White Ribbon Day 2009

For White Ribbon Day in the Shoalhaven nine hundred men will gather at the Entertainment Centre to stand together to send a message. Ray Carrall of the YWCA is hoping bringing men together will further strengthen the message of White Ribbon Day – the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Ray Carrall took the time to explain the motivation of the day and the issue of domestic violence with Crossfire.

The heat can kill your pet

Sunday’s heat wave was a taste of what to expect of this coming summer. Forty degree days are likely to be common through the holiday season.

A heat wave can kill a dog. Heat exhaustion can overcome an animal easily and quickly so it is important owners take the necessary steps to protect the animal from over heating.

RSPCA NSW Chief Veterinarian Magdoline Awad explained for Crossfire how quickly the situation can become fatal and how to prevent it.

Signs of heat stroke: Incessant panting, fatigue, vomiting

Keeping the pets cool: Provide pets with a cool, shaded area, adequate ventilation and air flow, provide fresh water, bring animals indoors, do not exercise animals in hot conditions.

Do not leave your dog in a vehicle.

AL-ANON family groups – support for family and friends

Al-Anon is a support group and program for friends and family of problem drinkers.

For more than 55 years and across more than a hundred countries, people have been meeting, listening and sharing their experiences dealing with an alcoholic in their lives.

The process usually begins with a person acknowledging that their own life is being affected by a friend or family members drinking problem, the Al-Anon twenty questions can help determine how prominent this problem is.

The next step is often to attend an Al-Anon family group meeting. In an interview with a member of this support group Crossfire found out what a new-comer could expect when stepping into a group support meeting for the first time.

Visit Al-Anon Australia for more information, and visit Al-Anon for international information.

A group catered to help young people, Alateen Australia, is also available.

The second interviewee in this Crossfire series is a gentlemen who joined Al-anon group meetings while with his ex-partner who was a problem drinker.

The last interivew of this series is with a woman who ahas been a member of Al-anon for more than 20 years and represents perhaps the majority of those seeking support from Al-anon groups.

What’s in your Headspace?


Headspace is an Australian National Youth Mental Health Foundation focused on providing physical and mental health advice and care to people between the ages of 12 and 25.  The foundation has launched a television ad campaign to raise its profile and has a strong presence online where its target audience tend to go first for help. Kellie Marshall, Deputy CEO of the Illawarra Division of General Practice spoke to crossfire about what services Headspace clinics provide.

For more information check out the Headspace website.
If you would like to talk to someone at Headspace Illawarra call: 02 4225 1184

Headspace Illawarra full details

Address: 1A Denison Street Wollongong NSW 2500
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm
Contact Details: Phone: 02 4225 1184, Fax: 02 4225 0606, Email: headspace@idgp.org.au

Generation Next: education on the young for the old

Generation Next is a seminar series designed explain the foreign world of youth to parents, teachers and others dealing with young adults and teenagers.

Cyber safety, drug and alcohol use – amongst other topics, are addressed by the presenters. Dr Ramesh Manocha, a GP medical researcher and educator, developed the Generation Next seminars in consultation with academics and experts in the relevant areas.

Dr Manocha spoke to Crossfire briefly about some of the bigger issues facing youth.

The Butterfly Foundation helps Australian with Eating Disorders



The Butterfly Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation founded by Claire Vickery to help Australians with eating disorders.

The foundation has recently been granted $500 000 by the Rudd government to organise and head a collaborated project of all Australian research and health clinics who work towards a solution for eating disorders.

Claire Vickery took the time to speak to Crossfire and explain more about the issues surrounding eating disorders and how solutions can be found and put to work.

World’s Greatest Shave… IS THIS WEEKEND!

Colouring or shaving your hair can help raise money for a great cause. Each year the Leukemia Foundation run the World’s Greatest Shave to help raise money to provide care and support for patients and their families affected by the disease. The money will also go towards finding a cure. So join in and colour or shave at many events held around the Illawarra.

Cooneys Tavern, 234-236 Keira St Wollongong, Thursday 19 March 7:00pm-12:00pm (you must be over 18) Contact: Summah Mckinnon on 0432 536 442

Bunnings, Lot 205 Gipps Street Wollongong, Saturday 14 March 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM Contact: Tara or Julia on 02 4225 2611

Westfield Warrawong, Corner King and Cowper Street, Saturday 14 Mar 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Contact: Centre Management on 02 4276 1566

South Coast Portuguese Association Ltd, 127 Flagstaff Road Warrawong, Saturday 14 March, 5:30 PM Enjoy a three course meal (entrée, dinner and dessert) and feel free to have your hair shaved on the night to support the Leukaemia Foundation. Adults: $30.00 and Kids: $5.00 (then $1.00 for each year of age to 16 years) Contact: Joe Alves on 0412 105 302

Corrimal Bowling Club , 47 Francis Street Corrimal, Sat 14 March 6:00 PM, Contact: John on 0419 287 108

Bellambi Bowling Club, Corner Pioneer and Rathery Roads, Sat 14 Mar 5:00 PM Contact: Susan on 02 4285 9444

ALbion Park RSL, Cnr Tongarra & Hamilton Road, Fri 13 March 7:00 PM, Contact: David De Rosa on 02 4256 1200

Warilla Bowls & Recreation Club, Jason Ave Barrick Heights, Sunday 15th March, 2:00 PM Contact: Kim on 02 4295 9595

There are so many venues to choose from so go along and give a small donation because every dollar counts.