Hello from the Editor

Hello from the Editor

WELCOME to the seventh issue of Manningham Life.

We had a terrific response to our sixth issue — thank you to everyone who contacted us with more stories about life in Manningham in the 60s and 70s. We will feature their stories in a future issue.

In this issue, our cover story is about giving, the act of kindness many of us are doing already. I came home one day to find a bag of persimmons at my front door, and it was such a lovely surprise. After a few calls, I discovered my neighbour down the road was the thoughtful and generous giver. Buy Nothing Manningham is a platform to facilitate giving within our community, and their story is on page 4.

We are very lucky that the innovative Templestowe College is right here on our doorstep. The school operates like a mini university, with students choosing their own electives from an array of exciting courses. One such elective is Working with Animals, and we have the story on page 5. We also have many talented people in our midst, and on page 7, we have the story of pianist Elyane Laussade.

Our website is live, and we are delighted to provide the option to translate our articles to the most spoken languages in Manningham: Mandarin, Cantonese, Greek, Italian, Hindi and Persian. We endeavour to connect as many residents in our community as possible, so please let your family and friends know. If you would like us to add more languages, please get in touch with us at 0490 116 552.

Finally, we are very grateful to the local businesses that have supported our magazine through advertising in the past year. Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community to sustain a local publication. If you enjoy reading Manningham Life and are in a position to support us with a $50 or $100 contribution, it will help to ensure we can continue to print 20,000 copies per issue. Without support, we might have to reduce the print run or become an online publication only. I love the printed word and will do everything I can to continue to print, but we also have to contend with financial realities. And if you have an advertising background and would like to contribute your expertise to Manningham Life, we would love to hear from you.

Hope you enjoy reading this issue.