Events

Neerim Bower Sculpture Acquisition 2024

Out of the blue, the request winged in to create a Highlights Video for the Neerim Bower Sculpture Acquisition Event Free as a Bird.

As we’ve documented before, REDfusion loves being a part of community events and this one was a completely delightful experience! The event, held in Neerim South over 10 – 25 February, 2024, was filled with engaging people and stunning, intricate, colourful sculptures both large and small.

The IGA Neerim South Small Sculpture Award’s First Place was shared by Olivia O’Connor’s Eagle Hill and Liz Walker’s Birds Flying High.

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We spoke with Olivia, an avid visitor in past years and first time exhibitor, who was beyond thrilled to receive the award. A country girl, Olivia loves to see eagles soaring above – like so many, running outside to stare at their majesty. Olivia tries through her work to capture the little unassuming moments of joy and calm in nature, with the hope of inspiring people to take those feelings into the outside world.

Olivia, a full-time wood carver, focusses her artistic skill on birds and this event’s small sculpture category was a perfect fit. Whilst believing the out-of-doors public work is fantastic and super-accessible, the small sculptures are more attainable to purchase and for makers to create pieces on a small scale. We agree with Olivia that, “As the event grows and broadens, it can only be a good thing.”

Olivia said the volunteers had been incredible, with passion and enthusiasm shown right from her initial enquiry about exhibiting. “It’s just, in all honesty, so wonderful to have a local community support the arts like this – it’s so rare and so special.”


Faustas Sadauskas’ stone carving, Weather-Vane, was awarded ‘Highly Commended’. Under the White Australia Policy, members of Faustas’ family immigrated from Lithuania in the late 1940s. Whilst Lithuania was still part of the USSR, Faustas returned to spend several years studying and reading old and ancient texts in a library.

Faustas humbly described the concept of Weather-Vane as a pivoting cone shape, with a teardrop shape on the end –  a rudimentary play of two abstract forms. Apparently in sculpture there are only a handful of forms – the cube, cylinder and sphere, and thereafter, variations of these forms – one of which is a cone. He further explained that the teardrop shape put on end is supposedly set in motion by wind, much like birds have motion in wind.

The stone used in this beautifully fashioned piece was sourced from disused quarries in East Gippsland (Faustus takes the opportunity to befriend the land owners, to their mutual benefit). The piece’s inscription is ancient text and the skill of its craftsman is evident in its intricacy. 

Faustas predominantly crafts smaller, indoor sculptures and so has not previously entered the event. He, too, raised the benefit of including small sculptures, as they are more accessible for local purchasers, whereas bigger pieces attract a premium price tag.


Added to our day’s gleaning of knowledge was a smidge of Greek mythology. Efrossini (Effie) Chaniotis explained that one of Aphrodite’s three handmaidens was named Efrossini. Effie’s artwork depicted Aphrodite, known mostly as the goddess of love, but with an alter ego of  warrior goddess. In Aphrodite’s Palace, Aphrodite is holding a real shell, depicting her connection with water and femininity.

Cupid, on one side, is passing her a sword, rather than the stereotypical bow and arrow; this encourages the conversation about Aphrodite also being the warrior of love. A stylised version of a swan, another strong symbol of love, is strategically placed on Aphrodite’s other side.

The three separate sculptures are tied together with ribbons of blue, also representing the sea. Effie’s passion for art and Greek mythology shone through both in Aphrodite’s Palace and her elucidation on the piece’s representations.


Well done Olivia, Faustas, Efrossini, all exhibitors, the Neerim Community Foundation, IGA Neerim South and all the other generous sponsors of this inspiring event!

As an added bonus to our day, we chatted with Melanie Caple, commissioned to paint a scenic mural on the Neerim South IGA laneway. This is not Melanie’s first mural and looking at previous works on her website, it is obvious that she is immensely talented.

We were given permission to capture some brush strokes at the early stage of Melanie’s soon-to-be masterpiece. The artist regularly referenced her phone and our supposition that it held the mural’s blueprint was confirmed but as it fell in the top secret category, we weren’t privy to a sneak peak. Another trip to Neerim South on the mural’s completion revealed the astonishing grandeur of Melanie’s design.

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Lardner Park Garden and Home Expo

The beautiful vista of Lardner Park’s 300 acres was a spectacular spring backdrop for the Garden and Home Expo held on the weekend of 14 & 15 October. This popular event was previously run by the Lions Club for 19 years and for the second year now as a Lardner Park event. It is well worth marking in your calendar for 2024!

Gippsland is known for its inclement weather and sprung some challenging spring conditions on the event. When asked to describe the morning’s weather, REDfusion’s Sam’s response was tinged with irony in both word and inflection, “Really, really rainy, wet and cold, and beautiful, nice. Yes, it’s awesome, great!” Actually, he was bang on – it ended up being all of this!

Visitors were undeterred and flocked to be inspired and indulge in the vast array of plants, craftware, scented candles, a delicious range of food and beverages, garden maintenance equipment (who doesn’t love a powerful mower or chainsaw in their arsenal?), cutest of farm animals for the kids and young at heart to adore, and … well, the list goes on …

Chris and Sam expertly held their cameras steady against the buffeting wind to capture the highlights of Saturday, with James engaging with exhibitors and visitors, and a bit of directing on the side. It’s always a delight for our team to be a part of community events and enlarge our understanding of other professional enterprises and people’s interests.

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Amici & Co Gippsland

Lardner Park Home & Garden Expo first timers, Amie & Donata, started creating candles as a hobby. Their now successful business, Amici & Co Gippsland, reflects both their Italian heritage and strong friendship. 

The vivacious duo highly recommends ‘Espresso Martini’ (the crew’s eyes lit up immediately), ‘Black Raspberry Vanilla’ and ‘Dragonfruit Chipotle’ – all popular choices from their incredible range. In addition to beautiful hand-crafted candles, Amici & Co Gippsland stock a selection of candle vessels to suit any home decor; clients can mix and match to their hearts’ content!

Now’s the time to get a jump on Christmas! Keep an eye on Facebook and Instagram for the next market at which Amie & Donata will be selling their wares or visit their website or etsy store. Good luck on narrowing down your purchases though!


Lardner Primary School

The students at Lardner Primary School started their venture of creating plant hangers, bath bombs, pressed flowers, soaps, flower pots, bark art, cordial and other wonders for sale at their stand way back in Term 3. Funds raised from the stall are going towards the purchase of a shipping container to be converted into a classroom/creative workspace in the school’s  sustainability garden.

School Captain, Lucy, was particularly happy that they had made everything sustainably. The kids were justifiably proud of their contributions to the array of wares and the exuberance for upcycling and recycling is a credit to the school’s program.

We hope that it won’t be long before the shipping container-cum-classroom is operational and students are exploring their creativity and ingenuity in the realm of recycling and upcycling for sustainability.


Allambee Flower Farm

Allambee Flower Farm had a dazzling display of floral arrangements and buckets overflowing with vibrant colours. Owner, Quynh, said they had been involved with the Home & Garden Expo for ten years and it was a terrific experience. Quynh’s sons, Dylan and Connor, were on hand to guide indecisive customers (so much beauty to choose from) and impart their knowledge of the blooms.

Quynh obviously loves being a part of the community; getting to know others and be known, in turn and sharing her growing tips to anyone who enquires. She believes that taking part in markets and the Expo is a great way to build knowledge of what people like, something not easily attained operating predominantly as a wholesaler.

We are so keen to accept the invitation to visit the farm, with drone in hand, to capture on film the unique terracing (practised in Quynh’s native Vietnam) and massive array of trees, shrubs and flowers;  some fat bees thrown in for a macro lens would be delightful too!


Auswan

Joha  Swanepoel and his family immigrated to Gippsland from South Africa ten years ago. Auswan (a clever melding of Australia and Swanepoel) biltong came about to satisfy the yearning of Johan for true South African biltong.

Whilst Johan had made biltong for his own consumption in South Africa, manufacturing it on a commercial scale was a whole new venture. Auswan has now branched out, making sausage and  a very popular range of biltong sticks – they sell by the box, apparently! Next on the menu is biltong chips – like potato chips but made with meat – they sound very interesting and delicious.

Exhibiting at the Garden and Home Expo was a first time experience for Johan, although he is familiar with Lardner Park, having had a stand at Farm World. Johan said he really liked being at the Expo and appreciated that it wasn’t a four day event (standing on one’s feet is very tiring, we would imagine).

You don’t have to wait until next year’s Lardner Park events to buy Auswan products – you can find them locally at Warragul’s Farmers Market each month and at Valley View Food in Warragul.


Crafted by Chris

Award-winning Crafted by Chris had a stand filled with beautiful handcrafted (by the very talented Chris) wood carvings, homeware, pens, wall art and novelty items. Chris said his business is a ‘retirement project’ and what a wonderful project it is! The intricate designs created out of a variety of woods, some rare, and Chris’ attention to detail is nothing short of impressive.

This was the second time Crafted by Chris has exhibited at the Garden and Home Expo and whilst it was a bit slower than last year, Chris was enjoying himself immensely. Whilst Chris’ venture is a hobby, it has the bonus of bringing in some income and he is involved with markets three or four times a month.

What are Chris’ favourite things about what he does? Firstly, the love of making things, followed by the company of stallholders and meeting some very interesting people.  Chris had high praise for the Expo organisers, “The Lardner Park people are fantastic; they really look after you.”

We look forward to marvelling at Chris’ woodworking skill again.

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Warragul Carols by Candlelight 2022

Warragul Carols is a wonderful event, orchestrated by the Combined Churches of Warragul, held at Civic Park on Christmas Eve. The community was beyond excited to dress in red and green attire, spread picnic blankets, sing, dance and together celebrate after an absence of several years. Civic Park’s lush green lawn was filled with joyous families and Christmas merrymakers. 

Comperes, Bec and Russ, did an outstanding job tying the performances together and keeping the expectant mood of the evening flowing. The Carols’ night of festivities was opened by CJ’s Puppets; hilarity, stories and singing mesmerised and delighted young and not-so-young alike, setting a great tone for the smorgasbord of entertainment that followed. 

Bethany Fisher and Friends shared their energy and vivacity, encouraging the all-too-keen audience to show their own dance moves, with several prizes awarded for outstanding performances. The Warragul Carollers harmonised a number of traditional carols beautifully, with orchestral accompaniment provided by the accomplished and highly skilled Municipal Band. The multi-skilled Swamp Dogs (curiously, no canine was spied on stage) did some ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’, after encouraging us in song to ‘Get Together’.

Eidhim and Kairene McCaffery gleefully reminded the children, although it’s doubtful they need reminding, that ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’ and Eidhim presented a lovely solo of ‘Little Road to Bethlehem’. With Christmas Day traditional roast just hours away, Whiskey River Collective toe-tappingly taught us ‘How to Make Gravy’; then better things were  hoped for in their melodic performance of  ‘Maybe This Christmas’.

Libby Willems wished everyone, “A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,” in a beautiful rendition of the ‘War is Over’ and then tunefully told us what happened in the ‘Last Month of the Year’. Rowan Walker’s powerful, rich voice had Civic Park’s evening air fairly crackling with the words of ‘O Holy Night’ permeating to the farthest corners and most distant ears.

REDfusion Studios was privileged to provide video production services, both on the night and in producing films for two outstanding community organisations – Baw Baw Food Relief and Operation Christmas Child. Both are terrific causes to support and great fun to be a part of.

Baw Baw Food Relief provides an invaluable service throughout the year for those doing it tough, with short-term food assistance (which includes a large range of foods, hygiene products, pet food and drinks), a drop in centre and pastoral care. BBFR also oversees the collection and distribution of Christmas hampers donated by local businesses and the community, bringing so much joy to the recipients. BBFR and their op shop can be found at Factory 6, 11 Pearse Street, Warragul. Donations are accepted with great humility and thankfulness throughout the year (M-F 10:00am-2:00pm) and the op shop, filled with bargains, is open M-F 9:00am-3:00pm. 

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Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child is a beautiful opportunity to fill a ‘shoe box’ with all manner of useful and fun goodies for distribution to underprivileged children within Australia and overseas. https://occ.samaritanspurse.org.au/ has all the information to assist in planning, packing and dropping off ‘shoe boxes’, or to become a volunteer. Check it out and the photos of smiling children showing off the gifts they received!!

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Adam Mihail from CCW (Community Church Warragul) spoke from the heart of the wonder of Christmas and we captured it for all to share.

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As the pristine blue sky gave way to the still, inky night, a beautiful moving light and colour display was provided by the children brandishing their recent acquisitions from the merchandise tent of ‘all things that glow’.

A huge shout out to the organisers and sponsors; they did a terrific job in enabling and organising the return of this very special community event.

REDfusion had a blast on the evening, working alongside tech crews from Entertainment Gippsland and John Mudie’s sound crew and we look forward, with anticipation, to future gigs with them.

The Christmas Season has such an exciting build-up and then, sadly, it’s all gone in what feels like a blink of an eye.  We put together a short reel of highlights from Warragul Carols by Candlelight and hope you relive Christmas joy while watching it.

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Snowfest Gippsland 2022

When we got wind that Snowfest Gippsland was to return for 2022, we instantly knew that REDfusion just had to be a part of it!  Like children playing truant, we snuck out of the office to witness the arrival of snow-laden trucks and watch as Warragul CBD was transformed into a winter wonderland. The organisers and sponsors of Snowfest Gippsland did an absolutely incredible job in bringing a frozen chunk of Mount Baw Baw to Warragul for four hours of community snow play.

Approximately 15,000 fun-seekers thronged to Snowfest to indulge in a mid-winter’s eve of unsurpassing fun; the atmosphere fairly crackled with excitement. Mickey Mouse and Frozen’s Elsa and Olaf were a few of the celebrities to be seen mingling with their adoring fans and were only too happy to pose for photos.

Snow play, craft, an animal petting nursery filled with the cutest bundles of fur and feathers, face painting, jumping castle, marshmallows toasted to perfection or set ablaze over the Scouts’ fire pits and ice-blue mounds of fairy floss kept the more docile and youngest happily occupied. 

The adventurous revellers took the opportunity to climb a rock wall and abseil gracefully (and not so gracefully) down to terrafirma, boisterously participate in laser tag and pat a snake of the non-venomous variety, that doubled as its intrepid handler’s very own neck warmer.

Australian Mountainboarders and Extreme Bikers wowed their appreciative audiences and defied the law of gravity with their amazing demonstrations – we may have been just a smidge jealous of their athleticism. It was really great to see so many hands shoot up when given the opportunity to participate in activities; we were torn between hands up or cameras up.

There was dancing in the street to wonderful live music, with one little fella entertaining the crowd with his enviable dance moves, howling huskies snuggled warm in their furry snowsuits, delicate snowflakes drifting aimlessly at the mercy of the breeze, displays by CFA, SES, Victoria Police and Snowfest sponsors, an abundant selection of food and drink to warm hands and rumbling tummies and so, so much more!

Our beanies go off to the community leaders and personalities brave enough to take the plunge into the icy depths of the dunking tank, all in the excellent cause of raising funds for Baw Baw Food Relief. There was a large crowd eager to cheer on those about to be dropped from the precarious perch – hilarity and generosity were in equal measure.

Then, as eyelids drooped and the chill of a Gippsland winter night settled in, Civic Park came ablaze with fountains of myriad colour cascading into the inky depths of the night sky.  The firework display was absolutely spectacular and a great way to close the night’s festivities with a BANG!

Snowfest Gippsland organisers deserve a standing ovation, with demands resounding through the streets of, “Encore in 2023!”

2022’s Snowfest Gippsland was so much fun! Who would have guessed that Mount Baw Baw (or a frozen portion of it, at least) would visit Warragul’s CBD for an evening of fantastic family and community excitement, entertainment and activity?

Capturing it with our cameras was a great evening of community involvement for us.  A huge call out to the organisers and sponsors for pulling off this event! You can see for yourself why we are waxing lyrical – our video captured it all.


Our Five Musketeers – Casey, Oliver, Isaac, Alex and Ethan – took a break from brandishing swords and issuing the challenge of, “On guard” to enthusiastically share their favourite experiences of Snowfest.

The friends came for the fun of it, the activities, the good times and the snow. For at least one of these fantastic, friendly boys it was their first snow experience. Fairy floss was heralded as a favourite and there was unanimous consent that the snow pit was great fun.

We think the boys summed it up perfectly with, “Everything’s amazing here!  Everything!”


For four year old Coby, an accurate snowball throw that landed in the pocket of his Nanny (Robyn) was terrific fun.  Coby was rightly proud of his newly purchased neon dinosaur light sword that made dino noises to boot. REDfusion’s Chris, agreed that it would have been a big mistake to have left the event without one!

For Coby, Laura, Kevin and Robyn, it was the snow that brought them to Snowfest, with the huskies getting a special mention as a favourite attraction.

This family’s exuberant sense of humour and joy in being together shone forth, along with Coby’s sword, of course!


Sumit, Sonia, Justin and Sahib were having a lot of fun at Snowfest. When we caught up with the family, they’d met some very cool animals at Gumbuya World and enjoyed the petting zoo but meeting the huskies was their favourite.

We asked what brought them to Snowfest, and Sumit related how one of the boys said that all the friends at school were going and so, they just had to! Sounds like a good enough reason to us!


Tara, Penny, Ricky and Caleb chose Snowfest over going to the footy, with what sounded like particular encouragement from Penny in making the decision.  I guess you can go to the footy anytime but Snowfest is a once a year extravaganza not to be missed!

With great delight, Ricky said throwing snow at his Mum was the best fun.  As they’d not all been at the event for very long, the list of favourite experiences would, no doubt, have become longer as the evening wore on and the family enjoyed Snowfest’s attractions.

This family had some wicked dance moves that we were only too happy to capture on film.

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ANZAC Weekend Sale Airshow 2022

The ANZAC weekend and beautiful Autumn weather of South East Australia provided a fantastic opportunity to belatedly celebrate RAAF’s 100 years of serving Australia and the global community.

A crowd of enthusiastic aviation buffs exulted in static and aerial displays of aircraft encompassing the history of Australia’s Air Force.  A walk down RAAF memory lane included the history-shaping Wirraway, Winjeel, Sabre and CT4. We then time warped to goggle at the impressive C-27J Spartan and jaw dropping aerobatics of the amazing Roulettes in their highly manoeuvrable, sleek PC21s.

As always, Paul Bennett stunned his audience; who doesn’t love spine tingling aerial stunts performed before their eyes?  It takes nerves of steel and a great amount of skill to put aircraft through such extreme paces.

Aircraft from around the world provided added interest – the T-28 Trojan, Nanchang, Edge 540 and Gruman Avenger were all present to be admired.  The Armed Forces Museum was open and free to all Airshow ticket holders.

The AV8 RAAF Band, Sale City Bank and Maffra Municipal Band played to a different tune than the pilots, with feet firmly planted on the ground, providing fantastic musical entertainment.  

Follow ANZAC Weekend Sale Airshow on their socials Instagram and Facebook pages to engage with this excellent community event.

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The Johnson family are self-confessed aviation enthusiasts, who have a close connection with Australia’s Royal Airforce, with two children members of RAAF cadets.

The family enjoyed many aspects of their day at the Sale Airshow.  Adults and children, alike, enthusiastically shared favourite highlights from the day, which included the opportunity to climb aboard big aircraft, watching the aerobatics, and, “The Plane Going BOOM,” jointly described as, “A big bang” and “Plane flying through fire.” 

The stunts and visual simulations were, indeed, spectacular!  We shouldn’t omit the highlight of, “Getting Stuff!”  Everyone likes getting stuff, after all!  
It was so great to see families enjoying time together, taking an avid interest in aviation and the RAAF, past and future.


Graeme has had an interesting career – spanning time at a radio station, where he can brag of having a coffee with Slim Dusty, to time being ferried in a ‘chopper’, whilst working for Santos Ltd.

Has Graeme always been an aviation boffin?  Absolutely!  In the 1970s and 80s, when RAAF East Sale hosted airshows, Graeme would be in attendance.  Graeme said that he hadn’t seen a crowd at a Sale event as large as was in attendance at this year’s Airshow, the calibre was just that good!

We agree with Graeme’s assessment that, “Everyone loves aviation!”


Greg and Don decided the Sale Airshow afforded a good day out, amidst aircraft, and they weren’t disappointed.  They have been to four or so shows held by RAAF East Sale, in years gone by, and so had more than inkling of what was in store.

The Pitts Special and Dream Machine, “two fast ones,” were particular favourites of Don and Greg on the day.  Their insightful knowledge of aircraft was obvious and they were only too happy to share it with us; for instance the reason that the Torpedo bomber’s wings fold up is to accommodate storage below deck on aircraft carriers.

When questioned on why people should attend the airshow, Don said, “The show was excellent entertainment, where you see things you don’t see any other time.”  Greg believed it to be, “A well prepared, good show and well worth a look.”

We look forward to crossing paths with these two gentlemen at a future airshow and to glean more aircraft knowledge from them.

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Warragul Parkrun 7th Birthday

Warragul parkrun celebrated its seventh birthday on Saturday, with an ‘S for Seven’ theme. Word reached the South Pole and Santa hoofed it over for an unseasonal visit; superheroes, with capes flying, interrupted their saving of the planet; sunflowers waved in the sunshine and more than a few other ‘S’, as in ‘Sus’, characters joined the celebratory run.  It was a simply sensational Saturday sight!

Each Saturday at 8am at Brooker Park, Warragul, people from upwards of five years old and with varying abilities, meet to walk or run the 5km parkrun route; the course is generally flat but does have an uphill rise to provide extra challenge for participants’ leg muscles.

Saturday’s birthday event had 90 participants which included three first timers – Carolyn, Clare and Julian. 12 personal bests were achieved by Andrew, Bianca, Bradley, Emily, Ethan, Erik, Hugo, Kim, Marley, Peter, Xavier and Zane.  Marley completed her 25th parkrun, Michael and Luke their 100th and Lea achieved 100 volunteer gigs. Parkrun loves to celebrate all achievements!

Warragul parkrun really does have a great community spirit and resolve to be inclusive and encouraging, giving people the opportunity for social interaction, exercise and serving others, as part of volunteer teams or organising the Warragul event during the year.  To top it off, it’s FREE!!  After each week’s event, you can extend the social time and rehash the morning’s run while grabbing a cuppa at Warragul Country Club.

If running with friends once per week isn’t enough to satisfy your restless feet, you can hit the road on Good Friday with the Baw Baw Runners Fun Run at Rokeby and then the Drouin Golf Club Mother’s Day Classic 4km / 8km Fun Run – both great events to raise money for worthy causes, where you’ll most likely see many of the regular Warragul parkrunners.

In the words of Dean Karnazes, Ultramarathon Runner and Author:

“Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.”



With the encouragement of her daughter, Mel, Cheryl started participating in Warragul’s parkrun the very second week it was up and running (pun intended).  At the start, Cheryl would walk the course but, in time, she built up her fitness to run it consistently each week. Parkrun has become an important, integral part of Cheryl’s routine and she is committed to making the run every week that life permits her to.

Cheryl’s goal to not miss any runs was rudely interrupted last year due to a battle with cancer but, with determination, she worked her way back to being able to run the entire 5km; this week was her third in a row.  Statistically, Cheryl holds the record for completing the most events of anyone from Warragul parkrun – 251  out of 304, with a grand total of 274 total parkrun events completed. What an achievement and testimony to her resolve!  Cheryl gives back to parkrun not only with her consistency and enthusiasm, but by volunteering – her tally sits at 29 official acts of service. 

For Cheryl, parkrun has many benefits:  “It’s social, gets you out of bed on a Saturday morning and running the 5km is an achievement that you feel good after, and you’ve earned that cup of coffee and breakfast.”

Cheryl’s goal is to keep up with parkrun and get back to doing it every week. Such a great story of victory over illness and a positive attitude to life.


Chris, our interviewer extraordinaire, managed to glean from Les Corson that he had Cornflakes for breakfast!  It’s the attention to small things that we love about Chris!

On a more serious note, when asked about the history of parkrun in Les’ life, a very interesting story emerged.  Les’ original involvement was in Launceston, where he ran with a group who were organising and bringing parkrun to Launceston in 2012.  One of the group was from England and knew of parkrun and so introduced the concept to the others.  In 2013, when Les moved to Australia (oops, the Mainland), he ran with a group in Wonthaggi, who were, ultimately, instrumental in getting Inverloch’s parkrun on the go in 2014. So many participants owe a huge thanks to Les for the role he has played in Launceston and Inverloch’s parkruns.

The appeal of parkrun to Les is its simple concept – all you have to do is turn up on a Saturday morning, it’s free and all you have to bring is your barcode. 

Les said of parkrun, “It’s a good social aspect, particularly when moving to a new area, join your local parkrun and you start to meet people you can run with or just find people you like.”  We couldn’t agree more!

Lea started participating in parkrun on health advice to ‘do something for herself’, after suffering a breakdown approximately seven years ago. As Lea loved to run, parkrun was a perfect choice and she’s not looked back since (except perhaps to see how many participants are trailing behind??).  Her vivacity and love of life bubbles over in conversation.

To Lea’s credit and representative of her community spirit, she has clocked over 100 acts of service as a parkrun volunteer.  Equally impressive, is her taking part in almost 200 parkrun events – the math tells us Lea has run the equivalent of Warragul to Sydney.


Not to be outdone by her Mum, starting on her fourth birthday when she received her barcode, Lea’s daughter holds the record of being the Youngest Junior 10er Worldwide.  That’s something truly special to have attained!

To sum up, Lea says, “I love the group of people we’ve got at Warragul because it’s really so inclusive, yet varied. We’ve got kids, we’ve got families, we’ve got people of varied abilities, we’ve got people I wouldn’t necessarily meet otherwise, which is really cool.”  

We think you are really cool, Lea, and your joy in serving others is such an encouragement.


Whilst Paul is not (yet) a member of parkrun, he has participated in Saturday morning events since settling in Warragul five weeks ago.  Paul has been a bit of a nomad these past five years, travelling Australia with a caravan in tow.

As a result of a motorbike accident 36 years ago, Paul lost a leg and almost his life.  After five months in hospital, the paramedics who attended Paul at the accident site couldn’t believe that he was alive.  Basically, Paul died and with his characteristic humour, said that after being jump-started and having oil put in him, he got better.

Locals regularly sight Paul, with the aid of crutches, traversing the streets, clocking up a remarkable amount of kilometres. Paul’s daughter got him onto the Strava app and so Paul is able to keep track of distances achieved – last week he cracked 36km.

As Paul’s ‘top speed’ is about three kilometres per hour, he jumped the starter’s gun at Saturday’s run by half an hour, calling it, “cheating.” We would call it resourcefulness and having an admirable degree of tenacity.  Hopefully, parkrun are happy to time him in days to come.

Will he officially join parkrun?  Most likely, as it’s free and he only lives 1.2km away!

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Melbourne Italian Festa 2022

Melbourne’s long-standing Italian Festa was hosted by Carlton’s Lygon Street, AKA Little Italy –  famous for its delicious array of food, ranging from aromatic herb-infused pasta and pizza to delicate pastries, decadent cakes and creamy gelato.

On 3rd April, Little Italy was ablaze with colour and abuzz with joyous partygoers revelling in the music, dancing, entertainment and mouth-watering selection of Italian Street Food, all reflecting the vibrancy of Italian heritage and culture.

REDfusion was honoured to be a part of the celebration, filming on behalf of the Italian Chamber of Commerce, alongside our favourite photographer, Frank. With camera in hand, we captured the vivacity and love our Melbourne Italian Community radiates. We are so looking forward to returning for the Festa in 2023 and, once again, having our senses tantalised and embraced by all things Italian.

For more videos from the Festa, follow the Italian Chamber of Commerce socials Instagram and Facebook pages.

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