Market yourself at the Lantern Parade

Market yourself at the Lantern Parade

This year the Lismore Lantern Festival (June 17) is growing to include a street party and night markets in Magellan Street after the main event at Riverside Park.

With around 20,000 people flocking to see the event, organisers believe it is the perfect occasion to showcase the best the region has to offer, and they are now looking for 50 local market stalls that make, bake or grow their own produce. Only 100 per cent hand crafted stallholders who live and work in the Northern Rivers region will be accepted.

Stallholders whod like to take advantage of this opportunity must also abide by all OH&S regulations set down, have public liability insurance, pay $50 to help with production costs, be prepared to use environmentally friendly packaging and ensure all waste is removed when they leave.

The markets will run from 4pm until midnight.

If youre interested, submit a one-page letter outlining your product (and include your contact details) by Friday, May 12, to or post to 127 Terania St, Lismore, NSW, 2480. Successful stallholders will be contacted a week later.

For further information please contact Robyn Kelly on 6688 6452 or 0418 272 685.

Be bold and go bald for charity

With just over a week to go until the Worlds Greatest Shave for a Cure at Lismore Shopping Square, people are being encouraged to pluck up the courage to shave or colour their hair in support of the Leukaemia Foundation.

Lismores Loma Graydon and daughter Cathy Mooney, who pioneered the concept and held the first shave at Lismore Shopping Square in 1998, are committed to shaving their heads again this year and they want you to join them.

The event raised $8 million nationally last year and they are hoping to break all their past records in 2006.

There is still a great need to raise awareness about leukaemia and other related blood disorders as well as fund research and support for patients and families living with these diseases in the Northern Rivers, Loma said. If losing my hair will help to raise funds and make life easier for anyone, then Im willing to bare it all.

The Worlds Greatest Shave for a Cure will be held on Saturday, May 6, at the Lismore Shopping Square, where hairdressers will be on hand to shave or colour peoples hair between 12pm and 2pm.

The Ballina RSL Club is also holding a Worlds Greatest Shave for a Cure event next Friday, May 5, from 5.30pm, so coastal dwellers can join the fun and help raise cash for this worthy cause.

To register for the event in either town call 1800 500 088 today or register online at

Health services directory updated

The Northern Rivers Division of General Practice is updating its regional online health services directory. Specialist doctors and allied health professionals, particularly those registered with the HIC, are invited to submit their practice details for inclusion in the directory. For more information phone the NRDGP on 6622 4453.

GROWs 50th birthday mental health forum

A forum on mental health including personal insights from people who have suffered mental illness will be held in Lismore next Tuesday, May 2, to celebrate GROW North Coasts 50th anniversary.

GROW member Dave, who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in 1991 after being admitted to Richmond Clinic, is one of the people who will share their stories. Dave became a committed member of GROW and has completely recovered, becoming a program coordinator for GROW so he can offer a lifeline to others with mental illness.

The first place I gained insight that I was very sick was in Richmond Clinic. The first place I found hope of complete recovery was in the Lismore GROW community, said Dave.

The forum will be held at the Market Street Community Centre from 10am-12pm, followed by light refreshments. For more information phone 6621 3737 or email

Free Careers Expo

Job seekers and school leavers have the opportunity to explore career paths and employment opportunities at the Northern Rivers Careers Expo a free event being held at Lismore TAFE next Friday and Saturday, May 5-6.

As well as connecting with a wide range of local employers and organisations, people can also enjoy new exhibits such as Try A Trade, where people can roll up their sleeves and literally try their hand at floristry, commercial cookery, plumbing, bricklaying, hairdressing and other industries suffering from skills shortages locally. But its not just trades you can find out about any career path, from audio engineering to teaching.

Indigenous people may also like to visit the Aboriginal Education and Training Unit exhibit, where they can get information about a diverse range of vocational courses such as horticulture, eco-tourism, Aboriginal arts and cultural practices.

The Northern Rivers Careers Expo will be open on Friday, May 5, from 9.30am-3pm and on Saturday, May 6, from 9.30am-2pm. If your business or industry is interested in promoting itself to a keen audience there are a few exhibition sites available. For info phone 6685 4516 or email

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