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Brumbies lend high-profile support for Menslink
The Brumbies rugby union team has
become part of the fabric of Canberra
over the years and contributes in
various ways to our community.
Whether it is school programs or
meet the players days, there is always
a program in the wings which connects
to the community.
In 2014, the Brumbies joined a
program run by Menslink, an
organisation that supports young men
in the Canberra region, called Silence
The campaign seeks to understand
why four out of five suicides of people
under the age of 25 are men.
With the help of Brumbies players,
the program raises awareness and
encourage young men to build a
network of people they can turn to in
The players also share personal
stories about when they have been
through difficult times and have
needed to turn to those around them
During this program the players
have opened up to students about some
real personal experiences.
Menslink visited 38 high schools
and colleges in the ACT and
Queanbeyan region last year.
In total they delivered 57 sessions to
6940 students – and the Brumbies
assisted on 30 of those occasions.
Community programs such as
Silence is Deadly help young men in
Canberra reshape the idea of what it
means to be a man.
It is not just about being tough and
strong but also about admitting your
vulnerabilities and seeking out others
to help you work through difficult
Paul Connor married Kylie Pezdirc in an intimate breakfast wedding last October.
Photo: Ben Kopilow, Fusion Photography
Breakfast wedding was ‘perfect’
Watching the sun set across
Lake Burley Griffin was the
ideal time and place for Paul
Connor to pop the question to
his now-wife Kylie Pezdirc.
The couple met through their
work with the Army Reserves
in Brisbane, but it was at their
second meeting a few weeks
later in New Zealand when
they fell in love.
“I fell in love with his laugh
and his sense of humour,”
“After some extensive world
travel together including Paris,
Rome, New York, London and
so many more, Paulie took me
down to Lake Burley Griffin to
sit on our picnic rug, play some
chess and watch the sunset.”
Kylie said she did not expect
the proposal, but it could not
have been more perfect.
“We love watching sunsets
and playing chess together – it
was so perfectly us,” she said.
The couple, who have been
together for six years, planned
a wedding to complement their
love of Canberra and the lake.
The wedding was held at
Gold Creek Chapel followed
by a reception at Boathouse by
Kylie said the highlight of
their big day was the
unorthodox idea to hold the
wedding at breakfast time.
“It was a breakfast wedding
and we had our photos taken
before the ceremony,’’ she said.
‘‘Ben [the photographer] set
it up so that he captured the
first moment Paulie saw me . . .
it was such a beautiful moment,
honeymooned at Maui and
Waikiki in Hawaii for 12 days.
SIDS AND KIDS
Support lights up campaigners’ faces
The world record Christmas
lights display in Civic raised
more than $300,000 for SIDS
and Kids ACT.
About 210,000 people
passed through the gates during
the month-long event held in
SIDS and Kids ACT chief
executive Nathalie Maconachie
said she was delighted with the
“I’m so grateful to the
Canberra community and I’m
thrilled with the number of
people who travelled far and
wide to witness this magical
display,” she said.
“Our organisation is now in a
position to grow our services
and continue our world-class
Canberra CBD Limited chief
executive Jane Easthope said
the display was a wonderful
addition to Canberra’s city
“It was great to see so many
people drawn to the city for this
spectacular event,” she said.
The display – which had
1,194,380 lights – broke the
Guinness world record for the
world’s largest LED light
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