Page 1511 - Week 04 - Wednesday, 6 April 2011

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Ron Axelby first played cricket in 1959 for the Ainslie Cricket Club as a junior and has taken more than 1,200 wickets at grade level, an astonishing feat in its own right and unparalleled in ACT cricket. He has won many team and club bowling awards and has played in numerous premierships, including as captain. Ron was club champion of North Canberra Gungahlin in 2005 at the age of 58, having taken 49 wickets that season as a member of the club’s fourth grade team. Ron is a much-liked and highly sociable figure around ACT cricket circles and his stories of yesteryear continue to foster a strong respect for club history and tradition among the current playing group at NCGCC. Ron will also, later on this year, captain the Australian Over 60s team when that team travels to England for a three-test series.

Mr Speaker, on Sunday 3 April I attended a media conference for Walk and Talk: City with a Soul. The media conference was at 2 pm at the Centre for Christianity and Culture in Barton, ACT. The media conference was followed by the launch of Walk and Talk: City with a Soul. This is a new event which is being pioneered by South Tuggeranong priest Father John Armstrong, who has a simple aim—he wants to get people across the globe to walk and talk together. Father John’s goal is to have at least 250,000 from around the world take part in Walk and Talk for one hour on 15 May between 2 and 3 pm.

The media conference also saw the launch of a great song written by Beth Doherty, called City with a Soul—and compliments to Beth for a great song and a great performance. On Sunday Father John was assisted by Sue Orchison and Beth Doherty but no doubt that small committee will now grow in numbers and ensure a great turnout for the 15 May event.

Calvary Hospital community open day

MR COE (Ginninderra) (7.14): I rise this evening to briefly put on the record my support and congratulations for the community open day held at Calvary hospital on 20 March.

It was a fantastic opportunity to go into a hospital in circumstances that are a little bit different from usual. Usually when you go in there you are either sick or you are visiting someone. You are in a hurry; you have got mixed emotions. But to go into a hospital to simply have a look around and to see the enormity of what takes place there really was a fantastic occasion and I do hope that it becomes an annual event, if not periodic in some form.

It was a great initiative by the Chief Executive Officer, Mr Ray Dennis, and all involved to put this on. It was a quite a feat. They opened up quite a few different areas of the hospital: the endoscopy suite, the birth suite, theatre 7, the new ICU and also the refurbished mortuary.

I went on the mortuary tour. I think it was one of the most popular parts of the day and it really was quite extraordinary just to see the innovation and the consideration that they have put into that facility to accommodate people of different faiths and people of different shapes and sizes—just to be really as accommodating as possible to families and to deceased people.

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