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SHARON Kinraid (pictured) plans to celebrate her
birthday by raising funds to help others.
Her quest will take her from a bash at the RSL tomorrow night
to the famous Inca Trail, with all money raised going towards
providing reconstructive surgery for the world’s poor.
It’s a journey that started with Sharon’s involvement in the
local Rotary Club and is one of the reasons Tennant Creek is
so important to her.
Over the years the town has afforded her with opportunities,
work, friends and a family life she had longed for as a child.
“I grew up in Auckland NZ and if you have seen the film,
“Once Were Warriors”, you’ll have a bit of insight into what
my childhood was like,” Sharon recalls.
“When you have experienced hardship first hand, empathy
and the will to help others comes naturally.”
Sharon joined Rotary back in 2009 and it has given her a
vehicle by which she can channel her altruistic instincts and
absorb some of her boundless enthusiasm for life.
“Helping others helps me on my own journey, that is why I like
to use the celebration of my birthday to give as well as receive.
“This will be my third fundraiser birthday party since I was
invited to chair the regional Interplast committee - now called
ReSurge International - back in 2011.
“Through different fundraising activities in the last 12 months,
the Tennant Creek Rotary Club, and also donations from the
Alice Springs and Mt Isa Rotary Clubs, has raised $26,000
towards the life-changing work that ReSurge carries out in
impoverished regions throughout the world.
“That’s my reward for what I do and that is just one of the many
reasons why Tennant Creek means so much to me,” Sharon said.
In July next year, Sharon will be teaming up with Australian
mining engineer, burns survivor and author Turia Pitt, to trek
along the spectacular Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru.
In September 2011, Turia was severely burnt during the Kim-
berley Ultramarathon and suffered burns to sixty-five per cent
of her body, the loss of four fingers, and a thumb.
Despite her traumatic ordeal which has left her with a badly
scarred face, Turia is both positive and inspirational.
“It has been a long journey to get to where I am now, but I
consider myself lucky I didn’t lose my hands and feet, my hair
or my eyes,” Turia said.
“I’m also lucky because I live in Australian and was able to
benefit from the excellent standards of medical care not always
available to people in developing countries.”
Sharon and the rest of Turia’s Inca Trail team will be challeng-
ing themselves by walking for four consecutive days, up to 10
hours a day, to raise $3,500 each for Interplast.
The Tennant Creek RSL is the venue for Sharon’s 2014 Birth-
day Bash, tomorrow night and the party starts at 7.30pm and
everyone is welcome.
There will be live entertainment, an auction and a chance to
party with one of Tennant Creek’s best known golden hearts.
The cost is $25 per head which gets you food, music, beer and
wine until the bar tab runs out.
Birthday party for a good cause
Budding green thumbs keen to grow bush tucker
A hORTIcuLTuRALIST from
Charles Darwin University will
be in Elliott next week to help
budding green thumbs to es-
tablish their community gar-
Conservation and Land Management
lecturer Alan Harrison will help bring
plans for a bush tucker garden closer
Mr Harrison said locals want to re-
invigorate an old nursery in the local
Council precinct and develop a garden
for the benefit of the community.
“They’ve got the optimism and en-
thusiasm for the project but not a lot
of horticultural experience,” he said.
“I’ll deliver a skill set from the Cer-
tifate II Horticulture course that will
equip them with the basic skills and
knowledge to get started.
“We’ll grow a range of trees, shrubs
and veggies which they plan to sell to
the shire and the broader community.”
Mr Harrison said he would spend
two weeks in Elliott this month and
make at least one follow-up visit early
The decision to deliver the training
follows a request made through the
Julalikari Remote Jobs and Com-
munities Program in association with
the Tennant Creek office of the Ter-
ritory Government’s Department of
Day a hit
ARTIST Dion Beasley has always been ob-
sessed with camp dogs so it was no surprise
he was the first to arrive at Doggie Day on
The Cheeky Dog creator was on hand to help others
draw their own cheeky dog but took some time out to
join in the activities on offer.
Dog owners were encouraged to learn to bath and care
for their dogs, get them microchipped for free and pick
up a desexing voucher.
There were other activities as well and a free barbeque
to keep the humans happy.
The day was part of a two-week program promoting dog
health that was jointly organised by the Barkly Regional
Council (BRC) and Animal Management in Rural and
Remote Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC).
Next week the BRC’s animal management team will
host visiting vets from AMRRIC to conduct a five-day
PuPPY LOVE: Cheeky Dog creator Dion Beasley enjoyed the audio visual display of Barkly barkers.
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