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Shaz Fills the Cupboard

Imagine if you literally had 'nothing in the cupboard'... Shaz Harrison-Shaw is the creator and coordinator of Need a Feed, which plays a part in ensuring that we fulfil one of the most important defining roles of a civilised culture - to support those that are unable to support themselves.

"Need a Feed NSW/QLD was born in July 2012 due to my own circumstances years ago." said Shaz. "We had just purchased my husband's family house after his mum died, this left us struggling financially. I quickly found out that food can get pushed to the bottom of the list which can add to the stress. My personal situation is now different so I wanted to do something for the greater good by helping local families in times of need."

"In our first year Need a Feed provided food support to more than three hundred families in need. My vision for the future is to not only feed hundreds, but hundreds of thousands in the years to come."

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Bulldogs itching for elusive premiership

Northern Suburbs Illawarra Bulldogs RLFC secured the Minor Premiership in the Illawarra Coal Shield Competition and finished the regular season undefeated. With some quality additions to the club and players from the 2013 side, season 2014 has been great for the Norths Club.

"The Finals Series saw our first loss of the year, against our local rivals the Corrimal Cougars in the Major Semi Final." said Tim Calvaresi, Club Secretary, "The loss was tough to take for the team, but the spirits were soon up once they had time to digest and just accept that one got away. We still had another bite at the cherry left against the Mt Kembla Lowries in do or die football."

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Tasty Ingredientertainment for Good Cause

C3 Church at Thirroul are returning with their popular annual cooking event, on Wednesday 17th September at 7pm, this year including fresh produce markets.

"We have run a cooking show for the last five years involving a cooking demonstration from a local chef and caterer and tastings for those that come." said event coordinator Gail Muir.

"It is a great social night enjoyed by all as the food is amazing but also benefits some worthwhile community project."

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Burgh Soccer Kids set Summer Goal

Why should "the world game" be confined to just the Winter months? A couple of Helensburgh Soccer parents asked the same question and have set about to gather interest for a Summer competition for the kids.

After years of being involved in the local football community as parent, coach, manager and active amateur players, Jeanne Parker and Simon Fuhrer felt the time was ripe for a Junior Summer Soccer Competition in Helensburgh.

“We are hoping to attract teams from the Northern Illawarra up to Heathcote and Engadine. While it is a competition the emphasis will be on having fun and playing fair,” says Simon.

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Tattoo for Cancer

When you think ink in the Northern Illawarra, only one place comes to mind, and that is Soul Expression - a creative studio built by leading skin artist, Wayne Cartwright.

The studio was located on the southern side of Thirroul for many years, and has more recently relocated to Anita's Theatre opposite Beaches Hotel.

Although synonymous with pain, the studio also delivers much pleasure, especially with a new concept that will be launched on Sunday 31st August called 'Tattoo for Cancer'.

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Spring into Good Health

We learn from a young age that healthy eating and exercise is important, Happy Healthy Harold taught us that. But all too often we find ourselves making excuses for not going to the gym, giving in to the double choc muffin or choosing a sleep-in instead of an early morning walk (especially in winter!). Hey, I’m guilty of it myself!

Troubled with the dilemma of wanting a beach body yesterday but unable to find the motivation to train during the colder months, I sat down with Ryan from Live Alive Fitness to get some fitspiration.

His passion and enthusiasm for fitness and exercise struck me straight away.

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Hard Wok pays off for Raya Thai

Entrepreneurs extraordinaire, Dedi and Irwan Ho have been enchanting us with their delicious cuisine for over 13 years at Raya Thai Restaurant in Helensburgh.

We had the opportunity to speak with their daughter, Chelsea Ho about her family and Helensburgh, Raya Thai and their new venture.

Chelsea speaks about her family’s ongoing love for Helensburgh. Chelsea and her family have come to know Helensburgh like their second home. She says, “We love that Helensburgh is such a beautiful town, filled with amazing and friendly people. Everyone knows one another and a real sense of community is felt all around (us)."

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Seriously Special Theatre comes full C!RCA

“S” is a production created by Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary circus company, C!RCA. The production “S”, inspired by the letter S, blurs the lines between dance, theatre and circus. It’s a full-throttle ride to the limits of the human body and simultaneously seductive, sophisticated, sinuous, savage and spectacular.

After travelling the globe and receiving rave reviews, C!RCA is being celebrated in Wollongong with a Mini Festival of C!RCA presented by Merrigong Theatre Company at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre (IPAC) in late July/early August. The festival features 3 works from the C!RCA repertoire; Wunderkammer and 61 Acts in 60 Minutes along side “S”.

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Sexy Sirens reveal Twin Peaks of Burlesque

A night of infectious energy, burlesque dancing, humour and audience participation is coming to the Vault in Port Kembla.

Two separate shows will be featured this Saturday night at the Vault. Kicking off with Burlesque Idol, a Burlesque competition showcasing Australia’s rising burlesque stars with a comedian host and international judging panel, followed by Noir Revue, taking the evening into a more intimate space with a murder mystery cabaret featuring a live jazz and blues band.

Started up by Lola LaBelle in London five years ago, Burlesque Idol has been building momentum worldwide, opening to sold-out crowds in New York this year. The touring show works to support emerging local talent from all sorts of burlesque backgrounds.

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