BBQ For Kidney Health This Australia Day

The great Aussie barbie is a national tradition, especially on Australia Day. You won’t have to venture too far to get a whiff of that awesome smell either. Communities come alive with events planned in most neighborhoods and if you carry on festivities after dark the fireworks will complete your day. All in all, it really is the one day of the year when the great Aussie spirit is celebrated, alive and well.

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This year, Kidney Health Australia is asking us all to show that Aussie spirit by signing up for the Big Red BBQ. It doesn’t need to be held on Australia Day (in case you can’t organise it in time) but anytime during summer. Surely we can manage that, yeah?

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I suppose the folks at Kidney Health Australia figured while we’re celebrating Australia Day with all those BBQ’s we may as well roll up our Aussie sleeves and raise some much needed awareness and possibly a few bucks for our Aussie mates. Very little gets spoken about this disease despite how lethal it is so to get a glimpse of how it is effecting us Aussies, I’ve included some pretty startling facts.

Risk: 1 in 3 Aussies at risk

Estimated effected Aussies: 1.7 million

Fatalities: 56 a day

Hospitalisation: 15 per cent of all hospital admissions

Dialysis patients: 11, 446

Dialysis: 3 days a week, 5 hours a day

Awaiting transplants: 1087 – average wait 3.5 years (7 years not uncommon)

Symptoms: None.

Up to 90% of kidney function can be lost without individuals experiencing any symptoms

Pretty shocking stuff hey? So, do you recon you could raise some awareness and a few bucks for Kidney Health Australia? Registration is free, plus, you’ll receive a free event pack in the mail containing an official Big Red BBQ apron.

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Additionally, they have a 5 ingredient cooking challenge going on, prizes for the highest fundraising efforts and are now being sponsored by some big companies and talented individuals like Barbeques Galore, IKEA, Lombard the paper people and Aussie home cooking hero, Lyndey Milan.

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So come on everyone, lets enjoy our great Aussie tradition and help out some mates at Kidney Health Australia at the same time. If you want more information on registration or ways to get involved Australia Day and beyond, head to https://bigredbbq2015.gofundraise.com.au/cms/home

Image via kidney.org.au

Introducing Newly Crowned Mrs Australia, Kate Johnson

Sydney born Kate Johnson has forged a multifaceted career as a model, businesswoman and charity ambassador, runs her blog to encourage self-esteem in young women chicnation.com.au; and is dedicated to charity work. She was recently crowned Mrs Australia and, in July, will compete for the world title of Mrs International in Florida, USA.

Unlike most pageants, the Mrs Australia title is not based on looks but on ones contribution to charity and community work. Beauty does not stop with age, or when one gives birth or becomes married but grows as one matures and in this, the Mrs Australia title is open to women of all ages, backgrounds, shapes and sizes who feel confident in fulfilling personal goals while also helping raise awareness for charity work, namely that of ovarian cancer. The goal of the Mrs Australia pageant is to show that no matter what age you are you can celebrate being a beautiful women, promote a healthy active lifestyle and be involved in your community. The oldest entrant in this category has been 75 years of age.

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Kate’s career path expanded to modelling when she was discovered in 2007 and she has since gained further exposure representing in numerous advertising campaigns, runway productions and television commercials. Kate’s client portfolio includes Bras N Things, David Jones, Ben Sherman, Underwear of Sweden, Rebel Sport and St Frock, with fashion & lifestyle features in Vogue Australia, Cosmopolitan Brides, Resident, and NAFA Magazine to name a few.

Whilst Kate has always enjoyed the glitz and glamour associated with the fashion industry, she identifies highlights in her life far from the makeup chair. Kate was awarded a gliding scholarship through the Australian Air Force Cadets and learnt to fly on her 18th birthday (and later pursued scuba diving as a more practical hobby to alleviate motion sickness). The ‘travel bug’ took hold shortly after qualifying in Dili, East Timor in her final year of High School, and she has since touched down in over 40 countries for both work and pleasure.