Congratulations are due to Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt who announced at Council meeting this evening that his partner Emma is expecting a baby.
I adore babies as I believe they are the true miracles of this world so I am truly delighted for Emma and Brad!
This is the beautiful seat created for the King Edward Memorial Hospital in Subiaco by Fremantle J Shed ceramic artist Jenny Dawson in collaboration with indigenous artists Jilalga Murray and Elsie Woods. It’s meant as a kind of outdoor meeting place where new mothers and their babies can meet with family and friends.
The creative production line at J Shed on Bathers Beach is very impressive. Just after having installed her huge sundial public art work in Port Hedland, Fremantle J Shed artist Jenny Dawson is creating another stunning piece. Here a quick preview glimpse at another wonderful ceramic work that will installed as a large bench seat with back, plus four individual small round seats, at the King Edward Memorial Hospital in Subiaco, for new mothers, their babies and their families to enjoy.
The work was done in collaboration with Nyoongar artists Jilalga Murray and Elsie Woods, with some twigs and leaves of native flora embedded into the ceramic tiles.
Installation of the artwork at the hospital will be next week if the weather permits, so I’ll show it here on the blog then.
The London Olympics worry me. They worry me because I see young people acting like losers when they have become second or third best in the world in their specialty.
It worries me that every news report on every TV station I watch in Fremantle starts with the Olympics. It worries me that the world is spending billions of dollars on a two week sporting event when there still is so much poverty in the world.
At the same time someone swims the 400 metres faster than anyone else thousands of young children die of starvation in the Horn of Africa and other third world countries, and thousands of people are homeless in Australia.
Don’t get me wrong. I like competitive sport. I like watching it, and although I never excelled I played soccer, volleyball, tennis, squash and badminton.
But the priorities are all wrong. Shouldn’t it suffice to represent your country and be very proud of it. Of course one would like to win, but there is far more to being part of a world event than winning.
I find it unbelievable though that an event like the Olympics becomes the main focus of the world and that we can’t see sport for what it is. If we spend as much energy and money on trying to get rid of poverty and hunger in the world as we do on the Olympic Games, we would probably succeed and save millions of lives.
I wish that all those ‘losers’ wake up to reality and return from London to their home countries with their heads up high knowing they took part in a great event. I also hope they will use their status and fame to fight the wrongs in the world, instead of doing photo spreads in glossy magazines and advertising campaigns for large corporations.
Let’s make the next Olympics the fight against poverty, so we can all be winners!
The Newmont Great Pram Push was held for the third time in Fremantle‘s west end this morning. The Western Australian Governor started the event, and his wife participated in it.
The Push is a charity event to raise funds for children cancer and leukaemia research. Here some photos I took.
Don’t forget to get the joggers out of the shed and old prams as well, and take part in Sunday’s Running of the Prams! It’s at the Fremantle Esplanade at 8 am and is a charity run, jog, walk for children cancer and leukeamia research, so well worth getting out of bed for early.
Although I almost got run over last year, I can assure you it is much saver to do this event than the running of the bulls at Pamplona in Spain, and the yummy mummies are so much better looking. ; >)
If you love babies, prams and jogging, the Great Pram Push is the event to take part in this Sunday. It is a really fun event I have photographed since it started, and I will be there again this Sunday morning, and so will the Governor of Western Australia and his charming wife.
This is a charity event for child cancer and leukeamia research, so very worthwhile to get out of bed for early, and jog around the beautiful West End of Fremantle
The Great Pram Push is on at the Fremantle Esplanade on Sunday the 15th at 8 am.
I read an heartfelt letter to the editor of the West Australian today by an East Fremantle mother whose 22 month-old son has a rare teratoid rhabdoid tumour, a form of aggressive cancer that only occurs in babies. Jayden only has a 10% chance of survival, his mother wrote.
Leisl Stone has started a blog to communicate about her son and it might be a way for other people to contact and support her. The blog is: http://www.jaydenstonesjourney.blogspot.com.au
Life can be so bloody unfair. There is not much worse than seeing babies and young children suffer. How helpless the parents must feel. My heart goes out to them and Jayden!