Mildura Weekly : Friday September 26 Vol 8 No 47
MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 02 CHAFF 424 San Mateo Avenue, MILDURA Ph: 5021 1777 | F: 5021 1733 www.milduraweekly.com.au OFFICE HOURS: Monday - Thursday 8:30am - 5:30pm Friday 8:30am - 4:00pm NEWS email@example.com SPORT firstname.lastname@example.org LETTERS email@example.com GENERAL firstname.lastname@example.org MANAGER SALES email@example.com CLASSIFIEDS firstname.lastname@example.org REGULAR FEATURES INSIDE TODAY A corporate enterprise of the Mildura Weekly Ph: 5021 1782 www.milduraphonebook.com.au 27,337 COPIES DISTRIBUTED WEEKLY For more info visit www.auditbureau.org.au NEWS...............................................................3–20 RIVERLAND....................................................21- 25 SPORT.............................................................27 – 29 ENTERTAINMENT.................................30, 31 & 39 TRADES & SERVICES..................................32 & 33 CLASSIFIEDS.................................................33–38 MOTORING....................................................40 - 48 NEWS Boost for irrigator water security – Page5 RIVERLAND Brad seeks home track assistance – Page 24 SPORT Saint Stanley a big hit with the kids – Page 28 LAST weekend, brave little Emmeline Scholar went into surgery for a liver transplant that she, and her family, have been waiting for all year. Mildura Weekly readers first met Em- meline in April this year when Vinnie Rodi interviewed her parents Bethany and Nicholas, from Merbein. The Scholars were the local faces of a campaign to promote the then upcom- ing Good Friday Hospital Appeal to aid Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital. In his story, Vinnie noted that: “Quite a number of the Royal Children’s patients come from Mildura, includ- ing young Merbein resident Emmeline Scholar, who at just nine months of age will spend the 2014 Easter long weekend in Melbourne battling Biliary Atresia. “Diagnosed with the condition at six weeks, Biliary Atresia is a liver disease that affects one in 18,000 infants, caus- ing blockages in the liver’s bile ducts. These blockages cause severe illness, with a liver transplant the only hope for survival. “Doctors have no idea what causes it,” Bethany said at the time. “There is no known cure, and Biliary Atresia is the main reason for transplants in infants.” Emmeline became a patient of the Royal Children’s soon after being diag- nosed, and has travelled to and from Melbourne regularly for treatment ever since. Bethany and Nicholas praised hospi- tal staff: “They are truly amazing,” the couple said. “Emmeline’s chance of sur- vival would be almost non-existent if it wasn’t for the Royal Children’s.” The family was back in the news in June when we featured ‘Emmeline’s Hope Gala Auction Night’ – organised by local electrician and family friend Toby Heil and his wife Teagan to raise money to help the Scholar family. In the bitter/sweet conundrum that organ donation is, one family’s loss is another’s gain and, in Emmeline’s case, it has truly offered her the chance at a much-improved life. Emmie and her mother were in Melbourne at the time the doctors called to let them know a liver had become available, while Nick made the six-hour drive immediately af- ter he was told of the news to be by their side as no flights were available. He arrived just before Emmie went into surgery. The organ donation was timely, be- cause Nick was set to become a live do- nor in a few weeks, putting his own life at risk to save his daughter’s. Thankfully that has now been avoided. And, as we go to print we can tell you that by all reports Emmeline is recover- ing well. a look at the lighter side of life and our amazing World.... a look at the lighter side of life and our amazing World.... a look at the lighter side of life and our amazing World.... Transplant for brave Emmeline Mildura Weekly – 18/04/14 13 www.milduraphonebook.com.au A bike ride through shearing history • From previous page The early bicycles (BSA was one of the big- gest manufacturers) were tough. They had to be. Many were made in Syd- ney, and shipped far and wide on demand. They were touted as being simple but strong, with a reinforced frame, some parts made from spring steel, with interchange- able sprockets. They even used American Dunlop roadster tyres, “guaran- teed to carry a man up to 14 stone.” Jim reports that the bike-riding shearers, through necessity, were resourceful. One shearer rode around 100 miles (160 kilometres) between Clare and Hay using ropes for tyres, splicing them onto the rims. One rim was also said to have been used to write an epitaph. Before jump- ing into the river to drown himself, the shearer scratched a ‘note’ onto the inside rim of a bike wheel, ending with the words; “My body will be found sleeping underneath the river.” By the late 1920s, shearers had discovered another means of trans- port, the open truck, do- ing away with the need for bikes, horses, buggies... and foot-slogging. Some later graduated to the car, as is the case today, but Lyle and his mates are determined to make sure the trusty old bicycle gets the recogni- tion it deserves as one of the most reliable means of transport the shearers ever knew. EASTER is celebrated in a variety of ways by Mildura residents, with some enjoying the chance to head camp- ing, while others embrace an oppor- tunity to catch up with family and friends. Easter – Good Friday in particu- lar – is also a special day for support- ers of the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, with the annual Good Friday Appeal helping to raise mil- lions of dollars to aid the hospital in its sup- port of seriously-ill chil- dren. Quite a number of the Royal Children’s patients come from Mil- dura, including young Merbein resident Em- meline Scholar, who at just nine-months of age will spend the 2014 Easter long weekend in Melbourne battling Biliary Atresia, after being diagnosed with the condition at six weeks. Biliary Atresia is a liver condition that affects one in 18,000 infants, causing blockages in the liver’s bile ducts. These blockages cause severe ill- ness, with a liver transplant the only hope for survival. “Doctors have no idea what causes it,” Emmeline’s mother Beth- any said. “There is no known cure, with Biliary Atresia the main cause of transplants in infants.” Emmeline has spent almost her entire life travelling to and from the Royal Children’s Hospital for treat- ment, with Bethany and husband Nicholas praising the work of hospi- tal staff. “They are truly amazing,” Betha- ny said. “Emmeline’s chance of sur- vival would be almost non-existent if it wasn’t for the Royal Children’s. “They offer support to parents, and generally understand what you’re going through. “Having been regular visitors of the hospital over the past few months, (completing up to 14 trips so far) you certainly gain an appre- ciation of the work they do, and we would certainly encourage Mildura residents to support the Good Friday Appeal. “We’ve run into quite a number of Mildura-based families at the hos- pital over the past few months, so it’s a certainly an institution important to Mildura.” Bethany and Nicholas said the nature of Emmeline’s Easter visit was centred on preparing her for a liver transplant, with the youngster recent- ly put on the transplant waiting list. “We’re hoping the transplant will happen in the next few months,” Beth- any said. “We’re just waiting for the life changing phone call now.” Nicholas said the while Emme- line’s long-term survival rate would be around 80 percent following the trans- plant, doctors had warned of other po- tential complications. “While the transplant does cure the disease to an extent, Emmeline would remain on medication, with the risk moving more toward how her body reacts to the new organ,” he said. “There’s usually a 60 percent organ survival rate associated with infants and liver transplants, which means that there is a chance that Emmeline may need another liver transplant lat- er in life.” • Continued Page 14 Emmeline prepares for continuing Easter fight By Vinnie Rodi email@example.com FRIDAY People pital over the past few months, so it’s • A FAMILY UNITED: Nicholas, Emmeline and Bethany Scholar will spend the Easter long weeknd at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne as Emmeline cotinues her fight against Biliary Atresia. 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Many people had tried.... over time: weightlifters, long- shoremen, etc., but nobody could do it. One day, this scrawny little fellow came into the bar, wear- ing thick glasses and a polyester suit, and said in a small voice, “I’d like to try the bet.” After the laughter had died down, the bartender said, “OK,” grabbed the lemon and squeezed away. Then he handed the wrin- kled remains of the rind to the little fellow. But the Crowd’s laughter turned to total silence.... as the man clenched his little fist around the lemon.... and six drops fell into the glass. As the crowd cheered, the bartender paid the $1000, and asked the little man: “What do you do for a liv- ing? Are you a lumberjack, a weight-lifter, or what?” The little fellow quietly re- plied: “I work for The Australian Tax Office “ DID you know...when fish are in schools, they some- times take debate. A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months. When the smog lifts in Los Angeles U.C.L.A. The batteries were given out free of charge. A dentist and a manicur- ist married. They fought tooth and nail. A will is a dead giveaway. With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress. A boiled egg is hard to beat. When you’ve seen one shopping Centre you’ve seen a mall. Police were called to a day care centre where a three-year- old was resisting a rest. Did you hear about the fel- low whose whole left side was cut off? He’s all right now. When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds. The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine is now fully recovered. He had a photographic memory which was never de- veloped. When she saw her first strands of grey hair she thought she’d dye. Acupuncture is a jab well done. That’s the point of it. Those who get too big for their pants will be exposed in the end. UNFORTUNATELY, there may be a few of our regular Chaff readers that can relate to this one! 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