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Tough times ahead but we are in this together

The unemployment rate increased to 30.1% in the first quarter of 2020 and is set to increase even further as our fragile economy quite literally collapses amidst the Covid-19 pandemic and the widely criticized government lockdown. Business have been forced to shut their doors and employers have lost their ability to earn an income for 100+ days. In a community where we have many self employed individuals, its been even harder. Being self employed myself, I understand how difficult it is. It takes years of hard work and working for below standard rates, just to get some clients on board. And then you have some months that are OK. You get by and can pay your bills. There are other...

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A loved one and drug abuse

There are few things more devastating to a parent than a random drug test on a child coming back positive. The whole world tilts, and there is a sudden realisation that nothing will ever be the same again – and it won’t. Life suddenly becomes a whirlwind of denial, lying, promises, broken promises, more promises and excuses – and of finding out details of your child’s life that you had no idea about and on some level still don’t really want to know about – and then, in the middle of the sleepless nights the feeling that you failed as a parent. But you didn’t. None of us did. We all did the very best we could with our children,...

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The Circus came to town

I have lived in Edenvale for about 21 years now. I have run Edenvale HUB for almost 5 of these years. In this time I have learned that this community is passionate about animal welfare. They will drop everything to help an animal in need. They will leave their houses to drive around the streets in the middle of the night to find lost animals. So imagine the uproar it caused when these same animal lovers heard that the circus was coming to town. Not a modern 21st century type circus but the old fashioned 'traditional' type with performing animals. Lions, horses, ponies, poodles, snakes, camels, crocodiles, the works. Before the circus arrived in town, petitions against them were already...

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