Pacific Fair Summer Party

WATCH: Pacific Fair’s Summer Party is THE place to be this weekend

Things are heating up at Pacific Fair this weekend!

To celebrate the warmer weather, the shopping mecca is throwing a huge summer bash on Saturday and Sunday.

There will be free-flowing champagne, bargains galore centre-wide, plenty of activities to keep the little ones occupied, and loads of amazing giveaways!

Gold Coasters can catch Timomatic busting a move on the resort stage on Saturday, while The Koi Boys will be swooning shoppers with soulful sounds on Sunday.

Plus, locals can get some summer wardrobe inspiration at exclusive fashion shows at 11am and 1pm daily.

Watch the video below for a taste of what you can expect at Pacific Fair’s Summer Party this weekend:

Pacific Fair’s Summer Party is on this Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm. For more information and the full event schedule, visit: pacificfair.com.au

 

This is a sponsored post brought to you by Pacific Fair Shopping Centre.

Private School Uniform

Yet another college planned for northern Gold Coast as population soars

A BRAND new college will be built in Coomera to help cater for the surging population on the northern Gold Coast.

The Prep to Year 12 Catholic college will be constructed on 10 hectares of land off Kerkin Road South, between Dreamworld and Pimpama, and will have room for more than 1,800 students.

The yet-to-be-named school will take the total number in Coomera and its sister suburb, Upper Coomera to 10.

According to the latest census data, Upper Coomera is now the largest suburb on the Gold Coast, home to more than 30,000 residents.

Slated to open in 2019, the new college will serve the rapidly developing areas of Coomera, Pimpama, and Ormeau, where the school-age population is booming, growing by up to 14% per year.

The school will first take students in Prep to Year 3 and Year 7, while its first Year 12 students will graduate in 2024.

The new education facility will be part of the Catholic parish of Coomera and will take enrollment pressure off Assisi Catholic College at Upper Coomera.

Development approval has been granted by the Gold Coast City Council for the site, which is master planned as a four stream primary and six stream secondary school.

Its planned opening will be dependent on capital funding approval, with approvals already granted by the Office of Non-State Schooling and the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane.

Parish Priest, Fr John Echewodo, welcomed the announcement.

“It is wonderful to see the educational mission of the Church growing in Coomera and throughout the northern Gold Coast,” Fr John said.

“Thousands of people are moving into this area each year, and many of them are families who are seeking a quality Catholic education for their children.”

Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE) has formed a Steering Committee to plan for the school’s foundation and opening.

The committee comprises local residents, parishioners and BCE staff and will provide advice on a suitable name for the college and its educational philosophy, offerings and enrolment procedures.

Pills Medicine

The problem with ‘alternative’ cancer treatment

Another day, another cancer-related health claim or crisis…

Amiright? It seems like we can’t get away from these headlines. On the news, on the radio, on Facebook and everywhere else on the internet, you can’t take two clicks without being informed of the latest doom and gloom cancer news.

The latest: vitamin B12, a shot that all of the adults in my life now swear by as a general elixir of energy, could be carcinogenic. This is just getting impossible to keep up with!

Over the weekend, I heard about a friend of a friend who sadly passed away from bowel cancer. She was just 35 years old, and leaves behind two small children. Her story is unbelievably heartbreaking and at the same time, all too common.

And it makes these types of headlines all the more distressing.

To the content producers looking for leads to hang a story on, it’s just another statistic or bit of research. But to the people who are actually going through this, who have had their lives brutally transformed by cancer (are there many of us that haven’t these days?), these headlines can hurt.

They can somehow shift the blame, and make it seem as if we are, as individuals, culpable for our own cancer diagnosis.

“If I only I didn’t drink so much X, or eat so much Y, or spend too long/not enough time in the sun, maybe I wouldn’t be in this position…”

Just as prolific as the cancer-related headlines are the cancer-related cures. Google the words ‘healthy cancer cure’ and you’ll be treated to no fewer than 74 million search results online. Apricot oil! Cannabis oil! Raw juice! Coffee enemas! These are just some of the miracles being spouted by supposed ‘health advocates’.

I’m not suggesting they’re all bogus. However, I do think that anyone who is making money off their health claims deserves a health serving of scepticism.

My dad has stage 4 cancer. There is no doubt in my mind that he wouldn’t be here today without the very strong, very expensive, fully government funded chemotherapy he underwent.

I also think the thousands and thousands and THOUSANDS of dollars he has spent on healing magnets, oils, shakes and vitamins has helped him as well. However now that he’s run out money and he’s approaching the end, his health ‘guru’ doesn’t want to know him – perhaps because it would ruin his track record? (He claims he’s ‘never lost a patient/client’).

I find this appalling. What you put in your body absolutely impacts your health, however, to dangle hope in front of very desperate people – and worse, to profit off someone’s health woes – is a dog’s game.

Person Stalk

“We worry that we might get raped”

“We worry that we might get raped.”

There is no context to this sentence – no time, no place, no description of the area, the setting, or what the women are doing or wearing.

It was written just recently by a woman in the United States, Natalie, who was explaining a simple truth to her best male friends.

As women, we worry that we might get raped.

Just, generally… Walking at night, driving at night, in public places, in private places.

It’s not like we’re always frantic and fretting about the imminent threat of attack. But if we are anywhere where we are at risk of being alone and being attacked, it becomes a space where we become ‘alert’.

As Natalie says, this is “the fundamental truth of my existence every day”.

“My friends had no idea this feeling was shared, to some degree, with most women (and other marginalised people who are threatened in public spaces),” Natalie writes.

“It had never even occurred to my favourite men that many of the people they interact with live with this form of apprehension all the time.”

And it doesn’t matter what we are wearing, or who we are with, or how much we have been drinking; we should still expect to be safe, right?

I know of a woman who was attacked at midday, in broad daylight, in a busy suburb on the Gold Coast. It was crime of opportunity; the guy was from Melbourne and just happened to see her jogging towards him. She was just out for a jog, and he assaulted her on the side of the road, while motorists whizzed past, none the wiser.

This is the reality of being a women – we are always vulnerable.

I have a friend whose mum was working as a cleaner many years ago, to help make ends meet. One day, the owner masturbated in front of her; she was highly stressed afterwards and saw a counsellor, who responded: “A woman in your position needs to expect things like that.”

I can only hope times have changed since then? Even so, I’ll still keep my car doors locked and will hold my keys between my fingers when walking alone.

Just in case.

Mudgeerab Mania

WATCH: Monster entertainment lineup at Mudgeeraba Mania this weekend

The biggest fair to ever hit the Gold Coast is happening at Mudgeeraba this long weekend.

Mudgeeraba Mania will offer three monster days and nights of fun for the whole family at the Mudgeeraba Showgrounds, and the best bit is it is free to attend.

Monster Truck driver Troy Garcia told myGC the entertainment lineup is massive.

“There is monster trucks, freestyle motocross and all kinds of crazy stunt acts. Plus on Saturday night there will be a massive fireworks display,” he said.

Watch below for a taste of to expect at Mudgeeraba Mania:

For more information on Mudgeeraba Mania, visit: mygc.com.au/event/mudgeeraba-mania/