Sammy Davis Jr once said, “Sober up, and you see and hear everything you’d been able to avoid hearing before.”
As we come to the end of the Newsroom’s first week of Ocsober, I’ve begun to see the truth in his words…
Not merely a reliable, up-to-date news source, the Newsroom is also raising money for Life Education this month by “losing the booze to help Aussie kids”. A number of Newsroom students (and tutors) began the rather challenging month that is Ocsober. A whole month with no alcohol! Some were rather concerned about our local pub’s revenue, but, alas, the greater good prevailed.
This year’s ambassadors include the likes of Australian Cricket captain Michael Clarke, sporting and radio presenter Ben Fordham, TV personality Natalie Gruzlewski and Olympic champion Eamon Sullivan. Ocsober plans to raise $1 million for Life Education’s drug and alcohol education in schools. I’m sure many people remember its mascot Healthy Harold, who reaches more than 600,000 children each year in 3000 primary schools.
Supporting Ocsober (and the Macleay team) will allow Life Education to reach more children this year, empowering them to make better choices and lead a healthier and safer life. Not only does Ocsober raise funds for Australian kids, it also highlights the many benefits associated with binning the booze: from feeling healthier to losing weight, and just setting a good example.
A spokesperson from Life Education told the Newsroom “Every dollar raised by Ocsober will help the ongoing development and delivery of Life Education’s vital programs for our Aussie kids.” So please support the team here or sign up yourself here (better late than never!)
The International Fleet Review began yesterday and runs until October 11 – over the next week we’ll keep you up to date with the latest events. Our reporters Cherie Allen and Melina Morry attended the gun salute this morning, as well as the entry of the warships into Sydney Harbour and a luncheon Prince Harry was to attend.
World attention has been focused on the US this week as a Congressional deadlock shut down non-essential services. Check out the new lifestyle page that has a weekly video as well as some great pieces from the features team such as exploring the cultural differences between Muslim and non-Muslim friends and an 84-year-old conquering the internet. Multimedia has brought us some fantastic videos this week such as Sion and Victoria’s Beatlemania story and the boys’ Battle of the Beaches: Taken to the Streets following NRL Grand Final fever.
So until next week, have a fantastic, booze-free week and make sure to go watch what will no doubt be a spectacular weekend on Sydney Harbour.