CARS will be roaring and engines revving as the Keilor Rotary Club’s 8th annual Car Show comes around this May.
The Car Show, which will be held at the historic Keilor Hotel on 4 May, will include an array of cars and bikes as well as entertainment for the whole family.
More than 200 cars were on display at last year’s show including hot rods, Classics, vintage and street cars also including over 40 motorbikes.
Organiser Joe Raimondo said the event was only getting bigger and better every year and that this year was no exception.
“It’s sort of become a major event in Keilor,” Mr Raimondo said.
“It’s a great family day.
“We get over 200 cars and motorbikes, and the motorbikes have added another aspect to it,” he said.
Mr Raimondo said over 1000 spectators visited the show each year, which helped raise valuable funds to support the various Rotary projects.
Funds raised in previous years have been used to buy equipment donations for the Keilor and Craigieburn SES units and upgrades to the grounds of the Keilor Pre-school among many other things.
“The Car Show supports the Rotary and their cause and helps them support the local community,” Mr Raimondo said.
The Car Show also features $300 cash prizes for “People’s Choice” and “Entrant’s Choice” awards.
There are also other prize and trophy categories including “the best” Holden or Ford.
For more information, contact Joe Raimondo 0418 349 465 or visit www.rotarykeilor.org.au
RENAE Vojtek is no stranger to battling cancer – and now she wants to help others.
Ms Vojtek, who works at Victoria University’s Footscray Park campus, was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, aged 36.
She is currently on holiday in Disneyland with her family to celebrate the end of her treatment.
“I’ve worked at VU now for nearly 14 years, and I had a really good support network here,” she said.
“I came to work right through chemotherapy and radiation and all that sort of stuff, so everybody got on board and supported me.”
She was inspired to launch VU’s first Pink Ribbon Day last year after her colleagues asked what they could do to help her.
That event raised $11,000 for the Cancer Council.
This year, Ms Vojtek wants to go bigger and better – and she needs your help.
VU will host its second annual Pink Day fund-raising event on 2 October and is seeking donations of gifts or vouchers for raffles and auctions, food, non-alcoholic drinks, condiments, cutlery and napkins, pink balloons and decorative items.
All money raised will be donated to BreastWest, a Western Health initiative set up in 2006 to raise money to improve patient care for breast cancer sufferers.
BreastWest will use the money to provide everyday items that women suffering from breast cancer need, such as vouchers for patient transport to medical appointments, new bras for woman who have had a mastectomy and wigs for women who have lost their hair through treatment.
The money will also be used to purchase vital medical equipment and supplies.
If you would like to contribute to the event, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9919 4996.
HILLSIDE coach Steve Kolyniuk believes his Sharks have caught some of the Essendon District Football League’s Division One contenders off guard so far this season.
Many pundits had written Hillside off prior to the 2014 season after a summer marred by key departures following the heavy investment that landed the 2013 Division Two flag.
So strong were the Sharks in Division Two, it was thought their 2013 squad would have been good enough to win Division One – a view Kolyniuk shares.
Though Hillside’s 2014 list may be watered down, it has started the new season well, pushing pre-season flag favourite Tullamarine all the way in round one before finally overcoming its local nemesis, Taylors Lakes, on Good Friday.
Despite showing promising early signs it is far from the danger of relegation, Kolyniuk has played down Hillside’s early season form.
“We just need to be competitive in every game we play,” Kolyniuk said.
“That’s our goal and we have been in the first two games. We lost the first one and had bad discipline cost us a little bit there but I certainly think we were probably lucky (against Taylors Lakes).
“I think they had a few injuries but look, I’m pleased with the start anyway. But the goal is to be competitive in every game and so far, so good.”
As the Taylors Lakes game was the only one played in Division One on Good Friday, Kolyniuk is fully aware the rest of the competition would have stood up and taken notice of his side.
“With us the advantage we’ve got is we’ve caught a few teams off-guard, but obviously there would have been pretty much everyone there watching last Friday,” he said.
“They would have had a look at some things so it’s not going to be as easy for us over the next five or six weeks.
“We were coming up against Tulla who are a good side and they didn’t really pay much attention to us.
“All of a sudden we nearly beat them so it’s like ‘next time we play Hillside we’ve got to pay them a bit more respect’ and the same with Taylors Lakes, because they hadn’t got to see us yet, either.”
Kolyniuk said he was pleased his Sharks have managed to gain some respect within the division.
“There’s a lot of pride down there,” he said.
“But we’re not getting carried away with it. We’ve got a pretty level-headed group.”
FOLLOWING two successful Once Upon a Time in Sunshine promotions within the past year, Taylors Hill promoter and undefeated professional fighter Jake Ellis is at it again.
Ellis has gathered some of the best fighters from across Melbourne’s West for the 30 May show at Sunshine’s Italia Club, where three titles will be put on the line.
The main events will include Altona’s Anthony Buttigieg’s battle with Franco Valenzuela for the light middleweight Victorian belt.
Footscray’s Sylvia Scharper will also be in action against Queenslander Kori Farr for the Australian bantamweight title, while Werribee’s Marc Pante will vie for the light heavyweight Victorian title against Joe D’Angelo.
“The card speaks for itself,” Ellis said.
“I went from basically not having any titles on any of my shows to having three on the same show and an Australian title being one of them.
“With my main events both boys are undefeated and the vibe in the crowd is going to be electric.
“Pante versus D’Angelo is a fight I’ve been trying to get for about two years now. I just could never seem to get it together.”
Pante, 33, is undefeated with three knockouts since going professional and is feeling good a month out from his upcoming bout with D’Angelo.
“I’m pretty happy with the way I’m going at the moment,” Pante said.
“Training’s going well, so hopefully I can get another victory under my belt and stay undefeated.
“I’m confident going into every fight. I do all the hard yards and it’s the one per cent things I do in the gym that I think will get me over the line against anyone, really.”
Ellis talked up the bout as Pante’s toughest yet.
“I think undeniably it will be Marc’s hardest fight,” Ellis said.
“On paper and in reality it is his hardest fight. It’s a fight for the championship of the state so it goes without saying.
“Size-wise and even overall frame-wise (D’Angelo’s) very similar to Marc, short and broad and he has a very extensive kickboxing career and Marc’s also got a kickboxing background as well.
“It’s the longest fight he’s ever had. He’s in for an eight-rounder.”
Many of the fighters that will take the ring at the Italia Club train under Dave Hegarty out of the Tarneit Boxing Gym, including Dwight ‘The Cowboy’ Ritchie.
THE strong, athletic, attacking half-back flanker has become an essential cog in just about every footy team in the country, no matter the standard or even age group.
Down at the Western Jets, Connor Menadue has made the position his own.
The 17-year-old has enjoyed a dream start to his top-age year in the TAC Cup, opening the season with back-to-back best-on-ground performances against the Calder Cannons and Sandringham Dragons.
In his first four appearances for the season Menadue averaged more than 24 disposals a game and has consistently drawn praise from coach Torin Baker week in, week out.
“We’ve mainly played him off the half-back line, that’s where we think he plays his best footy but he’ll be given opportunities to play through the midfield and even up forward,” Baker said.
“He’s got some tremendous attributes in that he’s extremely quick, he’s also got very good endurance and the other thing is he’s a very good contested mark so when you add all that in it’s a really nice package that he has.”
Menadue himself is happy with how he’s progressed after playing 15 bottom-age games for the Jets in 2013, and hopes his form will warrant selection for Vic Metro later in the year.
“I think I’ve had a pretty good, consistent year so far,” Menadue told Star.
“I’ve been able to beat my man off the half-back flank every week so far, which has been good and I’ve been able to get the ball which has been good as well.”
As a junior down at the Spotswood Football Club Menadue made a name for himself and was plucked from the Woodsmen as a forward, but has since developed into one of the standout running defenders currently going around in the TAC Cup.
Like his coaching staff, Menadue now believes his talents are best suited in the back half of the ground, but naturally, he still fancies himself as a dangerous forward option, too.
“I think that off the half-back flank so far this year I have been able to show my run and carry and run off half-back, and also I’ve been able to find the ball,” he said.
“But I also think if I did start to play more regularly in the midfield I could start to find the ball even more and then hopefully become a bit more dangerous up forward as well and use my speed there.
“And in the forward line, I played there during my junior career so I sort of know my way around the goal.”
BAKERS DELIGHT stores across the Western Suburbs are turning pink in support of the Breast Cancer Network Australia.
From now until 14 May, the bakers will be busy baking up the pink finger bun for this year’s Pink Bun Campaign.
The annual fund-raising campaign will see around 600 Bakers Delight bakeries donate 100 per cent of the sale of pink finger buns to BCNA.
“It is a really important campaign that everyone gets behind,” said Sunshine Bakers Delight Franchisee Colene Bonello.
“So many people are affected by or touched by breast cancer, and it doesn’t matter your age,” she said.
“I know personally my mother had breast cancer and it’s very important to me,” she said.
“She was diagnosed when she was 80,” she said.
Ms Bonello, and her husband George Bonello, looked forward to the next few weeks and applauded the community’s generosity.
The money raised by Bakers Delight customers will support BCNA’s information resources provided to Australians affected by breast cancer such as the My Journey Kit, a free resource for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer.
Bakers Delight customers are also encouraged to leave a personal message for women in the community on a ‘Pink Lady’ paper silhouette purchased for a gold coin donation.
Messages of support or in memory of a loved one with breast cancer will be displayed in each local bakery during the campaign.
BRIMBANK born rock band Mystery are gearing up to unveil their feature film and second album to the world.
The band, which is the youngest touring rock band in the world, is made up of teenagers Rocky Ravic, Kris Iaccion, Josh Scarpaci and Tony Mlikota.
Lead vocalist and lead guitarist Rocky said he dreamt of being a rock star and playing on stage ever since he could remember.
“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do since I was kid,” Rocky said.
“I always wanted to be in a band and do the whole rock star thing and make music.”
His dreams are now coming true and he is doing it alongside his best mates.
“We get up to so much and we play huge shows together and we write music together – it’s a brotherhood,” he said.
The band joined forces when they were only 12 years old and have since never stopped rehearsing and writing and making music together.
“It is fun for us, we wanted to do this and that’s what we did,” Rocky said.
They have since performed worldwide, sharing the stage with bands they idolised growing up and rocking world famous festivals including Ost Fest in Romania and Rocklahoma in the USA.
Their first feature film Mystery: Born to Rock premiered at The Astor Theatre last Thursday night and the movie will now head to France for the international premier at the Cannes Film Festival.
The band will then kick off their third world tour before returning home to get started on their third album.
For more information visit www.mysteryrocks.net
THE OPENING of two exhibitions was held last week in Brimbank in honour of the 100th anniversary of World War I and Sunshine’s historic military sacrifice.
“My Father’s Legacy” an exhibition by Sunshine resident Robyn Sims would run along side “Remembering: 100 Years On – In commemoration of the outbreak of World War I”.
Ms Sims exhibition was a testament to the passion for drawing instilled in her by her father, who had fought in World War II, and included her father’s paintings which he had sent to her mother and aunty from New Guinea during the war.
Ms Sims said she felt privileged to share her father’s work with the community.
“I always enjoyed drawing with my dad,” Ms Sims said.
“He taught me how to shade in, because we only had pencils in those days we couldn’t afford anything else.”
And 10 years ago, with the gift of an oil paint set from her daughter-in-law, Ms Sims passion for watercolours and painting flared.
She attended paint classes and continued to be inspired by the works of her father.
Now her watercolours and paintings are being exhibited side by side to her father’s sketches and water colours at the Hunt Club Community Arts Centre until 4 May.
“He never got any recognition – he came back from the war very sick and he worked,” Ms Sims said.
Ms Sims said that although her father never talked about the war she felt his experience had still affected her.
“It’s the rippled effect of war, and it’s still going on,” Ms Sims said.
Her works include her drawing of a solider and another of the children of New Guinea looking bewildered and confused about what was happening in their country.
WYNDHAM residents are set to spend less time waiting to see a doctor after the long-awaited Wyndham Vale GP Super Clinic was officially opened last week.
Federal Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten, unveiled the new $15 million clinic on Wednesday, claiming it would plug a gap between local GPs and hospitals.
“Rather than services following after the community has grown, we have a service here that will grow with the community,” Mr Shorten said.
“I live in Moonee Valley. I represent areas of Maribyrnong, Brimbank and Moonee Valley. Those communities would be envious of this facility.”
Member for Lalor, Joanne Ryan, said the Super Clinic, which was announced by Julia Gillard when she was Prime Minister, would make it easier for residents to speedily see a doctor.
“This is great news for the community of Wyndham Vale. It’s great news for the region and a much-needed facility in this area of high growth. There are approximately 70 babies born each week, 15,000 new residents in the last two years and a population of 200,000 expected by the end of this financial year,” Mr Ryan said.
But the Federal Minister for Health, Peter Dutton, threw a dampener on the event by claiming that the new clinic was delivered late and with only one doctor on duty.
“It’s clearly a momentous event for Labor when one of their so-called GP ‘super’ clinics finally opens – almost four years after it was promised – with just one doctor,” Mr Dutton said.
“That’s truly success on a grand scale for Labor.
“Although taxpayers who forked out $15 million for Labor’s Wyndham Vale ‘super’ clinic might tend to see that track record as a grand failure. In fact, they might wonder just how ‘super’ a clinic with one doctor actually is,” he said.
The CEO of ISIS, the company that will be running the clinic, Terry O’Brien, told Star that it was, in fact, delivered three years after they received the contract from the Commonwealth to construct it.
“Until we get a contract to construct, we don’t start building,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Sure, we only have one doctor, but that’s because we’ve only been open for a week or two and we don’t have the demand for more doctors yet, but we do have a plan to go to 12 doctors.
“Until we get to 140 appointments a week, we don’t need a bunch of doctors standing around.
“There might be some truth behind what Mr Dutton is saying about super clinics in general, but the specifics about ours are incorrect.”
The Wyndham Vale GP Super Clinic is located at 150 Ballan Rd, Wyndham Vale.