Bikeweek 2007

There aren’t too many times that you’re given something completely free but if you’re anywhere near Perth, Western Australia, this Friday could be your opportunity.

Bikeweek 2007 officially begins in Perth on Friday and I’m very much looking forward to celebrating all things related to cycling.

I’ll be kicking off Bikeweek by being part of the 98.5 Sonshine FM breakfast team broadcasting live from Supreme Court Gardens at the Bike to Work Breakfast. Everyone who cycles in will get a free, healthy breakfast. I’ve been many times before and it’s well and truly worth it. You don’t even have to contend with traffic. If you stick to the cycleways around the river you can make it to Supreme Court Gardens fairly easily.

The breakfast starts at 6:00 Friday morning and goes until around 8:30. We’ll be broadcasting live from the city until 9:00. After that I’ll be dashing back to our Morley studios to do my regular morning programme until midday.

Perth’s biggest annual breakfast is expected to draw around 3000 cyclists. The colourful event celebrates cycling as a healthy life choice and emphasises the benefits of cycling for all ages. The breakfast has become a favourite event for recreational through to elite cyclists.

Bikeweek is an initiative of the Department for Planning and Infrastructure and has been a popular fixture on the Western Australian recreational calendar since 1985. Cycle Instead Bikeweek 2007 comprises dozens of events throughout Western Australia.

As well as broadcasting live from the breakfast, 98.5 Sonshine FM will promote Bikeweek throughout the week, highlighting many of the associated events and giving away a bike a day from Monday to Friday next week. If you’re in the Perth area you can click here to enter to and you could win a Giant Cypress 700C comfort bike worth around five hundred dollars.

I hope I’ll see you at the breakfast on Friday morning. Make sure you come up and say hello.

Posted by Rodney Olsen

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Using self harm as a way of coping

Most of us spend our lives trying to avoid pain but some people regularly inflict pain upon themselves.

Self harm is a complex and disturbing phenomenon. For most of us it would seem incomprehensible to cut or burn ourselves, to break our own bones or cause other kinds of self harm but for many people it is a daily occurrence. Self injurers may develop habits of cutting, hitting, burning, scratching, skin-picking, banging their heads, breaking bones or not letting wounds heal.

While some people who self harm have been abused, violated or neglected in the past, not all those who injure themselves fit such criteria. Self harm may simply indicate that somewhere along the line, the self harmer didn’t learn correct ways of coping with overwhelming feelings. While we may be horrified at the thought of such behaviour, those who injure themselves are not disgusting or sick; they have just never learned positive ways to deal with their feelings.

Psychologist/Counsellor Genevieve Milnes M.App.Psych, MA (Couns), B.Ed, B.Div from the Belmont Counselling Clinic joined me again today during my morning radio programme on 98.5 Sonshine FM for a discussion on self harm.

We had a number of listeners contact us during the segment and we spoke on air to a very brave young lady who explained her own continuing battle with self harming behaviours.

If you’d like to hear our discussion left click here or right click here if you want to save the mp3 and listen later.

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One of Australia’s favourite entertainers, Monica Trapaga, is well known for her work on everything from Play School and Playhouse Disney to Better Homes and Gardens as well as a range of other television presenting roles and guest appearances.

She also has a fantastic singing voice. As well as being the very recognisable voice of the Bananas in Pyjamas theme song, Monica is a true professional when it comes to performing jazz and jazz swing. She has featured at every major jazz festival in Australia.

This week, Monica’s launching the new look Child Safety Handbook. The handbook promotes safety by teaching protective behaviours and providing safety tips that guard against accidents and foster safe playing.

I spoke to Monica about the book and the new fully safe website during my morning programme on 98.5 Sonshine FM.

We had a great discussion about the balance between being overprotective with our kids and helping them to become independent.

It was a lot of fun catching up with Monica and you can listen to our conversation using the media player below.

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