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Perth Telethon: TV Fund-raiser for Children

For fifty years Channel Seven has hosted the annual Telethon for Western Australia’s Perth Children’s Hospital and other beneficiaries.

This live event is broadcast over 26 hours from the beautiful city of Perth, from 6.30 pm on a Saturday in October.

This year’s event took place at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC). To date more than 306 million dollars has been raised.

Telethon is truly a unique event with donations constantly coming in via telephone and online and in person, from the public.

The mainstay donors are Western Australian citizens- families, young people, schools, clubs, and other individuals. Businesses and government also contribute.

Each year large corporate businesses and the Australian and Western Australian governments make sizeable donations, and the goal is to top last year’s total.

2018 Telethon raised $38,000,000. That’s thirty-eight million dollars.

Among the trustees of Telethon is Kerry Stokes, Chairman of the Seven Network and Australian Capital Equity, which has interests in media and entertainment, resources, energy, pastoral and mining.

Kerry Stokes has received the Companion of the Order of Australia, in recognition of his contributions to business and philanthropy.

Along with the Honorable Kim Beazley, Governor of Western Australia, a patron of Telethon is Professor Fiona Stanley. Professor Stanley is trained in maternal and child health epidemiology and public health and has spent her career researching the causes of major childhood illnesses such as birth defects.

She is the founding director of the Telethon Kids Institute, established in Perth in 1990.

The Channel 7 Perth Telethon, simply known as Telethon, was established in 1968 by philanthropists Brian Treasure and Sir James Cruthers.

There are around 50 beneficiaries including the Perth Children’s Hospital. Some donors ask for their contributions to be targeted toward specific endeavours, for example, helping indigenous children.

Each year two children are selected to represent the children of Western Australia who are helped as a result of the money raised by Telethon.

An online auction runs for the duration of the television broadcast, with items donated. They include signed merchandise from football clubs, personal items from stars and celebrities, and unusual or unique items.

Satterley Property Group and New Level Homes provided a beautiful furnished “Telethon house” for auction. This year’s two-storey house in Forrestfield, valued at $800,000 sold for $655,000. Part proceeds will go to Telethon.

The Minderoo Foundation, a “modern philanthropic organisation” founded by Andrew and Nicola Forrest has matched phone donations dollar for dollar, over certain time-frames over the weekend.

Andrew Forrest is Chairman of Fortescue Metals Group, one of the world’s main suppliers of iron ore. Dividends from Fortescue fund Minderoo’s ongoing commitment to philanthropic activities.

There are challenges by corporate bodies, like the HBF Fitness Challenge, stationary bike cycling challenge for individuals and corporate teams, taking place over 24 hours of Telethon.

The Crown Casino sponsors “In It To Win It” activities where TV stars and others have to complete short skill tasks or challenges to “win” a generous donation, which could be $100,000 or more.

The broadcast is interspersed with clips showing the personal stories of children at the Perth Children’s Hospital who benefit from Telethon, and the phenomenal efforts of those who look after un-well and disadvantaged children.

At 5.15 pm on Sunday 27th October, the tally was twenty million and eight hundred and eighty eight!

At the close of Telethon 2019, the total was:



Telethon has come a long way since first raising $104,829 in 1968.

Western Australians, sometimes called “Sandgropers” because of so much coastline along the state, are very generous when it comes to supporting children.

Kerry Stokes’ claim that Western Australia is now Australia’s undisputed leader of community giving is true.

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Craft egg & bacon taught me patience

Photo taken by Celine Lai

“Klutz has beaut kits for crafting mini food treats or mini animals! Just “google” or search Klutz “Sew Mini Treats” or “Klutz Sew Mini Animals” for where to buy a kit from.

On Easter Monday, my sister and I made “egg and bacon.” The egg with the large rosy cheeks was poached by my sister, although I forgot to tell her she could use the tiny pre-cut pink cheeks!

I patiently put together the Bacon, mind you I only did one Rasher with just one streaky strip of white fat (straight down the middle).

Two important things that I’ll point out about this Kit, is that the needles which come with it, are far too large, for pushing through the felt. You will need to get a finer needle from your own sewing set or buy one.

Also, the ply comes in 6 ply, and you need to separate out one fine strand from a bundle of colored ply, then gently pull on it and pull it away from the rest of the ply.

I find it best to measure the edges of the sewing area and use triple the amount of thread, but you may have to be careful and hold your thread straight and observe it, otherwise it may knot!

the instruction book

Here are some more pictures.

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The Art of Chokin

A sample of a Chokin vase available on eBay

During the 12th century, Japanese Chokin artists used this art to decorate the armor, weapons and other military supplies of notable samurai. Chokin artists also decorated shrines using this method.

Chokin designs range from scenes of fierce dragons to those of gentle blossoms. Since it is a traditional Japanese art form, chokin art always depicts images considered native to Japanese culture. Examples include geisha, dragons, Japanese style bridges, legends, ocean scenes, flowers native to the country and actual Japanese landscapes


Chokin art is an ancient form of Japanese pictorial gilding. Copper is engraved and then the picture is gilded with silver and gold.

The “Live Japan” website says:

Chokin is a technique which uses a kind of chisel called tagane to engrave metal. Engraving is commonly used for fine, precise art works such as accessories and other ornaments. In the medieval feudal society, engraved patterns and pictures on tsuba (sword guard), which is set between the katana (blade) and e (grip) of a sword, were thought to be popular article to show the owner’s sense of beauty, and nowadays such tsuba are highly evaluated for their sophisticated designs

You can easily find affordable Chokin design pieces (not the antique sort, but modern designs) by searching “Chokin” on eBay or generally on the internet.

You will find plates, trinket dishes, vases and others, for purchase.

There are Etsy stores which offer “original” Chokin Art items, including those made by Shaddy, a company established in the 1920s, plus later pieces crafted in the Chokin style.



Happy searching!

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February 2019 Energy Update

Spiritual Shifts 2019

I am so excited that February is now here!! January was a challenging month in many ways, but it was also the start of a new beginning. We had BIG energy periods during January, which included two Eclipses. These brought up a lot of old emotions to clear and release, so we could move forward and act on our desires and dreams! 

Even though the Lunar Eclipse has now passed, we may still be feeling the effects, which can last for up to another six months! This energy can help to unravel life lessons or gifts for us over the next few months. We are all still in the process of clearing up past patterns that have been holding us back from personal fulfilment. So, if you are still figuring things out, organizing your thoughts, life and work, then don’t panic as there is still plenty of time, so don’t feel pressured to rush!…

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Beautiful necklaces from Rosey

Pink fuchsia coloured jade pendant with lemon, lime jade beads & quartzite

If you are looking for an amazing, beautiful, colorful, spiritual energy necklace, my friend Rosey Lowry in the United Kingdom, makes them!

Head over to Rosey’s Etsy store, to see a huge range of wonderful bracelets and necklaces, uniquely designed and created by Rosey – link below.


Some of the profits will go into research into ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome).

Rosey’s necklaces are divine and give the wearer a peace and reassurance that comes from the metaphysical properties of the crystals she uses, and from the skilful and artful way in which she puts the necklaces together! I know because I own 2 of Rosey’s necklaces!

Rose quartz, snow quartz and green jade necklace

This one has 12mm snow quartz quartz, 10mm and 8mm green jade, 12mm 10mm 8mm rose quartz nuggets, and gold plated snowflake beads, with 925 sterling silver clasp and findings. I count myself blessed to have found and bought this beauty.


My favorite necklace among all of my vast collection of necklaces (as I love bead necklaces) is the lemon, lime jade with the fuchsia pink focal bead. I wear this to work every Monday, and it brightens up my day. This pretty creation kick-starts my week, and gets praise and attention from on-lookers. Specifications follow.

  • Necklace length: 57 Centimeters
  • Pendant height: 45 mm
  • Chain style: Bead
  • Materials: 40mm x 30mm faceted jade pendant, 8mm lemon and lime jade, 6mm and 3mm pink quartzite, silver plated flower beads, 3mm Czech glass beads, 10mm porcelain beads, silver plated carabiner clasp, sterling silver callottes

Thank you Rosey!

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Save the Hopman Cup

2019 may have been the last Hopman Cup tennis event. If you want to sign a petition to show your support for the Hopman Cup, please click on the link below.


References for the petiton follow.









Continue the Hopman Cup because it attracts top class international players, it is one of the few tennis tournaments in the world which brings together both female and male tennis stars, and it is a unique and entertaining event; and a sports icon of Perth.

Abandoning the Hopman Cup would rob tennis of a model for how the sport can be packaged and presented in an equality-minded, dual-gender format that has the added benefit of being TV-friendly.   –  tennis.com

The Hopman Cup international mixed gender team tennis event has taken place in Perth every January (sometimes starting in late December) since 1989 and has attracted more than 20 world number ones.

Hopman Cup founder Paul McNamee  played a key role in the founding of the Hopman Cup tournament in 1988. He served as Tournament Director of the Hopman Cup and the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Open series until 2006.

McNamee, handed control of the Hopman Cup to the International Tennis Federation in 2002 with the understanding that he would remain tournament director, handing over the ownership rights in order to receive the international body’s backing, which he believed was important to the tournament’s survival.  Paul McNamee resigned as tournament director of the Hopman Cup in 2006.

The ITF decided in March 2012 at a board meeting that it would take on the management of the tournament itself, before suggesting a handover to Tennis Australia post-2014.

Tennis Australia had unceremoniously removed the Hopman Cup from the Australian Open series, being the tournaments leading to the Australian Open and the AO itself, being the first Grand Slam of the year, between 2006 and 2012.  

In 2011 Paul Kilderry was appointed tournament director of the Hopman Cup.

Following a year long battle between the Western Australian Government (via Tourism WA) and Tennis Australia over the management rights for the Hopman Cup, the ITF decided to take over management itself, in 2012. 

Initially the ITF stated that they would take on management until the end of the current contract with Tourism WA in 2014, at which point Tennis Australia’s involvement would increase.  

Later the ITF announced it had “signed an agreement with Tennis Australia under which Tennis Australia will be contracted to provide certain services to Hopman Cup for the 2013 and 2014 events”. Tennis Australia has been contracted to; provide a tournament director; procure players, and; provide an operations director.

The trade-off is that the Hopman Cup will be “returned to the Australian Open Series ahead of the 2013 event” said the International Tennis Federation, therefore once again receiving international recognition as an Australian Open Series tournament.

While the Hopman Cup does not give ranking points to the players, it is a hugely loved and very unique, wonderful tournament, and well received and hosted by Perth, a city in Australia which hardly has any major events held at it, but deserves to.  The uniqueness of this event can be read about here

In July 2018, the “Sunday Times” newspaper reported that the State Government — through major partner Tourism WA — is preparing to divert funding to the new ATP World Team Cup men’s event which will come to Australia in January 2020..

The World Team Cup, to be run by the ATP and Tennis Australia, will feature $20 million in prize money to make it the richest tournament in the world outside of the grand slams. Unlike the Hopman Cup, it will also offer players the chance to play for ranking points.  Too bad for women players who had a chance to play in the Hopman Cup and use it for a warm up for the Australian Open.

Hosting the World Team Cup will divert money from running the Hopman Cup.  

Perth Now – Hopman Cup to be Axed

The new tournament will take place in three cities across Australia over 10 days in the lead-up to the 2020 Australian Open, raising questions over the future of the existing warm-up events not only in Perth, but in Brisbane and Sydney.  

Tennis Australia believes the World Team Cup will revolutionise the Aussie tennis summer. However the Australian team, which has generally been a major attraction at the Hopman Cup, may only play in Perth every three years as part of the new teams tournament.

ATP Cup to shake up Australian tennis

Perth also appears likely to miss out on hosting the final of the new event, with the pointy end of the tournament expected to be held in Sydney. Brisbane is also set to host part of the new event.  A recent article in Tennis.com states that the Federer v Williams match at the 2019 Hopman Cup made headlines around the world, and that:

“Losing the only event that brings the top stars of both the ATP and WTA together on a single court would be a serious own goal.”

[ ATP is the Association of Tennis Professionals for men, and the WTA is the Women’s Tennis Association ]

Source:  Tennis.com Pro game mixed competition

Please, Mr McGovern and Mr Papalia, listen to the people whom you claim to listen to.  Tennis is NOT about how much fame and prestige that you or “Australia” receives, or about focusing on the male players gaining ranking points.  It is a sport for all to enjoy.  The Hopman Cup is a superb tennis competition proudly run in Perth and always well attended, and is regarded as unique and essential around the world.