The Yarra Valley dominated this year’s, with the Victorian wine region taking out the three of the six major categories, including winery of the year.
Posts by Sharon Munro
Once again at the end of last year the Magic Moments Foundation a National Not for Profit organisation, spent the day packing donations of food, clothing and toys into hampers to be delivered out to those who need it most, making sure that Christmas is enjoyed by everyone.
The hampers are packed into a number of donated boxes to be delivered. Kennards Self Storage were very happy to once again supply boxes for this great cause.
A huge thank you goes out to the volunteers and to the Magic Moments Foundation for continuing this wonderful initiative for another year.
Michael Gallus Founder of Footys4All, a Not for Profit charity formed to supply new sporting balls from all codes (footballs, basketballs, soccer balls, etc.) to disadvantaged, underprivileged and socially displaced children around the world free of charge, has been featured in the Sunday Herald Pride of Australia Magazine winning the Pride of Australia Award.
Its amazing what can happen when human beings come together to help one another, one small gesture can mean the world to another…
“Books For Fiji (BFF) started in 2015. It was my first visit to Fiji but fortunately we have friends there, on the island of Taveuni. We were heartily welcomed into the local village of Sogulu near our friends’ house. After touring throughout the island we discovered the want and need for kid’s books. The schools have very little, and no libraries. I knew I could get wonderful books back here in the Northern Beaches of Sydney from my children’s old schools.
Upon returning home I called the boys’ schools. Yes, they regularly cull the library shelves and I was welcome to come and get boxes of books. That was the beginning. Word got out via the International Association of School Library-ship, Oceania (IASL) and many schools responded. We now can get many good quality, already accessioned, library books.
Support Aboriginal women in the remote Northern Territory of Jilkminggan and help them launch their own social enterprise. This was the small idea that Tanya from Enterprise Learning Projects and Kelly from Toni & Guy Bondi Junction embarked upon several weeks ago, not knowing it would end up a huge success nationally.
The idea was born from Enterprise Learning Projects’ trip to Jilkminggan in February. There, the women of the community shared their ideas for business and expressed their desire to develop their existing skills in sewing and print making, as well as to provide work opportunities and economic growth for the entire community.
The organisation then partnered with Toni & Guy, accepting donations to be given to the community, from second hand clothes to kids items, sewing materials and more. These items will be used to create a ‘pop up Op Shop’ in the community, aiding the community’s business efforts and harnessing all the funds to facilitate the women’s trade education in a newly established Art Centre.
There comes a time in most people’s lives where self storage is inevitable. Whether it’s long or short term. Storing old items, or storing while you go through a house renovation, or turning that spare room into a new bedroom for the new baby! Maybe you are heading overseas for a few years travelling or you have to downsize. Whatever the reason self storage can be a great alternative. But you need to make sure you do your homework first!
Be sure to look at exactly what you want to store and measure it out, you only want to rent the space you need. Remember you can use from the floor to the full height of your unit, by stacking items and using shelving, doing this correctly will save you money.
When you come to choose the location ask yourself how many times you will be visiting your storage space, if it’s not going to be often, then you can be flexible as to how far you have to travel. Storage centre rates can vary depending on where they are located, whether they are close to the city or further out, all of this plays a part in your monthly storage costs.
What a night! Friday the 18th September saw around 80 people brave the rain and participate in the Harbour Sleep Out to support youth who have endured a rough run in life.
It was fantastic to see members from all over the community come together to support our youth. With this support Stepping Stone House are one step closer to helping even more disadvantaged youth in Australia.
Stepping Stone House to date have raised $65,111 and are hoping for even more donations.
The event will run until the end of November. We encourage you to register as an individual or Team and sleep out in your back yard to help raise more funds for Stepping Stone House. Or you can simply make a donation by visiting The Stepping Stone House Website.
Established in 1989, Stepping Stone House is a not for profit organisation providing medium to long term accommodation, care and development for homeless and at risk young people aged 12 to 24 years old from around NSW.
HUG – Helping Ugandan Generations, established in 2008, supporting the families of Uganda with aid such as clothes, scholastic materials and toys, assisting villages and children where there is no government support or aid.
Cate Altamura founder of HUG first realised the severity of poverty throughout this country when travelling as a journalist, visiting Uganda to cover a story on orphanages and developing communities. On her return to Australia she was compelled to raise awareness about what she had experienced. Cates determination and overwhelming response from the public saw over one tonne of aid sent to Uganda.
Did you know: Not all wines are meant to be cellared for long periods of time. 90% of wine is made to drink now, while it retains its freshness. While cellaring your wine, bottles should be kept on their side to allow for sedimentation, this also keeps the cork wet.
Wine making is a complex process: Starting with the long wait of 5 to 7 months to grow a harvest, after this the actual process takes a few weeks to produce. The three components of wine are grapes, water and yeast. The yeast consumes the sugars in the grapes and converts them to alcohol. One bottle of wine contains 1.3 kilos of grapes!
The perfect temperature: Most white wines are best served at 7ºC; Sauvignon Blancs, Rieslings and Chardonnays. Full bodied white wines should be served at 10ºC: Rich White Burgundies and Light Reds such as Beaujolais. Most red wines will be best consumed at 15 to16ºC; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Bordeaux, Syrah/Shiraz and Pinot Noir.
Every day 31 Australians are diagnosed with Leukaemia. In January this year one of our Teammates found out his one year old daughter has Leukaemia. Along with many other experiences our Team have had with this disease effecting their family and friends. Those diagnosed undergo very difficult treatment while their families roll through unimaginable emotions and strain.
So, Kennards Self Storage has created a Team to participate in the World’s Greatest Shave.
This initiative is a modest gesture on our part to help the people we know fighting this, the other 60,000 people fighting this and for research.
Our goal grew from $5,000 to $10,000 and now sits at $15,000. Its two days before the big event and we have raised $11,953.
The Kennards Team have 6 Team Members shaving their heads, another 12 colouring their hair and one Team Member shaving off his beard of 30 years if we reach our goal of $15,000.
Go here to our Leukaemia Foundation Kennards Team Page where you can see all the Team Members and the funds we have raised to date.
You can also go here to sponsor the Team as a whole or just an individual Team Member.
Help us reach our goal of $15,000 and help those families out there with loved ones that are currently suffering from this disease. The Leukaemia Foundation work is so important, they provide practical and emotional support to people facing the challenge of blood cancer, as well as investing vital research to find better treatments and cures.