Belly flops ‘just not cricket’ in Australia Day fun

FRASER Coast’s lovable mascot Harvey the Whale has been warned against belly flops when he takes on Polly the Parrot, Blazer, Cluedo and other local mascots in an Australia Day race on January 26, 2016.

Hosted by the Rotary Club of Maryborough Sunrise, the Mascot Race is one of many exciting events being held in Maryborough’s Queens Park to celebrate this year’s Australia Day.

“Belly flops are not allowed,” Maryborough Sunrise Rotary president Glenda Pitman said.

“We know Humpback whales can swim in bursts of up to 26kph but the 50-metre race is over the grassy terrain of Queens Park not in the Pacific Ocean.

“Attempting belly flops and gliding over the grass is just not cricket so we’re using a handicap system so Harvey isn’t disadvantaged.”

Other mascots include Robert the Recycler from the Fraser Coast Regional Council, Bendigo Bank Pig and a curlew and dugong from the Burnett Mary Regional Group (BMRG).

Everyone is invited to join the day’s fun which starts with a free community breakfast  followed by traditional games, flag raising, Billy Tea and damper and Dummy Spit competition.

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All hands on deck for Rotary workshop

Fraser Coast people are being invited to open their hearts and wallets to give landmine victims a new lease on life with donations of prosthetic hands.

Rotary Club of Maryborough Sunrise President Glenda Pitman said that each month, about 20,000 people including children were injured in landmine accidents.

“In more than 60 countries across the world, there are more than 300,000 live landmines still in the ground,” Mrs Pitman said.

“A wonderful program has been established in Rotary District 9570 to allow Australians to come together to learn a little of the challenges faced by people with arm limb injuries while building a simple mechanical prosthetic hand to donate to a victim.

“Twice a year, volunteers (paying their own costs) travel to the sub-continent to work with local Rotary Clubs and other local groups to fit hands to identified recipients.  Three trips are planned for 2016 – to Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Laos.

“Generally, a simple prosthetic limb on the sub-continent costs more than AUD $3000.

“Here in Australia, a complex digitized prosthetic can cost over $70,000.

“The Helping Hands Program provides opportunities for groups of two or three people to come together to build a hand for donation for the low cost of $400 per hand.

“But, there is a catch.  So that participants can gain an appreciation of how difficult life without a limb can be, teams work with a covering on their dominant hand and sit side by side.

“Participants also decorate the case that the hand is delivered in and have their photo and a message included.  When hands are distributed, the recipient’s photo is taken and sent to the hand makers.

“Can you donate $400 to $4000 and a few hours of your time to change the life of a landmine victim?

“Hand kits are must be pre-purchased in lots of 10.  The more sponsors we can find, the more hands we can deliver.  The Rotary Clubs in Maryborough will arrange for a minimum of two kits to be available for purchase.

“This is a wonderful team building exercise and all donations are acknowledged. ”

Please contact Maria on (ah) 4121 6421 or or Robyn on (ah) 4121 5001 if you would like further information or to reserve hands.

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St Mary’s student beams about all things science

WHAT do ice-cream, glandular fever, sunburn and Walt Disney all have in common?

Leticia Fuller of Maryborough and her nine state counterparts who attended a three-day science experience at University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Toowoomba.

Still beaming with excitement, Ms Fuller shared details of her experience with her sponsor, the Rotary Club of Maryborough Sunrise, at a recent breakfast meeting.

Rotary Sunrise President Glenda Pitman said the club sponsored Ms Fuller by covering the program cost.rotary

“Leticia is a very conscientious and hard-working student,” Mrs Pitman said.

“It’s wonderful to hear such an eloquent and enthusiastic student talk about her experiences. She is obviously passionate about science and a great ambassador for Rotary.”

Leticia told Rotarians her experience in Toowoomba was “absolutely amazing!”

“We studied all different science things from engineering and hematology to agronomy and astronomy,” the Year 9 St Mary’s College student said.

“During the event we made soft-serve ice-cream using liquid nitrogen, cream, milk and vanilla essence.

“We also went into different science and medical laboratories to see what university labs look like.

“In the medical lab we looked at hematology and did a full DNA test. Within the samples I had, I diagnosed someone with malaria, glandular fever and diabetes.

“With agronomy, the study of plants, we looked at wheat, barley and sugarcane and the different sorts of root crops as well as photosynthesis and how changing the C02 levels, temperature and colour of light can affect how fast and slow they grow.

“We also looked at UV radiation. Even when it’s cloudy UV radiation is still there so you can still get sun burnt, just not as bad. We had clear UV beads and when we were inside a building they were completely clear and see-through but when we went into the sun, depending on the strength they changed colour to vibrant pink, purple or yellow.

“Even sitting in a car, if you have windows that aren’t tinted the UV is coming through so you can still get sun burnt. We learnt how it causes skin cancer and kills cells within us.”

Ms Fuller said engineering activities included designing the keyboard of a laptop computer using a circuit board, paper and a pencil so that when keys drawn on the paper were pressed they connected to the computer.

“It’s amazing to see what you can do with a computer. You wouldn’t think a computer could take your life so far but it does.

“One of our instructors used to work for Walt Disney Productions. She was one of those who did all the animations in movies and showed us in depth how they’re all created.

“We also looked at computer programming games and created our own programs while were there.”

Ms Fuller hopes her interest in all things science will lead to a career in pediatric nursing.

The ConocoPhillips Science Experience is designed to provide Year 9 and 10 students who have an interest in science with an opportunity to engage in a wide range of fascinating science activities under the guidance of scientists who love their work.

The event takes place in over 35 universities and tertiary institutions across Australia.


Photo:  Maryborough’s St Mary’s College Year 9 student Leticia Fuller joins other science enthusiasts at this year’s ConocoPhillips Science Experience.

Media Contact: Jocelyn Watts, Email:; Phone: 0403 191 958