Mother Daughter

WATCH: Women’s Expo and Parenting Fair coming to the Gold Coast this weekend!

Two huge expos are taking over the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre at Carrara this weekend, with something on offer for local ladies, as well as the whole family!

Gold Coast gals will be able to experience an unforgettable weekend out at the Gold Coast Women Expo, while just next door, families and expecting parents can enjoy plenty of education and entertainment at the Kids and Parenting Fair.

Unified Events spokesperson Kiara Sullivan told myGC women from all demographics will be thrilled by the offerings at the Women Expo, with more than 70 unique exhibitors set to showcase fashion, beauty, fitness, travel, coupled with emotional and spiritual wellbeing, and more.

“We are proud to offer visitors a diverse range of female-focused products and services ranging from everyday essentials through to luxuries and indulgences,” she said.

Ms Sullivan said the Kids and Parenting Fair will include more than 100 informative exhibitors and keynote speakers, sharing their offerings and knowledge on every stage of parenthood from planning and pregnancy, to baby, toddlers, kids and tweens.

“The Kids and Parenting Fair will bring together a collective of like-minded suppliers and professionals to offer parents the latest in products and services for everything from pre-conception and pregnancy to family wellness, nutrition, growth and education, maternity fashion, toys and games, clubs and sport, family lifestyle, travel and leisure and more.”

For more information on the Gold Coast Women Expo, visit womenexpo.com.au and for the Kids and Parenting Fair visit, parentingfair.com.au

Scooby-Doo Next Generation

WATCH: Village Roadshow Theme Parks to unveil new attractions, shows and experiences this Summer

Get ready for a summer of fun at Village Roadshow Theme Parks with a stack of exciting new attractions, experiences and shows set to open!

Today, it was announced that five new attractions and experiences will open across Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World, Paradise Country and Australian Outback Spectacular.

Australian Outback Spectacular’s Heartland is a brand new multi-million dollar show that will officially open on 29 November. Guests will be transported into the heart of the Australian bush during this vivid, visually spectacular and emotional show all while they enjoy a delicious new three course dinner and drinks.

The Aquaman Exhibition at Warner Bros. Movie World is set to be a world-first attraction that will feature signature set-pieces, props and costumes from the Aquaman movie including those worn by actors Jason Momoa and Amber Heard.

Another attraction that will be a fan-favourite at Movie World is the all new Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster: Next Generation. The ride has been completely transformed with new and improved special effects such as projection mapping, mist and sound effects to take guests on a ride experience like never before.

The Sky Flyer at Sea World is a new ride that will provide guests with breathtaking views of the park and the Gold Coast Broadwater as they soar in a giant swing chair 33 meters above the ground.

While at Paradise Country, Shaun the Sheep and his flock are set to spread their outrageous behaviour, sheepish shenanigans and panic in the pasture with a host of attractions and a new show.

For more information on all the new attractions at Village Roadshow Theme Parks, visit themeparks.com.au or call 13 33 86.

Farm

Help support Aussie farmers at the Nerang Rotary Farm Aid luncheon

Locals are being encouraged to help support a farmer’s family by attending a special luncheon on the Gold Coast this month.

The Help a Farmer’s Family event is taking place at the Nerang RSL Club on Friday 23 November, with the community being urged to come and help raise much-needed funds for Aussie farmers doing it tough.

“Australians know the resilient nature of our farmers and how important they are for our economic and environmental contributions to Australia,” Farm Aid said.

“The conditions on the land are extremely difficult and many of our farmers have been overwhelmed by the challenges they face.”

The luncheon will be hosted by veteran author, journalist and television presenter George Negus, who will give an account of his experiences reporting on drought stricken areas around the world and in Australia.

Tickets to the special event are $100 or $950 for a table of 10.

It includes a three course meal and a glass of wine, with all proceeds going directly to farmer relief programs to help struggling farmers in need.

For more information or to book a ticket, click here.

Christmas Present

Wrap presents at Pacific Fair to help kids doing it tough this Christmas

Christmas is right around the corner and what better way to get into the festive spirit than by volunteering to wrap presents at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre this jolly season to help out children and families doing it tough.

Australian Charity Act For Kids is looking for lots of passionate, reliable and friendly volunteers to help make their annual Christmas Gift Wrap another huge success.

And the best part is, you don’t even have to be an expert gift wrapper to help out!

“We are just looking for friendly people to help us run the stands, wrap pressies and share some Christmas joy this season,” Act for Kids said.

“It’s a great activity for mum, dad and the kids to do together during the school holidays.”

The gift wrap stand will be at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre in the lead up to Christmas from 7 December – 24 December 2018.

If you’re interested in helping out, you can register online here.

Act for Kids is an Australian charity providing free therapy and support services to children and families who have experienced, or are at risk of child abuse and neglect.

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Posted by Act for Kids on Thursday, 1 November 2018

Gold Coast’s Angel Dixon named as Queensland’s Young Australian of the Year

A BRISBANE MAN who has spent the past 22 years investigating crimes against children, is the Queenslander who will vie to become the 2019 Australian of the Year.

Detective Inspector Jon Rouse was named Queensland’s Australian of the Year at an awards ceremony in Brisbane on Friday night.

It is in recognition of his pioneering role in rescuing and protecting children in Australia and around the world by proactively targeting internet child sex offenders.

While, Australia’s first fashion model with a disability to feature in a national television campaign, Gold Coaster Angel Dixon, was named Queensland’s Young Australian of the Year.

The 28-year-old model and activist (main picture) suffered a stroke nine years ago and was told she would have trouble walking again.

Defying the odds, Angel not only walks, she struts the catwalk, featuring at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, and can also run with assistance.

Angel’s personal mission is to challenge society’s perception of disability an is the advocacy manager for not-for-profit organisation, Starting With Julius, and also CEO of the Attitude Foundation.

Angel’s other passion is design and she’s currently working on a line of walking canes that will be marketed as a fashion accessory – making buying a mobility tool a more positive experience and helping change attitudes towards disability.