69sq km) and surrounded by a coral reef that creates a lagoon so clear and dazzlingly blue its presence, peeking through palms from so many vistas, is instantly soothing and simultaneously energising. The beachfront Pacific

Tropical utopia Resort Rarotonga, with its 2ha of tropical gardens, is one of many luxe resorts, a good choice for us seniors. At its toe-in-the-sand restaurant, the food is served in portions so big you’ll feel obliged to take out one of the free kayaks to paddle it off. Or you could just don a snorkel and step off the sand into the lagoon’s underwater kaleidoscope of fish and coral. If that’s too much effort, make use of the resort’s glass-bottom boat, it goes out every afternoon. Other not-too-difficult activities include a half-day cycle with Storyteller’s Eco-Cycle Tours. You’ll cycle about 10km with operator Dave and his co-star Uncle Jimmy, but it is mostly on flat ground through the island’s back roads in the lush hinterland with its

mist-shrouded mountains. You stop every five minutes (very agreeable) to learn about the island’s bounty of taro plantations, avocado and mango trees and myriad plants with healing properties. Dave and Uncle Jimmy care for you every kilometre through the verdant island and you’ll feel alive, especially when you finish the tour with a frolic in a hidden waterhole (an effort to get in but worth it). As South Pacific tropical utopias go, the Cook Islands are right up there. The welcome is warm (there is a lot of cheek kissing, get used to it) and the pace is slow. If you are over 50, ladies you’ll be called ‘aunty’ and gentlemen will be ‘uncle.’ Cook Island tourism guru Aunty Nane greets

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A window to the soul of Africa Shirley Sinclair

THE WORDS on the blue and gold mat at the entrance to the check-in lounge are prophetic of the journey we are about to embark on. Over the next 30 hours and 1600km, we will peer into the lives of everyday South Africans, get up close with their history, culture and traditions, observe their industry and agricultural practices, and be embraced by their dramatic and diverse scenery. But this is much more than that for me: it is also my window of opportunity to sample a whole new world of excellence in service and elegance in travel. The Blue Train through South Africa’s interior has cemented its reputation among the world’s great

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What’s on Christmas Wonderland MARSHALL Cox has been involved in Toowoomba’s Christmas Wonderland since it began in 2003, but it never ceases to inspire him. For one thing, there are always new attractions to see, and you can never be quite sure how they will turn out until the lights are switched on. But it’s the generosity of the Toowoomba people and the excitement and delight on the children’s faces which the Toowoomba West Lions Club project manager says make all the work worthwhile. Although even at 70, he says, there’s something magical about seeing all

those thousands of sparkling lights. The event has grown three-fold in just the nine years it has been at the Botanic Gardens. That means organisers get just one month off after the lights are turned off on Christmas Eve and come down after Christmas, before planning for the next year begins in February. That is a mighty task indeed. Mr Cox said it took 3000 volunteer hours to set up the lights and another 3000 hours in planning throughout the year. Then there’s another 3000-odd hours for the 40 volunteers each night

who ensure the event runs smoothly. A majority of those hours are put in by retirees and seniors like himself. A new initiative this year is a park and ride for the last week leading up to Christmas eve, to ease parking problems. A free bus will run from the PCYC carpark to the gardens from 7–8.30pm. And, if you haven’t been yet, there is plenty to see, including a winter theme, a nursery rhyme area, an Australiana and an international-themed area, this year including a rotating globe, Eiffel Tower, a Dutch windmill and the London Eye. The only thing you won’t see is

Santa, because the event continues the original Burstow brothers’ wish not to include any commercial aspect of Christmas, which is really pretty refreshing these days. Instead, all funds raised from the gold coin donation go to Lifeline Darling Downs, the Toowoomba Hospice and Toowoomba Hospital Foundation, who in turn lend support to the event. Last year 80,000 people enjoyed the lights, raising $80,000. “If not for the community spirit here, the event certainly wouldn’t be of the magnitude that it is,” Mr Cox said.

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Social media is a big part of today’s society for all ages THE internet is catching up with us all, regardless of age. This year, for the first time, Toowoomba Mayor Paul Antonio issued his invitation to the city’s oldest residents to join in his annual Over-80s Christmas Party on YouTube. The mayor paid tribute to “the more mature people in our community” and all they had done for us, and called on us all to be thankful for who and where we are.

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CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS: Mayor of Toowoomba Paul Antonio invited locals to the Over-80's Christmas party.

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Solve the anagrams. Each solution is a one-word anagram of the letters beside it, and the five solutions are sequential. For example, if the five-letter solution starts with J, the six-letter solution starts with K, and so on.

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