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An open invitation has been
extended to all local women
to attend Loxton's first
International Women's Day
celebration, to be held next
The Loxton Rotary Club will host
a breakfast on Sunday, March 8, to
recognise and celebrate the contri-
bution of women in the community.
The event will be a chance for
women to meet at an informal set-
ting, while SA Senator Anne Ruston
will give a speech.
Rotary Club president Jenny Mills
hoped the event would be attended
by women of all ages and demo-
"We want it to be a warm and wel-
coming event," she said.
"It was a concious decision to
hold the breakfast on a weekend too.
That way it is accessible to not only
retirees and mothers, but also those
business owners and young profes-
Mrs Mills said the choice of
Senator Ruston as a guest speaker
"slotted in well" with the theme of
the 2015 event, 'make it happen'.
"We thought Anne would be a
good choice of speaker, given what
she has achieved in her life," Mrs
"She's a mover and a shaker and
has overcome adversity... and being
in the political arena now, which is
challenging in itself.
"She will no doubt be a motiva-
tional speaker, given her story fits in
with this year's theme surrounding
equity and diversity."
Rotary clubs across Australia were
supporting International Women's
Day events, according to Mrs Mills.
"It's a chance to show the com-
munity another side of Rotary
and encourage women to become
involved in service clubs," she said.
"That it doesn't matter your age or
gender, you can be involved. You can
Rotarian Lorraine Sinoch has
previously attended similar events,
describing them as "inspirational".
She said if the Loxton breakfast
was well-attended, it would be an
"amazing" regular feature on the
"As far as I am aware, this is the
first time Loxton has hosted some-
thing like this," she said.
"I can't wait to see the response
and turn out from the communi-
ty. This breakfast will be a great
chance for women to get together
and inspire one another.
"That's what it's all about, cele-
brating being a woman."
The breakfast will be held on
Sunday, March 8, at the Loxton
Hotel from 7.30am for an 8am start
and the event is expected to finish at
Tickets cost $25 each and includes
Registrations for the event are to
be made at the hotel by March 4.
For more information, contact Mrs
Mills on 0438 850 536 or Kathy
Schliebs on 0429 388 938.
SA Senator Anne Ruston will
be the keynote speaker at the
Loxton International Women's Day
Breakfast event next month.
Pathology safe from privatisation
by Alexandra Lokan
The Riverland's medical
diagnostic services will
remain under the SA
Pathology umbrella after
the State Government last
week ruled out following
an independent review's
outsource regional testing.
In December, a review by Ernst
& Young into pathology services
made six recommendations to
the Government, one of which
was outsourcing nine regional
SA Pathology services -- includ-
ing the laboratory attached to the
Riverland General Hospital.
On Friday, Health Minister
Jack Snelling said feedback
from rural communities and the
pathology industry had led to his
"It's clear that these services
are greatly valued by country
communities and the high qual-
ity, efficient pathology diagnos-
tic services are integral to the
workings of country hospitals,"
Member for Chaffey Tim
Whetstone -- who made a submis-
sion to the review -- said he was
pleased the State Government
had agreed to remove the region-
al outsourcing recommendation
"I applaud the decision," he
"My concerns were that it
wasn't a level playing field com-
paring pathology in metropolitan
Adelaide with pathology services
in the regions.
"Regional pathology go above
"They're on call and they come
out at any hour to provide a ser-
vice and that's something that if
pathology were to be privatised,
may not occur anymore.
"Potentially, we could have
also seen higher charges for
Tanya makes the cut -- again
by Emma Walter
Local woman Tanya Fisher
will be lopping off her long
blonde locks next month in
an effort to raise money for
breast cancer research and
The Horse Riding Club member
will undergo the shave at a special
Pink Games Day featuring fun
and games along with gymkha-
na events, planned for Saturday,
In addition to collecting funds
for the National Breast Cancer
Foundation, Mrs Fisher will be
donating her cut hair to the organ-
isation Pantene Beautiful Lengths,
where it will be used to make a
wig for someone undergoing che-
"It's raising money for a good
cause," she said.
"My sister-in-law is a breast
cancer survivor and she's only one
person -- there are a lot of people
out there who have had to go
"I don't have it. I'm a lucky per-
son. I'm hoping to pay it forward,
I'd like to think that if I ever need-
ed help, there would be someone
doing something for me.
"So if I can help out in some
small way, can be of some assis-
tance and support -- then why not?"
Mrs Fisher is no stranger to cut-
ting off her hair, having taken part
in the Leukaemia Foundation's
World's Greatest Shave nearly 10
The Pink Games Day will con-
sist of fun gymkhana games in
addition to two-legged activities
Riders and horses are encour-
aged to wear pink on the day, as
are any attendees.
There will also be fun games,
raffles and prizes along with an
auction and spit roast dinner that
night at a cost of $12 per person.
Mrs Fisher will face the clippers
from 6pn that night.
Donations can be made on the
day or via the website (national-
Mrs Fisher thanked local indi-
viduals and businesses for their
"kind generosity" so far in donat-
ing money and goods to her fund-
"I've only been living here in
Loxton for five years now, but it
is a great little community and
it's clear how well the people here
band together for good causes,"
For more information on the
event, email (loxtonhorseriding-
email@example.com), search for the
Facebook page or call 0429 854
744 or 0428 292 014.
Loxton woman Tanya Fisher will cut off her hair to raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Mrs Fisher is no stranger to the clippers, having taken part in the World's Greatest Shave 10 years ago.
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