Community

Support available for those in need this Christmas

The countdown to Christmas has begun, but for many Penrith families the festive season brings additional stress and financial hardship. Fortunately, local charities and support...

Local women find true independence

Three local women have recently started their journey of independence after they moved out of their family homes and into a purpose-built group home. Disability...

Fresh look for PCYC

A fresh coat of paint and some tender love and care has completely transformed Penrith PCYC. Closed for three and a half months and costing...

Brooke eyes $50,000 target as car rally returns

Last time the Weekender spoke to 12-year-old Brooke Jones, she had just donated $13,528 to the Nepean Cancer Care Centre. Now she is gearing up...

Quilting for a cause

Denise Haddrill and her never ending stash of fabric have been creating quilts for over 14 years, with most of her works being donated...

Mayor to help spread the word for Luke Priddis Foundation

Disability rights advocate and Penrith Mayor John Thain has been announced as a Luke Priddis Foundation (LPF) ambassador. Board members, including Luke Priddis, congratulated Cr...

Music For Life returns for 7th year

When Ann Willmington was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2008, she was told she had 18 months to live. She refused to listen. Almost a...

Businesses eat up McHappy Day challenge

It’s almost McHappy Day, and businesses across Penrith and the Hawkesbury are ready to compete to see who can raise the most money for...

Wentworth launches innovative ‘Gathering Space’

Wentworth Community Housing has launched Cranebrook’s innovative new ‘Our Place Our Gathering Space’ this week. Conceived after consultation with tenants, the area aims to be...

Cherry on top for local author

When Penrith’s Stephanie May wasn’t getting the acting work she was searching for, she took matters into her own hands. Instead of being in front...

How tragic loss is now helping others

When the daughter of Celeste Cannell's best friend was tragically lost to suicide at just 16-years-old, it affected her profoundly. Through her grief, she created...

Mother of two starts hot new career

With the threat of an early fire season this year, the region is getting prepared by welcoming three new firefighters to the area. After graduating...

Legacy helps lighten the load for Gavin family

It’s been almost six years since Lance Corporal Luke Gavin died in Afghanistan, and every day brings a new challenge for his St Clair...

Restoring dignity for women in need

Every month, vulnerable and at risk women without access to proper sanitary items experience unthinkable indignities during their period. Kirstie Munn, a local volunteer of...

Students build kennels for local animal charity

Six students from Cambridge Park High School have given back to the local community by putting their hands to good use. Community Liaison Officer, Kaylene...

Volunteer of the Year winner to push for more mental health support

Colyton’s Susan Robertson has taken home the top honour at the local Volunteer of the Year Awards for her role in progressing people’s welfare...

Penrith Show promises to be bigger and better than ever in 2017

Now in its 174th year, the Penrith District Show is promising to be a weekend to remember for the whole family. Held at Penrith Paceway,...

How accepting help changed Christel’s life

Turning 81-years-old in September, Penrith’s Christel Fooks has spent her life looking after others, but now struggles to accept the help back in her...

Stepping up to the challenge

Orchard Hills Rural Fire Brigade (RFB) firefighters Emily Dal Santo and Gage Pitt are stepping up to help raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease. On...

Generosity comes full circle

Not all superheroes wear capes, and Michael Ball and the team at MBR Realty have been quietly helping the local community since January 2014. Since...