Spotlight on: Passive House
Mar
2
2:00 PM14:00

Spotlight on: Passive House

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Passive Houses were very popular on Sustainable House Day 2018, so we’ve put together a program of speakers to cover Passive House in some depth.

After an introduction to Passive House design, passive house owners will talk about what their houses are like to live in, and we will consider the cost and return on investment of building Passive House. We will explore the 5 Passive House fundamentals (also useful if you’re doing a standard build), and conclude with some information on the Passive House standard and certification.

Event schedule:

2.00 What is Passive House 

Sue Barker, Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group, Sustainable Homes Action Group

2.10 . What it's like to live in a Passive House - owners share

David Rhind, Owl Woods, Trentham & John Beurle, Noonameena, Redesdale

2.40 Comparison of build and running costs for Passive House and Standard Build

Eric Zehrung, Architect, Green Point Design

Detailed review of Passive House principles:

2.55 Air tightness - why and how?

Stuart Lee, Builder, Owner, Craftsmen Quality Builders

3.25 Heat Recovery Mechanical Ventilation (HRV)

John Beurle, Principal, Passive House Services

3.45 Thermal insulation & Thermal bridging

Stuart Lee

4.15 High-performance windows

Stuart Mckenzie Hall, Architect, Construction Manager, Founder of Unilux Windows and Doors

4.35 . Passive House standard and certification

Eric Zehrung

5.00 Session Close

Free entry.

Image Credit: Passive Builders, exhibiting at the festival on the 2nd of March.

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Transition Village Wallan
Mar
2
2:00 PM14:00

Transition Village Wallan

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Based in Wallan, a semi-rural town on the urban fringe north of Melbourne (Victoria, Australia), Transition Village Wallan Inc. is a local non-profit organisation addressing homelessness.

This NFP team is embarking on a project to build a village of Tiny Houses, utilising sustainable living and design practices, for people experiencing (or at risk of) homelessness in and around Wallan.

Founder and CEO, Judy Clark, will present the inspiring work of the Transition Village in its efforts to work towards whole community change; to support a safe, sustainable and connected way of life for all members of our community. 

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Grow Productive Gardens with Wicking Beds
Mar
2
1:30 PM13:30

Grow Productive Gardens with Wicking Beds

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Want to learn how to maintain a luscious garden in a hot, dry climate? Wicking beds are a water saving method for growing healthy, fresh vegetables. Out guest speaker, Christine Hardiman, has managed the wicking beds in the Kyneton Community Garden for 2 years and is very familiar with their construction and use. She will share her knowledge and expertise.

Permaculture Garden, Rear of 47 Forest St, Woodend.

Free entry.

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Everything you ever wanted to know about waste, but were afraid to ask.
Mar
2
1:00 PM13:00

Everything you ever wanted to know about waste, but were afraid to ask.

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Curious about co-mingling? Keen to talk trash, but don’t know where to start? And what on earth is a Dirty Murf?

Part I:

The State of Waste in Australia – Dr Joe Picken.

Dr Joe Pickin – Director, Blue Environment

Dr Joe Pickin is a waste specialist with a PhD on the environmental economics of waste and over 20 years' experience as a researcher, analyst and consultant.  He has a broad understanding of waste issues and particular expertise in data, modelling and carbon emissions from waste.  Joe was the primary author of the National Waste Report 2018 and chairs the National Carbon Division of the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia. He will be discussing the findings of the National Waste Report and the current situation with waste management in Australia.

Part II:

What a Waste! – Lisa Richards.

Lisa Richards – MRSG Waste Action Group Leader

Lisa Richards is an experienced community development worker and grassroots campaigner. A passionate recycler, Lisa will discuss local community action to reduce waste, and how to join the War on Waste. She will cover common FAQs and myths about waste and recycling, and steps to take if you want to cut out plastic, break up with disposables, repurpose your organic waste and become a recycling ninja.

Free entry.

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The REAL Secret to a $0 Electricity Bill Using Solar
Mar
2
12:30 PM12:30

The REAL Secret to a $0 Electricity Bill Using Solar

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Find out why solar is so important, and how you can make a difference using Solar. Chantel Gilbert, from Bluegum Electrical, will explain the real secret to a $0.0 electricity bill and how to get the right solar solution for your property. Chantel will also help you understand the government rebates available and how to make the most of them.

Free entry.

Image Credit: Bluegum Electrical, exhibiting at the festival on the 2nd of March.

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Zero Carbon Industry: How manufacturing can thrive without fossils
Mar
2
12:30 PM12:30

Zero Carbon Industry: How manufacturing can thrive without fossils

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The production of everyday materials like steel, chemicals, plastics and cement is the source of about 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Even Australia’s comparatively small manufacturing sector causes 21% of national emissions. Without decarbonising industry, we stand little chance of limiting dangerous climate change.

Beyond Zero Emissions is showing how Australian industry can get off fossils - and thrive. CEO Vanessa will share highlights from their award-winning research - Rethinking Cement, and Electrifying Industry.

Main Festival Stage, 12.30pm.
Free Entry!

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   How to TURBO-CHARGE your solar!
Mar
2
12:00 PM12:00

How to TURBO-CHARGE your solar!

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Solar PV has become a recognised and reliable method of reducing energy bills – However, that’s not the whole storey, more and more distributed solar has led to a variety of unexpected and negative effects on the electricity system. A well-designed network of battery storage systems can (and will) provide a complementary solution to these issues providing functional returns to investors and a more stable and reliable electricity grid.

While everybody is talking about installing batteries to compliment their rooftop solar, it just seems too expensive. David Bruce, from Essential Solar, will explain why battery storage is such a good idea and how it can become a realistic commercial proposition, providing real benefits – both electrically and financial.

Free entry.

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Save the Bees - Without Keeping Them!
Mar
2
12:00 PM12:00

Save the Bees - Without Keeping Them!

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There are many reasons why people (even pollinator-enthusiasts) may not be able to keep bees themselves: space, money, or being seriously allergic are all inhibiting factors for some folks.

We know others who have overcome all of these obstacles using a bit of creativity and know-how, but if it’s not for you, don’t force it. There are still plenty of ways you can help struggling bee populations without being a beekeeper.

Join members of the Woodend Bee-Friendly Society as they share some local knowledge and bee-friendly ideas on the main stage at the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Festival on the 2nd of March.

Free entry.

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Hugelkultur with the Kyneton Transition Hub
Mar
2
11:30 AM11:30

Hugelkultur with the Kyneton Transition Hub

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After the recent hottest days ever recorded, we wonder how our edible gardens will survive. The Kyneton Transition Hub are planning several talks and demonstrations over the course of the day, in conjunction with the Permaculture Garden Action Group. Join us to learn some simple ideas on how to have a productive garden with simple techniques which will save on water, improve soil structure and drainage.

In this talk, speaker Jan McIver will talk about Hugelkultur, a centuries-old technique of using a local resource to improve soil fertility and moisture retention. She will talk about how this technique can transform your soil, even in a dry, hot climate.

Festival Permaculture Garden, Rear of 47 Forest St, Woodend.

Free entry.

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Kyneton Street Band
Mar
2
11:00 AM11:00

Kyneton Street Band

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Kyneton Street Band provides a vibrant outdoor band experience for the Macedon Ranges and surrounding district communities. The band features marimbas, wind, brass and percussion instruments in a unique mobile format, made possible by the creation of marching marimbas.  Membership is open to people of all ages, and the selection of music played and the marimbas in particular, make the band accessible to musicians of limited experience, as well as seasoned professionals and amateurs.

Our members are men and women, boys and girls ranging in age from 7 to 72.  Some of our members had never played a musical instrument in their lives before joining the band.

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Macedon Ranges Community Energy Park – Planning Starts
Mar
2
11:00 AM11:00

Macedon Ranges Community Energy Park – Planning Starts

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After many years of work, the Renewable Energy Action Group of MRSG has achieved agreement by the State Government to allow formal planning of the Macedon Ranges Community Energy Park to begin. Located deep in the pine forest to the south of Woodend, the park vision is for wind and solar power with battery storage producing power equivalent to the domestic consumption of the Macedon Ranges.

Our goal is to make the Macedon Ranges carbon neutral by 2030, by leading, supporting and investing in local energy efficiency, generation and offset projects in partnership with the community, government and industry.

Join us at the Festival Main Stage in the Permaculture Garden at the rear of 47 Forest St, Woodend at 11.00am to share with you our vision for this exciting community project.

Free entry.

The Renewable Energy Action Group is a working group of the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group.

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Colour Magic Creative Facepainting
Mar
2
11:00 AM11:00

Colour Magic Creative Facepainting

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Katia's style of face painting is colourful, detailed and always with artistic flare! Unicorns, butterflies, tigers, snowflakes, superheroes, rainbow dragons - anything is possible!

Katia has painted at numerous public events including Donut Festival at Gasworks in Albert Park, Beautiful Darkness Winter Solstice Festival CERES in Brunswick, Piknic Electronik Music Festival at Royal Botanical Gardens in Melbourne as well as at many Easter, Halloween and Christmas events over the last 5 years.

Find her brightening up the faces of our tiniest festival attendees between 11 am and 2pm in the kids area.

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The Zucchini Clan - Music for Free-Range Kids!
Mar
2
10:30 AM10:30

The Zucchini Clan - Music for Free-Range Kids!

Zucchini Clan is Professor EcoCentric, a brilliantly bemused old-world curiosity, and Lilly Pilly Green, a charmingly cheeky advocate for sustainable communities. Melding classic acoustic instruments with contemporary electronica and irresistible loops, this is a lively, captivating auditory and visual treat. With unique songs, flamboyant costumes and kooky, madcap hilarity, Zucchini Clan Land brings out the big kid in us all. This is inspired entertainment for free-range kids, families and fine folk of all ages!

You can also catch Lily Pilly gallivanting about roving about the festival during the day. Come and play!

Free entry.

This show is brought to you in partnership with the Woodend Library and the Macedon Ranges Sustainable Living Festival.
Check out more from the Zucchini Clan here.

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Macedon Ranges Home Produce Exchange
Mar
2
10:00 AM10:00

Macedon Ranges Home Produce Exchange

Helen and the team from the Home Produce Exchange had a lot of fun at last year’s Macedon Ranges Sustainable Living Festival. Come and join us this year on March 2 – bring anything surplus from your garden or home preserves pantry to put on the swap tables and take something in exchange, no money changes hands!

The produce exchange will set up in the regular spot near the Woodend Library at the entrance of the Woodend Community Farmers’ Market.

You can sign up as a member and receive monthly emails via https://mrsg.org.au/home-produce-exchange/

See you there!

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Woodend Toy Library & Play Space
Mar
2
10:00 AM10:00

Woodend Toy Library & Play Space

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The Woodend Toy Library is a community-based, non-profit organisation that seeks to inspire, engage and delight children through safe, educational and fun toys.

The Woodend Toy Library is a not-for-profit volunteer based organisation offering membership to the local families of the Macedon Ranges. Toys for ages 6 months to 7 years, including indoor, outdoor, imagination, construction, babies and toddlers. The Library is located at the community hub on Forest Street.

Come down to the festival at 10am to meet members of the Library and sign up to this great community service. The Toy Library are also setting up a play space for our little festival attendees so you can stay and play for the whole day!

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Woodend Repair Cafe
Mar
2
10:00 AM10:00

Woodend Repair Cafe

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Can we fix it?... Yes, we can! 
Woodend Repair Café is back for 2019, and running in conjunction with the Macedon Ranges Sustainable Living Festival.

Woodend Repair Café launched in 2018 with the aim of reducing the number of items thrown away in our community by helping each other repair them. Woodend Repair Café is open every Farmer's Market day (first Saturday of the month) and operates out of the Undercroft at the Woodend Neighbourhood House.
What's on the menu at the Woodend Repair Café you ask? Everything from bicycles, to wooden furniture, small mechanical items, computers, clothing, and teddy bears needing some mending!

So, don’t throw away that jumper with a tear or that chair with the wobbly leg; join our skilled volunteers who can teach you how to fix broken household items. Come along and join in on the fix-it fun even if you don’t think you have anything to repair at the time – anyone is welcome to drop in and stay for a cuppa. Woodend Repair Café services are free, but donations are welcomed to help cover costs.

Have you got a skill to share? We’d love to hear from you! Call the Woodend Neighbourhood House on 5427 1845.

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Spotlight on: Living Large in Limited Space
Mar
2
10:00 AM10:00

Spotlight on: Living Large in Limited Space

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Building “no bigger than you need” is the most important consideration of Sustainable Housing. Smaller homes require less material to build and less energy to run. In this session we will see and hear about some renovations that have improved the buildings’ liveability, despite adding little to their footprint. We will also hear about the Tiny House phenomenon, in advance of the Tiny House Festival running in Bendigo later in March .

Speakers & topics include:

Darren Hughes, Tiny Houses Australia
Planning requirements relevant to Tiny Houses
Reconfiguring a home for improved solar access and usability

Free entry.

Image Credit: Tiny Houses Victoria, exhibiting at the festival on the 2nd of March.

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Seed Saving for the Macedon Ranges Climate
Mar
2
9:00 AM09:00

Seed Saving for the Macedon Ranges Climate

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Riddells Creek Seed Savers (RCSS) is a group of home gardeners dedicated to preserving traditional, non-hybrid, open-pollinated food seed varieties which do well in the Macedon Ranges. Over the past 100 years or so, we have lost 80-90% of our fruit and vegetable varieties worldwide, this threatens the genetic diversity of our food plants.  The big seed companies are focussed on profit, so can’t be relied upon to maintain our plant heritage.  Home gardeners have a crucial role as the stewards of food plant biodiversity.  This becomes increasingly important as we experience the effects of climate change on our food sources.

Locally successful varieties may be maintained through genetic selection the old fashioned way: collecting seed from plants which have the characteristics we want to encourage, eg tomatoes which set early, or continue fruiting into autumn, or coriander which does not bolt.  In this way we are adapting the variety to our local conditions.

Members of Transition Town Riddell will be hosting a seed winnowing and hulling display at the festival throughout the day, where you can also learn more about local seed saving techniques and plant varieties.

Festival Permaculture Garden, Rear of 47 Forest St, Woodend.

Free entry.

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TreeProject: Sowing Seeds for a Sustainable Future
Mar
2
9:00 AM09:00

TreeProject: Sowing Seeds for a Sustainable Future

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TreeProject is a non-profit (Charitable), non-government, volunteer-based organisation leading the way in sustainable re-vegetation throughout Victoria by providing low cost indigenous seedlings to landholders.

Help us get trees in the ground!

TreeProject provides opportunities for people to get involved and do something practical for the environment by growing indigenous seedlings in their own backyards. We provide volunteer growers with training, support and growing materials needed to set up a ‘home nursery’ and successfully grow strong healthy seedlings.

Every year Tree Project volunteers contribute more than 48,000 hours. Come and join us. Find out how to grow things, learn about plant propagation, seed collecting and revegetation.

TreeProject will be hosting a hands-on exhibit at the festival throughout the day. This is a great NFP community project and we would love you to get involved!

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Eat More Veg More Often!
Mar
2
9:00 AM09:00

Eat More Veg More Often!

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The happy volunteer team from the Macedon Ranges VEG Action Group are joining us at the festival to give your taste buds a treat whilst reducing your emissions footprint! They’ll be serving up scrumptious Buddha Bowls full of local veg from backyard gardeners, along with mountains of homemade vegan and vegetarian baked treats.

More Veg More Often is a the idea to share vegetarian and vegan dining options in the Macedon Ranges - and to grow the love of veg (more often!)

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Backyard Gardening for a Sustainable Future
Mar
2
9:00 AM09:00

Backyard Gardening for a Sustainable Future

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A team of garden volunteers are awaiting the opportunity to inspire you with ways of introducing edible gardening into your life.

The Permaculture Garden Action Group maintains our community permaculture garden situated at the rear of the Woodend Neighbourhood House. A whole day of activities and discussions are planned as a ‘gardening expo’ during the festival. It is a terrific space which holds a garden, espaliered fruit trees, chimney hive, chicken house, and compost bins.

Topics that will be covered include maintaining the structural integrity of the chicken coop and using compost bays along with permaculture garden tours, seed saving and worm farm demonstrations, and talks on Hugelkultur and wicking beds.

Check out the rest of the Gardening Expo program for more details.

Festival Permaculture Garden, Rear of 47 Forest St, Woodend.

Free entry.

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Wash Against Waste at the MRSLF!
Mar
2
9:00 AM09:00

Wash Against Waste at the MRSLF!

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The Wash Against Waste trailer is coming to the festival! This locally designed and developed trailer enables events to dramatically reduce the waste they produce.

We have a team of volunteers helping us wash plates and cutlery throughout the day, including the Woodend Scouts! The trailer is a great way to make our event more sustainable and gets us even closer to achieving our waste-free goals for 2019!

If you can lend a hand with the dishes for an hour or two during the day head over to our volunteer page to sign up.

Thanks for your support!

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Composting Toilet Systems
Mar
2
9:00 AM09:00

Composting Toilet Systems

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Alright, so we know that it’s not really an event, but we are so impressed with Composting Toilet Systems’ pop up loos that we had to tell you about them! Thanks Composting Toilet Systems for helping close the waste loop.

“best public toilets ever, even had classical music in the background & fresh flowers inside” (@b_Hope_, 2014)

The Mobile Unit from Composting Toilet Systems provides a 4 person sustainable toilet that uses zero water and turns waste into a resource to create a closed loop system that is safe, clean, green and smart.

  • Safe

    100% Recycled – Through an ethical, chemical free & EPA Safe approved process we turn all of our deposits into safe, reusable fertiliser.

  • Clean

    Fully Serviced – Our Systems are fully serviced for the duration of the hire period, ensuring patrons get only the best experience during your event.

  • Green

    Solar Powered & Water Free - We provide maximum layout flexibility because you have the freedom to position the unit without need for power, water outlets or septic truck access.

  • Smart

    Simplicity – The mobile unit has been designed with the customer in mind - with minimal odours and luxurious hand sanitiser. As water is not needed for flushing the system can hold a high amount of usage - up to 1,500 contributions!

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Woodend Community Farmers' Market
Mar
2
9:00 AM09:00

Woodend Community Farmers' Market

We all know farmers are the best gardeners - and we’ve got some of the best in the region right on our doorstep.

The Macedon Ranges Sustainable Living Festival is held in conjunction with the Woodend Community Farmers' Market. This great monthly market features 50 local and regional producers who bring truckloads of mouth-watering food to our community! This means you can stock up on some delicious local produce, support our lovely local producers and check out our inspiring sustainable living showcase at the same time!

What a great day out in the Macedon Ranges!

Free entry.

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Tiny House Tours
Mar
2
9:00 AM09:00

Tiny House Tours

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Paul from Tiny Houses Victoria will be bringing this little gem of a home to the Macedon Ranges Sustainable Living Festival on Saturday, March 2nd.

You’ll be able to walk through this real tiny house, made by Paul, who be onsite for the whole day, answering all your questions about building, living and owning tiny houses.

We can't wait to peek inside and learn about living large in limited space!

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A Country Affair Vintage Cafe
Mar
2
9:00 AM09:00

A Country Affair Vintage Cafe

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A Country Affair’s beautiful country-style caravan bar can regularly be found at weddings, festivals and events in Daylesford, Kyneton, Mount Macedon, Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsular, Bendigo, Geelong, Ballarat, Gippsland and Bright. Wanda is always up for a road trip so if you are based in Victoria, they’re your caravan!

Kirsty and the team join us at the festival wit fresh hot coffee and homemade treats.

For any enquiries about A Country Affair’s services and packages please feel free to contact through the weblink below.

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Bright Life Catering
Mar
2
9:00 AM09:00

Bright Life Catering

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Bright Life Catering is not your every day catering business. We offer a catering service that is a healthy, sustainable and thoughtful alternative.

All their food is plant based, free of animal products; reflecting a strong commitment to tread lightly on the planet and treat everyone and all animals with compassion. This is the first and only service of its kind in the region.

Bright Life Catering have a strong focus on supporting not for profit and animal welfare organisations. These organisations work tirelessly to make the world a better place. We admire them and want to work with them towards a world where good health is a way of life.

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