Page 5107 - Week 12 - Wednesday, 26 October 2011

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week’s Canberra Weekly Magazine, it is no longer a well-kept secret. All proceeds from the enterprise go directly to support Fusion’s valuable and community work in Canberra, the Northern Territory and Africa.

Fusion successfully ran for 17 years a horticulture and gardening project at the Lions Youth Haven property in Kambah. This supported the unemployed, refugees, mentally handicapped, disabled and youth. While there they developed innovative food production techniques and successfully trialled a new exciting technology called aquaponics that grows plants and fish in a closed organic system which has very low water use.

Key staff of the organisation that I would like to acknowledge this evening are team leader Brenton Reimann; high school chaplains Alissa Holden, Nigel Doecke and Ben Davis; other staff Sarah Peel, John Brummell, Alf Blasch, John Mann, Kristel Wood, Jimmy Cheng, Claire Reimann, Lydia Sewell, Greg Ashford, Rick Oates, Sarah Oates, Marilyn MacArthur, Gillian Uhle, Jessica He, Mike Ashford, Sandy Schumacher, Lyn Waldron, Inta Gollasch, Louise Garrett, Trevor Schumacher; the Wombat Shop assistants Indi, Keira, Katie, Colleen, Lilias, Esther and Tracy; the breakfast club volunteers Florine, Sue, Debra, Hassa, Rachael, Bec, Amanda and Phil; and their peer leaders Mike Loberger and Isabelle Del Perez.

The following businesses also work in partnership with Fusion: Southside Lighting, a gold partner; Office Partners, Mitchell, a silver partner; Milestone Financial Services, Deakin, a bronze partner; Capital Chilled Foods, Fyshwick; Insitec, Fyshwick; and A1 Signs.

Churches and organisations that work with Fusion include: ACT and Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Unity College, Canberra; St George’s Anglican Church, Pearce; Immanuel Woden Valley Lutheran Church, Lyons; Chinese Methodist Church, Lyons; St Marys in the Valley Anglican Church, Calwell; Capital Edge Community Church, Erindale; Boys Brigade and Girls Brigade, ACT; 1Way FM Christian radio station; Canberra Chinese Christian Church; Youth with a Mission, Canberra; Ainslie Church of Christ, Anglican youth department of the diocese of Canberra and Goulburn; Scripture Union ACT; Tuggeranong United Football Club; and the Canberra Organic Growers Society.

I offer my congratulations to all involved and commend Fusion Canberra for the great work they do in our community.

Gungahlin Lions Club

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DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (9.04): Yesterday I had the pleasure of opening the Lions district convention hosted by the Gungahlin Lions Club. The Gungahlin club was chartered in 2003 and has grown to become a large and active club with 49 dedicated Lions. This is the first time the Gungahlin club has hosted the district convention. Lions actively work to improve the lives of everyone in the district and also to support the global projects of Lions International such as eradicating blindness through SightFirst and other large-scale humanitarian projects.

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