1. Heart to help - John Burfitt

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    John Burfitt is a rare person indeed. He’s well known in Sunraysia as the man under the colorful wig. You may have passed him by at the local Mildura mall, or at the local hospital rattling his tin with a friendly smile. A few people stop to drop coins in his tin, but many just walk on by. This doesn't worry John, he keeps stomping the pavement rattling his tin for hours at a time raising money for those that need it most. But who is this man behind the tin, what motivates him to keep going after 35 years of quietly helping people? In this story we meet that man and follow his heart to help journey supporting families of children who are faced with life threatening illness. We meet three year old Piper, just one of hundreds of children that John has helped. Piper and her family live with a rare form of untreatable epilepsy and John has raised much needed funds help Piper travel overseas to receive new experimental stem cell treatment not currently available in Australia. This is John’s story.

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    • Dr Deb answers the big questions

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      Dr Deb answers the big questions. Made for the ABC Open project Life’s Big Questions.

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      • Deb Abbenhuys: Horses

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        Here is proof that you can fulfill a childhood dream. Dr Deb Abbenhuys is no ordinary Vet, she loves animals but her true passion is horses and horsemanship has paved the way to helping her achieve her dreams. Meet "Psalm" a rescued drought polo horse who has just graduated into wearing a bridle, and now there's no stopping them. This video was produced in a one on one workshop with ABC Open Sunraysia for the Video Project "My crazy passion" To book your own private workshop: Pick an active ABC Open storytelling project, Contact me to book a time and place for the workshop. It's that simple. All workshops are free, paid by the ABC!

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        • One act of love

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          Becoming a mother was something I’d always looked forward to, but study, travel and a career put a bit of hold on that. However in 1998 I became a mother for the first time. I had no formal qualifications to prepare me for the role, so I read as many books on how to create and care for another human being. My studies had prepared me for careers in nursing, events and media, but nothing prepared me for the responsibility of creating a new human life. As any mother to be, I had many hopes and dreams for my baby bump and had visions of holding a healthy chubby baby, that would grow into my own beautiful little ballerina. These memories still fill my heart with joy. At six months gestation I didn’t even look pregnant and I was still happily working away, with most of my colleagues not even realising that I was expecting. I’d prepared a nursery and a few items of clothing, but left most of the baby preparation, for when I was closer to my due date of early March the following year. It was only December and I was busy getting ready for a big family Christmas, so it came as a shock when a check up at the doctors became the beginning of a roller coaster ride into parenthood. The doctor explained that my baby had to be delivered early to save both our lives. From that day on fear became a large part of life, I feared for my little unborn baby, I wondered how she could be expected to survive, being born so small and fragile. Rachael was delivered via emergency caesarean section on the 28th December, she was only 30 weeks gestation and weighed just 1000grams. I first got to meet my new baby, after I awoke from surgery, they wheeled my bed into the neo natal intensive care unit or NICU. All I remember was a blur of pink under bubble wrap and lots of tubes before I lost consciousness and was taken to ICU. She looked so fragile and very pink. My little baby was tiny, yet was taking on the world like a little fighter, she didn’t need intubation just a bit of C-pap or air to help her, as she learned to use her little lungs, she couldn’t suck, so was fed breast milk via a tube. I couldn’t see her at first as I wasn’t doing so well in the ICU, so the nurses brought me photos of my little pink baby girl. I remember dreaming of holding my baby as I drifted in and out of consciousness. One morning while I was still in the ICU a nurse arranged a little surprise for me. She wheeled my tiny baby into the ICU to see me. The nurse took her out of the humidi crib and laid her next to me. We were such a sight, both all hooked up to wires and tubes. I believe it was this act of kindness, this one act of love by a wonderful nurse that helped me to recover, so I could be a mum to my little girl. We both grew stronger and it wasn’t long before I had the opportunity to hold my little baby for the first time, and what a fantastic moment that was to feel her warm skin against my chest in our first kangaroo embrace. Rachael is now nine and a big sister, she has been a ballerina for five years now and I couldn’t be prouder of both my little girls.

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          • ABC Mildura-Swan Hill takes on Exhumed!

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            ABC Mildura-Swan Hill takes on Exhumed! Just to prove that ABC Exhumed isn't for has-beens, it’s not for wanna-bes, it’s for the never-weres...the ABC Mildura Swan Hill team has put together this little video of encouragement! Share it with your friends, hit 'like', have a laugh...but most importantly, enter ABC Exhumed! CRITERIA: - Bands must be 2 people or more - You can play any music genre, but it’s not a choir or classical music competition - You should be over 30 years old * Original music by the legendary Daryl Braithwaite

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            • A day in the life of a landscape artist - Part 2

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              This is part 2 in the day in the life of Jeff Woodger a Post Romantic Landscape Artist, where we follow his journey during the creation of a recent oil painting at the Mildura Arts Centre. Part 1: https://open.abc.net.au/openregions/vic-sunraysia-18Qj1lS/posts/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-landscape-artist-part-1-93cn7lj

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              • A day in the life of a country Vet

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                Dr Deb is no ordinary country Vet, she is also a Dentist, Acupuncturist, Chiropractor and Chinese Herbal Medicine practitioner. Journalist student Chris Testa shares a day in the life of Dr Deb Abbenhuys and one of her special patients " Priscella" a little poodle on a long journey of recovery.

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                • A day in the life of a landscape artist - Part 1

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                  Have you ever wondered how to become a landscape artist like the great Turner? The Mildura Arts Centre Gallery has their first artist in residence. Jeff Woodger, is the real deal he has dedicated his life to honing his skills painting landscapes in the classical style just like the nineteenth century greats. Jeff’s been on a bit of a journey, spanning almost thirty years, gaining a bachelor degree in fine arts in the 1980’s that provided some basic competency in neo expressionist art, leading to a role at the Bendigo Art Gallery where his worked handling nineteenth century paintings. This work sparked his curiosity to learn how the masters created these classical landscapes. From here he completed his Masters Degree where his thesis discussed nineteenth century landscape painting and its presentation, studying the works of the French Barbizon School. This short video blog is part one of the creation of this painting.

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                  • Living with Parkinson's Disease

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                    Have you ever had one of those dreams where you're trying to run, but your legs just won't move and every part of your body is moving in slow motion. And all this while your attempting to escape from certain death?

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                    • A day in the life of a Sunraysia grape grower

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                      Ange enjoys a pretty structured life, he nurtures his table grapes ready for market providing for their every need. Like a proud father he tends to every bunch trimming and sculpting them to ensure only the best grow to their full potential. The days on the grape block are long and sometimes a little tedious. Hours on the tractor driving up and down endless rows of grapevines provides Ange with plenty of time to think. It was on one of these long days on the tractor that he came up with a plan to build an authentic replica of a 1920s general store. This is Ange's story.

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