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Staff at the Avoca Community Bank, a FEATS 4 FEET gold sponsor, were not afraid to get out in the cold this week to show off their team for this year’s fun run, although Bruce Hando looks a little uncomfortable in his tutu.  But if Bruce can do it so can all of us. 

This year’s FEATS 4 FEET has a team category as well as a best dressed category.  Teams do not need to dress up although Avoca Community Bank shows us they are cool with that.  The winning team will be decided by averaging each member’s time.

You have survived the first week of training in the Countdown to race day – 27th August.  The length of each training week will be increased to enable you to be ready for the event. 

7 weeks to Go !!
This week is 2 jog sessions for 28mins and 1 for 33mins

This week’s training for the 10km is for 2 jogging sessions of 28 minutes and 1 for 33 minutes.  For those training for the 6.6km you have three sessions this week each comprising alternate jogging and walking.  Check out the training program at www.ewhs.org.au/news/feats-4-feet for more detailed information. You are now on your way to a fitter and healthier you.  Further information can be obtained from Sue Hynes, on 0432 230 169 or sue.hynes@ewhs.org.au.


FEATS 4 FEET fun run


East Wimmera Health Service Health Promotion staff, Rebecca Kiffen and Bonnie Coogan discuss the training program with St Arnaud Health & Fitness owner and trainer, Natalie Knights.


East Wimmera Health Service is pleased to announce a partnership with sponsors St Arnaud Health & Fitness to develop a training program for participants in the annual fun run, FEATS 4 FEET to be held 27th August.

Potential participants are encouraged to use the training program, developed for those wishing to enter either of the 3.2km, 6.6km or 10km run, in order to get into shape to complete their run of choice.

The training program and a mobile app are available so that you can chart your progress.  Those wishing to complete the 10km run will train for 14 weeks (starting next week), for the 6.6km you undertake 10 weeks and for the 3.2km you undertake training for 5 weeks in order to reach the fitness level required.

The training program, which includes details of the app, as well as details of EarlyBird registration which is now open, are available on the health service's website at www.ewhs.org.au/news/feats-4-feet

Natalie is offering a concession price for all new members who may wish to join St Arnaud Health & Fitness in preparation for the run.

So take the opportunity to join at a discounted price and participate in the many offerings' of St Arnaud Health & Fitness including free assessments.  For further information contact Natalie for details on 0428 967 220.






Strengthening Community Response to Emergencies

East Wimmera Health Service has been successful in obtaining a grant from FRRR (Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal) by The RE Ross Trust.  The grant, for $4,780, will fund the purchase of a specially designed trailer to carry EWHS's 35KW generator so that a portable power solution can be utilised by communities in the Buloke and Northern Grampians Shires particularly during times of emergencies.

The trailer project, entitled "EM(ERGENCY)POWERING COMMUNITIES", is an example of how organisations that are best able by their size to assist small rural communities can help those communities prepare for and respond to emergencies.  The project is aimed to strengthen the sense of ownership of the solutions to the increasing number of emergencies that we now face.

This large generator has been used to power communities previously, such as Charlton in recent floods, however as the generator was not permanently set up on a trailer, its application and use have been limited.  This project will enable the generator and trailer to be on standby, housed in St Arnaud, and will mean that communities can respond quickly to situations requiring emergency power.

The generator and trailer will be available to communities within the Northern Grampians and Buloke Shires.

EWHS Graduate Nurses

East Wimmera Health Service is pleased to welcome our 6 new Graduate Registered Nurses commencing their careers as rural nurses across all 5 campuses.  Following the success of the expanded program, the health service decided to continue our larger intake to provide new opportunities for nursing graduates in the future, and is a positive way to attract young professionals to live and work in our communities.

The 12-month graduate program is designed to prepare our newly registered nurses for a career in rural health.

Aaron Templeton has commenced at Charlton, Rebekah Bavage at Wycheproof, Adel Highgate and Shanay Harris at St Arnaud, Kerry Leth at Donald and Vivien Poignet at Birchip.

Pictured above (left to right) Kerry Leth, Shanay Harris, Vivien Poignet, Adel Highgate, Rebekah Bavage, Aaron Templeton