Celebrity Footy Match Raises $7000 For Omeo Hospital and Motor Neurone Disease

Amazing to take part in the Peter Canning Cup 2012 last Friday 27th March in Omeo Victoria. This was a fantastic event for the community of the Alpine region and I was so honoured to be a part of it.

See below the press release with antics from the evening.

Media Release 30 July 2012


Celebrity Footy Match Raises $7000 For Omeo Hospital and Motor Neurone Disease


Dinner Plain/ Hotham, Victoria:  Celebrity AFL Match, The Peter Canning Cup, was played on Friday 27th July 2012 and raised more than $7000 for Motor Neurone Disease and the Omeo Hospital. The cup was reclaimed by the Dinner Plain/ Hotham Demons at the Charity football match in Omeo, Victoria on Friday night.  The young guns were coached to glory by AFL Legends Robert Flower, Wayne Walsh, Stephen Powell and Guy Rigoni who were more than happy to show their support for this great community event.


This was the second year of The Peter Canning Cup which is in honour of Peter Canning, a legend of Dinner Plain and the snow area surrounds. Peter’s good heart and fun spirit have not been shadowed by the Motor Neurone Disease he now lives with day to day. The funds will go to Omeo Hospital in order to support those living with Motor Neurone Disease and their families and friends who care for them.

The Celebrity coaches were wrapped to be part of this great event. Wayne Walsh, a now veteran of the Peter Canning Cup with two years of attendance, was proud to see the young guys giving it there all. “This is a fantastic event for football and for a very important cause, Motor Neurone Disease.”

It was Robert Flowers first year at the cup and he jumped right in as head coach of the Dinner Plain/ Hotham Demons. Guy Rigoni was a great supporting coach for the boys and gave a pep talk over the ground speakers after each quarter. “Kick it long and kick it hard boys. Keep it simple and remember we’re doing this for the Peter Canning Cup.” Guy said to get the guys revved up and ready for the big match. Ultimately their wisdom, experience and passion led the boys to victory and to reclaim the cup from the Omeo side.

There were many antics on the night. The inaugural girls netball match was played on the footy field due to slippery conditions on the actual courts. The Dinner Plain/ Hotham girls took it out – despite half the crowd running on the field/ court to help out the Omeo team. One of the gutsy girls even decided to shamelessly but bravely streak for the cause. Raising $500, Claire the Streaker as she’s now known, ran the race of her life across the middle of the AFL match.

Claire The Streaker at The Peter Canning Cup

Peter McKenna of the Dinner Plain Advisory Committee and Dinner Plain Residence and Business Operators Society says: “The Peter Canning Cup for a cause that means so much to the people of Omeo, Swifts Creek, Dinner Plain, Hotham and the Alpine Region.” He is thrilled by the support of the local communities, the Celebrity AFL coaches who gave their time so generously and all the participants.

Big thanks to Boags who sponsored the beer tent which raised a lot of funds on the night. Also Patties Pies of Bairnsdale whose provision of free pies and sausage rolls kept the crowds cheering all night. We’ve raised more than $7000 and the total is rising with sales of DVD’s to come and donations still rolling in.


For more information on The Peter Canning Cup and video footage from the great event please contact Emma Lovell on contact details below. You can also see images at www.int-m.net/canningcup.


For further information, images or an interview please contact:

Emma Lovell

Lovelly Communications

P: 0413 955 970

E: emma_lovelly@hotmail.com

W: http://www.facebook.com/lovellycommunications


Peter McKenna –  0412 065 826

For video footage contact;

Mark Stephens – 03 5759 3205


About Omeo Hospital and Motor Neurone Disease

  • Motor Neurone Disease (MND), known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in many parts of the world is a progressive neurological disease.
  • MND affects approximately 1400 people in Australia and thousands more – their carers, families and friends – live daily with its impact.
  • For more information about Motor Neurone Disease visit: http://www.mndaust.asn.au/
  • Omeo District Health is located in the Victorian High country, 430km North East of Melbourne on the Great Alpine Road.
  • Omeo District Health provides a large range of community and Home Based Services such as Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Counselling, Youth Work, Health Promotion, Dietetics and Speech Pathology, Adult Planned Activity Group (PAG), District Nursing, Maternal & Child Health, Diabetic Counselling and Community Dental Services.
  •  http://www.gha.net.au/odh/

About our Celebrity AFL stars:


Birth 5 August 1955 (age 56), Melbourne

Debut: 9 June 1973, Melbourne v.

Geelong, at Melbourne Cricket Ground

Team: Melbourne (1973–87) , 272 games 315 goals
Career Highlights: Melbourne best and fairest 1977, Club Captain 1981–87, Victorian Captain, Victorian Team of the Century


Birth 7 May 1946 (aged 66),

Debut Richmond(1968,1972-1975,1977-1978), 91 Games, 30 Goals,

South Melbourne(1969-1971), 63 Games, 5 Goals

Career Highlights; Richmond Best and Fairest 1973,74, Richmond Premiership Coach 1980-1982 and many more


Birth 7 September 1976 (aged 36),

Debut Western Bulldogs 1997,
Melbourne 1999,

St Kilda 2002

Career Highlights; 3rd Trevor Barker Awards 2003


Birth 27 July 1974 (aged 38),

Debut Melbourne 2005

Career Highlights; 100th Game in 2005

R U OK? Day Video from James Freemantle

R U OK? DAY is a wonderful campaign promoting a simple message asking people to check in with friends and see how things are going with the question “R U OK?”

R U OK?Day is a national day of action on the second Thursday of September (13 September 2012), dedicated to inspiring all people of all backgrounds to ask each other ‘Are you ok?’

James Freemantle encourages rural communities to stay connected and be conscious of how the isolation of farming can impact on wellbeing. He also offers hope to anyone living with depression.



It’s great to see someone speaking out and so honestly about depression and anxiety.


In October 2012, I will climb Machu Pichu for depression and anxiety awareness. The Peru Challenge 2012 will run from October 20-31 and raise much needed funds for Black Dog Institute for the research and awareness of mood disorders. This is a cause close to my heart and I’m doing it honour of my Grandma who lived with depression most her life and also the many friends and other family members who live with this mood disorder. Please donate to my page and learn more about my adventure http://peruchallenge2012.gofundraise.com.au/page/Lovelly

Business Profile: Material Girl PR – Nicole Condos

If there ever was a superstar businesswoman, it would have to be Miss Nicole Condos. Owner of the fabulous Material Girl PR and with years of marketing and promotions industry experience behind her, this girl really knows how to do events. She inspires me to grow my business and to drive myself forward. Like her idol Madonna, ever changing and adjusting to the changing situations.


Introducing the dazzling, Material Girl PR and Nicole Condos.




  1. Name; Nicole Condos


  1. Occupation/ business: Material Girl PR


  1. Position: Director


  1. Country of Residence; Australia


  1. email: Nicole@materialgirlpr.com.au


  1. Social Media accounts

F: http://www.facebook.com/materialgirlpr

Twitter : http://www.twitter.com/materialgirlpr


  1. Give us your elevator pitch. What does your business do?


I love to take an unknown person, company or product and strategically throw them into the spotlight!


7. Why did you start your business?

I wanted to build my own brand and honour my different “Material Girl” hats


8. What’s your passion?


Madonna and being Greek


  1. What do you love most about running your business?

Sharing my little black book with my clients




  1. What are three difficulties you face in running your business?


  1.  Making things look “too easy” and clients not appreciating the time required to complete tasks
  2. Melbourne traffic affecting my meeting schedule
  3. Twitter keeping me up all night, disrupting my sleep!


  1. What are three pieces of advice you would give to someone starting their own business?
    1.  Do what you love
    2.  Honour your worth
    3.  Have a plan!


  1. Tell us, with an anecdote, why your business has changed your life?

Just like the song lyrics by my idol, “Experience has made me rich and now they’re after me”


Nicole Condos with Usher

  1. How do you manage a work/life balance? I do what feels right and honour what I am feeling. “When I’m hungry, I eat. When I’m thirsty, I drink. When I feel like saying something, I say it.” ~ Madonna


  1. What movie most inspires you in running your business? Jerry Maguire


  1. The best book to read before starting a business or when running a business?


Simplify Structure Succeed by Shannah Kennedy


  1. Your favourite inspiration/ motivation/ business quote?

It doesn’t matter who you are, it’s why you’re here


  1. The 4 words that best describe your business?

Savvy, passionate, honest, fabulous


Stay in the City: Medina Executive South Yarra

Last week I stayed at the  Medina Executive South Yarra as invited by the Toga Hotel Group. Despite the fact I live only a short distance away in St Kilda, it was wonderful to experience the hotel/apartments and what it’s like to be a business traveler in Melbourne.

Great views over South Yarra from Medina

I took the opportunity to do a Sex in the City style night away with 2 of my business partners and besties, Sarah and Bec, and we had a fabulouos “Stay in the City” experience. We were welcomed with a bottle of Emeri Moscato and a thank you card and the 2 bedroom apartment was the perfect size for our girls group.

We took our laptops and worked together in the lounge room and actually got a lot done in this space. This would be a very comfortable place to base yourself in Melbourne for business for a short or longer period of time.

Working away at the Medina

The apartments are homely enough to feel comfortable if staying for a few months but also have the full service offerings of a hotel. When you arrive at the hotel, which is very easy to find, you will be met by an elegant exterior and a prominent Medina sign telling you where you are.

Walk into the newly renovated foyer and enjoy this funky space for a moment before checking in. Also a great place to meet visiting guests or chill out in a different space to your room

Medina renovated foyer



The hotel reception staff were very friendly and helpful and answered all my queries, they also offered helpful advice for the area. We were delighted to know there was a pool and spa in the building and gym facilities if we felt so inclined.



We entered our 2 bedroom apartment room and were impressed with the funky, yet simple, décor and the spacious size of the room. We straight away stepped onto our large balcony  with seating area to enjoy wonderful views of Melbourne. The bedrooms have great light coming in from large double glass doors which opened onto the balcony. The bathroom was also a good size and conveniently located. Again, a hotel in some ways but very much planned out with the comfort of your own apartment.

There is just something about hotel beds I love. So as you can see, I leapt in and tested this one out promptly. Devine. Large, comfortable and with lovely Manchester. I had a very sound sleep that night in my home away from home.

The kitchenette in the room is a great service and is well laid out. It actually reminded me of my old apartment in Sydney and I was very happy with all the facilities on offer. There is a dine-in menu for the hotel for those who want to have room service. Though as you are in one of Melbourne’s hot spots for great restaurants and dining experiences, I hope that you would venture out to Chapel Street or Toorak road to try some of the wonderful Melbourne food offerings.


On our balcony looking out over South Yarra.












3 things I liked the most:

–       The great location. Short walk to the beautiful area of South Yarra, public transport and some of Melbourne cities most beautiful parks.

–       The décor in the room – It’s essentially a hotel room but also an apartment. We felt very much at home and would be happy to be sent to a place like this for work.

–       Free car parking-  This is so difficult in cities and often hotels now charge for this. It was great to have easy access to our hotel and a safe place for our vehicle in a busy metropolitan area.

Great location

3 things I liked the least:

–       Lack of wifi. Wifi was not included and we would have had to pay an hourly or daily rate via the website. The website wouldn’t connect so we couldn’t purchase the wifi, but were not inclined to do so as the rates weren’t very reasonable. We used our phone hot spots which can become costly. As a business accomodation, it would be great to have Wifi included.

–       The fridge shelves – The drinks would fall out of the fridge door when we opened it. Small thing but it was an irritation.

–       The movie and pay channels – This seems to be quite an outdated system for in room movie hire and the costs were high. Offer of Foxtel at a small extra charge or something along these lines would have been much better. We found the system confusing and were fearful of accidentally selecting a movie.

Another dislike, too tempting! So many goodies inside.

Despite any complaints, I was on the whole very impressed with the accommodation and service provided. Immaculate rooms, helpful and friendly staff, a lovely entrance and foyer area and prime location.


Feeling at home at the Medina

I do recommend the Medina Executive South Yarra to business travelers. Also to small groups visiting Melbourne who don’t want to pay exorbitant hotel prices in the centre of the city. The apartment style accommodation with kitchenette is much more homely and accommodating when you’re visiting a new city.

Medina Executive South Yarra

Thanks again for the opportunity. The girls and I had a wonderful stay

For more information, see the Medina Executive South Yarra website, or visit the Toga Group website for the many great hotel offerings around Australia.

About Medina Apartment Hotels

Apartment Space. Hotel Service. Medina Style.

A premier Australian brand, Medina is known and loved for its commitment to classic and sleek apartment hotel accommodation, offering guests their own private space that have been designed with elegance and style. A selection of studio rooms along with one, two and three bedroom apartments are available with separate living spaces, fully equipped kitchens and laundries. Medina Apartments Hotels come complete with all of the comforts of home and enough room to stretch out – a place to relax, entertain or work.

With locations across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Darwin, Adelaide, Canberra and Wollongong; Medina is an ideal option for both business and leisure travellers. www.medina.com.au

Hotham Ride Day with Mint Tours and Lib Technologies

Whilst on a snow trip to Mt Hotham this past weekend, we were delighted to find that there was an exhibition and demonstration by a number of different ski and snowbard gear companies. Lib Technologies was one of them and I was fortunate enough to get to Demo  a board. This was the Hotham Ride Day, an event partnered with Mint Tours.

Trav from Lib Tech setting up the boards

The guys were super helpful and open to anyone trying out the gear. Just handover your baby board, my gorgeous Solomon Lush, and they removed my Burton bindings and placed them on the board of choice. Leave your I.D. as well, as if your board wasn’t enough security, and away you go. I took the Roxy, Banana Smoothie out for a spin for about an hour and came back with a huge grin on my face.

Setting up my Burton Bindings on the Roxy Banana Smoothie

The Roxy Banana Smoothie Banana Smoothie EC2:

XOXO AUD $699 NZ $799,  BANANA SMOOTHIE AUD $699 NZ $799


Check out more from Roxy at: http://www.roxyaustralia.com.au/  



Review from Transworld Business and some questions answered about the production of the board.

2013 Roxy Banana Smoothie Snowboard Review

 From Evo and Megan:

This board was 146cm, 3cm shorter than what I usually ride, and prime for free riding. Not so much a park board, this is good for thoise who wanna play around in the snow and have good manouverabilty in a variety of conditions. I’ve started to open my eyes to a new board and it was awesome to get the opportunity to test one out for a solid amount of time, without having to hire a board that’s been used over and over.

For more information on Lib Technologies:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/libtech


Check out the website and contact the guys to learn more about their range.

Trav having a great day and setting up my board

Thanks again for the great experience.

Learn more about Mint Tours:

Mint Tours is a specialist snowboarding holidays and snow travel agency with a difference. We aim to offer a true locals perspective for snowboarders and skiers visiting the Southern Alps of New Zealand’s South Island and the powder regions of Japan, Canada and beyond.

Tamie is frothin over the olly pop she tried and loving the Hotham Ride Day from Mint Tours

Photo: Tamie from Now Rip This

See more at Explorer Girls

Any girls lucky enough to get over to NZ for some snowboarding this season, I hope you can be there for this awesome day. Bubbles and boarding! Ultimate girls day out.


This is strictly girls only, designed for those who are intermediate and above ability level. Some of NZ’s top skiers and riders will be coaching and we have just 60 places per camp.

The day starts with breakfast and a glass of bubbles, you’ll then be divided into groups of similar ability. On top of coaching for the day you’ll also have the opportunity to go tubing, you’ll get a Red Bull BBQ lunch, transport is included to and from The Remarks as well as plenty of prizes and giveaways throughout the day. And then when it’s all over we’ll head to a bar downtown or an after-party where you’ll be able to view loads of pics and video footage!

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