Last Thursday was Wear Red Day to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House in Orange – a home away from home for sick kids and their families. Neighbourhood Central supported the day by decorating their receptions desk, staff wore red and provided a ‘red morning tea’ with donations to be part of it, and they raffled a lolly jar.
How old are you? 11
Where do you go to school? Holy Family Parish Primary School.
What is your favourite after school activity? Gymnastics or touch.
What is your favourite food, movie and music? Food: Subway; movie: Five Feet Apart. I like all kinds of music.
What do you want to do when you grow up? I don’t know yet.
If you could have a superpower what would it be? The ability to fly.
What makes you laugh the most? People at school.
If you were the ruler of your own country, what would be the first law you would introduce? Something along the lines of be nice, no thieving, no being naughty.
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself. I play the piano.
Debbie Larkings: I absolutely love it. You meet different people all the time, hear the most fascinating stories and learn a lot of things. It is also very rewarding to help people as they appreciate what you do for them. I’ve been doing it for six years and do a trip twice a week.
Laurie Ashcroft: I enjoy helping people as it’s part of my nature, and to contribute to my community. Everyone has a different story and I just love listening to it. Volunteers get a great deal out of doing this work. It is very rewarding as you are helping people. I’ve met so many interesting people and even learned a lot about my own family history. I’ve done 685 trips over my 11 years of volunteering so far.
(If you would like to become a volunteer driver call 6862 2825 or 0407 463 533.)
Jonah Gould (Year 3): I think it is important because you get to hear about different cultures and their achievements. I like how it is about everyone. My class has been learning about Russia and learning different sayings and greetings.
Lillian Faunt (Year 4): Harmony Week is important because you get to know more about different cultures from all around the world. I have learned to say hello and goodbye in German, it is a bit tricky, but fun.
Zach Rich (Year 6): Harmony Week is important because it unites all people and celebrates all cultures. It is great to learn from one another about different heritages and cultures. I have enjoyed learning about the different ways and reasons why people have migrated to Australia to make us into this great multicultural nation.
How old are you? Nearly 12.
Where do you go to school? Holy Family Parkes
What is your favourite after school activity? Riding motorbikes.
What is your favourite food, movie and music? My favourite food is pizza; favourite movie is Grown Ups 2; favourite music: Mood.
What do you want to do when you grow up? A farmer.
If you could have a superpower what would it be? Super speed!
What makes you laugh the most? Jokes.
If you were the ruler of your own country, what would be the first law you would introduce? Taco Tuesday.
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself. I have broken my right arm twice.
How long have you lived in Parkes and what do you like most about living here? Our family moved from spending 2.5 years in Canada to Parkes in June 2019. We love being closer to our family and friends, and how close Parkes is located to other major regional centres.
What is your favourite thing about your working life? Working at the Parkes Pharmacy brings me joy in many ways. I love engaging with the community, and getting to know our customers whilst being able to help them for their medical needs at the same time.
If you could live anywhere, where would it be? I really enjoyed living in Canada, even though the winters were cold and long. I really enjoyed the people and the landscapes of the North.
What makes you laugh the most? I laugh a lot when I am with my children, but I think I laugh most when I make fun of myself for doing something silly.
If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be? So many desires and thoughts flashed through my mind but I would want to spend my time with my parents (who currently are overseas) and just chat about life history to get to know them more.
If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to and why? I would go back to our wedding day in May 2010. It was such a special time and I could do it all over again.
If you were ruler of your own country what would be the first law you would introduce? Be kind to others.
Do you believe in random acts of kindness and which is your favourite one? Yes, it rings close to my heart. I appreciate ones when a person offers to pay for the next person’s coffee or even their groceries.
What is one thing you will never do again? Take things (or people) for granted.
Nicole Worthington: In the current climate of abuse and pay discrimination, it is an important day to remind us that we empower each other and that when we get together, we lift each other up to show we can do it.
Keeley Sharpe, Kahlia Logan and Casey Evans:
Kahlia: Women are often overlooked, but we can do everything plus more!
Casey: It is important to teach younger girls that there are no specific roles, like they have to stay indoors and do the cooking and cleaning, and that they can do whatever they want to.
Keeley: Women are just as powerful as men and do not need to stand back.
Amy, Ella, Lucy and Claire Butler:
Amy: I like to celebrate the strong women in my family heritage and as I’m currently doing my bit in raising the next generation, a free coffee never goes astray (thank you Parkes Shire Council). Ella: It’s good to recognise the contribution women have made in the past, and will do in the future, whether they have done great things such as changing the cleanliness in hospitals or made scientific discoveries, to the humble mothers and women in the workforce who make our world a better place.
Claire: It’s important to remember that everyone is equal and it doesn’t matter where they’re at in life, they’re all humans – and some of those humans are women.
Lucy: Women and men are both part of life but women do a lot of hard work so that’s a reason to celebrate.