Page 785 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 8 April 2014

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Canberra since the early planning days. You are able to download the Canberra Rail Trail app from an app store or Google Play. You print out the activity sheet, which is the one I will table shortly, and you follow the stops to answer the questions.

Once you have downloaded the trail, you can look at the app through your device, such as your mobile phone or your iPad, and it plays you a series of movies about how rail has been part of Canberra’s history and the future for the light rail as well. It is a fantastic way to promote Canberra’s heritage and also talk about the future of Canberra’s light rail. I thank all the people who took part in the event and all those who put in their valuable time.

Giovanni Tiyce

MR WALL (Brindabella) (4.18): On Friday, 28 March I was pleased to attend and participate in a fundraiser for a very special little boy, Giovanni Tiyce. The fundraiser was the idea of a group of family and friends who banded together to organise a fun-filled family evening with a great purpose in mind. In September 2010 at the age of nine months Giovanni was diagnosed with a spinal cord ganglioglioma. Giovanni’s tumour is inoperable and life threatening because of its location. As a result of the tumour being located on his spine and brain stem, Giovanni is left with many side effects, including being unable to sit, stand or walk on his own. Proceeds from the fundraising night will go towards a powered wheelchair and other modifications for home to make life easier and more accessible for Giovanni and his family.

We in this place often hear stories of remarkable Canberrans and individuals overcoming all kinds of obstacles and hardship. Giovanni and his family and friends are part of one such story. I pay tribute to Giovanni, his mum, Lina, his dad, Michael, and brother, Marcello, and to all the family and friends who have supported them for many years, particularly Maria Violi, Emily Gallucci, Vinnie Costa, and Thekra Hanna, who were the primary organisers of last week’s event. Special thanks also go to Chris Garner and Dennis Lindh for generously giving up their time to play MC and auctioneer respectively.

The event’s success was also made possible by the generosity of so many Canberra businesses, including: the band Hit Parade; the Gecko Gang, who donated face painting and balloon modelling for the kids; Picme Photobooths, which provided a photo booth to entertain kids and adults alike; and Candylicious, which provided a fantastic candy buffet which was a hit with all the guests. Many other Canberra businesses and individuals provided auction items and raffle prizes for the evening but are too plentiful to mention.

I pay tribute to Giovanni and to the dedication, love and support that his family and friends have shown in organising such a sensational evening.

Southern Cross Early Childhood School

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (4.20): People want vision from their governments. They want to know that we are looking far enough ahead. Tonight I would like to note a small but important new facility at Scullin in my electorate that aims to reap benefits over a lifetime.

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