Thanks for the rescue
I wonder if your paper could help me thank a couple of wonderful local folks who helped me recently during a small drama. Small being the operative word for my tiny rescue dog Ellie, who panicked, slipped her lead as we arrived at our Narooma unit and rushed out onto the very busy corner of Bay and Montague streets.
The two drivers who saw an equally panicked women chasing a tiny dog, not only slowed, but pulled over to help me guide the dog back to the unit.
After helping to secure little Ellie, those kind folks had moved on. So now I would love the chance to offer heartfelt thanks, hoping they read your paper, but also to express my very firm opinion that Narooma is indeed the place to be and how life should be. Not only because it’s a very beautiful place, but equally because of all the wonderful folks who, like us, have chosen to truly live with and for each other in a special, laid-back community.
The driest winter ever?
If one took a pub or coffee-club survey (or even had a postal vote) I am sure many locals would say that this winter has been a record dry period.
Well, what is the truth?
I have examined the monthly rainfall records for Narooma over the 108 years since 1910, and this is what I found:
- The June, July, August & September 2017 rainfall totals at Narooma were 28.6, 19.6, 43.2 & 1.4 mm.
- The September rainfall was the second lowest on record. There was zero rainfall in September 1912.
- The August-September rainfall was 44.6 mm, the 21st lowest. The 1912 rainfall was 5.3 mm.
- The July-September rainfall was 64.2 mm, the 16th lowest. The 1948 rainfall was 10.1 mm.
- The June-September rainfall was 92.8 mm, the 10th lowest. The 1980 rainfall was 36.5 mm.
- In 1912 there were 88 days (7 Aug – 2 Nov) without any rain!
Other years with winter rainfalls lower than this year included 1912, 1921, 1925, 1928, 1942, 1945, 1948, 1954, 1968, 1979, 1980, 1994, 2002 and 2012.
I will let you draw your own conclusions regarding the 2017 “dry”, but I too was fooled also until I looked at the records.
A piece of cake
The Newborn Intensive Care Foundation (NICF) has raised $52,955 from their Bake For Babies fundraiser. The money will go towards the purchase a twin humidicrib to help transport recovering sick and premature babies from the Canberra Hospital back to the babies home hospital throughout the region.
Babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Canberra Hospital frequently needed to be transported to regional hospitals to be closer to home. Having babies closer to their families is essential as they make the progression from intensive care to going home.
So far this year, the NICF has approved the purchase of two state-of-the-art ventilators at $120,000, $10,000 towards lactation nurse research, $40,000 towards resources for nurse bereavement training, upgrade of half the unit’s breast pumps at a cost of $20,000 and recently $90,000 to extend the very successful NICUCAM into the intensive care nursery.
Bake for Babies is supported by leading ACT businesses including Icon Water and IGA supermarkets.
Being awarded a 2017 Churchill Scholarship will enable me to gather knowledge to expand the successful and unique model of the Foundation into regional areas such as the Riverina and South Coast.