Home' The Bunyip : July 16th 2014 Contents "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, Wednesday, July 16, 2014 Page 27
YOUNG musicians rocked out for
charity in front of a capacity crowd at
Education Through Inspiration Music's
mid-year concert in Elizabeth last week.
Around 30 performers from seven different
schools took to the stage at Northern Sound
System to play a variety of covers and original
songs to the 300 people present for the
Thursday night performance, which raised
funds for the Hutt Street Centre in Adelaide.
The high-calibre performances were
equally matched by the quality of sound
equipment used on the night -- it had
previously been used at popular music events
The Big Day Out and Soundwave.
ETI Music chief executive Pete Barter said
the musicians, some of whom have only
recently started learning to sing and play
instruments, are extremely passionate about
what they are doing.
"Music just has an impact that nothing else
does," Mr Barter said.
"We work with, not that these kids are (in
that situation), a whole heap of disconnected
kids and troubled youth.
"When you get a whole heap of kids
in a room, that are disconnected generally,
they are all connected instantly, like
(popular bands) Powderfinger and Nirvana
"They (Powderfinger and Nirvana) were
just disconnected kids that decided to go on
a journey together and now they're massively
Mr Barter said performing in front of
hundreds of people, like they did at the
concert, improves the students' confidence,
which can help as they progress in life.
"If you can knock those nerves on the head
at a big show like this, when it comes time
for a job interview, or something similar, you
are, kind of, a little more ready for it," he
"Your stage fright isn't just on stage, it's off
stage as well, so we're acclimatising kids to
(better cope with those nerves)."
The event, which was also attended by
Australian folk/pop trio the Germein Sisters
and Australia's Got Talent stars the Fernando
Brothers, cost only five dollars.
Mr Barter said the musicians were hoping
to raise $5000 with the money going towards
a group of homeless people creating an
album, which would then be distributed
and sold to fund the company's next major
"These guys, who have nothing better to
do in their life apart from trying to stay warm
in the weather and find food, now have a
guitar and drum kit in their hands," he said.
"You can imagine how quick they're going
to get this happening."
Swimmers take their marks during the 16 and under freestyle event at the National
Qualifying Swimming Carnival on Sunday.
ETI musicians (front, from left) Makiah Benchik-Taylor, Montel Suridge, Megan Howse and Jacob
Kaltapanidis and their fellow performers before the big night.
PHOTO: Mary Ackers
PLAYFORD Aquatic Club hosted
its biggest ever number of competi-
tors during the National Qualify-
ing Swimming Carnival held at the
Aquadome in Elizabeth on Sunday.
Two hundred and twenty swimmers
and their families, some from as far as
Port Lincoln and Whyalla, attended the
The carnival was the first national
qualifying meet of the season, aimed at
achieving qualifying times for National
Age Championships next April.
Club president Harry Scherwitzel said
the club was extremely happy with the
"We were very happy with the carnival
itself; obviously, we were happy with the
numbers that came along and thankful
for the support the other local clubs have
given us," he said.
"This is the fifth one I've been in-
volved in and, in terms of numbers, it
was the largest number of competitors
we've had, so that was awesome."
Playford Aquatic Club had 83 swim-
mers compete on the day and finished
first in the points standing on 2885,
ahead of second-placed Norwood on
The club finished with 34 gold medals,
with 135 personal-best times recorded.
Mr Scherwitzel said the attendance
of the SAPSASA and Secondary School
Sport South Australia teams probably
boosted the standard of competition,
hence the high number of personal-best
"It just, fortunately, happened to
be the week before the SAPSASA and
SSSSA teams head to Melbourne, and
because that's a long-course carnival and
our events are long course, it was an ideal
preparation for those two teams to com-
pete before they fly interstate," he said.
"We're really thankful for clubs, like
Norwood, who sent 36 swimmers, and
Marion, who came from the other side
of town with 22 swimmers.
"Other than us, they are the other
two big clubs in South Australia at the
moment, so by having such strong rep-
resentation by those other clubs it helps
the general level of competition rise and,
obviously, it gives the kids a greater in-
centive to swim fast."
It is unusual for swimmers to qualify
for the championships this early in the
swimming season but PAC member, 13-
year old Jasmine Kilyen-Coles did just
that by swimming a qualifying time in
the 100-metres backstroke.
Kilyen-Coles can now focus on trying
to make the national finals in 2015.
The swimming club will hold its sec-
ond national qualifying carnival on Sun-
day, September 21.
Big day for swim club
Indigenous health initiative
A LOCAL health branch in
Elizabeth Vale is providing a
free health service to Aborigi-
nal families in an interactive
initiative at the Adelaide
Entertainment Centre today.
The Muna Paiendi unit is part
of the northern Adelaide local
health network's Watto Parunna
service, and provides a free, cul-
turally appropriate health-care
service for the northern suburbs
The 'strong Aboriginal fami-
lies and children's health expo',
today presents local Aboriginal
families with information about
early childhood and develop-
ment and local health services.
Families that attend can re-
ceive flu shots and children's
immunisations, as well as being
booked for free health checks.
The event is growing in size
each year, with more than 300
people expected to attend to-
Aboriginal health promotion
officer Leeanne Cocks said the
expo is a great way for Aborigi-
nal families to engage with their
local health services.
"It can be hard to engage Ab-
original families, so by doing
this in a fun, interactive way
we are creating an environment
that people want to be at," she
Ms Cocks said that constant
changes to health programs can
be challenging for Aboriginal
families, and expos, like the one
today, could keep families better
"We quite often run projects
and programs that are either
short and only around for a cou-
ple of years, and then change to
something else," she said.
"So it does keep them up to
date with what is happening,
which is really important, be-
cause it can be very disheart-
ening for Aboriginal families
when they find something they
really like and then it goes and
they have to find something
"So it might make that tran-
sition period a lot better for
-- Grady Hudd
Muna Paiendi Aboriginal clinical health worker Anne Gatzky
demonstrates how to administer a u shot to health promotion
o cer Leeanne Cocks.
PHOTO: Grady Hudd
Do you have Playford news
to share with our readers?
Contact our Playford reporter
Grady Hudd on 8522 1233
Links Archive July 9th 2014 July 23rd 2014 Navigation Previous Page Next Page