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The success of our community hinges on what we are
all prepared to put into it. Scoop celebrates individuals,
businesses and organisations who have broken out of their
busy routines to work for the good of others – and we have
a few suggestions for how you can help, too
Road to happiness
By the time he reached his 25th birthday, Ivo Kornel had lost five friends to suicide. In Australia,
suicide is the primary cause of death among 15 to 34 year olds, yet it is still a taboo subject and Ivo
wants to get people talking about the issue.
Ivo is pedalling around Australia on a mission to raise the awareness of youth suicide and depression,
and for the past three months he has been cycling through WA, making pit stops at high schools along
the way to discuss the devastating effects of depression and the signs to look out for.
“Depression often develops silently and it’s hard to understand the issue or to know what to
do about it,” Ivo explains, “but being informed about the illness can help you understand what
your friend is g oing through.”
By the time he has completed his journey in November, Ivo will have pedalled over 15,000 kilometres.
You can follow Ivo’s jour ney on the Road to Happiness via Facebook and Twitter and you can make donations to the
project at r oadtohappiness.com .au .
Paws for thought | In 2008, the
RSPCA found Tilly, a traumatised Maltese
Terrier, suffering from an array of medical
conditions. With inflamed gums, grossly
overgrown claws and matted long hair that
restricted her vision, Tilly was taken to the
RSPCA PawsCentral headquarters in Malaga
for some TLC. With a collective effort from the
team at PawsCentral Tilly was rehabilitated,
freed from her discomfort and transformed
into a healthy and happy pup.
The RSPCA is a charity and relies on
donations to run shelters, employ inspectors
and develop community education and
fundraising programs. They also have the power
to implement state-based legislation, including
prosecutions for animal cruelty and neglect.
To help put the wag back into the tails of
thousands of abused, neglected and unwanted
animals, the RSPCA created Happy Tails Day, a
celebration of animals, great and small.
The event takes place each year in October
and all proceeds from the event go towards
preventing animal cruelty and assisting
shelters like PawsCentral with the rehabilitation
of abandoned or neglected animals.
On October 8, volunteers will be scattered
around Murray and Hay Street Malls, train
stations and bus stops collecting donations,
while a kiosk in the Murray Street Mall will
sell RSPCA merchandise, including the new
range of Happy Tails Day items. Happy Tails
Day mascots Eddie, Breeze, Lambert, Mirrhi
and Wesley are plush toy replicas of some
of the animals housed at the RSPCA here in
WA and will be up for sale. Happy Tails Day,
October 8, rspca.org.au.
words Chloe Lyons
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