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A year in review: January 2020


Newcastle Weekly was lucky enough to cover some great stories in January. Here are a few of our favourites.

Collected donations at Gibbs Oval, Merewether.

Donations pour in for firefighters

Novocastrians heard the call for help after devastating bushfires forced the evacuation of homes, destroyed millions of hectares of land and led to the loss of lives, with hundreds gathering at Gibbs Oval in Merewether on Sunday 5 January.

Three locals – Janette Chapman, Gillian Summers and Sam Worth – put a call out on social media to collect donations, which received an overwhelming response.

What the trio collected was enough to fill five seven tonne trucks and a one tonne ute.

Read more on this story here.

Self-made man to share journey on Australia Day

Deng Adut was trained to be a killer.

Born into a peaceful village on the banks of the River Nile, in modern-day South Sudan, he soon had to contend with the outbreak of war.

As one of many children conscripted to the Sudan People’s Liberation Army, Deng was forced to march for 33 days to Ethiopia and undertook military training.

At the age of 11, he was handed an AK-47 rifle and made to fight on the front lines.

Deng spoke at this year’s Australia Day awards and citizenship ceremony in Maitland.

Read Deng’s story here.

Deng Adut

The race for Olympic qualification

For Poppy Starr Olsen, skateboarding gives her a “rush all the time”.

This year, the youngster was hoping to represent Australia at the 2020 Olympic Games. Unfortunately, the Games were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read all about Poppy’s race for qualification here.

Dynamic duo ready for next adventure after global race

One of our covers in January featured The Amazing Race winners Tim Sattler and Rod Jones.

The pair spoke to the Newcastle Weekly about their time on the reality TV show and what they plan to do in the future.

While not all of their plans came to fruition this year, you can read all about the duo’s journey here.

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