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GIVING: Adam Harvey, Becci Nethery and Angus Gill were among the performers at the benefit concert. Photo: Bob McGahan PhotographyA concert and celebrity workout on Wednesdayhave raised thousands of dollars for the family of Chloe Chappel, who’s fighting for her life for the second time in her three-and-a-half years.
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GIRL IN BLACK: Keely Johnson gave her time to perform. Photo: Bob McGahan Photography

The Chappelshave been given the frightening news their daughter has a 50/50 chance of surviving her fight with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

Mum Shelley being from Tamworth, locals have been raising money to help keep the family afloat and reduce some of their financial stress.

Chloe during her first treatments in 2016.

More photos below rightA celebrity workout at Knockout Personal Training gym in the morning attracted performers including Adam Eckersley, Dan Murphy and Sally-Anne Whitten, and raised $350.

And the Chloe Chappel Benefit Concert at South Tamworth bowlo raised $6000 with the help of entertainers Adam Harvey, Becci Nethery, Angus Gill and The Long and Short Of It.

SWEATING IT OUT: Some of the participants in the celebrity workout at Knockout Personal Training gym.

Personal trainer Sam Barnett said about 25 to 30 people took part in her high-intensity interval training, subjecting themselves to “a heap of bodyweight exercises” includingpush-ups, sit-ups, crunches, squats and lunges.

Anthony Walmsley, Jimmy Craz, David ‘Stixy’ Adams and Sarah Byrnes were also among them.

“We only raised $350, but I’ve got a couple of otherpeople who have messaged me saying they’d like to catch up and donate,” Miss Barnett said.

“It all helps, though – hopefully it helps them with something.”

Miss Barnett went to school with Mrs Chappel, who she said was showing “unbelievable” strength during her daughter’s treatment.

Chloe’s great-aunt Denise Callaghan said the concert had been “absolutely amazing”, with a crowd of about 120 people there to enjoy the music and support the auction and raffle.

“It was anemotional night;we had photos of Chloe up there and what she’s been through. It was very, very emotional,” she said.

Mrs Chappel said Chloe had been “hammered with chemo” and was now suffering from mouth ulcers that made her unwilling to eat.

EMOTIONAL: Adam Harvey holds up a framed thank you letter and photo from the Chappel family. Photo: Bob McGahan Photography

“She hasn’t been wanting to eat for the last four days or so, [so] we are looking at getting her a nasal gastric tube so the stress of getting food into her is taken away,” she said.

“We have a long way to go and it’s actually quite heartbreaking to see her have to go through this once again …We have been told there’sa 50/50 chance of her walking out of the hospital alive, so we are hanging on to the ‘glass is half full’side of that and just trying to remain positive.”

Chloe’s gofundme account is:http://gofundme南京夜网/vak6e36e

SUPPORT: Angus Gill performing for the crowd. Photo: Bob McGahan Photography

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MUST WIN: Josh Toole and his Bathurst team-mates need to beat Blue Mountains on Sunday if they want to reach the President’s Cup decider. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOKOrange’s Mitchell Cricket Council President’s Cup final hopes are completely in the Blue Mountains’ hands, as the Cattle Dogs prepare to take on Bathurst in this weekend’s final preliminary fixture.
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If the Blue Mountains topple Bathurst, the Bluebaggers will be guaranteed a place in the final against the Cattle Dogs.

If Bathurst bounces back from its loss to Orange two weeks ago, the finalists will be decided on net run rate which would, on current numbers, likely resignthe Bluebaggers to missing out.

Bathurst has been the formside inWestern Zone this season, having reached the final fourof the state-wide Country Cup, but the now-dubbed Barracudas lost out by one wicket to Orange in a thriller.

The good news for Bathurst is that a full strength side is available for Sunday’sgame and it will be played on home turf at The Scots School.

“It should be a good contest, if we play our best cricket hopefully it will be a good result,” Bathurst skipper Jameel Qureshi, one of those to miss the Orange match, said.

“Losing to Orangewas a bit of a wake up call to the boys I think, those things are never nice. Hopefully we produce our best cricket this time for the Blue Mountains.”

The Cattle Dogs showed they’re a threat in the opening round by thumping Orange by six wickets at Country Club Oval.

Michael Emmanuel snared 5-30 while opening bat John Ford made 54. If they line up again on Sunday, they will be two players to watch, but Qureshi is more focused on what his side can do.

“I really don’t know much about Blue Mountains, but Iknow they beat Orange and Orange beat us,” he said.

“They always play well as a unit, play well as a team. They are pretty similar to us in that they all get along well together.

“But I’ve always been a big believer, especially at this level, that if you concentrate on the basics like taking catches, running between wickets –it’s those little things that count.

“If we do those one per centers and play well as a team –bat in partnerships and bowl in partnerships –that’s what it’s all about. We have a very well balanced side, so it’s a matter of getting the little things right and concentrating on ourselves.”

Qureshi said he will be looking to bat first should he win the toss, but at the same time chasing a total does not concern him either.

“If the wicket is flat I always like to bat first, get the runs on the board and put the onus back on the other side –they’ve got to play at your pace,” he said.

“But we are comfortable chasing as well, we have a fair few batsmen with a fair few different gears who can bat for certain situations.”

Play starts at 10am.

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RECRUITING: Orana Juvenile Justice Centre acting unit manager Lindsay Kelly, youth officer Emma Brown and centre manager Kimble Appleyard.Orana Juvenile Justice Centre (OJJC) manager Kimble Appleyard is currently recruiting youth officers to join the team in 2017.
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It’s the first time in 15 years the OJJC has hosted a recruitment drive, and it’s all in an effort to build its bank of youth officers.

The OJJC has a capacity of 30 young people and accommodates malesmainly from the Central and Far West areas of NSWwho are on control orders or remanded in custody.

Centre manager, Mr Appleyard, said while the youth officer role comes with itschallenges, it is a rewarding career in mentoring and monitoring the progression of youth.

“We want to recruit a different group of people who are interested in taking up the challenge of working with these complex kids,” he said. “If you’re up for a challenge it’s the job for you. It pays well and is morally rewarding –it’s a good opportunity to get your foot in the door.”

Emma Brown, 27, has been a youth officer at the OJJC for almost four years after originally working in community services.

She said the best thing about the role is watching the boys grow and improve, andthat working with the staff, being put through training and being faced with something different every day keeps the job interesting.

Emma believes her role impacts the whole community in that she works to reduce reoffending through rehabilitation.

OJJC is recruiting both ongoing and casual youth officers. There is no gender preference and no prior experience or training in the field is required, only a drivers licence, First Aid certificate and a working with children check.

“It’s challenging seeing the cases these kids have, the amount of disadvantage and trauma these kids have can be challenging mentally but it’s part of the training to respond to that and help kids overcome it,” Mr Appleyard said.“People of all ages and genders should feel free to apply as Juvenile Justice is an equal opportunity workplace.”

Those interested canattend the information night held at 6pm on Monday, January 30.

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RELIEF: Andrew and Daniel Goetz with dog Cerberus are extremely grateful for the help of the Pet Medical Crisis Fund. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric
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It wasn’t long afterDaniel Goetz, 21, brought Cerberus home that he realised something was wrong with the eight-week-old Alaskan Malamute.

“After about a week of us having him, he started to deteriorate pretty quickly,” Mr Goetz said.

It took multiple visits to Greencross Vets Ballarat and then to a heart specialist at Werribee Veterinary Hospital before it was discoveredCerberus had a rightintrahepatic liver shunt. This meantblood wasn’t flowing through his liver properly making him sick and in need of surgery.

To cover costs of veterinary bills, medications, scans and surgery, which amounted to morethan $6000, Mr Goetz has been workingfull-time as well as a second job on weekends. He has also received help from his parents and set up a GoFundMe page, but it still wasn’t enough.

Fortunately non-for-profit charity Pet Medical Crisis Fund stepped in to help.

The charity helps pensioners and disadvantaged families save their pets from unnecessarily being put down due to not being able to afford emergency care.

Image via Facebook.

Founder Jennifer Huntoriginally began the charity forthe aged pensioner.

“Often pensioners’families have left home, they’re losing their independenceand their pet becomes their companion,” Ms Hunt said. “If they have a pet that is savable but they are unable to pay a veterinary bill…to kill their pet would be a great source of depression for them so the difference it makes is enormous.”

The charity asks the pensioner orfamily to put in what they can, then works with veterinary clinics to drop their prices and bridges the gap of up to $1000.

Ms Hunt saidMr Goetz and Cerberusfitted the criteria because the family based in Smythesdale was doing it toughdealing with other medical conditions such aschronic illness and Tourette syndrome.

“The $1000 is often the difference between the pet being able to live or not,” she said. “In this case with Cerberus, without the surgery he would have died.”

Mr Goetz said he had been very “nervous” and “upset” about the prospect of losing his “best friend” before the surgery.

“It is definitely a huge weight off my shoulders and I know at least I’ve done everything that I can and everything from here is really up to Cerberus’ body,” he said. “It’s absolutely amazing that there is someone out there trying to help people in this situation.”

The Pet Medical Crisis Fund is reliant on public donations with 100per centof the funds going directly towards payingveterinary bills.To donate or find out more visit petmedicalcrisisfund南京夜网419论坛.

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SOMETHING TO SMILE ABOUT: Passionate environmentalist Mick Callan received the Jo Ross Memorial Award on Australia Day after his years of dedication to preserving and improving the local environment. Photo: PHIL BLATCHTHE environment is not separate from people.
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That was the message Jo Ross Memorial Award recipient Mick Callan wanted to get across on Australia Day as he collected his honour.

During the awards ceremony in Machattie Park, Greening Bathurst’s Ashley Bland announced Mr Callan as the recipient of the prestigious award.

A deserving recipient, Mr Callan has helped to protect and improve the local environment through his roles with Bathurst Regional Council andthe Central West Councils Environment andWaterways Alliance.

Mr Bland said he went “above and beyond” these roles, something that made him as worthy as previous recipients of the Jo Ross award.

“To be awarded an environmental award from the very people that are out there protecting our environment around this city every day is very humbling and I’m very proud,” Mr Callan said.

When talking about the importance of the environment, Mr Callan noted that its survival was vital to the survival of humanity.

“When I meet people around the place and I talkabout the sort of work I do, they say “you’re a bit of a greenie then” and it always sort of has this negative connotation,” he said.

“I’m never really sure how to respond, but when I think about it, the environment isn’t separate from people. We rely wholly on the environment for our existence, for our food, for our water and for the clean air we breath. So without the environment, we don’t exist.”

Mr Callan went on to say that Australian researchers are finding that people in located within six minutes ofgreen spaces are more likely to be happier, healthy people.

“If you live beyond that six-minute zone …the evidence is that you are more likely to be susceptible to mental health issues, such as obesity and depression,” he said.

“So we can’t separate ourselves from the environment; we very much rely on it.”

Mr Callan joins a long list of recipients of the Jo Ross award, including Tracey Carpenter, Bill Joshand the Boundary Road Reserve Landcare Group.

The award was introduced following the death of Jo Ross in 2006 and sale of her art bequeathed to Greening Bathurst.

It serves as a way ofrecognisingindividuals and groups that have worked hard to improve the local environment, something Ms Ross did herself.

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