Coming Home

With the issue of men’s mental health becoming more prominent among Australian NRL players, Jessica Cortis follows the return of player Samuel Elwin to his rural hometown after years of professional footy took its toll on his health, and more seriously, his life.

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Writing prejudice away

The 2017 Young Women of the West award has been awarded to 19-year-old Maja Podinic after she created a Pen Pals Cross Cultural Program to engage refugees and students from non-English speaking backgrounds.

Forget Me Not

Tourists and volunteers have always been deeply touched by the plight of orphans in Nepal. The orphanage business has experienced exponential growth since the 2015 earthquake, which devastated Nepal. However, recent findings point to illegal trade in some of the orphanages in which many Australians unknowingly fund. Australia has now launched an enquiry with an aim to establish a Modern Slavery Act.

Healing Langtang

The following article by Jessica Cortis was first published in the Nepali Times Emma Waterton and Hayley Saul from Western Sydney University were in Langtang last year researching its archaeology, heritage and development when the 25 April earthquake set off a massive avalanche that buried the village. At least 200 people were killed, 70 of…

Fury friends make great playmates

Kindergarten and Preparatory class students from the Lakes Christian College recently had the pleasure of meeting 12 furry friends who visited from Nepean Therapy Dogs.

Return of the wallet wins big praise

The following article by Jessica Cortis was first published in The Daily Telegraph. A KIND act made Daniel Gardner’s day. After losing his wallet, Mr Gardner had the missing item returned to him a day later by a student from St Dominic’s College. Mr Gardner’s mother Sharyn said her son was thrilled to receive the…

Douglass family in brave battle

A LONDONDERRY family is facing two tough battles – with their outgoing six-year-old son facing a battle with a brain tumour and treatment bills piling up.

Ita gets behind Opal

Australian media icon Ita Buttrose was in Penrith to encourage senior transport users to jump on board the Opal ticketing system.

Tapping into the buzz at Bethany

AN exciting buzz circulated the community at Bethany Catholic Primary School in Glenmore Park when their student-run newsletter was launched earlier this year.