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The 50th anniversary of the Pa and Ma Bendall Memorial Surf Competition is set to include the FESTURI Multicultural Music Festival.

FESTURI’s Dominique B. Cisse said the collaboration was a “celebration of surf legacy and cultural diversity.”

“It’s a testament to our commitment to creating experiences that resonate with the community.”

The music festival, run by DC Productions and FESTURI, will feature a lineup of local and regional multicultural performers, adding a global flair to the local celebration.

The surf competition, run by WindanSea Boardriders, will be held at Moffat Beach from March 29 to 31, from 7am to 6pm, with music starting at noon on March 30.

Popular entertainer Jean Kittson.

Entertainer helping hospice

Comedian, actor, public speaker and author Jean Kittson is bringing her razor-sharp wit and delightful charm to a fundraising lunch for a local palliative care hospice.

Kittson is a patron of Palliative Care Nurses Australia, making her the perfect guest speaker at the lunch for Katie Rose Cottage Hospice at Doonan.

The hospice provides 24/7 end-of-life care for terminally ill patients. All funds raised will to go towards covering the cost of providing the compassionate and high-quality care to individuals living with life-limiting illness.

The hospice relies on fundraising and donations, as Queensland Health only provides about 20 per cent of its annual clinical operational costs.

Laughter and Lunch with Jean Kittson is at the Noosa Waterfront Restaurant and Bar, in Noosaville, on April 16. Tickets are available here.

The Kawana Aquatic Centre.

Swim relay to raise funds

The MS Super Splash will be held at the Kawana Aquatic Centre on March 23.

The event, by MS Queensland and sponsored by Mosaic Property Group, will see teams swim an eight-hour relay to raise funds for Queenslanders living with multiple sclerosis (MS). The day will also include activities, music and fun.

MS affects more young people in Australia than any other chronic neurological disease, including more than 5500 people in Queensland. The average age of people diagnosed with MS is 30, and three out of four Australians with MS are women.

MS Queensland provides services for those who need it most, including the NeuroAssist information line, NDIS access and planning support, specialist nursing services, wellness programs and financial assistance to access critical equipment and services.

“With this swim, we are hoping to raise $55,000 to help support the services we deliver here on the Sunshine Coast and further afield to help those suffering from this illness” MS Queensland CEO David Curd said.

Sunshine Coast author Hayley Camille.

Author inspiring young girls

A local author has released a children’s colouring book to inspire girls to set their sights on ambitious careers, as part of International Women’s Day celebrations on Friday, March 8.

Hayley Camille’s colouring book, created for children aged 4-9, features 50 illustrations of diverse women in empowered professions that celebrate courage, intelligence and limitless possibilities.

Women of diverse cultural backgrounds, ages and abilities are featured. With a focus on STEAM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), as well as including Entrepreneurship, Business and Professional Sports, girls are encouraged to think outside of traditional working roles, embrace new technologies and care for the environment.

“What began as a personal project to create inspiring colouring pages for my own five-year-old daughter quickly expanded into a full book,” the Sunshine Coast author said.

Though Ms Camille has previously published adult adventure and crime fiction, this is her first foray into children’s colouring books. Her historical crime series Lady Vigilante has won multiple awards. For more information visit www.hayleycamille.com.

Share the Dignity founder Rochelle Courtenay with Queto.

Zoo unites with Share the Dignity

Australia Zoo has partnered with charity Share the Dignity to provide free period products to park guests.

The park is the first organisation to fund and install a commercial Dignity Vending Machine, which dispenses a free period pack at the push of a button, containing two pads and six tampons.

The machine has been installed as part of Share the Dignity’s new Period Proud Organisation program, which encourages organisations to ensure menstrual equity in the workplace.

“I am thrilled to see Australia Zoo join the menstrual equity movement by installing a Dignity Vending Machine, ensuring period products are freely available and accessible for park goers,” Share the Dignity founder Rochelle Courtenay said.

Park attendees can find the Dignity Vending Machine in the toilets in the Africa section of the park.

Classical musician Sam Lucas.

Classical concerts return

Another world-class season of classical music at Montville’s Lucas Parklands will kick off with the return of pianist Berta Brozgul and cellist Sam Lucas for three concerts during the ‘Long Weekend of Music’ on Friday, March 22, Saturday, March 23, and Sunday, March 24.

Berta, born in South Africa but now based out of Melbourne, and Sam, who grew up in Montville but now lives in Germany and performs across Europe, are both eagerly looking forward to performing together again.

“We clicked immediately the first time we played together and seem to share the same passion and love for what we do, as well as similar musical taste and feeling,” Berta said.

The pair will present three great and very different musical programs at the Lucas Parklands private auditorium, covering duets and solos from composers like Bach, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Hindemith, Schumann, Grieg and more.

For Lucas Parklands performance and ticketing inquiries phone 5478 5667 or 0409 623 228.

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