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Brianna Harding is one of the lead guides for the SUP sessions.

INBRIEF Operation North Key takes hold

Boardwalk Boats owner Lachlan Stevens with Sandra Harding.

Therapy through recreation By JOLENE OGLE MOTIVATED by his own personal loss, local businessman Lachlan Stevens is determined to help cancer survivors regain their confidence and get back out into the world. Owner of Boardwalk Boats, Lachlan has experienced the devastation of cancer in his family and said he wanted to give back to the community by offering free therapeutic recreation for breast cancer survivors. “We’ve already done about 10

to 15 sessions and it’s going really well,” he said. “There are the initial jitters when the women come along, but once they are out there on the (stand-up paddle) boards, they have a great time laughing and enjoying the social interaction.” Along with National Breast Cancer Foundation Sunshine Coast chair and breast cancer survivor Sandra Harding and her daughter Brianna, Lachlan offers kayaking and stand-up paddle (SUP) board sessions for breast cancer survivors.

Sandra said the sessions were a great form of therapy, bringing women out of their comfort zone and welcoming women through all stages of breast cancer. “Some of the women who come along are receiving treatment and this gives them something to focus on rather than focus from one appointment to the next,” she said. “Instead, you can focus on the beautiful surrounds of Noosa.” Sandra said SUP boarding is much easier than it looked and

once you get the hang of it, it was just great fun. “And you don’t feel sore the next day,” she said. The therapeutic recreation sessions for breast cancer survivors are held at Boardwalk Boats, Sheraton Jetty, Noosa Parade every Wednesday morning from 7.30am, except for school and public holidays. The sessions are free for breast cancer survivors and all are welcome to come along and enjoy.

POLICE have been blitzing the local roads as part of a state-wide effort to reduce road trauma this coming Easter holiday. Operation North Key is a month-long traffic operation that will run until 31 March. As part of the operation, local police patrolled Noosa and surrounds for a 24hour period on St Patrick’s Day, 17 March. Throughout the day, 236 random breath tests were carried out with two people charged with drink driving, one person charged with drug driving, 36 speeding tickets were issued and two vehicles were deemed defective. Other changes included two public nuisance offences, one resist arrest and two move on notices, plus driving without a seatbelt and using a mobile phone while driving. Noosa Heads officer in charge Senior Sergeant Steve McReight said motorists were warned there would be more traffic operations. “Our aim is to reduce drink driving and road trauma on our roads,” he said. “We will be using mobile radar units, increased patrols, random breath testing and high visibility breath testing sites,” he said.

Police in holiday safety push LOCAL police are urging people to be smart and secure their homes before heading off on holidays this Easter. Senior Sergeant Steve McReight said people needed to remember to do the small, but important things, when preparing to go on holidays. “Cancel the paper delivery and have the neighbour bring in your mail,” he said.

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Ellie with her family, Joel, Catherine and little brother Finn.

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ON 16 March Ellie’s family posted to her Facebook page a sad goodbye to their baby girl. “We want to thank you all for your love, support and prayers. Ellie fought so hard the past three weeks,” the post read. “Early this morning, Ellie got her wings and is now free of this disease.” Ellie Topliff captured everyone’s heart with her gorgeous smile and her courage as she fought her diagnosis of the extremely rare Tay-Sachs disease. With no treatment and no cure, Ellie’s life expectancy was between two and five years. The brave little girl, who found a place in anyone’s heart who was ever lucky enough to meet her, will remain forever in our thoughts. Our thoughts are with Ellie’s family who have lost a beautiful young lady.

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Noosa Today - 26th March 2015