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CIARA'S GIFT UWAP $29.95
In 1997, the murder of Ciara Glennon both shocked and horrified Perth. It left her
family shattered by grief. Her mother, Una Glennon, has now written Ciara's Gift to
try to help other people who are experiencing deep grief. Una kept a low profile
during the highly publicised investigation into Ciara's death but has now recorded
her search for meaning after this event. She says that at the time she felt the need
to read about other people's experiences of grief, how they coped and if it would
ever end. While she found books by clinicians, she wanted something written by
someone with personal experience of loss. "So I decided to write the book that I would have liked to have
been able to read at the time." While grief made her feel very isolated, "there is comfort and even healing in
knowing that grief is universal and you are not alone". Ten years in the writing, and totally honest, Una's book
also describes her renewed spirituality and the unexpected joys and changes in her life since Ciara's loss.
We celebrate the work of organisations and individuals making
a real contribution to our community, devoting their own time,
money, love and energy into making this a better place to live.
Attenta! text tammi ireland & hayley myors
"GIFTS WITH CONSCIENCE" is the motto of
Attenta!, which helps communities here and abroad
by importing beautiful handicrafts made in South
Africa and selling them to support Australian women
and children who have suffered abuse.
Friends Belinda Sommer and Joanne Baitz, both
originally from South Africa, wanted to help people
in both countries. Belinda says many of Africa's
incredibly talented artists struggle to make a life for
themselves, which is why Attenta! was launched in
November 2009. "The concept is to bring about an
awareness using things of beauty instead of always
hearing the negative image," she says.
The selection of goods includes homewares,
glassware and accessories. Two unique products
(shown above) are delightfully illustrated guest tow-
els by Julia Baillie, and the bright beadwork of Rod-
erick Gadaga, which evokes the joy and optimism of
his native Zimbabwe. Another beautiful range is the
hand-blown glassware (such as the vase, above)
from Red Hot Glass in the Paarl Valley.
From the profits of sales Belinda and Joanne
have made donations to Perth's Patricia Giles
Centre, a refuge for women and children affected
by domestic violence, and hope to add more
beneficiaries to the list.
They have a long-term vision to create Attenta!
stores around WA to employ women experiencing
hardship. "That's the vision of Attenta! -- to help
people who are disadvantaged," Belinda says.
They have also seen immediate results from their
actions in South Africa. "I literally met our bead man
on the side of the road. He has now travelled back
to Zimbabwe to see his family," Belinda says. "It has
changed his life 360 degrees."
Attenta! products are available from Voyager Estate,
Margaret River; Chandelabra, Subiaco; and Mabu,
Fremantle and Leederville. Attenta! will have a stand
at the Brownes EveryWoman Expo, June 25-27. For
more information or to shop go to attenta.com.au.
ON YER BIKE
PHOTOGRAPHER ROGER CLARKE has united the
two things he loves best -- riding his motorbike
and photography -- to raise money for the recently
formed charity Regional Kids.
On a 35-day ride, Roger is travelling from
Busselton up the coast to Kununurra and then
back down again, inland through Kalgoorlie and
on to Esperance, then through the South West,
back to his home in Capel. He s riding all through
June and is due home on July 3.
Along the way he will be raising money from
sponsors, and you can also ride along with him
(for a small cost).
He ll also be taking portrait photography bookings
and taking pictures of children in the towns he
visits, donating his commission to the charity.
Regional Kids grew from a branch of HeartKids
set up by Busselton woman Susie Kent, and aims
to help families in regional and remote areas get
access to help for children suffering from a range
of serious illnesses.
Roger says the money will go to help families
meet the expense of taking their children to Perth
for treatment, accommodation and counselling.
The money will also be used to buy essential
equipment for regional hospitals. In Roger s case,
the funds raised in each region will be allocated to
help kids in that same region.
Roger has set out with Susie as well as his wife,
Kirsty (also an award-winning photographer) and
his seven-year-old twins Georgie and Alexi in a
support vehicle, raising the profile of the charity.
He says he wants to do something to "give
back" to children, since taking pictures of kids is
"how we make our income".
You can follow Roger s travels, read regular blogs,
find out more about Regional Kids and also make
donations at www.regionalkids.org.au.
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