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A not-for-profit animal shelter
is calling for assistance to help
a range of injured and orphaned
Minton Farm Animal Rescue
in Cherry Gardens is urging the
community to donate food for
rescued animals and birds as a
part of their annual Christmas
Donations can include cereals,
birdseed, poultry food, dog food,
horse and goat pellets, chaff and
place their donations under
the Christmas trees located at
Hillbilly’s coffee shop in Blackwood
Those unable to donate goods
can still support the cause by
sponsoring the Rescue Centre,
with a $35 sponsorship including a
certificate, newsletter and regular
updates of the animals rescued.
Payments can be made online
through www.mintonfarm.org or
by mail to 455 Cherry Gardens Rd,
Cherry Gardens, 5157.
Animal shelter food drive
By Rhody Gleeson
A conservation program is using the
peaceful Hills environment to give
confidence and a sense of belonging to
people living with a mental illness.
The Regenerate program is run by
conservation group Trees for Life and gives
people with intellectual disabilities, sufferers
of post traumatic stress disorder and mental
illness the chance to work outdoors on various
land care projects.
Last Wednesday the team found themselves
cutting and swabbing invasive weeds in the
Yantaringa Bushland Reserve near Hahndorf
and Trees for Life field officer Sam Buxton said
the program helped participants build stronger
“Research has shown that mental wellbeing
can be greatly improved through nature
immersion, learning about local biodiversity,
gentle exercise, fresh air and sunshine,” she
“Regenerate also provides a space for
participants to create social connections and
experience the generosity and satisfaction that
comes from volunteering.”
The program started in July this year and
has taken participants throughout the Hills
and surrounds as they develop stronger social
bonds through the shared experience of bush
Kerrie Trevena from the Mental Illness
Fellowship SA (MIFSA) has a number of
clients taking part in the program and said the
positive effects were easily noticeable.
“Physical activity is shown to reduce stress,
anxiety and depression and leads to improved
physical health,” she said.
“Participating in a group activity can
assist in building confidence and improved
communication skills, which can lead to
increased social contact and inclusion.”
Participant Coral Jaensch said she enjoyed
the sense of community created by working
“I enjoy the stillness and quietness of getting
up close to nature and being out with a
wonderful group which is very supportive,” she
Jake McDonald, left, and Martin Scott helped to control invasive weeds in Hahndorf ’s Yantaringa
Bushland Reserve as part of the Trees for Life Regenerate program for people with mental illness and
Hills helps to improve wellbeing
By Tom Staggard
Fixing leaky taps and installing pipes
with a smile has seen a Mt Barker
tradie take out a top honor at the Master
Plumbers of SA President’s Lunch.
Tom Babidge was awarded the 2016 Master
Plumbers 3rd or 4th Year Apprentice Plumber
of the Year at an event held at Adelaide Oval
on October 28.
Mr Babidge said he was completely lost for
words when he learned that he had won the
“If I’m being honest I was gobsmacked,” he
said. “I didn’t think I’d have any chance of
winning the award.”
The award involved a judging process that
took into account Mr Babidge’s trade school
results and workplace reviews of his work.
The 22-year-old became captivated by the
industry after he studied a pre-vocational
plumbing course while studying at Cornerstone
College in Mt Barker.
Upon completing his Year 12 schooling, Mr
Babidge searched for a host business to employ
him as an apprentice.
After an initial hiccup, he found exactly
what he was looking for when he was offered
a position at JNH Plumbing and Gas — where
he has worked for the past three and a half
“After I finished school I actually started with
another company,” Mr Babidge said.
“What I found was it just wasn’t enjoyable.
“It wasn’t until I got to JNH when I really
started to enjoy what I do.”
Mr Babidge said he always felt it was the
right industry for him and was very humbled
by the award.
“I’d definitely like to stick around and
continue the work that I’m doing in the near
future,” he said. “It’s a great feeling to get some
recognition for the hard work that I’ve put in.”
Tom Babidge of Mt Barker has been awarded the 2016 Master Plumbers 3rd or 4th year Apprentice
of the Year Award.
Apprentice tops the trade
By Tom Staggard
Learning team sports and
making healthy lunch time
eating habits have been on
the menu during Term 4 for
a group of local preschool
Kids from the Strathalbyn
Kindergarten participated in the
Kindy Active Sports Program,
which aimed at teaching children
the skills necessary to participate
in team sports and educate them
on healthy eating.
Team sports included cricket,
baseball, soccer, football and
teacher Penny Whittaker said
the students thoroughly enjoyed
the six week program.
“Most of the children have
older siblings who play sport,
but they’re at that age where
they’re too young to have a go
themselves,” she said.
“The program allowed the kids
to try out different sports and
learn the skills required to play.”
Upon the completion of each
weekly sport session the children
received a sticker on a certificate.
In the sixth and final week of the
program, once they had collected
all the stickers, the children were
presented with a lunch box and
given the opportunity to try a
selection of healthy foods.
Each child reflected on the taste
of foods such as strawberries,
snow peas, cherry tomatoes and
fruit bread and decided which
ones they would like to put in
their lunch box next year when
they begin school.
The program was organised
by the Alexandrina Council’s
Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle
(OPAL) initiative which aims to
encourage community members
to pursue active and healthy
Ms Whittaker said the program
was the perfect way to instil
healthy eating habits in the
“Helping the kids not only
be physically active but also
encouraging them to eat healthily
is such an important message to
spread,” she said.
“The program helped reinforce
that message in a fun and
Children are eligible to start
kindergarten next year if they
turn four before May 1, 2017.
Jed Guger, left, Jessica Heldna, Bodhi Foster and Amanda Radaza put
their tennis skills to the test as part of the Kindy Active Sports Program.
Kids get a healthy boost
encouraged to partici-
pate in a cans crusade
run by a local school.
Spectators can bring
along cans of food and
to be donated to fami-
lies in need.
teacher at Unity Col-
lege Spring Head
School in Mt Torrens
are hosting the cans
crusade at the Wood-
side pageant on Thurs-
day from 7pm, and the
Lobethal pageant on
Friday from 7.30pm.
The items will be
donated to the Salva-
tion Army, Lutheran
and the Hutt Street
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