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THE generosity of the Gawler community
has helped two local community members
travel to one of the world's most pover-
ty-stricken areas and make a difference to
those living without basic education and
Instead of preparing for Christmas at
home, close friends Claudia Batten, 19,
and Gemma Dobbs, 20, spent three weeks
in December working with both babies and
schoolchildren, as well as assisting a wildlife
conservation park, to further benefit the local
Ms Batten, of Kalbeeba, heard about the
three-week Vesabroad exchange program
through her wildlife conservation studies at
Adelaide University, but her interest sparked
when Ms Dobbs said she'd also come along
and join her in the initiative.
"We put money tins at the Gawler Dry
Cleaners and at my mum's work at the Trevu
Nursing Home to help raise money, which
helped heaps," Ms Batten said.
"I did a garage sale at my grandparents'
house and we also did a lucky number draw
and raffle tickets to raise as much money as
The duo arrived in Durban on December
1 before travelling to Saint Lucia and setting
up camp in the village of Khula, where they
would spend the next few days teaching chil-
dren English, maths and science in a local
They also helped build a new house for
a family of nine, who were living in a very
small, one-bedroom, wooden home.
As part of the trip, the pair also assisted a
local conservation park which was attempt-
ing to increase the populations of crocodiles
and cheetahs in the area.
"We helped clean out the enclosures of the
crocodiles in the conservation park and dug
out the eggs to incubate them," Ms Batten
"In normal circumstances, only about one
per cent of crocodiles survive, but if they're
incubated it's more like 80 to 90 per cent, so
it's all about repopulating the local area."
Ms Batten said it was amazing to see the
life in children who had so little.
She was also thankful of the Gawler com-
munity's support, which allowed herself
and Ms Dobbs to experience something so
"South Africa is such a pretty country, but
to witness the severe poverty was really sad,"
"I'd like to say thank you to all the people
who donated, because it didn't just help me,
it helped all the kids over there get Christ-
mas presents and assisted with purchasing
much-needed equipment for the construction
Volunteer's life-changing exchange
Kalbeeba resident Claudia Batten travelled
to South Africa in December as part of a
Vesabroad humanitarian initiative
PHOTO: Tom Staggard
Race meet postponed
THE Kapunda Harness Racing Club is set
to get its 2018 season under way on Fri-
day, with the first of its six race days for
The season start follows the successful
Kapunda Rodeo, led by Paul Smith, his
small sub committee and assistance from
the Make-A-Wish foundation and Riding
for Disabled volunteers.
The first race meeting is set to get un-
der way at 3pm, where full catering will
be available on the day, with the Kapunda
High School conducting the canteen and
Kaoybda Rotary hosting a barbecue.
The ponies will also be running their rac-
es during the program.
The club's meetings consist of four Mon-
day afternoon meetings (February 12 and
19, March 26 and April 23), while the Ka-
punda Cups and Pony Cups will be held on
the March 10 weekend.
For membership and sponsorship, visit
www.kapundaharnessracing.com for fur-
Membership has been retained at $20 for
the six-meeting season, with membership
draws held on each race day.
SATURDAY's extremely hot weath-
er forecast has prompted Thoroughbred
Racing South Australia (TRSA) officials
to shift Gawler's Saturday meeting back a
day to Sunday.
Temperatures have been tipped to exceed
40 degrees on Saturday, according to the
Bureau of Meteorology's weather forecast.
TRSA further confirmed that the change
in date has meant that the meet will no lon-
ger be a twilight meeting, with the first race
set to run at 12.55pm on Sunday.
Gates will open at Gawler & Barossa
Jockey Club at 11am.
Furthermore, due to the Gawler change,
Naracoorte's meeting on Sunday has also
been pushed back to Monday.
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