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One-of-a-kind baby prompts fundraiser
Developing their skills
EMPLOYEES with disability and disadvan-
tage are continuing to expand their skill sets
through their involvement with the 'Playford
Alive' landscaping redevelopment.
South Australian disability organisation Bedford
commenced landscaping works late last year after
its horticulture and landscaping division, Adelaide
Property Gardens, was awarded a contract by Re-
About 70 hectares of greenfield space in the Play-
ford area is being dedicated to parks, wetlands and
reserves as part of the multimillion-dollar overhaul
-- all of which will be linked with kilometres of bike
and walking trails.
Bedford's aim is to better the lives of people with
disability or disadvantage through employment,
training and independent living programs, with
the organisation continually employing and train-
ing local people to partake in the redevelopment
Bedford chief executive Sally Powell said the
project would provide excellent employment and
further training outcomes for people with disabil-
ity, disadvantage or the long-term unemployed.
"APG is made up of a range of skilled personnel
who will deliver a beautifully landscaped commu-
nity to aid in the regeneration of Adelaide's north.
"Employees will enhance practical skills to sup-
port their training in landscaping and will work
alongside specialists from Renewal SA's Works Pro-
gram at Playford Alive.
"The opportunity for community development
APG general manager Chris Collingwood said he
had seen a number of positive changes in his em-
ployees since they began working on the project.
"The biggest impact I've seen is some of the guys
that have done traditional horticultural mainte-
nance, gardening and weeding are developing some
pretty serious landscaping skills and knowledge,"
Mr Collingwood said some of the most recent
completed works include along Light Avenue to
the new Munno Para train station and sections of
Coventry Road heading north.
One employee revelling in his role at APG is
Rwandan-born Jean-Claude Rutagengwa, who
came to Australia as a refugee from Cameroon five
Since arriving in Australia 'JC' (as he is known
among his co-workers) has wasted no time learn-
ing English and studying horticulture, landscaping
Working on the Playford Alive project has ena-
bled JC to combine his passion for landscaping
with his love of the outdoors.
"This is my passion," he said.
"I think I always concentrate and do everything
on time, and if I don't know how to do something,
I'll ask how to do it."
JC's work ethic and willingness to learn has also
earned him the honour of winning Best Employ-
ment Outcome at the Playford Alive Local Heroes
Awards last year.
The major landscaping developments are just
one part of a multimillion-dollar revamp of Play-
ford Alive that is expected to continue over the
next 10 to 15 years.
The Playford Alive redevelopment has given
Rwandan-born employee Jean-Claude
Rutagengwa a chance to pursue his passion for
PHOTO: Mary Ackers
A CHARITY organisation dealing
with child sexual assault victims
has recently formed a committee
in South Australia, and is reach-
ing out to the local community for
'Bravehearts' provides much-needed
support and delivers school-based pre-
vention programs, counselling and
advocacy for survivors of child sexual
SA committee chairperson Shirley
Elliott said few people are aware of the
new committee and hopes that spread-
ing the word will lead to more commu-
"I wanted to get the word out that
Bravehearts is a good organisation for
helping children and their families,"
Mrs Elliott said.
"Because it's just started in South Aus-
tralia I wanted to try to find volunteers,
and I need a couple more on our com-
mittee and for local businesses to come
The Davoren Park resident said she
first became involved in Bravehearts by
participating in its 'White Balloon Day'
which is the organisation's major fund-
raiser, held each September.
She has since held other events to raise
funds, including selling movie tickets
and holding a movie night.
This year, Mrs Elliott is hoping to
hold more fundraisers in the lead-up to
'White Balloon Day', with the money
to be used to make this year's event even
"I'm hoping we can have a big fun
day," she said.
"Last year I had two speakers who
were good, and I'm hoping they will
come on board again this year."
If you would like to know more
about Bravehearts SA, contact
Shirley Elliott (0403 179 727 or
Bravehearts SA committee
chairperson Shirley Elliott is calling on
the community to get involved and
help ght against child sexual assault.
PHOTO: Mary Ackers
SIMONE Haebich was a one-of-
a-kind baby who had the ability
to make people melt when they
"She had these incredible blue
eyes, we don't know where they came
from," her mother, Susanne, said re-
calling the countless comments the
pair would receive when they were
out shopping together.
Sadly, it will be nearly a year
since Simone passed away with an
extremely rare heart condition that
continues to baffle even the most
brilliant cardiological minds in the
To celebrate her life, and to raise
vital funds for HeartKids SA, Su-
sanne and her sister, Lisa Margrie,
will be holding a fundraiser to give
Simone the birthday party that she
Prior to their daughter's birth
on June 5, 2012, Playford Council
residents Susanne and her husband,
Michael, were told Simone had seri-
ous complications with her heart.
an 11; she had a condition that they
had never seen before," Susanne
So rare was her condition that her
case became the topic of conversa-
tion at a recent national cardiolo-
However, despite the widespread
discussion amongst the nation's
leading specialists, Simone's condi-
tion has, to this day, remained un-
"They found a little boy in Lon-
don who had something similar,
but his was treatable; that's the only
other person who has been closest.
Otherwise she's the one and only,"
From the moment it learned of Si-
mone's condition, Susanne and Lisa
said HeartKids SA had been there
for them and their families.
"We found out on the Monday,
and on the Tuesday they were there.
They were incredible," Lisa said.
Along with aiding financial bur-
dens, such as trips to Melbourne to
see specialists and daily visits to the
Women's and Children's Hospital,
HeartKids SA has been a rock to
lean on for Lisa, Susanne and their
"It was never pushed on us," Lisa
"It was 'we are here for you', and
if we asked for help then there were
no ifs, buts or maybes. They were
In recognition of the support
shown to their family, the sisters
are holding 'Simone's Memorial
Fundraiser' at the Thomas More
College on June 15, with the event
following a 'Queen of Hearts'
The event will cost $2, with all of
the profits going directly to Heart-
Located inside the college gym,
the fundraiser will feature jumping
castles, face-painting, a mad hatters
table where children can design their
own crazy hats, lolly tables and also
an appearance from 'Frozen' star,
There will also be a special guest
speech from Simone's cardiolo-
gist, Dr Terry Robertson, who will
talk about HeartKids SA and give
an insight into the nature of heart
conditions and explain a little about
If you would like to know more
about the event, you can visit
the 'Simone's Memorial Fund-
raiser' Facebook page or contact
Susanne (0403 567 037) or Lisa
(0402 267 601).
Susanne Haebich (left) and sister Lisa Margrie are planning a fundraiser for HeartKids SA in honour of Susanne's
daughter, Simone, who died of a heart problem before her rst birthday.
PHOTO: Mary Ackers
She had these
incredible blue eyes, we
don't know where they
came from. On a scale of
she had a condition that
they had never seen before.
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