Australia & Africa – Oceans apart, united by generosity

I first heard of Gemma Rice while in Ghana last year. A Melbournian volunteer from World Vision was telling me the incredible story of how this rural Aussie woman opened a school in Tanzania. Last night Gemma was featured on ABC’s Australian Story and so I thought I would write a little something as well.

In 2002 St Jude’s was opened with only a handful of students and one teacher. Today there are almost 1200 children, 130 teachers and 200 staff. A second school was also opened in 2008 and over 90% of the children at the school receive a totally free education through international sponsorship.  Gemma’s charity began with small $5 monthly donations from friends and family and it just goes to show that international charity can start at home. St Jude’s is now helping a large number of children to “Fight poverty through education”.

Another Australian woman who is truly inspirational is Irene Gleeson. Nearly 20 years ago Irene sold her house in Australia to finance her charity work in Uganda. Irene has just been made an Officer of the Order of Australia for “service to international relations, particularly through sustained aid for children affected by war and HIV-AIDS in northern Uganda”.  Her charitable projects through Childcare Kitgum Servants are extensive and include primary schools & training centres, medical & counselling services and cultural & community projects.

The staff at Beach & Bay are always excited to hear of the wonderful work that Australian people are doing in African countries, particularly those involving children. Last year we supported building a classroom in Ghana and we also sponsor a girl in Ghana through World vision.

If you would like to know more information about the above Aussie women and their charities please see the following websites.

St Judes – http://www.schoolofstjude.co.tz/

Childcare Kitgum Servants – http://www.cks.org.au/

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Milton Scarecrow Festival – Mollymook Accommodation

Beach & Bay Realty offers fantastic holiday accommodation properties in the southcoast suburb of Mollymook. Molllymook is located 2.5 hours drive from Sydney and is a great holiday destination with its pristine beach, surf, golf course and café’s. Our properties can accommodate 8 people so are perfectly suited for family gatherings or groups of friends.

Mollymook is located only minutes from historic rural Milton and every June long weekend Milton gets festive with the Milton Scarecrow Festival. This event will begin tomorrow Saturday 6th June and run on Sunday 7th June as well. Activities include; arts and craft markets, live entertainment with music & magic shows, animal farm and pony rides, street theatre and the Big Scarecrow competition. The Scarecrow competition is held on Sunday where everybody brings along their scarecrows with the winner earning themselves $350. Locals and tourists really get involved in the event and it’s got something to please everyone!

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Cronulla Food & Wine – Jazz & Shiraz Festival

 Cronulla’s food and Wine – Jazz and Shiraz festival will be taking place this weekend May 30th – May 31st, 11am – 5pm at Dunningham Park.  Hopefully the weather stays as beautiful and sunny as it is today!

The festival is a great chance to enjoy some delicious food and wine in a great Cronulla spot, right in front of North Cronulla Beach.

Cronulla Beach CBD have also organized free musical entertainment in conjunction with Brass Monkey Cronulla. Leanne Paris, James Valentine and The Strides are just a few of the acts on offer.

It is a great local Cronulla event with many Sutherland Shire businesses getting involved, including Cronulla RSL Seaglass Restaurant, Hogs Breath Café, Buddha Beach Thai and Nina’s Chocolates.

Relax and enjoy, just don’t drink and drive OR drink and swim for that matter!

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Pyjama Journalists

I am currently undertaking a Communications degree at university and am constantly awed by the new technology and opportunities available through online media forms.

We are living in an exciting digital age where masses of information and entertainment are available and surprisingly, often free.

Freedom of the press is more achievable as we are no longer limited by giant news corporations who can dictate what we see and hear. Blogging has created a new wave of  ‘pyjama journalists’, (freelance journalists, academics and every day folk) who discuss important and (sometimes) trivial issues.

We are no longer divided into producer and consumer categories, instead a new term ‘prosumers’ has been coined in which we are both the creators and audience of material.

This web revolution is not without faults but it has many advantages and Beach & Bay Realty look forward to embracing new forms of media as we become “Generation C”. Where C stands for the mass amount of CONTENT available. The ability to COLLABORATE, COMMUNICATE, CONNECT and form COMMUNITIES.

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MS Charity Fun Run

It is now two and a half weeks until I compete in the MS 8km Charity Fun Run in Sydney. The course includes some serious hills around Milsons Point with a grand sprinting finish next to the iconic face at Luna Park.

Multiple Sclerosis is the most common disease of the central nervous system and affects over 18,000 Australians.

This is the second time I have participated in this event raising money for MS research and it’s also the second time I have wished I did a lot more training!

If you would like to sponsor me and donate to this wonderful organisation please follow the link.

http://register.mswalk.org.au/?rachaellord

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Mixed Auction Results

Last weeks local auction results involved several last minute withdrawal of properties and wrong signage and generally caused a bit of confusion. At this stage it seems that 3 properties were withdrawn from their auction campaign and are now being advertised for sale. For the other 6 properties scheduled for auction last week, 3 sold under the hammer, 2 sold prior and 1 was passed in with a vendor bid. Overall our local result was good with a 55% clearance rate compared with the Home Price Guide Sydneywide figure of 60%.

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Lender Withdraws Unconditional Approval

We commenced a Sydney investment project based on the client’s wish to buy two apartments. As per our practice, we sought and received the finance pre-approval based on the client’s current interstate investment properties being 100% owned.

After 2.5 months of researching and inspecting, our offers on two separate properties on behalf of our client were accepted based on a 0.25% deposit. Both contracts were signed with a 5 day cooling-off period. The outcome of the due-diligence was positive including the lender’s valuation. Un-conditional finance was issued.

Three days into the cooling-off period, the lender emailed the client requesting a copy of the title deeds of the interstate properties. On receiving the facsimile of the deeds, the lender then asked for the originals. The client was in possession of only the photocopies of the deeds (never bothered to ask for the originals when the loans were paid off). The client contacted the interstate lender and requested the originals to be air-expressed next day to Sydney. The lender could not comply because they could not find the originals and advised they will have to arrange for duplicate originals to be issued by the relevant government department.

Consequently, the Sydney lender withdrew the un-conditional approval and the acquisition of the two Sydney properties fell through.

The morale of this experience is two-fold:

1. Ensure you are in possession of the original title of your property.
2. Unconditional finance approval is neither un-conditional nor a guarantee.

 

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Sneak Peak

We have been very busy this week, new listings for Beach and Bay Realty include 12/1-5 Searl Rd, Cronulla – a modern 2 bedroom apartment, 5/16-18 Girrilang Rd, Cronulla – a 3 bedroom beachside townhouse and 3/6-10 Ruby Rd, Gymea – an enormous 3 bedroom townhouse.

Both Searl Rd & Girrilang Rd are on our sales website for you to view, Ruby Rd’s photos were taken yesterday so will be on the web early next week but inspections available from tomorrow.


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