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Connecting people and communities

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2013 – The year that was… Quotes of 2013

A group of talented basketballers, including Emmanuel Del, were preparing to embark on a tour in September to educate school children about the importance of eradicating racism.

“Why the hell did they waste 42 minutes once I was dead? I don’t know. But I’m glad they kept trying.” - Narre Warren South mother Vanessa Tanasio after making a remarkable recovery after being clinically dead for 42 minutes following a heart attack in August.

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Below: Drew Paten, from Hampton Park Secondary College, is part of the Australian Indigenous Mentor Experience Program. Drew imagined and performed a speech in September as Australia’s first Indigenous Prime Minister which may send him on his way to Sydney.



Berwick girls Sade Rose and Tiaree Vydelingum put on butterfly wings when they took part in The Walk for Lupus Awareness on 26 January to raise funds and awareness about lupus.

Rachel, a Fountain Gate Secondary College student, was clowning around during her school’s annual business management market day in May. The event allowed students to show off their entrepreneur skills while also being able to let have some fun and take out friendly revenge on teachers.

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If only they were of age to vote ... former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was treated like a rockstar at Hallam Senior College when he and Holt MP Anthony Byrne opened a new multi-million dollar training centre in February.

“I wake up downstairs and in my mind I’m feeling hot water but it’s not hot water, I’m lying down in my blood and that is warm. The next minute he’s (the attacker) coming into my mind.” - Endeavour Hills grandmother Ilona Prohaska after she was viciously stabbed and left for dead in her home.

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Wally, better known as Jacob, was found during Berwick Chase Primary School’s Book Day in September.

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News - Berwick - 09th January 2014