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Donate a Blanket to Those in Need this WinterBlanket Drive 2011

May 27, 2011 by  
Filed under Local Ballarat News

Creswick Woollen Mills is calling on the corporate community and general public to support its annual Blanket Drive. Be part of the distribution of 5,000 blankets with a retail value of $200,000, to help people in need this winter.
Get involved by providing unused, packaged blankets or for $15 (plus GST) Creswick Woollen Mills will donate a quality blanket on your behalf.
The blankets are subsidised and distributed by Creswick Woollen Mills to a number of charities who assist the homeless and disadvantaged including the VicRelief Foodbank, Prahran Mission, The Alannah and Madeline Foundation, Lighthouse Foundation, 3BA Christmas in July Appeal and schools nationwide.
The bi-partisan Blanket Drive is currently in its sixth year, and was created by the late founder and Chairman of Creswick Woollen Mills, Paul Ryzowy and his grandson and Executive Director, Boaz Herszfeld as a way to give back to the community.
To donate a blanket to a person in need this winter and give the gift of warmth:
For further information visit, call 03 9818 5055 or email:
Alternatively, unused and packaged blankets can be delivered to:
Creswick Woollen Mills Head Office – 6 Roche Street, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122 or Creswick Mill – Railway Parade, Creswick VIC 3363

48 Hour Lockdown!!

May 21, 2011 by  
Filed under Local Ballarat News, Station News

Voice FM is proud to be part of a team of Community Radio stations working with 5TCB as they undertake a 48 Hour Lockdown to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation.

Call 1300 657 683 to donate now

or go to to donate via PayPal.


Heart Foundation Walking Area Coordinator Training – 6th June 2011

May 15, 2011 by  
Filed under Local Ballarat News

Hi there,
I am pleased to announce that Heart Foundation Walking will be offering Area Coordinator Training in Melbourne, on Monday June 6th 2011.  A flyer outlining the details of the session is available from Voice FM.
This session will provide recruited Area Coordinators training on Heart Foundation Walking program implementation, and also an opportunity to network with each other and respective local organisations who share similar aims in encouraging more people to walk.
Heart Foundation Walking (HFW) was launched in December 2007 and we are looking forward to developing partnerships with organisations who are interested in facilitating walking groups in their area. HFW is a network of free community-based walking groups with volunteer Walk Organisers to lead groups in their local area.  HFW builds upon the very successful Heart Foundation Just Walk It program that has been in operation in some states since 1995.

What is Heart Foundation Walking?
The Heart Foundation works in partnership with an Area Coordinator to establish walking groups in the local community. Area Coordinators may be from health or community centres, councils or workplaces. These Area Coordinators work with the Heart Foundation to assist volunteer Walk Organisers to recruit walkers and establish groups.
Community-based volunteer Walk Organisers lead these groups in their local area. They are provided with resources, training and support to begin and maintain their group. They also receive complimentary merchandise as a ‘thank you’ for their role in organising a local walking group.
Walkers are provided with information outlining Heart Foundation Walking and can choose to join the Walker Recognition Scheme which includes certificates and other incentives when they reach walking milestones (e.g. 25 walks)
The Heart Foundation Walking Area Coordinator Enquiry Pack including the Intro To Heart Foundation Walking Brochure, Area Coordinator Agreement and a flyer for the upcoming training session are available from Voice FM.
You may also like to visit our website to find out more about this initiative as updated information will be added on a regular basis.
If you would like register as an Area Coordinator and attend the training session, or if you would like further information – please do not hesitate to contact me on the details below.

Kind Regards,
Tara Henderson – Project Officer
Heart Foundation Walking (Victoria)
Heart Foundation Walking Groups are a great way to get active and meet people in your local area or workplace. Find a group in your local area or call 1300 362 787

Why We Sing – Ballarat’s Biggest Community Choir Celebrates Its 10th Birthday

May 15, 2011 by  
Filed under Local Ballarat News, Music News

Sing Australia Ballarat celebrates its 10th birthday on May 21st 2011.
From an initial membership of 30 people it has grown to over 160, making it one of the biggest regional community choirs in Australia.
As the words of Gregory Gilpin’s song Why We Sing demonstrate, singing embodies emotions and philosophies to support and strengthen individuals and communities.
Sing Australia Ballarat’s success is due in part to the strong musical leadership from Marilyn Kent musical director and accompanist Deirdre Foyster.
With good humour, experience, warmth and understanding Marilyn is able to guide and encourage even the most inexperienced singer so that each member of Sing Australia Ballarat enjoys the benefits of singing in a choir.
Leader of Sing Australia Ballarat Carolyn Priddle said that the emphasis is on enjoyment, acceptance and support.
“We do not focus on a person’s ability. Members do not have to audition, or be able to read music. That is why our membership has grown steadily over the past ten years,” she said.
“Our reputation within the community has also grown. Annually we sing at over 50 different venues, from residential facilities, to civic receptions, major musical productions like the Ballarat Proms, directed by our accompanist Deirdre Foyster and, importantly, at fundraising events for people who have experienced catastrophic events like floods and fire,” Carolyn said.
“Sharing our love of singing encourages the audience to express its emotions. We notice this especially amongst the aged in residential care,” Carolyn said.
Sing Australia Ballarat does not charge for its performances. This enables residential facilities to provide stimulating and interactive entertainment for residents.
Sing Australia Ballarat now has two meeting times to accommodate the growth in numbers.
It meets on a Monday evening at Lederman Hall and on a Thursday morning at BLOC rehearsal rooms. Younger mums are taking advantage of the daytime choir practice, to drop off children at school and come and enjoy some really good musical therapy for themselves.
Choir members range from people in their early 20s to 94 years old!
Sing Australia Ballarat will be celebrating its 10th birthday with a dinner – and of course, singing!
Colin Slater OAM who established Sing Australia will be amongst the guests celebrating Ballarat’s success. Mr Slater’s aim was to create a network of choirs throughout Australia. This has been achieved, with now over 150 choirs in each State and territory. With members singing from the same books it means that singers can visit other Sing Australia choirs and know that they will be welcomed with familiar songs.
Sing Australia Ballarat will be publicly celebrating its 10th birthday at a recital at the Ballarat Art Gallery at 11.00 am on the 22nd May.
Further information from Carolyn Priddle, Leader Sing Australia Ballarat on 5332 6236

Australia’s weight loss challenge launches today: Get In Shape Australia

May 3, 2011 by  
Filed under Local Ballarat News

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, May 3, 2011.Get in Shape Australia (GISA) has launched their exciting national weight loss challenge. The GISA competition will take place in over 600 gyms, outdoor training programs and weight loss centres across Australia, with over 15,000 participants committed to losing the biggest percentage of weight and centimetres in 6 weeks. Registration opens May 16th 2011 via the GISA website, and the competition launching 14th June.
“The Get in Shape Australia mission is to encourage and provide an extra incentive for healthy living through better food choices and increased exercise; ultimately the health of our nation”, said spokesperson for the brand, Belinda Baker.
“If each of the 15,000 participants lose an average of 5kgs over six weeks, there’s the potential for Australia to lose 75,000 kgs”
Those who register will be eligible to win four major prizes to the value of $10,000 each, provided by the Australian Institute of Fitness. GISA is supported by Diabetes Australia with a percentage of the registration fee going to the foundation.
Genesis Fitness Clubs have jumped on board from the beginning as a major partner of the weight loss challenge. Get In Shape Australia is sponsored by The Golden Door, Lorna Jane, Slim Secrets and Slim Pasta.
GISA offers an incentive program for all it’s participants with a gift pack registration fee, including products from their sponsors and a two week free fitness centre trial. Participants will have online support during the challenge by entering an online food and exercise diary via the GISA website. They will also attend four “Weigh and Measure” appointments at a registered fitness centre over the 6-week period.
The GISA weight loss challenge is open to all participants in Australia aged 18 years and over.
Belinda Baker, the spokesperson for Get in Shape Australia will be available for interviews prior to and during the competition. Participant testimonials will be available upon request to all media outlets.
For more information about Get in Shape Australia visit